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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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    Michael 11-19-15
    Michael 11-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to The Way of Kings again? Why?

    In a few years time yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't remember the name, but the disgraced soldier who lead the rebellion


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

    flavor and depth.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    quite a few, but it's been over a year since i have heard it


    Any additional comments?

    definately worth the time. i listened to it traveling across country. a good way to kill silent car rides

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    Scott 11-19-15
    Scott 11-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, You cannot read just one in the series"

    The plot follows several main characters, each individual story progressing the plot to a slowly revealed grand scheme, all without repeating redundant events. I believe this fantasy world to have a very rich and colorful history. The culture is vey detailed, making the world truely unique. Narration is well done, easy to understand, and both narrators breathe lofe into the story.

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    Emilio 11-17-15
    Emilio 11-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterpiece"

    Brandon Sanderson, thank you for providing these timeless books, Michael kramer, thank you for breathing life into these captivating masterpieces.

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    Jacob Allison 11-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This book is amazing!"

    I couldn't leave this thing alone... Do not waste time reading any more reviews. Seriously.

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    Matt Rudy 11-12-15
    Matt Rudy 11-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Spinning the wheels but not going anywhere"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they are in the market for a long fantasy book, however, only if they haven't read other better books.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brandon Sanderson before, how does this one compare?

    Brandon Sanderson is excellent at creating interesting worlds. The culture, environment, hierarchy are all great, but the characters are always the weakness. Compared to Steelheart, thank goodness the main curse words are "storm" based rather than the utterly stupid sounding CALAMITY!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They are all slow and nothing particularly stands out.


    Do you think The Way of Kings needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, since its designed to be a long fantasy epic. Due to how it takes for things to progress and compared to what all is hinted at, this could be a very long series. This audiobook and the next are already 40+ hours.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is interesting because in my mind it is very similar to a soap opera. There is a lot of dialogue and development of character's thoughts, but it comes at the expense of nothing happening. Once something does happen, you can always count on the story switching to something that is no where near what you want to be reading. There is just so much fluff and filler that at times its a slow read. Brandon Sanderson is truly the master of the long tease and if you want to be tantalized with interesting things almost happening, this is perfect.

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    Trevor Kirk 11-10-15
    Trevor Kirk 11-10-15
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    "My new fix after reading ASOIAF! MUST READ"

    The Stormlight Archive had big shoes to fill after reading what I considered a masterpiece by GRRM. I am glad to tell you that this series doesn't disappoint. The story is so engaging that I found myself genuinely excited or enraged at some points, which almost never happens to me. The cast of main characters are incredible. They seem to fit into stereotypical "types" at first but as the story continues each character surprises me with so much depth that leaves me itching for the story to come back to them so I know what they will do next. This allowed me to enjoy ALL of the book unlike many others I have read/listened too. Anyways I am just rambling now, do yourself a favor and buy this series. If you have just come off your ASOIAF high and feel like you have a gaping whole left in your soul trust me this series will fill it and leave you wanting more. New favorite series!!!

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    Gregory 11-10-15
    Gregory 11-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome story"

    I could not stop listening! This book was awesome. I highly recommend it. It is well worth the time.

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    Donald 11-09-15
    Donald 11-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Kate and Michael are like peanut butter and jelly"

    I have listened to this 4 times now. I love this series. Art work.

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    Amazon Customer 11-08-15 Member Since 2015

    gubernaculum222

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    "I couldn't get past the terrible narration"

    I hope this story is as good as it seemed. The narration was horrific and ruined it for me. I felt the the male narrator was reading a technical, equipment list/manual. The manner was distracting and nauseating. Skip the audiobook and do for the printed word on this one.

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    John 11-06-15
    John 11-06-15 Member Since 2008

    Audible is how I read.

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    If you could sum up The Way of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    ARE YOU KIDDING? or
    CANNOT BE DONE!


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

    When Kaladin and Shallan were in the trench...


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    They are the greatest pair of narrators. Superstars of the Narrating world. Love their voices!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An Adventure to finally match the word EPIC.


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