Seldom am I surprised - and even more rarely am I surprised and pleased at the same time. This book is such an experience. The Gathering Storm has momentum (which the following books lacked in my opinion) - and this Brandon Sanderson....wow. I have no idea how much Jordan had laid out, but Sanderson captured and mastered this series. I just can't wait for the next two volumes.
If you have read the other 11, why bother read this review - you know you're going to listen to, or read this book. :)
The only people that would enjoy this book, are those that have not yet been introduced to other authors in this genre.
The narration was abysmal. Especially when the mail voice try to do the woman's falsetto. If it wasn't so bad, it would've been funny.
I found the narration to be the worst part of this book. Not to be over-the-top, but I couldn't stand to listen to another word. Narration can either make a book, or kill it. It was more the latter than the former.
I found the dialogue between the characters to be lacking. It is as though the author of this book, can be likened to someone that saw a great work of art, went to the art store and bought paint, and went home and tried to re-create in his mind Zai what he had seen earlier. The distance between this author's skills and those of others in this genre are light-years apart.
I got two hours in, I dare you to beat my record.
Loved the book....exciting, and even a few surprises.
Best book of this genre that I have enjoyed in a long while!!!
Getting this book to three stars alone would have required serious effort and revision.
I recognize the struggles that anyone can have where life experiences challenge and contrast against morals and religious conviction.
That being said, this was over the top. I don't like a reluctant hero, nor someone that won't do the necessary thing.
A brave attempt to branch into an established spec ops genre....but this one was dead on arrival.
Not a chance. There are only so many hours in a lifetime.
It was like teen fiction. Perhaps 'Twilight' for its' espionage equivalent. I have only ever stopped reading / listening to two books in my lifetime. This gem has the distinction of being the third.
I have read Jordan's 14 novels of course....some of those titles, multiple times.
I also liked Sanderson's Stormlight (Bridge 4) and Mistborn to a lesser degree.
To me, and I haven't had a chance to discuss this with others, this book was a rather unfulfilling experience.
Don't get me wrong, I am glad it is over.
I found there to be more eb than flow. The plot construction was rather predictable, and when it wasn't predictable.....it was prolonged.
No spoilers here....but I am completely disastisfied with the ending. Don't get me wrong, I am not looking for everyone to hold hands, and sing kumbaya. I like plot twists as much as the rest....but the ending to me just seemed silly. I wish I could say more.
No matter what I say, you will be reading / listening to this book anyway.
I hope your expereince is better than mine. Good bye Rand, Matt, Perrin et al. It was a slice!
I love Michael Kramer, any book he does (seems like all of Sanderson's books) is done well. I like the rumble to his voice.
Kate....not so fond of. I think it is her overpronounciation of so many words, and her inflection on some of the last syllables.
This is a fun series - don't get me wrong. Much of the good has been described - now allow me to vent. #1 - Marsters is a great narrator - but his loud and periodic swallowing is so agitating. I stopped listening to the series on account of it. Every time I heard him - I cringed. #2 - Does Butcher has some endorsement deal with Coke? He is always talking about it....and when I thought it couldn't get anymore obvious, Dresden puts a Coke baseball cap on before battle. Overkill or overly sensitive?
...eat all you want, and you're still empty
I am glad that, for some, this was worth while. I found far too many similarities in this book, as I find in other, better written fantasy. Some argue that there is no more original thought, and at some point, everything is borrowed. If that's true, this novel goes through no pains of even applying a new mask to it. Also bothersome, was the borrowing of contemporary though, and maxims, gingerly sprinkled throughout.
I'd go on....but I think I said what I needed. Maybe the author can take a cue from my brevity.
Pretty much a dud. I am by no means a graduate of any anti-terrorism program, but the stretches (when convenient) and the lapses (when convenient) are just too large and occur too often to make this story plausible. I guess 'Much Ado About Nothing' as a title was already taken, but it should have been a working title at the very least. The personas involved in this book are much to constructed and limited. When examined, this book is far too long for the content involved. Please skip this one, if you don't - remember - there is no refund on this book, nor is there a chance to get the six hours of your life back either.
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