...but this version of the audiobook, at least, turns me right off from listening as opposed to reading. The characters are well enough written, what I would expect from Brandon Sanderson (and honestly better than Jordan's exasperating caricatures), and the story is classic fantasy comfort food, but the narration is only bearable when Michael Kramer has a go at it. Kate Reading is terribly distracting with an upward lilt to almost every sentence, whether it be question or declaration or musing or anything. I will be specifically avoiding anything with her name on it in the future.
No from Robert Jordan, as his characters are thick-headed gender stereotypes and his pacing is mediocre at best. Yes from Brandon Sanderson, as he comes up with interesting stories and I like the people he puts in them.
Michael Kramer was fine, but in the case of the female parts being read by Kate Reading I would have taken literally anyone else with a feminine voice.
I very much appreciated Audible having this sample of the book and would like to see more such offered in the future.
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