Soundbite Sunday – The Way of Kings

July 27, 2014 Audiobook, Fantasy 7

The-Way-of-Kings-610664Title: The Way of Kings
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Narrators: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
Rating (Story): ★★★★★
Rating (Narration):★★★★★

Many authors do one thing exceptionally well: world building, character creation and growth, or an intricate plot. Brandon Sanderson does an incredible job at all three. The world is very unique, with creatures and a magic system I never could have imagined. The world and the magical system are also notable for their internal consistency. The creatures described seem like the sort that would evolve together. The magical system follows clear, consistent rules. The world building take place through slow, constant information sharing, in parallel with both an epic, world-wide conflict and moving personal stories. The story wasn’t always straight forward or predictable and I loved the unexpected obstacles which forced every character to grow and change in order to succeed.

Fortunately, the audiobook narration was just as good as the story. Kate Reading did a great job with the chapters narrated by female characters and did a believable job portraying male characters when necessary. However, for me, Michael Kramer really stole the show. He did an amazing job with both male and female characters, as well as portraying an incredible variety of accents. More than anything else though, his voice was perfect for an epic fantasty  novel. Five stars all around!








7 Responses to “Soundbite Sunday – The Way of Kings”

  1. Jancee

    I’ve never read anything by Sanderson, so I’m not sure where to start. Is this part of a series? Does he have older stuff that lays the foundation of everything else? Where would you recommend jumping in?

    • DoingDewey

      This is the first book in a series, although currently only one sequel has been published. It was really fantastic and I think it would make a fine starting place. I’m also currently reading a completed trilogy of his, called the Mistborn trilogy, and while it’s good, it’s not as good as this series so far. The books are shorter which could make them a good place to start, but they’re definitely less epic.

  2. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I’ve heard so many great things about Sanderson’s novels, I really need to get around to reading one soon. I’m glad this was an excellent listen for you! It seems like I should seek out the audiobook! I normally find it difficult to focus on high concept fantasy stories through audio, but with great readers and perhaps something especially mind numbing to do at work (haha) I could really get into the audiobook too. I am interested in hearing these readers!

    • DoingDewey

      I’d been interested in picking up one of Sanderson’s books for a long time before I got to this one. It was a bit harder to get into than when reading because I couldn’t flip back to check names as easily, but once I got used to it and got into the story, I had a hard time imagining going back to reading the series. The narrator was just so good!

  3. Laurie C

    This sounds good. I would have normally thought I wouldn’t like a book like this, but reading Patrick Rothfuss’ books made me realize that I might like high fantasy more than I think.

    • DoingDewey

      Although this is only similar to Rothfuss’ books in a general way – high fantasy, long, beloved by readers – I thought it was even better, so hopefully you’d like at least as well too. I also think the character growth could make this book work even for readers who don’t always go for high fantasy.

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