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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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    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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    Nenita 04-04-16
    Nenita 04-04-16
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    "wow factor"

    Sanderson's imagination is unbelievably impressive. he created a whole new world. I feel like i could relate with the characters (excellent character development)

    you just have lots of details and I had to listen again to help me understand some things.

    I didn't get the words of the dying at first and I had to refer to storm light Wikipedia for some information that were slightly confusing

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    Zac 04-04-16
    Zac 04-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly good"

    I went in expecting to like this book, ended loving it and finished it in only a few days.

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    Max Williams Phoenix, Arizona 04-03-16
    Max Williams Phoenix, Arizona 04-03-16
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    "Holy shit. But this book."

    This book was amazing. The characters are rich and lovable. The author is great about showing rather than describing a scene. The world is fascinating and left me stoked for the next book (which I've already purchased).

    It just got better and better as I listened. No complaints outside of the readers pronouncing one name differently (and thankfully only for one chapter).

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    Ahriman 04-02-16
    Ahriman 04-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Mysteriously Thrilling Character Study!"

    The story is full of intrigue, moral ambiguities, and descriptive battles. Assassinations, and endless conflicts abound in this detailed fantasy world. Every triumph in and outside of battle leave the reader wanting more. The same can be said for every failure the characters suffer as well. Yet, the most exciting part of the story is the central ethical question that every character faces at some point in the novel. Just how far should one go to protect those you care about?

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    sutie 04-01-16
    sutie 04-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Story that is Well Executed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Way of Kings to be better than the print version?

    The readers bring the words of the characters to life. I truly enjoyed the way the book was read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world the book takes place is unlike any I have read. I also love the thought process it guides the listeners and readers though.


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

    It was very engaging.


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    Fawkes 04-01-16
    Fawkes 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "My Favorite Book!"

    I love this book, but I have trouble re-reading books when I have so many I haven't read. Finally decided to listen to it while driving and working. The narrators were good, I enjoyed them. This is the first audio book I've ever listened to, so I can't really compare to others.

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