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Thomas M. Rumba

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  • World of Warcraft: Stormrage

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Richard A. Knaak
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (196)

    Many are the mysteries surrounding the Emerald Dream and its reclusive guardians, the green dragonflight. In times past, druids have entered the Dream to monitor the ebb and flow of life on Azeroth in their never-ending quest to maintain the delicate balance of nature.

    Spencer Porter says: "Mispronunciation Galore"
    "Terrible performance of a good book."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader consistently misspronounced common names and places from the World of Warcraft, i.e. Arthas, Sylvanas, Anduin, and Teldrassil. In the first 20 minutes it's comical. After two hours it's distracting. By the second part I wanted to grab the narrator by the shoulders and shake him vigorously. Also, there is no depth of variety in character voices. Orc warriors have melodious high pitched voices and he uses about 4 different inflections to speak for about 16 different characters.


    What other book might you compare World of Warcraft: Stormrage to and why?

    "Wolfheart". Another work from Richard A. Knaak with many of the same characters. The reader of "Wolfheart" (Scott Brick) is a polar opposite to Mr. Ferrone. He has a huge variety of character voices with each one being distinct and recognizable. It is painfully clear that Mr. Ferrone had never heard of Azeroth or any of its inhabitants before picking up "Stormrage" and trying miserably to read it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Ferrone’s performances?

    Will definitely not listen to another World of Warcraft book read by Richard Ferrone. Might be more apt to take a chance on a story read by him that I have no prior knowledge of characters, plot, or fictional setting.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is not one fo Knaak's best works, but is definitely worth reading (Not listening to, but reading). I enjoyed the updates on classic characters from World of Warcraft lore. Provides a firm bridge between the events that concluded with the defeat of the Lich King and "The Shattering" by Christie Golden, which leads into the Cataclysm.


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