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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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    Mark New York, NY, United States 11-04-15
    Mark New York, NY, United States 11-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth persisting"

    The book was slow to start & jumps around a lot in the beginning, but then it captures you completely.

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    Johann 11-03-15
    Johann 11-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story!"

    Not only was it constantly interesting as a story must be to keep it's readers attached to it. The characters felt real, their development and growth made me feel connected to them. And using their different perspectives to tell the story at different points was brilliant!

    Great battles, clever schemes, and compelling moments have made this book one of the best, if not the best story I've heard in years.

    You will not be disappointed

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    Amazon Customer 10-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story."

    Well worth the time to listen to the end. Starting book 2 now. Sanderson has started an epic adventure.

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    Nicholas Opdyke 10-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    I was skeptical of this book at first, but after some time, allowing myself to become immersed in the strange world, I became hooked. I listened to this for hours during my commutes and while working. I'd find myself sitting in my car after an hour and a half drive, just to finish the chapter I was so wrapped up in. Just read it storm you!

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    "Stop scrolling! THIS is what you're looking for."
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    If you are like me, the fear of commitment will have you browsing for hours before making a selection. The fact that you are even reading this suggests that you are willing to spend the extra time before making your selection for fear of disappointment or wasting your time. Stop scrolling. This is what you're looking for.

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    kindle 10-29-15
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    "Brilliant start."

    A little light on action, character count, and emotional complexity. Overall the world building and believability of the characters themselves shines through as a work of a generation. This epic, if his branderson's skill continues to grow, will be one for the ages.

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    Kyle Richardson 10-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Found my new series"

    loved it, read this after finishing The Wheel of Time and found it a very suitable replacement.

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    Jim 10-26-15
    Jim 10-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply amazing"

    The title says it all. Started this one because I love Brandon Sanderson's work on the last three of the Wheel of Time. Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading performed all of those as well. So basically I will listen to anything that they perform and I will look into anything that Brandon Sanderson writes from this point forward. Well worth it.

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    Emy 10-25-15
    Emy 10-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very detailed, but drawn out"
    What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

    The fantasy world, the depth of thought put into it, the clear imagery and character building.


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

    I liked Michael Kramer's reading. His voice is easy to listen to.

    Kate's voice is nice, but she draws her words out, occasionally reminding me of Captain Kirk.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I listened to the book. I enjoyed the detail; casting a clearer image of a fantasy world. There are many parts that are anticlimactic. I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't a book I couldn't put down. I listened more to see if something would eventually happen.

    My significant other lost interest in the book and stopped listening to it with me completely.

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    Cogito 10-25-15
    Cogito 10-25-15

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    "Very engaging."

    You've heard people say that the book was too good to put down. This happens to be true of The Way of Kings.

    Because the book is essentially a fantasy, it takes a while to get into the story as one becomes familiar with the oddities of the fantasy kingdom. It is well worth the effort of learning the terminology and oddities of the setting.

    Although long, the book never seemed to be a slog and I found myself very much looking forward to my next session. Well worth the time and effort.

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