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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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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 05-24-13
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2009

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "What's Your god like?"

    Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker is a delightful book that is totally analyzed by the author himself at this fork in his website. In fact, you can find the entire book here free in pdf form under a Creative Commons License. He talks about why he would do such a seemingly crazy thing and it all makes perfect sense. So THERE RIAA. I bought the book anyway and not only to continue support of Sanderson’s work but I also wanted the audiobook format. And I’m not sorry. BTW, for you authors or students of the writing process out there, the site also contains all of the original drafts/iterations of the work complete with annotations so that you can see the complete thought process this master wordsmith uses in the crafting of his art.

    Reading Warbreaker reminded me of the author’s Elantris and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Yes, they’re all about gods. I think that many of us share a common view about what a god would be like. I doubt if any of us has or had a notion anything like that of these two authors. One of the characters in Warbreaker is a very reluctant god and he was probably my favorite. Maybe because if such exists, it’s how I picture her. We also have here the character Siri. Yes, I finally get to learn more about that character who keeps talking to me on my iPhone.

    There’s a lot to like here in the way of magic and imagination. The magic is not like anything we’ve seen before or since from Sanderson. For those of you who insist on a bunch of knock down drag out fighting and car (chariot) races it’s not really here. This one’s more about the character, the magic, politics, relationships and just plain fun. A lot of intrigue, deep thought and mysticism? Probably not. There’s really not even much religion in the book given it’s about gods. But it’s a fun and easy read. If you like Brandon Sanderson, and I love him, you won’t be disappointed.

    About the narrator, James Yaegashi, I can only say: take the good with the less than perfect reading. Audible has some of the most outstanding performers of classic literature anywhere on the planet. I am often left in awe at how the written word can be be so mightily enhanced by the right narrator of those words and the performance of its characters. Warbreaker is not a work of great, classic literature. It’s just a fun book adequately narrated by a reader who I am convinced will improve over time.

    44 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Ashanti Calumet Park, IL, United States 10-23-09
    Ashanti Calumet Park, IL, United States 10-23-09 Member Since 2004
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    "A very satisfying story."

    All of Brandon Sanderson's books tend to be long, which I like, because in addition to them being really great reads, I feel like I'm getting a lot of value for my credit. Of course, sometimes I feel like he could have shaved off some of their length, but overall, Warbreaker is a very well crafted story with a great cast of characters to get involved with. There are some very good and unexpected plot twists and a very interesting magic system.

    The complete story is self-contained within this novel instead of being continued through more novels. It seems like everybody writes stories that span three or more books nowadays, Warbreaker, however, does end with the option for the main characters to have many more stories if sales dictate it.

    The narrator, James Yaegashi, is very good. He gives a nice dramatic reading of the story with distinctive male and female voices throughout the large number of characters.

    The bottom line is if you like sword and sorcery stories set in a medieval time period, you will love Warbreaker. It is well worth your credit.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler Riverside, Iowa, United States 11-15-09
    Tyler Riverside, Iowa, United States 11-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "great story tarnished by sub par reading"

    Warbreaker is a fantastic story, full of plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the epilogue. there are lots of secrets to discover and a very interesting world. However, the reader really just does not fit the book. because of this it was hard for me to like the book at first. eventualy i gave up on trying to like the reader and just enjoyed the story, which really is quite good. In hindsight, this may have been a better book on paper, I'm sure that if nothing else, the humor would come across much better on the page. It is available for free on Brandon Sanderson's website, so one loses nothing to check it out.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 07-09-12
    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 07-09-12 Member Since 2000

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "Entertaining fantasy that's very Sanderson-y"

    I liked this book, it was,like so much of the author's work, a well-plotted fantasy with some nice characters and a fascinating world. Having listened to most of Sanderson's work on Audible, however, there is a bit of Sanderson Bingo going on in the book, which is generally good (or at least agreeable) but is sometimes a little tedious.

    Fascinating and very complicated magic system leading to a realistic, but strange world, where figuring out the deeper secrets of the magic system are a key to the plot? Check.

    Standard collection of characters including humorous rogues, brooding anti-heros with mysterious pasts, strong-willed women, and powerful god-like individuals - each of whom has a fairly straightforward character development arc? Check.

    Slow first third, lots of action at the end, with some interesting (but occasionally predictable) plot twists in the middle? Check.

    A world history where almost every casually mentioned feature of the history of the world is eventually rolled into the plot? Check.

    To be sure, I really enjoyed this book, but it was very much what I was expecting of Sanderson. There is nothing bad about being a certain kind of fantasy author, and Sanderson has a reasonably sophisticated style that makes many of the recurring features much better then they would be in the hands of another authors. If you are tired of overly gritty low fantasy, and don't mind books that are longer on talk and "figuring things out" than action, this is not a bad choice, and, while not as strong overall as Mistborn, it is much shorter than than a three book series. The narrator starts annoying, but, by a few hours in, is quite solid. Overall, a solid four stars.



    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 10-14-09
    Jake 10-14-09 Member Since 2007

    I average three books a week, but as I cannot afford to purchase that many books I frequently re-read those I already have. If you are here looking for reviews, I typically only review those books I feel particularly strongly about or have some insight that hasn't yet been posted in a review.

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    "Not his best"

    Unfortunately, this book would work far better as a series. There is a ton of build-up and not a lot of action, however the ending is pretty good, and could easily be expanded on. I only really started getting into it on the third part of the book, and then it ended... Like most Sanderson books, theres a ton of potential beyond what is used in the book itself, but unlike Mistborn, simply not enough of it is used to keep the entire book interesting.

    If this would be your first Brandon Sanderson novel, try Elantris (stand alone novel) or Mistborn (3 book series) instead. If your already a fan, I'd still recommend reading this one, but unless you NEED this in audio I would suggest getting this in paperback or visiting the authors website where you can download this entire book in PDF format for free.

    Should this book ever become part of a series I'll be very happy.

    30 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Mount Airy, NC, United States 04-07-13
    Kevin Mount Airy, NC, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Ponderous"

    After listening to some other Brandon Sanderson novels like the Mistborn series, and the Way of Kings, I was all set to settle in to another great listening experience. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
    The narrator read this as though he was half asleep, or this was some punishment he was forced to undertake. The limited inflection was mildly disappointing, but the pauses between the sentences were almost unbearable after the excellent narration I had listened to in so many other books. I somehow struggled through the first part, and either the narrator picked up the pace a touch, or my mind became numb to the slow pace of his reading.

    At that point, I was able to actually enjoy the book a little, although some of the character's reactions to events left me shaking my head at their absurdity and naivety. It seemed that the characters bemoaned the same gripes repeatedly, and I was wishing they would just suck it up and deal with things.

    I would say that while this is an OK book, it does not measure up to the standard I had come to expect from Brandon on his more recent novels. If I ever see James Yaegashi's name as the narrator on any book I am considering in the future, I will have to pass on it.

    9 of 10 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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 11-19-09
    John BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 11-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Well Worth A Credit"

    This latest work from Brandon Sanderson is much more fun than some of his previous works. I've read (and enjoyed) Mistborn and Eleantris, and this story does border dangerously close at times to being too much like Eleantris. Still, there is enough difference to be entertaining. Some of the characters are carefree and comical, but there are still scenes dark enough to remind you who wrote the story.

    Once again, Sanderson brings us a tale of a world with almost-mortal gods. It's a world where colors play an important role and the breath of life has magical powers. Both personal and political conflicts blend into a complex tale that is still easy to follow. Sometimes the story is sadly lacking in details, but no more so then Eleantris was. It's another wonderful one-shot.

    A few of the characters are new to Sanderson's writing style. The most different is the carefree god who doesn't take his role seriously and attempts to be comical at all times. The expanded personality set used in the characters shows that Sanderson is still growing as a writer and we can continue to expect great things from him.

    I'm not sure I understand the dislike of the narrator. He seems to capture the personality of characters well and I had no trouble listening to this work. I even laughed a few times as he brought particularly comical moments to life. Lightsong's voice might be what bothers people most; it's somewhere between a frat boy and a surfer dude. However, as I came to know more about the character, I found it fit his personality amazingly well. I'd have no trouble getting another book read by Yaegashi.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Kirkland, WA, USA 11-04-09
    Scott Kirkland, WA, USA 11-04-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Good story, irritating narration"

    This is another good Brandon Sanderson story. Although not as easy to buy in to the story as his Mistborn series, it is a good story with interesting characters and plot. If the narration were better, this would be a 4-star review.

    The problem is the narration. Stresses on the wrong syllables, drawing out syllables, intonation in the wrong place for english speakers, all combine to make the narration very irritating to listen to. For example, if the narrator were reading this sentence it would sound like "for exaaaaaample, if the naaaaaaarrrrrator were reeeeeeeading this sennnnntence..." with rising intonation at the end like it was a question!!??!!

    This is my first review and I normally wouldn't write, but I hope they don't use this narrator for future books in the series or for other audiobooks.

    24 of 29 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 13 people found this review helpful
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