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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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    Teressa R. Terry Seattle, WA USA 08-06-10
    Teressa R. Terry Seattle, WA USA 08-06-10 Member Since 2012

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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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey J. Pelletier 01-04-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Different.."

    I'll start with the reader. At first I really did not like his voice or the way he read the book. I decided to keep going though and got used to him after a while.

    As far as the plot, I listened to this after the Mistborn series and I really was expecting better. It is good and has a few nice twists, but it didn't have the same hook that some other books have. The first chapter caught my attention but then it sort of slowed down for a long time after that.

    I just finished it today and the ending seemed to need more. It does leave an opening for more books, and I would probably get them just because of the incredible job he is doing on Wheel Of Time. Future books can only get better.

    Overall its an interesting concept that is worth it in the end, but had a few disappointments as well.

    10 of 12 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 2014
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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.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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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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    S Scott Larsen WEST JORDAN, UTAH, US 09-20-10
    S Scott Larsen WEST JORDAN, UTAH, US 09-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Come on!!!"

    Reviewer: Age=24 I am a Closet Nerd (I hate not knowing if some 12 year old wrote a review that I'm using to influence whether or not to purchase a book)

    Brandon... Please... Please... I thought that Elantris was just a fluke, Mistborn Trilogy in my top 5 series, and your work on Gathering Storm, INCREDIBLE. I was really excited to listen to something else by Brandon Sanderson and was thoroughly disappointing, I felt like I was listening to Elantris again yet I knew less of what was going on. Nothing eventful happens in the book!!! The only positive thing I have to say it that I like the little twist in the end.... a little.

    2 of 2 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 2015
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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.

    23 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Baker 10-20-09
    Jacob Baker 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 19 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Charleston, SC, United States 04-12-10
    Brian Charleston, SC, United States 04-12-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, but wrong narrator"

    The story is good and certainly has some surprises. The narration AND production should have been better. As a producer/director the phrasings were terrible. In many places it was like listening to a 6th grader read his book report. As a narrator, Mr. Yaegashi needs to work on his voices. He kept going up into his higher range by the end of many sentences that began as a manly voice turned into a teenage boy. It reminded me of Keanu Reeves trying to read a story to his kids... whoah.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Ogden, UT, United States 10-29-09
    Tracy Ogden, UT, United States 10-29-09 Member Since 2014
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    "What is it about?"

    I love Sanderson's books but I have no idea what is going on with this one. Maybe it is mostly the narrator but I haven't clue and having a hard time even listening to is. Maybe it would be better if you read it. DOn't buy.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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