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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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    Karen Sarasota,FL. United States 02-22-13
    Karen Sarasota,FL. United States 02-22-13

    I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.

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    "Great Plot!!!!... Didn't see it coming."
    What made the experience of listening to Warbreaker the most enjoyable?

    Never knowing or being able to guess what would happen next.


    What other book might you compare Warbreaker to and why?

    None yet, I'm new to audible and am finding it hard to pull myself away sometimes. I do like sci-fi /fantasy and this was a good one.


    Did James Yaegashi do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    For the main characters he was excellent. I did not like the speed of his tone though, I found it very frustrating in the beginning, however, once I sped up the speed of his reading to 1.25x, it was a lot more interesting and fulfilling.


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

    Yes, I wish I could.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Durham, NC, United States 11-10-10
    Elizabeth Durham, NC, United States 11-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Story Annoying Narrator"

    If I had not thoroughly enjoyed the story I would have immediately ditched this one. Yaegashi is NOT the right narrator for this novel. He's just annoying. The story however, once you get past Yaegashi, is very good. Kudos to Mr Sanderson. Mr Yaegashi however needs to work on his narration. Every character sounds like a surfer dude with an adenoid problem with all the stereotypes that entails.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Teressa R. Terry Seattle, WA USA 08-06-10
    Teressa R. Terry Seattle, WA USA 08-06-10 Member Since 2005

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    "Not so "excellent!" narrator"

    Wonderful story! However, the "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" Keanu Reeves voice was really annoying. Only the fascinating plot kept me listening, in spite of the reading dude.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Gately Scottsdale, AZ 10-26-09
    Sean Gately Scottsdale, AZ 10-26-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Im not sure where the criticism is coming from"

    This was a great book. It was well written, the narrator nailed the different parts, including what others called a ‘frat boy’, which was exactly how the character acted.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as a standalone story, and for one really enjoy when an author can wrap up an entire story without dragging a 7 book series out of it.

    Overall I would recommend this book to sci fi fans, as well as people looking for a great listen with a very interesting story filled with unique characters.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Denver, CO, USA 10-25-09
    Chad Denver, CO, USA 10-25-09
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    "Can't stand James Yaegashi narration"

    I listened and thoroughly enjoyed Sanderson's "Mistborn" triology. I was excited with Warbreaker but got quickly irritated with narrator he choose.

    Yaegashi sounds like a sarcastic, 20 something frat boy. Throughout the entire narration there is no sincerity in his voice. He does a comical job with his voice changes for different characters....very inappropriate for sci fi/fantasy book.

    I don't know why author's decide to change narrators for new audiobook releases when there earlier audiobooks got good reviews. Extremely irritating and disappointing.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Eagle Mountain, UT, USA 10-20-09
    Jacob Eagle Mountain, UT, USA 10-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Sandersons Best Yet"

    Sanderson has done it yet again. I really enjoyed his debut Novel Elantris. The Mistborn Series was great, Especially the third book. I really enjoy how well thought out all of Sanderson's magic systems are. The story in Warbreaker was incredible. There were some twists in this book that took my completely by surprise and it has been a while since I read a book that was able to do that. I recommend this book to any one looking for a good read. Just be warned you may have to put your life on hold for a couple days and just spend your time listening.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-06-11
    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Arggggg! I wasted a credit!"

    Well.... this was not what I was expecting from the man who wrote Mistborn and The Way of Kings. It was just empty. The characters were flat and uninteresting. The story line was interesting at first but was not developed completely and fell flat. Maybe if I would have read the book first, I may have gotten more out of it because the narration really ruined this story for me. I found it hard to believe in a God who sounded like a good friend of Bill and Ted. I was waiting for him to say something was "narley" or he wanted to "catch some waves, dude!" What a disappointment.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Lance S. Louisiana 09-12-13
    Lance S. Louisiana 09-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable"
    Where does Warbreaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was not as good as the Mist Born series but was definitely worth the read. The world he painted was very vivid and interesting.


    What other book might you compare Warbreaker to and why?

    I found the concept of the book to be new and not like anything I had read previously.


    What about James Yaegashi’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was very clear and easy to understand. He gave the characters good voices that were engaging.


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

    My only mild complaint was that it was a lot of good build up and the ending seemed to resolve very quickly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Spencer Buffalo 07-30-13
    M. Spencer Buffalo 07-30-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Magic. Okay Story."

    I decided to pick up Warbreaker, because I had read several of Brandon Sanderson’s other works including the Mistborn trilogy, Legion, and The Emperor’s Soul, and I really enjoyed them all. In each of those works, I was incredibly impressed with Sanderson’s world building and magic systems.

    I found the same was true in Warbreaker. The magic system was probably the novel’s greatest virtue. It was complex, strange, and fascinating. Basically, every person is born with a breath, but can accumulate more to do interesting magic, such as animating a rope, clothing, or a corpse to do one’s bidding. There’s a lot more to it that than and learning about the intricacies of the system was perhaps my favorite part of the book. It’s clear that Sanderson has quite a talent for developing unique magic systems.

    The world was also pretty interesting, though not terribly complex. I liked how history played a role in the story. I actually would have liked Sanderson to tie in the history a little more. It ends up being fairly important, but Sanderson never truly gives a good history lesson. Instead, he chose to deliver it in bits and pieces so, even at the end of the novel, it wasn’t completely clear how everything fit together.

    I also thought it was interesting how gods played an integral role in society and were even part of the government. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was a little difficult to figure out how the magic of the gods worked. Sanderson never really laid it all out and sometimes I would wonder how a god was able to do something or why they couldn’t.

    And that leads me into my biggest issue with the novel. I did not care for the storytelling. I’ve enjoyed Sanderson’s writing in all of my previous experiences, but I felt like he simply was not at his best in Warbreaker. The story was not terribly complex and yet it felt like many details were left out until the very end and then just explained in a rush.

    The other complaint that I had was regarding the characters. They just seemed kind of flat to me, kind of two dimensional. The motives of characters like Denth and Vasher were not well explored and many of the others lacked the substance necessary for me to really connect with them. I actually think this novel should have followed Vasher. He was by far the most interesting character in my mind and he just didn’t get enough attention. His story was just screaming to be told.

    I also listened to this on audiobook and, frankly, I did not particularly care for the narrator. I don’t know that I would say that he was bad, but I didn’t think his style was a great fit for the novel. My only real complaint was the voice he used for Lightsong. I’m not sure how Lightsong was meant to sound, but I have it feeling that “surfer dude” was not it. I’m not sure if I would have enjoyed the novel more if I had actually read Warbreaker myself, but I can say for sure that the narration did not heighten my experience, as it has with other novels.

    Overall, I thought Warbreaker was pretty good. It’s not Sanderson’s finest, but it still has some upsides. If Sanderson writes a sequel, there’s a chance I would read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan J Robertson 03-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Book, Bad Narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I'd say I have never had a reading and a book be so poorly matched. I'd have never finished the book if it was not nearly as enjoyable a story


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Yaegashi’s performances?

    Not if I can help it. This was the worst reading I have ever listened to. He takes deep breaks, swallows, speaks in an overly dramatic voice all the time, and every sentence ends in a full stop no matter what the mood or pace of the story at the time.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Very likely. Especially if James Yaegashi was not narrating it.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone should redo this with a better reader. I listen to books because I don't tend to have time to read and while some readers put me to sleep and are boring this was the first time I cringed every time I hit the play button. If I didn't like the author as much and enjoyed the story I would never have finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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