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The Way of Kings Audiobook

The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

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 ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.
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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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    MDT 10-29-14
    MDT 10-29-14
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    "Forty Plus Hours and Worth Every Minute"
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    The narrators were excellent handling a variety of characters with some great voices, especially Michael Kramer. The plot and characters are very well developed and there are so many pieces to the puzzle deftly woven into the story. Even the supporting cast of characters are great.


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

    How it ended. Those last four or five chapters were amazing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle near the end of the book involving Calladin (sp?) and Delanar (sp?) (When I listen to a fantasy book with newly created names, spelling them correctly is not easy.) The book took flight in so many ways as so many of the subtle details given early in the book explode in meaning and connection.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The battle near the end of the book, the confrontation Delanar had with Thaddeus and finally the conversation that Delanar had with Calladin after the battle.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend the book, but be prepared to want to listen another 48 hours to the next book in the series. it is easy to get hooked.

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    Steven 10-26-14
    Steven 10-26-14
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    "Awesome Book!! Awesome Narration!!"

    Best of everything!!! Narrators made the book even better. Perfectly done. Will be looking for every book written by Brandon Sanderson and any book Narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. Outstanding!!!!

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    Hrasco 10-24-14
    Hrasco 10-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Thankful for such a great author!!"
    Would you listen to The Way of Kings again? Why?

    Yes I will and plan too. I just fell in love with the characters and the whole story.


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

    “Tonight,” Lopen said, finger to the air, “I will be victorious. It is said you should never bet against the one-armed Herdazian in a drinking contest"


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

    It was great. I do agree with other reviews that Kate Reading seemed pronounce character names a little different at the end of the book though. I have listened to the Wheel of Time books and loved the audio narration. The intensity that was added to Rand from Michael was great. It allowed me to enjoy the books so much more.


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

    Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and listened to many book series. Authors I enjoy include Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, R.A Salvatore, David Eddings, and Glen Cook. I am happy to say that Brandon Sanderson is now on my list. I enjoy a great story line and a vivid world, he was able to do that and more. I truly expect him to be right up with my 2 favorite authors R.A Salvatore and Terry Goodkind. I would recommend this series and this author to anyone who enjoys great companion stories i.e. Drizzt Do'Urden Richard Rahl, Belgarath the Sorcerer and many more.

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    Wesley Huntsville, AL, United States 10-17-14
    Wesley Huntsville, AL, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The book was good at first, up until the end....*"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's really damn good. Not giving any details because it would spoil stuff, but the way the author writes hit all of my Awesome Squee Buttons in my head.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caladin & Dalanar are tied for first place. As to why? Well, you just have to read it to find out.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good voice acting obviously. They are both very good narrators. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, and many narrators don't get the art of proper inflection in their performance. Kate and Michael both did an excellent job giving the characters unique voices that were easily distinguishable. They also provided the proper emotional weight to what was being said. It felt like a genuine conversation between characters. Excellent performances from both.


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

    Yes I wanted to keep listening. Obviously it was impossible being 47+ hours long. xD But I kept wanting to hear more that's for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    *continuation of my headline*.....And then the author blew my mind with how badass the last portion of the book could be. He had been slowly building up some really awesome elements to the story, I had my theories on what was happening and how/why. Like a slow-cooker, the tale simmered and bubbled until the end, and what was revealed, and HOW it was revealed, were absolutely awesome. I was smiling as I heard the events taking place, and hoping to myself in my head that each new chapter would continue to follow those particular events, instead of branching off to a side character. I got choked up at some points too, the emotional payoff on his buildup was just that good. Seriously, this book is really great, one of my favorite in a long time. I liked it so much, that I didn't wait for my free monthly credit to get book 2, and forked over the cash to buy it right away. I don't do that very often. In fact I think in the 5 years or so I've had my account I've done that maybe 3 times, including this time. So yes, definitely worth a listen. I'm glad I picked it from a random list of things that looked interesting.

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    PoohBear 10-14-14
    PoohBear 10-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "45-Hours!! And goes by too fast"
    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is best by far. The Stormlight Archive 's characters have depth to them, and the mysteries of the lands will you grasp for greater understanding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fantasy of the lands, with the very human characters. The developing relationship between Kaladin & Syl, and how Syl keeps Kaladin honest through his struggle.


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

    I have never listen to Mr. Kramer or Miss Reading's performances before, but I must say their animated voices bring this world of The Stormlight Archive to life.


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

    WOW, 45 hours, I don't think I comprehend it all in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    Normally don't review books, because I don't do them the justice they truly deserve; frankly 'The Way of Kings' is a fresh taste. If you have been looking for something original 'The Way of Kings' is the story you need to invest in.

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    deborah henderson Sparks, NV United States 10-13-14
    deborah henderson Sparks, NV United States 10-13-14
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    "Magic, witty and humorous, glory and honor, epic."
    If you could sum up The Way of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    The writing is simply phenomenal. In a fantasy world, the people are real. You get to know them, feel what they are feeling, laugh at the sarcastic humor and sometimes awkward social situations. Root for them, fear for them, hold your breath.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters were equally likeable, with all their flaws. A normal person could relate to these extraordinary people.


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

    The readers brought the story to life. I'm always worried that the readers will distract me. In this case, they could not have done a better job.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not hesitate! If you loved the Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones, etc.) series, then you will love this. While not similar in story, the quality of writing and the worlds the authors create are equally complete, breathtaking, and compelling.

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    Jakub Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 10-10-14
    Jakub Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 10-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Like historical fiction, apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, some horror and sci-fi and the occasional main-stream thriller.

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    "Brilliant!"

    I normally do not write reviews but I believe I owe this book/author/performers/the world one here….
    A fan of good sci-fi, military sci-fi, post-apocalyptic and historical fiction I always have a difficult time trying out a fantasy fiction. A few years ago my wife convinced me to listen to the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin and I did enjoy it a lot mainly because the books read very much like good historical fiction novels. Still not a 5 star for me but very good series nonetheless.
    Brandon Sanderson’s the Way of Kings however is a masterpiece. This rich story has just about everything I love in a book and with the right sprinkling of philosophy to boot. I didn’t think it possible but I believe that Sanderson may have deposed Bernard Cornwell from the “master battle storyteller” throne. Initially, I though 45 hours may be a bit much although I did enjoy a few 30+ hour novels in the past. This is a new genre for me though so I wasn’t convinced I will last. The story and narration is brilliant and I was so completely sucked into the story and all of its characters I wish it was longer. Simply awesome. Can’t wait to start the Words of Radiance tonight!

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-08-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-08-14 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "GUILTY PLEASURE"

    "The Way of Kings" is a guilty pleasure: i.e. guilty for listening to 45 hours of an audio book; pleasure from a writer’s imagination that vivifies human strength and weakness. Brandon Sanderson teaches creative writing at BYU. Judging from Wikipedia’s bio of Sanderson, he uses three laws when teaching or writing creative fiction. Each of these laws helps explain why "The Way of Kings" is a pleasure worth its 45 hour length.

    Sentient beings are not perfect; i.e. they are good and evil. "The Way of Kings" shows that some beings believe there is no God but God; others believe there is no God but science. "The Way of Kings" suggests there is a middle way. One might conclude from "The Way of Kings" that sentient beings live life by their own rules and suffer their own consequences.

    "The Way of Kings" audio book will have different meanings to its listeners but the skill of Brandon Sanderson and the expert narration of Reading and Kramer will entertain all who listen to its 45 hour adventure.

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    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 10-06-14
    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2013

    Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.

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    "Bridge men Forever"
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Kings the most enjoyable?

    This was a Great story. Lots of good story telling here. Very engaging which i like. Enjoyable listen.


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

    When kaladin Stood a the top of the chasm contemplating his life.


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

    Kate an Micheal did an awesome job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when kaladin discovers who he really is.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an excellent listen. With that being said, I am off to the next story of the series.
    check this story out. You will not be disappointed.

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    Diana 09-29-14
    Diana 09-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Storytelling at its best"

    Brandon Sanderson is a new author to me, and reviews were good. I downloaded this huge audiobook and wondered what was in store. The beginning was a little rough for me - like being thrown into the deep end of a pool. The author doesn't coddle the reader and we are plunged directly into another world with new words that aren't defined and meanings are discerned by the conversation, actions, or later on in the story.

    That was an interesting experience for me, and I could either have chosen to be annoyed at having to work a bit or intrigued by having to discover meanings on my own. By about the 4th hour of the audiobook things started to settle into place - the world, the people, the new words, the culture and characters.

    Well, in four hours some authors are starting to wrap up their book, but Brandon Sanderson was just getting warmed up. The plot is deliciously intricate and it takes time to weave happenings together and it's so fun to watch the individual characters develop and then anticipate the moment various storylines come together.

    The imaginative details are impressive . . . I always wonder how people can think up these physical details.

    A great experience. On to Book 2 of the series . . .

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