©2008 Brent Weeks; (P)2009 Tantor
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MAY BE THIS BOOK GOT BETTER DURING THE END OF THE 1ST PART, BUT I WILL NEVER KNOW, I DID NOT FIISH IT. IT SOUNDED GOOD WHEN I READ THE PREVIEW, BUT IT WAS BORING TO ME.
Say something about yourself!
Some awkward situations that seem illogical, people's actions/reactions, to a point that had me chastising it out loud in the car. The scale and magnitude of the people and places takes some time to materialzie which struggles to give depth and color to the world. There is not a strong feeling of organization and depth to the political and military side of things, the insubordination and actions of people in government and military bodies stick out as a bit ludicrous at times and breaks immersion.
Poor poor doll girl...
Not a big fan of the narrator, I've heard him in a previous book or 2, although he can vary his voice well, there lacks a depth and gravitas to his tone that hurts the book in my opinion.
Obvious cliff hangers
I got the book to kill some time as it was on sale, between building up credits. It took a little time to get into, but about halfway through there was enough going on that I became invested in it enough that I may look to finish the series. I tend to like long listens to use my credits for(and especialy listening to Song of Ice and Fire at 2 credits a pop!), to me this book is one I'll finish if I find the others on sale, or I end up with some extra credits at some point.
At first I was a bit lost, but that is not unusual for me so I stuck with it and the story was excellent.
Transformation from a young boy living in the worst part of the city to a young man was seamless. The author did not spend to much time on any one part but equal parts of the main character growing up. Some authors will take a character and spend too much time in one period of life and skip to a later point in life. Then the book explains the in between. Fairly predictable, but not this book or author.
I love listening to professionals narrate a book. The better narrators are actors in their own right.
Certain parts caused me to stop and listen to a point of conclusion, but overall the book was well paced.
The author seemed to glory in pedophilia, bad language just for the sake of bad language, and violence & gore.
I get wanting to set a dark tone for a story, but this author went way beyond that. All the sexual, mental, and physical abuse of children in this story (inferred or not) makes me think the author has several issues that need professional help. This wasn't a dark tone, it was a disgusting and pitiful tone for the story.
The language was worse than any Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock movie. Cursing can help the ambiance of a story, especially if you take the time (when writing a fantasy) to come up with unique curses that fit your world. This was another example of the horrible excess the author went to. Time and again throughout the book he tossed out the same tired old regular expletives that we know so well. It seemed he tried overcompensating his lack of imagination with a sheer shock factor of not only throwing in some of our most vulgar curses, but throwing them in repeatedly. One wonders what his excuse was..
No. Brent Weeks is a pathetic and twisted writer, and I feel sickened by what I read/listened to in this book.
Although I now despise anything to do with Brent Weeks, I must in all fairness admit that the narrator did a very good job portraying emotion, settings, and voices throughout the book. It was easy to tell the difference between characters in dialogue, and he was consistent with each of the voices and accents.
If I'd been the editor, this piece of garbage would have been rejected in its entirety, and I'd have recommended the author seek professional counseling.
This is nothing more than a snuff & child abuse film, in print (or audio) form.
So well written. He is an accomplished writer, who has the true insights into life and people, and a way with language, that are always a joy to encounter in an author.
Most of the book was taken directly from Game of Thrones (A song of ice and fire).
He's only an okay narrator. Not bad, not good, just okay.
A Bore. I didn't really care about any character. The story is a jumbled mess.
It's a not horrible but definitely a waste of time.
Not for me
Ruined the book. Worst performance of an audio book I've ever heard.
I couldn't finish it
If you hadnt ever heard Locke Lamora or the name of the wind books you might find this story decent. However, if you have come to this book after those I strongly recommend saving your money. I gave the book 3 stars because I think if you read it yourself it might be decent.
I might have liked this story, but couldn't get past the narrator. It's the first time in three years of being an Audible listener of over 80 books that I wanted my credit back.
I like the Night Angel Trilogy, once you read this book you're going to want to read the other two. I like the way the author does not make his lead character infallable. He is allowed to make mistakes and wrong decisions and still be the hero. The story reminds me a bit of the "Assassin" trilogy by Robin Hobb even though the story is quite different. If you enjoyed those books you will most likely enjoy this one as well.
Initially I couldn't decide if I wanted to spend my credits on this book. It's another assassin story in a fantasy medieval world. I think I made the right decision.
Overall, it's a good story. There are several problems that keep jarring me out of the story and back into reality. There have been many times I've stopped and said to myself "That idea/scenario came directly from _______.
The dialog drives me crazy. There is way too much "He said", "She said" I couldn't believe an editor allowed it to remain. I kept thinking this must be the author's first book.
While the reader is certainly competent, often I find the cadence of the performance jarring and the inflection on the word "shadow" gets tiresome. I thought it must be something the reader affected until I heard the word "window."
Despite these problems I find the story very compelling. There are times I feel the author has done an excellent job of giving us a graphic explanation of the horror of certain situations and just how evil some of the characters are. I want to know what happens next and I liked it well enough to go ahead and purchase the second book in the series. I know at this point I will also need to get the third.
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