I have been slogging through this for days on end. It is well-written, but it just moves so slowly. The beginning moves right along and brings you into the story and characters - but halfway through things slow to a crawl. I feel about like I do the Two Towers by Tolkein - just get somewhere please and don't make me crawl through Mordor any more - here it is let's please be done with the University! For me - not one I would keep on my list - and I am pretty sure I won't be hopping onto the sequel.
One of the best Fantasy novels I've read in a long time. The characters are likable and interesting, and the plot is enjoyable and well written, gently mocking some of the more common fantasy cliches without seeming smug or irreverent. I highly recommend it!
This is a thoroughly engrossing story to listen to. The plot feels fresh and unfamiliar, which I find to be a nice switch from the many many many fantasy novels that are no more than tweaked versions of previous successful series. The story is told in a clever way, and I didnt find it highhanded with countless, similar sounding names of sons of sons of kings and overly complicated politics, etc.The narrator reads at a natural pace, and does a good job distinguishing voices and emotions. He mispronounces a less commonly used word or two, and misreads the cadence of a turn of phrase here and there, but not often enough to distract from the story.The only criticism I have concerning the writing is that every so often the author uses the lax grammar that we Americans have become notorious for. I found it slightly irksome, yet I was able to forgive the oversight.I had a great movie going on in my head as I followed along, which is what I want most from a good book. Give it a listen!