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  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,094
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,078

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Loved It!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I love the world that Sanderson has built here and I'm super excited for where this series is going. This is quite a long book but it definitely pays off in the end. We're getting more and more info regarding the Cosmere as a whole and I couldn't be more happy about that.

My one complaint about this book, as well as The Way of Kings, is Kate Reading. I've never been so unhappy when a specific POV character's chapter begins as with Shallan chapters. Throughout the first book I couldn't be sure if that was because I simply don't like Shallan but this book was able to settle that for me with a length chapter with Shallan read by Kramer. It was like she was a new, much more likable character. Suddenly I was amused by her dialogue and her interactions with Kaladin rather than rolling my eyes and looking at my watch. Kate reading has this fascinating way of making me hate every character she voices. They all sound like whiny 12 year old brats. Not only that but her pacing and intonation can completely ruin the meaning of dialogue and she has an extremely bizarre way of reading that makes random sentences sound like questions. It's so bad that at a specific moment when Kaladin jumps into a fight and it immediately switches to Shallan's perspective I literally yelled "Noooooooo!" at the top of my lungs, terrified that I'd have to listen to an action sequence as read by Reading. If she wasn't performing along side the amazing Michael Kramer this might not be such a huge deal and I might have a much easier time getting used to it. It's just so unfortunate that such amazing books are marred by this terrible reading.

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  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53,444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,394
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,395

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Excellent Book, 1/2 Amazing Performance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I decided to write a review for this book because I seem to have a differing opinion on this book than many others, specifically regarding the performances. To give some context I've already read all of Mistborn Era 1 and 2 (3 books as of this writing) as well as the Reckoners novels and this is my favorite Sanderson novel yet. I love the worlds that Sanderson builds and the magic systems he creates. I'm also super excited that we’re getting more mention of the Cosmere in these books as compared to the Mistborn books. Sanderson had me hooked from the start and my only regret is that I have so long to wait before the series is complete!

Regarding the performances, Michael Kramer is amazing as usual. Still one of my favorites. Unfortunately, Kate Reading really hurts this book for me. Nearly every sentence ends with a strange and distracting upward pronunciation almost like a question. Then there’s the horrible French-ish accent she gives to the Thaylen characters. She even uses a different pronunciation compared to Michael Kramer in the second half of the book for Sadeas which was very confusing at first. I feel like her performance is a major hindrance in my enjoyment of the Shallan POV chapters. She makes Shallan sound so whiney and makes it difficult for me to resist skipping her chapters all together. Luckily there are enough moments in her story that keep me pressing through despite the horrible performance. I thought I’d get used to it at some point but unfortunately, even after many hours, it just hasn’t happened yet.