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  • Shadows of Self

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,877
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,618

With The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson surprised listeners with a New York Times best-selling spinoff of his Mistborn audiobooks, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America. The trilogy's heroes are now figures of myth and legend, even objects of religious veneration. They are succeeded by wonderful new characters, chief among them Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary lord of House Ladrian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thankfully "Mistborn" Continues

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-09-15

Good but seems to get lost in it's own mythology

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I loved the previous book in this series, the characters all had great chemistry and the constant witty banter between Wax and Wayne kept me laughing all the way through. So I naturally went right on through to the next one. This one from the beginning takes a more depressing turn, and like the original series "the final empire" you become bombarded with conflicting religions and forces that are you can not relate to. Furthermore Wax and his buds are mostly separate for most of this book, leaving Wax to be broody by himself and it lost a lot of the charm that the first one had. Instead of a fun almost western lawman crime story it became a darker story about one man up against forces for which he is no match. Forces that use him like a pawn, and destroy his faith for their own purposes.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There were definitely fun parts, a big part of the book is a murder mystery and a man-hunt which goes right back to what I loved about the first one. I even enjoyed the return of the Candra from the final empire series, though their presence felt unnatural in this story. The twist at the end is shocking, and so if you like trying to figure out the end or the twists in books I would recommend this one, because you will probably be surprised. I know I was.

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,151

Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What if your body could never heal?

  • By Lore on 09-12-13

Everything Fantasy Writing Should Be

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Any additional comments?

A fantastic cast of characters, mysteries that leave you up till all hours of the night needing to know their answers, a subtle but beautiful love story and a protagonist with more identities and disguises than you can keep up with. This was a great book! From the first scene you are hooked and the three varied points of view converge at exactly the right points in the right ways to drive the reader absolutely mad. What a fun read.

  • The Vagrant

  • By: Peter Newman
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. Years have passed since humanity's destruction emerged from the Breach. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape. A s each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was the concept and the prose that kept me goin

  • By Alexandra on 08-18-15

It was the concept and the prose that kept me goin

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Any additional comments?

The story itself had issues, very little happens and you really never get a chance to understand what is happening. While it can be refreshing not to have that ten page conversation where the characters blatantly explain their universe for the sake of the reader, I could have used a little more explanation. I patiently waited and one simply never came. The story also ends and I feel that nothing is really resolved. That being said the way that this story is told is absolutely phenomenal. Only one of the main characters actually speaks (and not until a good way through) you get to know our protagonist "vagrant" solely through his actions, you never get to hear his thoughts, it was really a brilliant and imaginative way to tell the story (I just wish the story itself had been a little less vague).

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    Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
    6,150 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: James Yaegashi
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,103

An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's Your god like?

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

If you are still pining for an Elantris Sequel

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Any additional comments?

I had just finished Elantris and really wanted a sequel, fortunately if you loved Elantris and are looking for something similar here it is. This might also be a downside to the story though. Right down to random deities, headstrong princess, and a religious figure struggling with his faith, and religions ultimately clashing. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it, but I was unimpressed with how all the stories converged and felt that it took a little too long to get going.

Spoliers:

The only thing that did not work for me in this book was the most interesting plots and characters are the least in the book. Vasher is by far the most interesting and dynamic of all the characters, however you really don't get to see him until over two thirds of the way through. I really disliked the Vivina character until two thirds of the way through the book (when she finally meets up with Vasher). Siri was a cute character but she ultimately does nothing. Really the only result her character renders in the whole thing was that her marriage causes her sister to leave. Finally we have lightsong, who is the most annoying and pointless character who in the end is the only one who matters. Lightsong was a frustrating story to read, because really he does nothing the entire book, until the last five pages. I would have been fine seeing his character through Siri's eyes, I don't think he needed his own point of view.