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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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    beezeeknee 03-10-14
    beezeeknee 03-10-14
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    "Disappointed!"

    After listening to Elantris I was excited to start another Sanderson novel. Warbreaker was a huge disappointment. The characters were flat, uninteresting and poorly developed. The plot dragged and was rife with long, boring dialogues between characters that were made worse by the poor narration. I think the narrator does have potential, but this was not a stellar performance. There were a few exciting plot twists at the end, and Sanderson did develop an interesting fantasy world with unique magical rules, but probably could have shortened the book by half.

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    Lanfear 03-04-14
    Lanfear 03-04-14 Member Since 2015

    A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!

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    "Classic Sanderson"

    If you love Brandon Sanderson (as I do) then you're sure to enjoy Warbreaker! Some have compared the story to Elantris but I did not see any major similarities other than it's another great stand alone story that draws the reader into a fascinating world. Brandon Sanderson's ability to create unique magic systems is amazing! I cared about the characters and found it hard to stop listening.

    I've read a lot of complaints about the narration. I think we've all been spoiled by Michael Krammer and Kate Reading. While James Yaegashi is not on the level of Michael Krammer he does a good job with the characters and seems to truly understand them. That's what I look for in a narrator, someone who is doing more than just reading words on a page.

    All in all a great book! If you like Brandon Sanderson you won't regret spending the credit.

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    Kevin GILROY, CA, United States 02-17-14
    Kevin GILROY, CA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    Where does Warbreaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say Warbreaker is probably in the middle ranks as far as the audiobooks I've read go.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think another reader could have helped a little, since there's at least three POV characters.


    What does James Yaegashi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The banter between Lightsong and his high priest were great and honestly the narrator was perfect for those bits.


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

    I laughed at a few points and I'll confess there were a few scenes where a reveal came up that I responded with "Huh didn't expect that, but it makes sense."


    Any additional comments?

    It starts off slow, and it takes a while for all the POV's to really hit their stride, but once they do it's an enjoyable story.

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    Jennifer 02-09-14
    Jennifer 02-09-14
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    "narrator is terrible"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Love Brandon Sanderson, but I'm having a difficult time with the narrator's overacting. Extremely annoying.


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    Drow HENDERSON, NV, United States 01-28-14
    Drow HENDERSON, NV, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing adventure...very fun book! Spoiler!!!!"
    What did you love best about Warbreaker?

    The evolving story was amazing.


    What other book might you compare Warbreaker to and why?

    Steelheart


    What didn’t you like about James Yaegashi’s performance?

    His depiction clueless surfer accent for Lightsong almost had me stop listening and contact Audible for a refund at the very beginning...if this wasn't a Brandon Sanderson book I absolutely would of stopped listening and moved on. I will avoid books with this narrator in the future.


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

    When Viviena was betrayed by Denth...I was truly surprised! I've read hundreds of books and I can't say I've ever seen an author carry the deception as long or as well as Sanderson. It was spectacular!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Brandon Sanderson is absolutely the most creative/best writer for fantasy now, his ability to create new magic based worlds/systems is unparalleled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    julienne 01-24-14
    julienne 01-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Exactly What You'd Expect from Sanderson"

    Sanderson's known for constructing intricate, complex worlds with detailed backgrounds and rules--and Warbreaker delivers on all counts. If you liked Elantris and aren't particularly married to fantasy, then you'll probably like this, too. Honestly, Warbreaker blows Elantris out of the water, technically speaking, since there's a lot more skill in the narration, plot structure, and execution--but of course, that comes with experience.

    The reader, Yaegashi, on the other hand, is a reader I'm going to avoid in future. I understand what he was trying to do with the voices--making the flippant and indolent Lightsong sound like a stoner would have been a good touch--but Yaegashi didn't succeed in making the voices consistent or in differentiating the voices too much. Plus, he takes weird, abrupt pauses when reading long sentences. If you can ignore mediocre reading, then by all means, have at this audiobook. It only ever bothered me when I noticed it. But if you're usually aware of the reader, maybe you should pick this up in text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shauna 01-21-14
    Shauna 01-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very weak!"
    What would have made Warbreaker better?

    There was too much banter back and forth. Painfully long, drawn out story with little action.


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

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't wast your time.

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    A Reader Named Matt 01-06-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Entertaining but not as good as I'd hoped"

    On paper this story has a lot going for it. Sanderson manages a number of twists, some of which I was completely blindsided by, and a couple that I spotted way too early. Characters grew in ways both expected and unexpected, and the magic system was fun and kind of different. And I have a soft spot for stand-alone books that don't require me to commit to a trilogy (or more!).

    But somehow the whole felt less than the sum of its parts. I think some of the blame goes to the narrator, who chose a distracting surfer-dude voice for one major character. Granted, the character is a member of the most privileged elite and spends most of his time in idle pursuits and witty banter, but I would have liked him to sound more charming.

    Some of the blame goes to Sanderson. A few revelations were anticlimactically revealed in internal monologues or simply announced. One important character managed to become less likable when they should have been becoming more sympathetic. And while there aren't any dangling loose ends, the story could have used an epilogue where we see how a few events and character arcs played out.

    Not a waste of time or money, and I enjoyed the unique setting and the twists. But for once I think Sanderson's high rate of production has let him down. I think if he'd let this one stew in the pot just a little longer he could have fixed some of these annoyances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles D. Collom Calfiornia 01-01-14
    Charles D. Collom Calfiornia 01-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't purchase this audiobook"
    Any additional comments?

    Get the Kindle version on Amazon or the author's website, but skip this reading. The voice actor has made appalling choices. A major character who is supposed to be a god sounds like a retarded surfer. His high priest sounds like a cartoon dog. It's so bad that you would enjoy how awful the reading is, except the book itself is pretty darn good. So you actually want to enjoy the writing, but can't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joel Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-29-13
    joel Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Fantastic"
    Where does Warbreaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2nd place was a great listen!


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the little plot twists and how I felt invested in certain characters and had genuine concerns for them.


    What does James Yaegashi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James did a great job! He brought a senes of emotion to the story, especially for the gods. For as many female characters there were in this book he did a fantastic job with their voices in my mind.


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

    I laughed lots, and also got caught in moments and stopped what i was doing and just got caught up in the book. (wasn't driving lol)


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish this was a serise I like the concept a lot and think there could be so much more. I might want more as i did finish it in 2 days.

    I will foresure be looking into more stories byBrandon Sanderson
    and more books narrated byJames Yaegashi

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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