I really enjoyed this book. I normally listen to audiobooks for about an hour and a half a day, during my commute to and from work. About 2/3 through Elantris, I started carrying my mp3 player with me and couldn't stop until I'd finished it. I would highly recommend this book.
Short version: I wouldn't recommend it.
Warning, this review will contain spoilers.
I really love Abercrombie's writing style, and he is excellent at developing characters. Unfortunately, I'm left wondering if he dislikes his readers and wants to punish us. Apart for Glokta, I felt like all of the protagonists story lines are left in limbo, and it felt very unsatisfying. (I'm not asking for a happy ending. Just not to be left feeling so incomplete.) Who ends a trilogy with a cliffhanger?
I really want to know what happens next. Is Logen dead? If not, is The Bloody Nine gone forever? Will Bayaz ever get his comeuppance? Will Jezal ever manage to find happiness in his marriage? Is Ferro doomed to madness and death? What/who is left alive inside The Maker's House? But I don't know if I'm willing to take a risk with Abercrombie again to ever find out.
Say one thing about Logen Ninefingers, say his author left him hanging.
This is a very, very long book. When it ended, I wished it were ten times this length. By the end, I truly cared for all of the main characters, and I'm eager to know what happens next. I didn't care as much for some of the intermissions, because they tended to focus on more disposable characters, but mostly just because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Kaladin, Dalinar, and Shallan. It's a great book, and I think it is required reading (or listening, I suppose) by every fan of epic fantasy.
The narration is really good. It took me a little while to adjust each time the narrator changed, but both narrators were great.
This is one of those audiobooks that started out as fuel for my commute, but ended with me glued to my mp3 player until I reached the end. As usual, I'm totally thrilled with Mr. Butcher's work.
I've read all of the Dresden and Codex Alera books, but this is the first I've listened to as an audiobook. James Marsters knocked it right out of the park. I enjoyed the narrating enough that I'm tempted to pick up the other Dresden novels in audiobook format. Fantastic.
I tend to like these sort of novels, but I just couldn't find any empathy for the protagonist in this one. In every situation he winds up in, he constantly makes exactly the wrong decisions.
By the end of the novel, I was hoping that he would be arrested and put in prison. Dave Robicheaux is a villain, not a hero. In this novel he commits assault, arson, and murder without punishment. Meanwhile, he's condemning those around him for their crimes.
Despite my lack of connection with the protagonist, I did think the story was well written. Maybe I'll check out some of Burke's non-Robicheaux novels.
Will Patton does a fantastic job narrating here.
This is my fifth Brandon Sanderson novel, and I think it's my favorite one yet. I really felt connected to the characters, and I wish the story didn't have to end so that I could spend more time with them. I particularly like the magic system that was created for this story.
The narration is good. It's always easy to tell which character is speaking, and I felt that the voices fit well. Lightsong is high pitched and silly, Vasher is dark and broody, and Denth fits perfectly somewhere between them.
I've been looking for stories for my daughter, and I think this one will do nicely. There's nothing terribly scary in this version, which is something you sometimes find in classic fairy tales. As for the narrations, I liked it for the most part. I didn't care for when the narrator tried to do a high pitched voice for Beauty, but that's a minor complaint, and didn't really detract from the story.
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