I was a little unsure at first if I wanted to check out this book. But I am glad that I did! Fantastic story, good characters, and lots of faced paced action. Can't wait to go through the next one!
Focused, long, payoff.
I've listened to most of the Wheel of time books over the last few years (after having already read them a few times.) and Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do those and these books so well. They are really my favorite people to listen to and do an outstanding job.
I wasn't thrilled with book one and decided I probably wouldn't be doing book two at all. After reading some reviews I decided to give it a whirl and am really happy that I did. It's a looooooonnnnngggg listen, but well worth it.
Anyone. The narrator sounded exactly like a recorded menu on any automated phone menu. I found his narration so slow and lifeless that it would just become a kind of hum in my ears and I'd realize I had drifted off in my thoughts and hadn't been listening for the last several minutes. I did discover about half way through the book that if I adjusted my iPod to double speed that it was easier to listen too.
I honestly don't understand why this book is so well reviewed. I found out who Sanderson was when he was tapped to finish the Wheel of Time series. I thought he did a good job, so wanted to check some of this other books out. This is the first one, and might be the last. I had originally picked it up in book form, and made it about three hundred pages in before setting it aside. I decided to give it another go, but to try listening to it instead. I just don't get it. So little happens in this book. It's a thousand pages, or forty hours of people kind of milling about. The best thing that could haven happened to this book is that it gets cut in half. If five to six hundred pages would be removed, this might not be a bad book. It just seems that the characters never make any process. Unless you count long conversations and realizations that ultimately go no where progress. I've chipped away, and chipped away at this book, and I'm not sure why. I guess out of some sort of feeling that I've already invested so much time that I need to finish it.
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