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What did you like best about Oathbringer? What did you like least?
The premise of the book was great, and the end was decent. Liked the idea of the humans not necessarily being the heroes they thought they were.The rest was just tedious. I understood the characters after the second or third flashback, or other attempts to get me to understand. Became filler after a while. I really got tired of the Dalinar flashbacks in particular. Some were good, but too many had little point.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I love a good long book, but this was long without reason. Tedious is the best word I can use to describe it.
Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?
Kaladin is by far the best character, and Michael does his usual fantastic job. Kate Reading is such a perfect pairing in with MIchael. I really enjoy all her characters, but she really nailed Shallan in particular.
Do you think Oathbringer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I'm getting a bit tired of the seemingly endless layers of magic and universes. It gets to the point that nothing is impossible or final. No boundaries are no fun. No more books required for me.
Any additional comments?
Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I was so excited for this next book in the series, but by half way through I just wanted it to get to the point. I've listened to longer books and didn't want them to end, but not this one. Once again, tedious.
I probably would not have been so harsh on other authors, but Brandon Sanderson is one of the best there is. HIs bar is higher for me. Sorry, Mr. Sanderson.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
This is a decent book. Definitely the third best out of the three. Dalinar's storyline was fantastic, but Shallan's was nails on a chalk board at times. For the most part the rest of the book was good. There is a lot of lore and world building. I'd say as much as this is Dalinar's focused book it was just as much the stage setting world builder for the rest of the 5 part series(and probably the next 5 part series). Given that it can drag a little. Sanderson puts a lot of effort into character building in this one as well, however, maybe too much. It felt like every character was in the process of battling personal demons (like every character except Jasnah). This leads to a much darker tone than the last two. Between that and the attention to world building it can feel as if there isn't enough "oh snap" moments to balance it out. Besides my grips, the story and the "oh snap" moments were well written and made for a thoroughly entertaining listen.
My last grip has to be the narration. Michael Kramer was fantastic. One of the best I've ever listened to. For some reason he doesn't do the entire book, and instead they have Kate Reading do the female sections. I understand that can work out nicely and the contrast can be refreshing, but for whatever reason I just couldn't stand her sections (Espically when she had to do male voices). It is possible that I have this opinion becacuse the Shallan story in this book was what it was.
Anyways if you've read or listened to the first two you're already going to be getting this one so enjoy. If you're reading this and thinking of starting the series I highly recommend you do. This one might not be the greatest, but it builds off of the fantastic first two, and sets the stage for an epic conclusion.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful