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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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    Mary Kelley Minneapolis, MN 08-18-15
    Mary Kelley Minneapolis, MN 08-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "If you liked The Wheel of Time"

    You will get hooked on this! Takes a bit to lay the groundwork but can't wait to start the next book!

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    Robbie Hunt 08-18-15
    Robbie Hunt 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply wonderful. I've listened three times!"

    The performances in this book are amazing! The story is fantastic, this is an excellent fantasy novel for those who want a change from "Tolkeinesque" fantasy.

    The single complaint I have is that the pronunciation of one character's name (Sadeus) is different depending on who is narrating.

    That is honestly my only complaint! I urge any fantasy fan to pick this book up but especially Sanderson fans!

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    booksaremyfriends 08-17-15
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    "Awesome!"

    First off both of the readers are awesome, 45+ hours and I still think this.

    Secondly Brandon Sanderson creates amazing worlds, just phenomenal characters, a unique story with so much lore built in over the course of the book. I can't wait to push play on the second book

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    Grumpy 08-16-15
    Grumpy 08-16-15
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    "Beware, dangerous"

    I began reading the book out of boredom.. I was thinking well, it cant be as good as wheel of times, but i will give it a chance, maybe it will surprise me..... And darn it, i was right! The book starts as any other fantasy. Slow, with little action and lots of unrelated scenes. The first 5 chapters were darn hard to remember, due to the amount of names, places and made up words. The next 10 chapters were better but still somewhat annoying to listen due to the style of writing (you will see what im taking about once you listen to it). And then the actual story begins, you start getting the hang on the writing style and start to understand enough to make it interesting. By the last 20 chapters you have no life, the book becomes everything ... You work listening to it, you eat listening to it, even argue with your wife listening to it... Your everyday day life becomes boring, you develop a mania for it.. And before you know it it's over! Damn it, now what?!? Well, dont worry... The second book is there, to calm your heart and destroy your real life! Enjoy...

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    Rose 08-16-15
    Rose 08-16-15
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    "Epic story telling with twists"
    What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

    The scope of it was on a very grand scale. Everything was full of details yet not so. For example the moral philosophy behind the main character's motives. The end of the story set up a premise for a greater story. I wanted to buy the hard copy of the second book immediately but the book store was closed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character building was amazing, their presents and their pasts was intense.The philosophy behind the story was epic.


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

    I did not have a favorite character because while the characters were relatable, they were flawed in so many disaparaged ways. But the least unlikeable was Dalinar Kholin, honorable tyrant.


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

    The Way of Kings, noblilty is not just in those that are born into, sinners, liars, murders, and failures can have it too.


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    Ron Nickell 08-16-15
    Ron Nickell 08-16-15
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    "Awesome story"

    This is not the first Sanderson story I've read but I enjoyed it more than the others.

    I did notice that the protagonist (Kaladin) found out about his powers just like Vin from the mist born books. Not a big problem but...

    I also had a slight problem with the actions of Shallan Davar. Some of the actions she did seemed out of character. I just did believe her motivation was strong enough.

    I loved the performance of the readers. Same cast from the WOT series. All in all just a great book and loads of fun. I've got the second book and just can't wait to get into it.

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    Mark McDonough 08-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    I cannot wait to listen to book 2! Brandon Sanderson is a true master of our time!

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    Will.I.Am 08-15-15
    Will.I.Am 08-15-15
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    "better than a song of ice and fire series"

    The last 8 cacti i need to transplant aside from 1 or 2 more which can wait, for the reason these must be moved or just given new dirt is because they are root bound or in super shitty limestone aoil from when i first started growing, collecting, and mixing for cacti.

    Still better than store bought cacti succulent mixes but the new blends i have been using work even better and without all that limestone to sliw.and stunt growth, which can be good in hard growing cacti to be tough. I hope that moving 99.99% of the collection to better custom mixed soil withput limestone would make them all explode in growth.

    Sitting in my greenhouse transplanting, smoking, and drinking beer. All thats left now is transplanting and the beer. I got the golden barrel up front left in its own pot after tickling he bad soil from its roots. Pic of it next perhaps. #Cactus #cacti #succulent #green #greens #greenhouse #garden #gardener #gardening #beer #alcohol #love #light #passion #peace #Fibonacci #nature #natural #organic #organics #flowerpower #flowerchild spirit #spiritual #knowledge #mescaline #psychedelic #trichocereus #kaitlin

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    Gerbrand 08-14-15
    Gerbrand 08-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very enjoyable!"

    Brandon creates a new world with well-developed characters. The story is both captivating and mystical. I really enjoyed this book!

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    Matthew 08-14-15
    Matthew 08-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "You can't go wrong with Brandon Sanderson"

    This is the beginning of another amazing series by Brandon Sanderson. The characters are all interesting and very diverse. They have great development throughout the whole book, and it's great to see each individual's perspective. The story has me completely engrossed and I'm greatly looking forward to the rest of the books to be published.

    Admittedly I wasn't sure of the narrators. I thought it sounded very monotonous. However, once I got use to each of their voices and really listened to the story they were telling me, I was and am very pleased with their performance. Each character is easily differentiated and they sound just like I imagine they would.

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