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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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    TehFrederick 12-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Recommended!"

    Exceptional book, absolutely fantastic story telling and multiple characters leads to a very compelling novel.

    Further, the two voice actors have great voices with a wide range of alternate accents and emotions. The performance is fantastic.

    Over all one of my favorite books ever, I highly recommend it.

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    pineappu 12-26-15
    pineappu 12-26-15
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    "Take the time & you'll enjoy it!"

    Though it occurs in a world vastly unlike that of Jon Snow, Danaerys, and the others, Sanderson's "The Way of Kings" reminds me of it in spirit. The characters aren't two dimensional; they have weaknesses, prejudices, and strengths that make them human -- both frustrating and likable. At times the story seemed to move slowly, but if you persevere you will be rewarded with characters you care for more and more, a physical world that is fascinating, and a race against time and unknown opponents to unravel the threads of impending doom. I just finished listening to this book and will be downloading the second installment as soon as this review is posted!

    P.S. One minor annoyance: the two narrators pronounce Sadeus (spelling?) differently. Wish they'd coordinated to use the same pronunciation.

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    This guy 12-24-15
    This guy 12-24-15
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    "New favorite series"

    Buy it. Read it. Love it. Trust that the series will be completed within your lifetime

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    Bethann Wisconsin 12-23-15
    Bethann Wisconsin 12-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "10/10 For All Criteria"
    Any additional comments?

    As an avid Fantasy reader and former English student, I have very high standards for this genre. Most good series fall short in one way or another. This one does not! The world building is flawless and totally original. The Characters are complex and flawed, but still relatable and compelling. The story moves along quickly, but does not feel rushed or predictable. You add the length to these other virtues, and you have a real benchmark masterpiece for the genre!

    The icing on the cake is that this series is read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading! I quite honestly couldn't ask for more! Well done, Sanderson, well done.

    ***Respectful Slow Clap***

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    DAVE 12-22-15
    DAVE 12-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "My kind of listen..... except"

    My ONLY complaint is Kate Reading's cadence. I find it extremely irritating.

    Michael Kramer, however, is simply the best storyteller I've ever heard.

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    Jason Zulauf 12-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Non-Stop Read!"

    I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys deep characters and original settings & storylines. ^_^

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    Jason waverly, TN, United States 12-19-15
    Jason waverly, TN, United States 12-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Way of Kings to be better than the print version?

    Yes, The readers do a great job!


    What other book might you compare The Way of Kings to and why?

    Name of the wind
    The Riyria Chronicles


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Kaladin


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Did not want to stop reading it!


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    Phillip United States 12-18-15
    Phillip United States 12-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Started slow but once it got going..."

    Seem to start slow as the world was built for us, but once it got going it was well worth the time and credit. Well thought out and a phenomenal setting reminiscent to me of Frank Herbert's Dune where the world is so different from our own yet the conflicts over power and wealth are much the same. The ending left me wanting more and I look forward to the next installment.

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    Justin Young Las Vegas 12-15-15
    Justin Young Las Vegas 12-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great fantasy book! I became fully engulfed."

    Great fantasy book!!! I became fully engulfed in the world. both narrators are very skilled and capture the characters well. I would recommend this to anyone.

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    Daniel W Belew 12-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Impressed"

    This is my first Brandon Sanderson exposure and I am hooked. I am excited to start the next story. I will write a longer review when the series is complete.

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