This book never gets old even though it was written in the 1960's. For over 10 years I have read this book (or let them listen to this book) to my 4th graders and they love it!
This is hands down the best audible I've listened to! Even thought this book is 48 hours long, I have already reread the last 3 hours of this book 2x! I didn't want it to end and pray I don't have to wait as long for the 3rd book as some did between the Way of Kings and this masterpiece.
I LOVED the climax of this book (no spoilers). What amazed me is that I knew what the climax was going to be and it is still my favorite part of the book. Most of the time I get annoyed when a writer is so transparent that it's obvious what is about to happen. Well, Sanderson is such a masterful writer that even though I knew what was coming, it still blew me away! I was actually cheering and jumping up and down as I listened! My poor dogs didn't know what was going on with their crazy owner.
First of all, I really appreciate how a female is one of the main characters in this series. Women are sadly lacking as main characters in a lot of sci-fi/fantasy books I have read. What Kate Reading adds to this book is remarkable. I love the way she changes her voice and adds 'action' to many scenes by slowing down or speeding up her reading. I especially enjoy her take on the character Pattern. She truly makes this character come to life in a way that wouldn't occur if I was reading this novel.
Since the two of the main characters are male, we hear Kramer the most in this book. He is very easy to listen to and follows through with the action sequences and the more mundane every day events with the correct amount of inflection in his voice.
Well, technically you can't listen to a 48 hour book in one setting. I did go some days at 10-12 hours of listening though! This is such a remarkable book that I would have listened to additional hours. I absolutely can't wait until the 3rd book in this series comes out!
I highly recommend making a list of characters and a brief description of them as you read this series. I became a bit lost at certain times during the book, especially in the interludes. Now, I didn't realize that is something that should have been done until I finished the 2nd book. I know I'll reread the series before the 3rd book comes out, so you better believe I'm going to have a notepad by me to write down notable tidbits in the first 2 books in this amazing series.
This 45 hour 'introduction" to the Stormlight chronicles is AMAZING! It is awe inspiring how Sanderson can completely build a new world in such a way that you can 'see' it as you listen. I highly recommend writing down the characters names and a brief description as you listen since I became a bit confused on who did what as the epic novel progressed.
It is very important to do this since most of these characters are going to be important in the following 8 books of this series. Now, I didn't take my own advice but I know I'll reread the series when the 3rd book comes out and I will make my list then!
I was blessed to not find this book until the 2nd book was almost ready for audible. I loved reading these 2 books almost back to back. As I said in my title the Way of Kings is just the introduction! Just wait until you get to book 2, it is one of the best books I've ever read!!!! I know 45 to 48 hours of listening may turn some people off, but if the books are as well written as the Stormlight series, you actually want MORE hours to listen to not less hours.
Like most books that are going to be in a series, this first book is full of character development and world building...ummm, I mean Mars building. There isn't a lot of action in the first half of the book, but it is setting the stage for the later half of the novel that is full of action. It is slightly annoying that it is so obvious the main character is going to win 'the game, ' but if you can overlook this, I recommend this novel and will definitely buy the sequel, which is set up to be an ever better book than Red Rising.
This book was horrible! The plot wasn't interesting, the characters were as limp as a dish towel, and even the setting of London was reduced to a boring and mindless place! I really don't understand how listeners could give this an overall rating of 3 1/2 stars and have 710 reviews.
This was a good sequel but I thought the original book had more intensity to it. This story picks up 18 months after the museum beast is killed and adds to the plot bunny that was created in the epilogue of Relic. There are more mysterious killings, more bumbling cops and political characters, and of course the dry humor of Pendergast, the surprising intellect of D'Agosta, and the reluctant hero of Margo Green.
What stopped me from giving this book 5 stars across the board was the revealing of the evil overlord. Who it turned out to be was not believable and there was no build up before the 'big reveal' to prepare the reader for the disappointing revelation. Maybe if this part had been written better, I would have liked this book as well as the first one.
I love this series and even have bought the books for my husband to read (for some reason he doesn't want to listen to a book). This series gets more complicated and adds new characters with every new book that is produces. It also seem that the danger level is going up as Atticus approached Ragnarork, which makes sense, right!?
For a tiny second I actually thought Atticus may have really bit the dust in this book, but then common sense came into focus. You can't have the main character die, right?? You better listen, Kevin. You better not kill off Atticus, or more importantly Oberon! I was concerned that Oberon wouldn't recover from going mad and have to be killed and was actually distraught at the thought!
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was unique, creative. and entertaining..all things a sci-fi book should be! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars across the board is that too many questions lingered in my mind after this book wrapped up. Most of the questions were sub plots and it bothered me that they were never explained. For example, it was never explained why people in some apartments slept well and others left after 6 months due to not sleeping or having nightmares. Why even add this info if the author never explains why this occurs!? !It seemed that the book ended abruptly and was a little rushed.
This book is about a girl who doesn't know why she is faster than normal and can pick out 'evil' people, but she eventually finds out all about angels, demons, vampires, and lycans. You see, she shares a soul with Shadoe, who brought down the angel Adrian through love and seduction and comes back to him time after time. The way this book ends makes me think the sequel is going to be better than the first book.
In this book, we continue the monster killing from the first book, but find more about why Z is the chosen one. It includes more interaction with his parents, brother, and future in-laws as well. We also find out more about Special Agent Franks in this sequel and of course the Dread Overlord makes an appearance as well.
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