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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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    jesse alexander 08-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome fantasy book!!"

    I loved this shit!!! It was awesome. Downloading the next one now! The woman's voice wasn't as great as the guys. But the story was just so good.

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    Phoebe 08-13-15
    Phoebe 08-13-15 Member Since 2016

    21. Fantasy Nut. College Student. Food. Books. What more could you need?

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    "...Yeah. That was the best book I've ever read."
    What did you love best about The Way of Kings?

    EVERYTHING. But probably the world building. And the characters. In particular Kaladin. And Dalinar.

    Yeah... Everything.


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

    The ending because of all of those damn plot twists.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Kate Reading before (she was amazing) and I'm a huge fan of Michael Kramer and they were both phenomenal.


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

    I cursed a lot.

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    A lot.


    Any additional comments?

    THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT/LISTEN TO IT NOW.

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    Richard 08-07-15
    Richard 08-07-15
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    "Amazing"

    Great story. My first Sanderson book and I finished it in a week, the story will grab you and not let go. Alittle slow for some people, but I found the pace great because it allowed events to take place that would leave me amazed at the progression. If you love long fantasy books that are character driven buy it. Buy it now.

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    Michael BATTLE CREEK, MI, United States 08-07-15
    Michael BATTLE CREEK, MI, United States 08-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "glad I gave the story time to develop."

    Really held me hostage once I got into it. I also made sure I had the next book ready so there would be no break in the action.

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    Adam 08-06-15
    Adam 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "keep the names the same"

    kate reading likes to change the way names are pronounced. great book. in depth development

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    Scott Seale, AL 08-05-15
    Scott Seale, AL 08-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good"

    it took me a while to get into the story but as I got into it it kept getting better and better.

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    ANumber 08-03-15
    ANumber 08-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth sticking with for incredible book"

    It takes a little while to understand the characters, settings and plot. This actually becomes part of the eloquence of the book but requires some commitment in the beginning. It is absolutely worth the investment of time. Elegant story line with remarkable characters and depth of moral if you want to look deeper or pure engaging entertainment if that level is desired.

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    Roy 08-01-15
    Roy 08-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A true gem of fantasy writing!"

    Loved every second of it. Started out a little confusing, and I was worried about it's length. And I was right. 45 hours is simply not long enough. I went out and bought the next book the very next day.
    Amazing story, unique and surprising. Fantastic performance by the narrators too!

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    Herbert Fredericks 07-31-15
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    "great book ready for book two!!"

    loved it with the chapter swap male for male story. female for female story but hate when they try the other sex'd voice but did not take from the story one bit!

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    Elena 07-30-15
    Elena 07-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Sanderson at his Best"

    IMO, this book is Sanderson's best work to date. The pace of the book is rather slow to begin with, but I'm guessing that's because there's a lot of needed setup for this massively epic series. All in all, the story was amazing, and I look forward to reading the rest of the adventures of Kaladin and Dalinar.

    I gave the Performance 3 stars, wishing I could give 2.5 stars. Michael Kramer did another stellar performance, but Kate Reading was horrible....horrible. Her recorded voice sounded like a robot and some chapters she read I just had to flat out skip as her voice was just excruciating to listen to. She also decided to pronounce Sadeas' name differently than Kramer, causing me to wonder if we had a new character for a minute or two.

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