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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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    Brent Tweedy Norman, OK 04-28-15
    Brent Tweedy Norman, OK 04-28-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Fantastic"

    Brandon Sanderson is top notch and Kramer and Reading both do a fabulous job reading.

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    Reat 04-28-15
    Reat 04-28-15
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    "Solid Book"

    can't wait to get started on the next one. Hope the third one is done soon

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    suitsme2 04-28-15
    suitsme2 04-28-15
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    "Good storyline- narration was distracting"

    I will listen to the next book because I want to know what happens to the characters . I did not care for the male/female narration. They both had a sing song quality that I found distracting. I finally got used to the male narrator. He had the majority of the narration. The female read one character 's point of view chapters and then, near the end, she read a different character that had been read by the male. She pronounced the name of one of the main characters differently than the male who had been saying it through the whole book. Totally threw me off. Took a few minutes to realize who the character was.

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    J. Daum Yakima, WA 04-27-15
    J. Daum Yakima, WA 04-27-15 Member Since 2013

    Unbelievable!

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    "Interesting story with lots of intricate details!"

    Great book ! Fun to read! Looking forward to reading the other books in the series!

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    Mohamad 04-26-15
    Mohamad 04-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not to be missed"
    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Both readers are now among the top 5 I've ever listened to


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is my first ever review of anything on Amazon & Audible, and I chose this particular book because it deserves to be honored as such.It's always fascinating for me when I morph into one of the characters in a book I'm reading. I identify with the character, our thought processes in sync, our motivations identical, our demons one, our decisions matching. Kudos to authors whom take the time to understand the complexities of human nature, and artfully mold those traits and mannerism into their characters. Hat tip to Brandon Sanderson for doing just that in his "The Way of Kings," my first, and definitely not last, book by him. As you may know this is Book 1 of the ten planned for The Stormlight Archive series.It is my sincere belief that this series (and yes I'm willing to bet the farm that the next nine books will be just as spectacular) should be read by any reader, and not just the epic and fantasy fans, and speaking of which are already gaga over the first two published books. This is a book about human nature first and foremost, as well as politics, military tactics, academia, history (in the fictitious form Sanderson creates), among many other things. The book needs a little imagination, which I'm sure any human being holds an abundance of. And I end this spoiler-free section wishing for a Shardblade *waits for ten heartbeats*.Spoilers: Do not cross past this pointThe book is beautifully written and the plot fluid, and I was stunned by two fantastic twists towards the end, highlighting Sanderson's mastery in weaving the storylines and delivering plausible, believable, yet extremely surprising outcomes. The first revolves around what Kaladin perceives as a generalized betrayal by lighteyes as perpetrated by Amaram and embodied by the Shardblade that Kaladin gave up, and how that betrayal is reversed by Dalinar through nothing other than, lo and behold, the giving up of a Shardblade! The second twist has to do with those chilling pre-death accounts at the beginning of chapters that keep you wondering as to their relevance. And to finally see Taravangian for who he really is, together with his possession of Szeth's Oathstone, left me dumbfounded.Great job by Sanderson and I really can't wait to start the next one, though I am faced with the common dilemma of patience versus instant gratification.


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

    Hands down: Dalinar


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

    Made me laugh in a triumphant manner a couple of times, especially at certain junctions in Dalinar's story line.


    Any additional comments?

    One odd thing for me, was the completely different ways the readers pronounced Sadeas' name. I'm not sure of how did this oversight occur, but it's something that I found strange.

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    Chester Elliott 04-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So good."

    Amazing, a great hight fantasy tale with a booming engaging narrator. Get this book! l

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    james 04-25-15
    james 04-25-15
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    "Incredible Work of Art!!!!"

    Brandon Sanderson is s masterful writer. R. R. Martin does not compare to Sanderson. The world building in "The Way of Kings" is intense and detailed. After reading the novel it feels like I am a citizen that lives on Roshar. Sanderson goes into great detail about the history, politics, and the every day living on Roshar. Characterization is outstanding. If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, this is a must read!!

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    Mitchell 04-24-15
    Mitchell 04-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    The events in this book are very intriguing and so was the subject matter. I like this author's style of writing. I really enjoyed this book! I will definitely be listening to the next one in the series.

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    runnerpaul Shelby Twp. MI 04-23-15
    runnerpaul Shelby Twp. MI 04-23-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A Long Book but could not put it down!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The narrators be a great job with the various characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bridge four's leader, because of the way his character grew.


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

    Both did an awesome job with the various characters they narrated.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes in the end it was, except of course there is no way I could listen to a 40 hour plus book in one sitting! I did find myself trying to make time to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Just started the next book, enjoying it as well just 42 hours to go!

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    Conor L 04-23-15
    Conor L 04-23-15
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    "Slow start but worth it!"

    A great listen, male narrator more enjoyable than the female but that's probably more to do with the characters each reads. The male narrator gets the messiest ones.

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