Some terrible old evil awakens again to threaten humanity, but this time mankind is defenseless since it has forgotten the old ways (the knights radiant) and 'powers (soulcasting and surgebinding) which have been used in the past to combat that same evil. This is the basic premise of the story of this book.
There are 3 main viewpoint characters, Kaladin A darkeye, or peasant, Shallan Davar A minor lighteyes, or noble,, Dalinar Kholin A highprince of Alethkar. And a few other minor viewpoint character the most notorious of those is Szeth-son-son-Vallano, an assassin from the land of Shinovar who is tormented by the murders he performs.
The plot is compelling and despite its length (45 hours of so). I didn't listen to any other book before finishing this one. On the bad side, aside from a few action packed chapters where Szeth is the protagonist, the pace only starts to pick up at the end of the book (chapter 65 onwards – Sadius betrayal).
I find that the book gets very boring and repetitive especially at the beginning of a change in viewpoint characters. This is because the author had the necessity of remembering the reader how awful the character felt, how worried he/she is, and how miserable he/she is. To the point that before chapter 65, every time something actually happens, (a few pages at best) the action offset by much more pages of whining and depression.
I already started listening to book 2, and I recommend the book but if you are reading/listening ASOIF don't get to excited about this one, it's not the same thing, not even close. So 3 stars to it. If I hadn't listen the game of throne books I would give this one 4 stars.
Good story, Great narrator - I even got very emotional a few times, maybe one of the top 50.
The story of how James Bowen met Bob is just one of those amazing tales you find in novels. James became so committed about looking after this one cat that it made him want to become a better person and drop his addiction. Becoming famous was just one extra; James is still cashing in because of Bob, but is not likely that Bob minds very much.
The narrator does a great job at performing naturally; it's like listening to a close friend telling about his life.
A laughed most times, got worried a few and had a few tears running down my face specially towards the end of the book. And that is not usual for me.
The idea of superheroes meeting zombies is original. The storyline is kinda boring. There are a few good characters but I did not feel immersed in the book as I do when I watch the walking dead, for example.
No big surprises and the good guys win. I just don't get why Zap just did not started to wipe all zombies from the face of the earth instead of sitting on a wheel chair. And there is no explanation about why the superpowers started.
The most profound part of the book is the author's comparison of human and chimps. If we are genetically only one percent distant from chimps and can do some much more than them, what if we are to meet a species that is genetically one percent smarter than us?
Overall is a good book, but as it's shortness suggest contains only questions, not answers. Good insights as the one mentioned above though.
I'd definitely recommend this book. It's a biography and a meditation guidebook. It is definitely not a regular meditation guide though. There is no transcendental bu****it on it.
The author who is a reporter in his spare time (a popular one by the way) has a very analytical mind and tries to uncover what is truth and what is not in self help. He talks about many self help books I read in the past .Eckhart Tolle, Joe Vitale Deepak Chopra he interview all of these guys and they are full of s**t, Eckhart being the only exception;
The author is able to go straight into the most important questions about meditation, self help and controlling the ego. The closest to a mystical free of bias meditation teachings.
It is a biography as well. Very enlightening because I face many of the difficulties he faced as well;
One of the best meditation and self help book I read. Already listen to it twice, planning to listen again at least once every year.
The book is funny, the narrator has a way to make the worst ideas the world has ever created. On the other hand there is nothing original about the book. I have already seen a lot of stuff in this book on TV. The author just made it in written form. But on TV was more fun.
This is the first book I read by Jack Vance. I was surprised when I realized that many of his ideas inspired many modern and much more famous authors. Even RPG games such as dungeons and dragons were inspired by his books, for example the wizards having to memorize spells and then forgetting after they have been cast.Jack Vance has not receive the credit he is entitled.
Dying earth is gloomy place, and the characters reflect that. You are not going to find a happy endings here if that is what you are looking for. I just did not give it 5 stars because the outline of the 5 or 6 tales are very similar. But that does not mean I'm not listening to this author again, in fact I just purchased the next book in the series
The narrator is great at bringing the dying earth to life, metaphorically speaking since it's actually dying. haha
Would make a good afternoon B horror comedy.
It is a original book on the way it mixed many different genres like Horror, romance and mystery.
The title of the book suggests that you are going to get a badass main character but that's not the case.
Turning zombies into vampire like creatures is not very original creatures.
The plot is very shallow.
It is very easy to figure out the authors source of inspiration.
Physics is no easy subject, at least to me. Quantum theory harder still. However the author does a terrific job making theoretical physics accessible for the regular person. On top of that, there is just so much interresting stuff in this book that it is almost impossible to get everything in only one listen, specially while you are driving. I'm planning to listen it at least once again.
It is a book for those people who like me are absolutely fascinated by physics but just don't get what does those weird equations mean. If I had a teacher like that on high school I would probably had studied physics on college.. but you don't find teacher like him on highschools. =( It is the first time I can say I understand what entropy really is. I read many times on wikipedia and other books, and I thought I did understand, now i know I do.
There is still a long way to go before humanity is able to fully grasp the misteries of the big bang. And maybe the future that looks rather bleak may have a way out, to survive the end of the universe... hopefully
To begin I'd like to say that I believe that the disparity between sexes is a growing issue in the modern world. And the reason I bought this book was to learn ways I could negotiate better deals with women understanding more how they approach negotiation.
I got what I was looking for, partially; because the author spends the first 2/3 of the book just talking about how bad the society views women when they take a more aggressive approach.
After every point the author tries to get across she emphasizes it by giving example after example. It gets pretty boring after sometime since they are all the same. These examples could be very well be removed entirely from the book since it gets very repetitive and does not contribute at all besides filling pages.
To save your time, go straight to the important part of the book; simply go directly to chapter 7. From that point onwards is the best part of the book
However much of what the author says about negotiation is pretty basic stuff! If you are going to buy this book only to know more about negotiating, I would recommend skipping this one, even if you are a woman.
Report Inappropriate Content