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Warbreaker | [Brandon Sanderson]

Warbreaker

An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.
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Publisher's Summary

An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods.

In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

©2009 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Not only has Sanderson drawn a freshly imagined world and its society, he has also given us a plot full of unexpected twists and turns....Anyone looking for a different and refreshing fantasy novel will be delighted by this exceptional tale of magic, mystery and the politics of divinity. Warbreaker might even take your breath away." (Michael Moorcock)
"Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lori Florida Keys, FL, United States 05-01-12
    Lori Florida Keys, FL, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I like the storyline so far..."

    but not sure I can suffer thru the narrator.
    Perhaps it's the speakers on my phone? They make the narrator sound like the blue charactor "Alf", from the tv series about 20 years ago.
    I listen to most of the books on my phone so that is sort of important, but it might sound better if I plug it into my car?
    The story keeps me listening...the voice (or my speakers) make me grit my teeth.

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    Georgia Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-19-12
    Georgia Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the Book, Hate the narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Warbreaker the most enjoyable?

    The listening experience was very bad. The narrator was horrible. Very breathy and most of the voiced he attempted was not relate-able to the characters.


    What other book might you compare Warbreaker to and why?

    Love the story, very much like the Mistborn series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Yaegashi?

    Michael Kramer


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Very imaginative book.

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    Joseph 03-07-12
    Joseph 03-07-12
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    "Don't make it your first Sanderson, but read it."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you have already enjoyed the four Mistborn books and The Way of Kings, check this standalone novel out. I've not yet read Elantris so I'm not sure how it stacks up. Warbreaker is a truly inventive and unique fantasy book that dashes many common tropes.


    What other book might you compare Warbreaker to and why?

    Hmmm...I cannot say I can compare it to a similar book, but it has the feel of a Jim Henson script to me; something vivid, creative, wildly different.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    James Yaegashi is not a good narrator. His narration sucks the life out of these characters and makes them caricatures. However, towards the end of the book I almost enjoyed his overwrought inflections.


    Was Warbreaker worth the listening time?

    Yes, if you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson you should certainly listen. Warbreaker is another part of his Cosmere.


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    TexasRanger 02-05-12
    TexasRanger 02-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Sorry...but couldn't finish"
    What disappointed you about Warbreaker?

    The narration by James Yaegashi was unbearable. I pushed through half of the book but had to stop.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    I love all the other works of Brandon but this one was not up to par.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde Dale 01-19-12
    Clyde Dale 01-19-12

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    "Another great Sanderson novel...but the narrator.."

    Great book. I'm not quite finished with it, another couple of hours to go, but it's typically great Sanderson with plot twists that have you arching your eyebrows. HOWEVER...the narrator...well..it's not that he's bad. Overall he does a fine job EXCEPT for one of the main characters...it sounds like he's channeling Bill and Ted and I found his voice for this character annoying to the point of distraction. Other than that, excellent listen.

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    Graeme mountain view, ca, United States 01-13-12
    Graeme mountain view, ca, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, voices in performance were iffy"

    This was a great story, but I had a hard time getting around the voice performance. I couldn't get over the feeling that Lightsong sounded like a character from Waynes World.

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    Matthew Herbert 12-30-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Bad humor, bad concept, boring"

    The attempt at humor was bad. The concept of "color" magic was weak. I like Sanderson so I'll just assume this was failed early attempt that he tried to make a few bucks from. I stopped listening after 8 hours or so but left it on my iPod in case I am stuck without a credit and no books to listen to. If I ever finish and my opinion changes I'll update...I doubt it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Gresham, OR, United States 12-17-11
    Tim Gresham, OR, United States 12-17-11
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    "Meandering religious contemplation"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. The story moves at a snail's pace, and the performance is subpar.


    Has Warbreaker turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am not turned off from other books in the genre, but definitely from other books by Brandon Sanderson.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance would have been better with a different performer reading a different book.


    What character would you cut from Warbreaker?

    Siri and Lightsong.


    Any additional comments?

    The combination of the quality of Mistborn and the solid reviews of Warbreaker made me feel really good about my selection of this audiobook initially. My elevated expectations came crashing down after about an hour of listening to the meandering drivel.

    If you are one of Sanderson's religious fans, this book might not be as off-putting for you. For the rest of you, save yourself the time and money and skip this one. I read the Mistborn series, and appreciated Sanderson's innovative ideas and magic system. Warbreaker begins with a similarly unique system, but the intrigue dies with the conclusion of the prologue.

    The remainder of the story is awkward comparison of the religions of two different cultures. In making the comparison, Sanderson beleaguers points that he makes obvious very early on, leading to quite a bit of redundancy. Sanderson’s idea of a break from bashing us over the head with the tedious details of the two societies is what he considers witty banter between Hallandren Gods.

    The “performance” of James Yaegashi only added to my annoyance. Maybe Mr. Yaegashi was only as good as the story allowed him to be, causing me to judge him too harshly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 12-05-11
    Sharon College Station, TX, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "11 hours in, I just quit!"

    This is my first Brandon Sanderson other than the WOT book he wrote for Robert Jordan, which was very good, but then the ideas were not his. I was very disappointed. I love fantasy, but found this book to be so boring that I just kept wondering when something was going to happen. As my title says, I just couldn't keep going, and I think 11 hours gave it a fair chance. I liked some of the characters, but just couldn't stay with it any more. The narrator did a pretty good job. I had thought to try the Mistborn series, but now I don't know if I will. Maybe later.

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    10-27-11
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    "Good read, plus a listening tip."

    Seemed to be a very slow start for me, but picked-up and did not let up. The secret to listening to this recording is to play it back at twice the speed. Tap the 1x icon if you have an iPhone or iPod and make it 2x. It breathes much needed energy into the narrator and makes the characters really come to life. The added bonus is that you finish the book in half the time ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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