©2008 Brandon Sanderson; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
"... readers won't want to put it down." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"Outstanding." (Publisher's Weekly)
More of a fantasy, with a little string theory thrown in, but very enjoyable. Disney could turn it into another Beauty and the Beast, except the with a very real threat looming at the end that begs to be developed in the sequel.
I know I'll be buying.
A little slow to start, and the reader was a bit melodramatic. Other than that, this first work by Sanderson is a great new take on fantasy.
How is this the same author that wrote Mistborn? I LOVED that series, but this one has been painfully slow and pretty much pointless. I only have 4 hours left to listen and I'm seriously considering just stopping.
This is one of the most 'juvenile' (here, I am referencing the 'quality' of the writing and the story, NOT the fictional category) fantasy novels I have ever had the misfortune to read. The characters are 2-dimensional; the plot, while promising, is so predictable - so "perfectly, perfect" - that it fails to be the driving force of the story (a Critical Point, here); the dialogue is stilted, and unconvincing (I can feel the PAIN the author suffered while trying to contrive this work) - yet, the DIALOGUE is the driving element of the 'story'. The author uses 'conversations' - mostly internal postulations by one of the 3 main characters- to "TELL" the listener/reader what the story is about. The author never "SHOWS" the alternate reality- that other place, where all great stories take you and and your imagination to - he simply states "Here There Be Fiction".... or at most, an awful lot of writing that amounts to very little.
Say something about yourself!
This book is fantastic but there's one thing Audible needs to fix! The narrator has a great cadence throughout the book, however there's almost no pause between chapters. It in fact sounds like the same thought. Chapters in the book often end with something remarkable or profound, and instead of being able to think on it you're immediately presented with the next chapter as though it was part of the same sentence Chapter 2.
I'm an avid science fiction and fantasy reader. I study Chemical Engineering at the UofU and do photography on the side.
I think Brandon Sanderson is a fantastic author, I have several of his book; However, this book leave a lot to desire. It's easy to tell that the author has a lot more in mind when he wrote this book, but the story is incomplete and just when it most gets interesting, it ends. The end. No more. He has some interesting material, but it's underdeveloped.
No, Jack Garrett did a fine job. I'd rate him about average.
It inspired me to never write half a story.
After hearing how the narrator reads this book, i didn't think i would be able to finish this one. With the first part of the book being pretty slow and the reader sounding like the Moviephone guy, it was tough to get into this book.
If you like the authors other work you will like this book. Just give yourself some time to adjust to the narrator.
This is the kind of original and engaging fantasy that has made Brandon Sanderson one of my favorite authors.
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