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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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    Richard 06-19-15
    Richard 06-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


    What did you like best about this story?

    Awesome world and Magic. Great characters.


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

    Yes with MK no with KR. She was great would listen again for sure.


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

    Oh yes


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait until the rest of the series to come out.

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    Matthew Dawson 06-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    Was hesitant at first to listen to this monster, but it is well worth it. I couldn't stop listening after the halfway point. At some points putting the speed faster. Very good

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    CGny 06-18-15
    CGny 06-18-15
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    "Amazing"

    Brandon Sanderson has become one of my favorite authors. He makes his world's come to life and always has several twists in his books that just make you beg for more. This book is no exception it is an awesome experience filled with so much.

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    Blake K McBride 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "You attend a rodeo for the bull riding and everything else is just build up."

    This book has a great story- it only took 30 hours of listening to finally get into the meat.

    I personally liked the connection everything began to have towards the end. I did not like at all the narrator. Not enough charisma or color as he/she read. In fact the female narrator was too childish and dry.

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    Dave ORR, MINNESOTA, United States 06-18-15
    Dave ORR, MINNESOTA, United States 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read ok listen"

    Great start to an epic but if you've read the mistborn saga he reuses a lot of lines . Still highly recommend

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    Riley Vasseur 06-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    GoT was the first audiobook series that I had listened to and I did not know where to start once I finished it. I could not have picked a better book than The Way of Kings. The book paints a great picture of the world and its history. The way the author describes the battles and skirmishes makes you feel like you are inside the skin of the character.

    If you liked GoT, or you love stories that detail the rich culture and backstory of the land, I can't recommend this enough. I am hooked

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    Nathan1342 06-16-15
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    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    This story was great! Being the first book of 10 it sets things up nicely and creates a very immersive world. Nice take on a magic system and the characters are relatable and well written. i've read the mistborn trilogy and this series is even better. Right up there with Robert jordans wheel of time epics. Can't wait until the other books are released.


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

    As always kate and Michael do a fantastic job narrating.


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    J 06-14-15
    J 06-14-15
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    "great story it draws you in"

    I really enjoyed this book and it is really massive. but keeps you entertained all the way. this is one you should buy.

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    Brandon 06-12-15
    Brandon 06-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, duo narrators killed sections though."

    I felt like Kramer did a great job but they didn't match up on names during different sections of the book. I would have preferred a single narrator.

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    Scott Hebard 06-12-15
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    "Great book"

    This book has wonderful characters that are complex and full of questions about themselves. The world that has been created in this book is fascinating new and exhilarating. It leaves many questions unanswered which leaves you wanting the story to continue to find out more. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for it to continue.

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