After making the claim that a lack of belief is a belief, it was hard to take this writer seriously. By that point I could not reconcile any logical explanations with presented facts without second guessing his every word. I half expected to hear about how that which is not blue is really just another kind of blue. This might have worked as a comedy (Monty-style), but as is, it was not worth the purchase.
The characters were shallow, and the author displayed the same style of writing that I encountered in his other works. I was hopeful that it was just the story that required a particular attitude. Since this same attitude crops up in each of his stories I can only conclude that the Brandon Sanderson has a disdain for specific characteristics. This leaves only a few colorful characters with similar two dimensional goals and the rest draining the life out of the plot.
I do not want to listen to another of Brandon Sanderson's stories.
James Yaegashi brings a distinction to each character, and I enjoy his reading.
None stand out enough to cut them, but I'd rework all of them to one degree or more.
Clever magic, but a bit overreaching on the explanation of breath. Could drop the life lessons, too.
The listen was fantastic as it took me deeper into the plot. The characters were brilliant and colorful. I enjoyed this story and all its ticks.
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