This Audible book has been ruined for me by the narrator, Cristofer Jean. His style of pausing and the voice he uses for all male characters makes it ..Show More »impossible to listen to the story. I'll have to pick this book up as a hard copy from the library as listening to it is painful.
I'm a big fan of Brent Weeks though and would highly recommend his Night Angel Trilogy though I can't speak for the narration of the Audible version as I haven't listened to it.
Audible was very understanding and had no problem with me returning the book, as always their customer service was great!
I will listen to it again, I'm sure. This is a wonderful story full of vibrant, realistic characters and some of the best world building I've ever see..Show More »n. That said with this performance, vibrant characters feel wooden and charismatic, subtle leaders feel like bullies. The reading takes away from the wonderful story. If your tossing up between the audio book and the book, take the book.
The Broken Eye is absolutely awesome. Andross' manipulations start coming to fruition, the white is combating those manipulations, Gavin Guile is hel..Show More »d prisoner and believed dead by many, Teia has become a spy, and Kip is making deals with his grandfather. Simon Vance does a great job with the narration making The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks more awesome, if that is even possible.
First, I'll just say that I've been a huge fan of Weeks from the first chapter of the Night Angel trilogy, and I still hold that the Blinding Knife is..Show More » one of my favorite reads of all time. He weaves an awesome story with humor, subtle plot clues and twists, and realistically flawed and dimensional characters. So many authors in this genre talk about clever characters, but Weeks actually creates them! Andros/Kip/The White are all deviously smart, and you actually see that firsthand. Weeks also is amazingly subtle about huge moments and plot-changing questions. This is what I love about his books. For example, Kip's actions in the first two books are debatably some of the most astounding examples of drafting that have been described in the whole series. But their significance is downplayed, and it is only later that you realize just how amazing some events are.
However, I was left somewhat disappointed by this book. People call it a filler book, not sure if I agree with that. What got me was the "character development". Kip grows up, Gavin (Dazen) matures a bit. But what it amounts to just seems to be complacency. All of a sudden Kip just begins capitulating to Andros instead of rashly fighting back? That is not the Kip we have come to love. By the end of the book, it seems like he just lost his spunk and became another pawn on the board, rather than someone who is playing the game. Gavin does the same thing too. Once described as the person who bends the world to his will, in his big moment to fight and save himself, he just decides to complacently take unjust and ruinous punishment? That's not the Gavin we've come to love either. The two most moving and entertaining characters all of a sudden give up their tenacity and seem to lose their world-dominating will. That fact just left me sad. There is room to grow who they have become, but where we are now I think Kip and Gavin are far less moving than their former selves just a half book ago.
Finally, the ending. The last 20 minutes or so throw some cool twists, but the end-of-the-book, all-or-nothing, life-and-death display of drafting that Kip performs in this third installment was... a wheel? The first two books, Kip does seriously impressive things when pushed to the edge. And now, after his training, coming into his powers, and newfound knowledge he is far less impressive than he was at the close of the first book. Went from Green Golem army killer, to pirate ship destroying and god killing super drafter, to making a yellow wheel kinda fast. What?
In all, I really enjoyed the first half of the book. The second just left me... well sad. Still a great read, and I'm only negative because the first two were so impressive. Absolutely worth reading, and I will be actively googling "lightbringer book 4 release date" obsessively for the next year or two just as I did for this installment.