The narrator's voice was so terribly bland and robotic and... terrible. I absolutely could not listen to this book. Have someone else narrate and I'd buy it again, but this guy is too much.
This book is Ready Player One meets Sandman Slim. A bit goofy with healthy heaps of vulgarity and violence. Each book in this series has been even more fun than the last. If you don't like this series, you're a pretentious bore.
The only way you will laugh uncontrollably and love every second of this book is if you are a parent, or if you've ever had a parent.
My teenage daughter told me I had to read this series. The first book was pretty good, but not great. The second one is pretty damn great! I get sick of the pathetic teen romance drama pretty quickly, but if I ignore that and concentrate on the rest of the story it is definitely worth reading.
Macleod Andrews is one of my favorite narrators. Brandon Sanderson is brilliant, especially when he manages to put out a fast paced book as opposed to a long, drawn out, over-detailed sleep inducer. Blessedly, this is a fast paced, interesting, engaging, and overall fun book with Macleod doing it justice like only he can.
Character development was incredible, as is always the case with Brandon Sanderson. The pace of the story, however, was much quicker than many of his other works. I enjoyed every minute of it, give it a shot!
I found the first book to be compelling, but lacking any great conflict. This one made up for any lack of climax in the last book and then some. This has become one of my favorite series and I can't even put into words exactly why. I've fallen in love with the characters. The pace of the story is not so slow that you're bored, but not so fast that the author seems rushed. It is simply a masterpiece and I can't wait for the next book. No seriously, I can't wait. I'm going to Patrick's house right now...
The narrator was amazing. The story was extremely compelling. But it just kind of stops. I was waiting for some major struggle and climax of excitement. It didn't happen. Apparently this is the type of fantasy where developing intriguing characters and painting a detailed picture of another world is more important than exciting conflicts and climactic struggles. Leaves me with the feeling that I read a documentary instead of a fictional story, but an entertaining documentary nonetheless. I'll probably give the next one a try just to see if any real conflict will ever arise.
My wife turned me on to the books written in this world the author has created starting with The Night Huntress books. Those had romance and sex, but the story was dynamic. It had depth. It had action that didn't feel forced. Lately these books have made romance and sex the center piece and the depth of the plot has disappeared. Don't think I'll be reading any more of these, but the earlier ones were fun.
While painfully reading through The Hunger Games series I felt like I was being forced through a school reading assignment. Utopian society books with constantly depressing undertones like 1984 or Hunger Games just don't do it for me. Thankfully, this book is fun and the main character is strong and seems to be enjoying her journey most of the time. As far as Utopian society books go, this is by far the best I've ever read.
I read the first two, and when I tried listening to this one I couldn't help but notice that the voice of the dragon was narrated by a man who spends his spare time eating glass. The dragon voices are the most annoying, overplayed, obnoxious, embarrassingly ridiculous nonsense I've ever heard. Aside from that, it was great =)
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