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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.

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©2010 Dragonsteel Entertaiment, LLC (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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    mattsw21hg mhm bgii 03-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Falling asleep"

    The story seems intriguing, but the narrator has to be one of the most monotone and boring people I've ever heard on audible. I can't listen to the book because I keep falling asleep. There is zero emotion in his voice...he sounds like he is reading a text book.

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    Amanda 03-03-16
    Amanda 03-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Weird Pronunciation Discrepancies"

    I love Michael Kramer and Kate Reading as narrators. They're fabulous and they both do an excellent job with this performance as well, except.....
    There are multiple words that they pronounce differently. Most obvious are the pronunciation of one names of one of the High Princes and the word "devotaries". The pronunciation is varied enough that if caused significant distraction and confusion for a few minutes. Either pronunciation would be acceptable, but the fact that it's so different is confusing.

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    bugzilla 03-02-16
    bugzilla 03-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    ""bridge crew....bridge crew....""
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Get used to hearing that. After an action packed first act the main character is stuck setting up wooden bridges.....for the entire book. That is not an exagerration. The entirety of action for the whole book is the bridge crew laying down wooden bridges for the army to use. I was a big fan of Sanderson"s first Mistborn novel so I thought I would give this one a try. Now, I don"t know if I want to experience any of his other work. The audio performances were adequate and there is some interesting world building going on in the background. It's completely hamstrung by a "plot" that goes nowhere. At over 45 hours runtime it's a significant investment. Simply not worth your time.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Warcraft novel


    What aspect of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance would you have changed?

    Speed it up, please


    What character would you cut from The Way of Kings?

    The main character!


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    Ryan Thirkill 03-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Stormfather that's a long book!"

    I got the Audible app specifically to listen to this book. I'm glad I did. The book was a tough read, and I felt lost trying to get through it on my own.
    It bothered me when names were pronounced differently by the narrators, but that might just be my OCD showing.

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    Mike Layton Utah 03-01-16
    Mike Layton Utah 03-01-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic story"

    Love the characters story moves quite fast for the the length of the book. Highly recommend

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    Bonnie 03-01-16
    Bonnie 03-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fabulous!"

    okay, so it started slow, but if you stick it out, you won't be sorry!!!

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    Amazon Customer 02-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Phenomenal"

    Fantastic beginning to a multi-layer epic story that gets better every time I experience it. Awesome narration with distinct yet believable character voices. If you like Sanderson, ypu will LOVE this series.

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    akfinngirl 02-26-16
    akfinngirl 02-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the Best"

    The Stormlight Archive is in my top 5 series of all time. I absolutely love everything about this book and Kramer and Redding once again do a phenomenal job reading.

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    BOC Waterford, WI United States 02-26-16
    BOC Waterford, WI United States 02-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Convoluted but Captivating"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the interweaving Of plots.


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

    I don't think so


    Any additional comments?

    I am halfway through book two and very disappointed that there is apparently no book 3. I have never bestirred myself to write a review. That should say at all. The books do drag at some points but what do you expect from a book that is over 40 hours long? Get past the first few chapters and I believe you will be captivated.

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    Kyle 02-25-16
    Kyle 02-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing!"

    garbs hold and you never want to let go , beautiful characters, setting and magic

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