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The Way of Kings Audiobook

The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

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Publisher's Summary

Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the 10 consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where 10 armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

©2010 Dragonsteel Entertaiment, LLC (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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    Amazon Customer USA 04-15-16
    Amazon Customer USA 04-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I think I may have cried a little"

    Incredible story and character development! I got so sucked into the character's lives that I felt like I knew them and I worried for them. While listening to the last battle scene I was driving my kids to school with the book playing in one ear, tears in my eyes quietly shouting "save them...you have to save them "

    (There is a name pronunciation guide in the back of the book. .. even if you're not going to pronounce the name right, could both readers be consistent in how a name is pronounced? Sometimes it's hard to follow a story when a "new"character appears out of no where just because a different person is reading. )

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    Christer 04-15-16
    Christer 04-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book I've read!"

    This book is the best in fantasy I have ever read! The world is immersive, the characters deep! Thank you Brandon Sanderson for writing this book!

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    Colton J. Weingarden California 04-15-16
    Colton J. Weingarden California 04-15-16 Member Since 2012

    Check out my youtube!

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    "Incredible"

    So much love and care into creating characters and places. Gives you chills and keeps you going. Starts off a little odd but ends up amazing.

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    Mark Pelley 04-14-16
    Mark Pelley 04-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "slow start strong finish"

    it took a while to get into the story, but about a quarter way in it picked up speed and got quite good. I didn't like the choice of cove actor for the male part of the story, I found his voice very inflexible. The female voice actor I found quite good. over all it was a really good story.

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    JLPonce 04-14-16
    JLPonce 04-14-16

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    "Awesome!!!!"

    I Loved it. I want to know more about Shallan! The world you transported in is truly magical.

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    Timmy 04-12-16
    Timmy 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brandon Sanderson is a genius read all his stuff"

    Sanderson has a way of making stories come full circle. With inspiring characters and a beautifully crafted universe his stories are a must read for fiction lovers.

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    Amy Hakim TYLER, TX, US 04-11-16
    Amy Hakim TYLER, TX, US 04-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Beautiful narration. Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.. I look forward to the next book.

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    taylor mcburney 04-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The build up to an amazing series i hope!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    I feel like Brandon Sanderson does an amazing job of putting you in the shoes of the person who's point of view you are currently going through, you can feel the Bridgeboys pain, and the anxiety that Shalon goes through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way of Kings?

    I will not answer this because it is a huge spoiler.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I feel like they do a much better job of feeding emotion into the story than if i was reading it in my head.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    good lord no its like 50 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    An amazing book, you should listen to it.

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    Stephen 04-06-16
    Stephen 04-06-16
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    "Slow at first - but very engaging!"

    It should be a bit slow. This is a 5 book story arc followed by another 5 book story arc.
    Once I fell into the very very detailed building of the book, characters, motives, dimensions, environments- I was hooked.
    I loved Sanderson's 'Mistborn' and 'The Stormlight Archives' is equally as imaginative and relatable.
    The male voice narrator is a favorite of mine. The female switch for female perspective chapters was a bit sad for me, but she did a very good job as well! I'm glad they narrate the next book together. :)
    This book was very good. And I'm a little sad the books seem to come out very far apart from one another but I don't mind if they are all as well crafted and detailed as this book!

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    David West Lafayette, IN, United States 04-05-16
    David West Lafayette, IN, United States 04-05-16 Member Since 2015

    Just a guy that likes a good story.

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    "Mad Genius"

    This is, without a doubt, another wonderful novel by Brandon Sanderson. His ability to weave such realistic worlds into being is simply amazing. This book is no exception. The real story here is the idea of the "Cosmere". It turns this from another glorious fantasy story into the realm of mad genius. The idea that there is something so much larger going on across worlds with an undertone of deity level challenges happening in the background of these grand epics blows my mind. I find myself clamoring for the next tid bit in each novel and looking for the connections between worlds... I ended up having to go by the written novels as well so I could cross reference. I just can't say enough good things about this concept.

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