This was a mediocre story. If you're a big fan of World of Warcraft you'll still get something out of it but if not don't waste the credit as this story will have nothing of interest to you. Christie Golden's other works were great on their own but her work of the last few years are only enjoyable to those who religiously follow the game. This is a script to advance the WoW story line and not a whole lot more, the voice acting didn't help as the female voice actor was unable to portray most of the characters convincingly or even express emotions in a believable way.
Write more balanced narrative. The issue is that the horde story line is stale and one sided
Saving my brain from devoting any more effort to this witness of death throws for a once fun and proud product
Why even have alliance characters have any lines?
This novel is only for those who are dedicated to World of Warcraft. It will fill in holes or lore that a player might be curious about.
The writing itself was horrible. Often I wanted to tell the author "Show, don't tell." When the author wasn't explaining events like an encyclopedia, she was portraying flat characters. Kinndy the Gnome, for example, was often described as being up-beat, yet most of what the character actually said was bitter and obnoxious. The entire atmosphere felt like bad, in-game role-play. The few, but large, plot holes weren't even the worst aspect.
The story gets better after the second half, but it is still not worth reading. Seeing as how it is written like a long wiki article, it is a better to read a web sites summation than this book.
Her reading was mediocre. Her performance was not necessarily bad, but most of her voices sounded identical.
I really enjoyed the story of WoW: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War but the reading by Justine Eyre was a little...annoying at times. She does an amazing job with the Alliance races but to hear her do the voices of Garrosh or Malkorok is just strange. I often found myself pulled from the story wondering why they didn't just get a male with a deep voice to do the harsh tongues of the orcs or maybe just have her read through it instead of trying to make a bellowing voice. Overall though, it was a great listen.
If you are a WoW fan, either old or new, you'll appreciate the story. You don't need to know too much either. Just know that Blue Dragons recently tried to destroy the world and the Horde are now under the leadership of Garrosh Hellscream and you'll be fine.
Yes and no. As I said earlier, she has troubles with the Horde side of the story but knocks the Alliance out of the park.
Prepare for War...again.
If you can look past the Orc voices (and to a lesser degree the Tauren) then you'll be able to enjoy this reading of a pretty good WoW book.
Yes. Because audiobooks are expensive, the narrator's voice isn't bad, and the story is good.
None, really I haven't listened to any of the other Warcraft audio books.
Audio books in general are great because you can do other things while "reading." it also allows you to focus more in the story than if you are a speedy reader like I am. Justine does an acceptable job as a narrator, and I would definitely listen to her work again.
This is a fantastic companion novel for those who play World of Warcraft. I picked it up because I'm the leader of a role-playing guild on WoW and the lore in it is practically essential to being able to understand the scope of Garrosh's actions.
The story itself is good, the romance in it seemed vaguely forced, but I've never been a fan of that particular male character. The best parts to this horde player were the parts showing Baine and Vol'jin's unease with the entire situation. I most certainly will be buying an audio book version of the next novel when it is released.
This is my favorite World of Warcraft book yet! I love the fact that the events of the book tie in so closely with in-game quests around the Mists of Pandaria expansion. I listened to an interview with the author where she talks about working with the quest writers. At one point in the book, there is actually a reference to Jaina's "companions" and in the Theramore event in-game that's YOU! Love it. Highly recommend this book.
Extremely Entertaining Lore
World of Warcraft: Wolfheart (the previously released WoW Book) felt like it was there just for the sake of being there and thus pales in comparison. Tides of War fills such an important role in Warcraft Lore and is so well done you can only wish the game had this much detail. Having a female point of view makes Christie Golden's tones that much better.
Justine's voice matcher perfectly with the main character, Jaina, and made the book feel almost like it was being told by that character. This made the story that much more heartfelt when drama started.
Scorched Theramore Spawns Scorned Women.
I loved this book, it's absolutely essential for any players of Warcraft that want more than just a random button clicking game. Of all the books written to date on Warcraft, I've gotten the most from this one.
I liked that it looked at Jaina someone who is a major part of what happens in the lore.
I'd recommend this to a person who has played the game otherwise it might be a little to focused on WoW to be a enjoyable fantasy book.
The battle scenes are well described and exciting with the narrating actor's influence.
No I haven't, but I'd like to after this one.
I did find myself looking for excuses to listen more.
WoW fans will love it.
I recommend this book if you are interested in the backstory leading into the Mists of Pandaria expansion! This audiobook only requires a basic knowledge of Warcraft lore and familiarity with the game.
A lot is covered in this book, from Garrosh and the Horde leadership, the Kirin Tor, Jaina Proudmoore, and the Blue Dragonflight.
The voice acting has been done very well, my favorite impersonation being Trade Price Gallywix. (I don't know why)