The New York Times best-selling author of The Shattering and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects delivers a sensational tie-in to the newest World of Warcraft game expansion.
With more than 10 million monthly subscribers, the massively multiplayer online role playing game World of Warcraft has forever altered the pop culture landscape with its ongoing, ever-expanding, action-packed epic fantasy. Set in the world of Azeroth, this canonical expansion of this wildly popular gaming franchise boasts highly acclaimed novels that continue explore an incredible world which legions of fans enter and few want to leave.
What does it take to turn the peacekeeper into a warmonger? Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War gives World of Warcraft fans the opportunity to see what happens when a beloved peacekeeper is pressed to the limit by an inconceivable horror. Will it change her forever? Break her? Or redefine her role on Azeroth? Do different times call for different ethical standards?
©2012 Christie Golden (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
Extremely Entertaining Lore
World of Warcraft: Wolfheart (the previously released WoW Book) felt like it was there just for the sake of being there and thus pales in comparison. Tides of War fills such an important role in Warcraft Lore and is so well done you can only wish the game had this much detail. Having a female point of view makes Christie Golden's tones that much better.
Justine's voice matcher perfectly with the main character, Jaina, and made the book feel almost like it was being told by that character. This made the story that much more heartfelt when drama started.
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I loved this book, it's absolutely essential for any players of Warcraft that want more than just a random button clicking game. Of all the books written to date on Warcraft, I've gotten the most from this one.
I liked that it looked at Jaina someone who is a major part of what happens in the lore.
I'd recommend this to a person who has played the game otherwise it might be a little to focused on WoW to be a enjoyable fantasy book.
The battle scenes are well described and exciting with the narrating actor's influence.
No I haven't, but I'd like to after this one.
I did find myself looking for excuses to listen more.
WoW fans will love it.
I recommend this book if you are interested in the backstory leading into the Mists of Pandaria expansion! This audiobook only requires a basic knowledge of Warcraft lore and familiarity with the game.
A lot is covered in this book, from Garrosh and the Horde leadership, the Kirin Tor, Jaina Proudmoore, and the Blue Dragonflight.
The voice acting has been done very well, my favorite impersonation being Trade Price Gallywix. (I don't know why)
I assume because the main character of the book is female someone somewhere decided they needed a female reader. . . in a book overly populated with male orcs, tauren, trolls and other booming-voiced monsters. What a mistake. It makes me yearn for Mr Metzen and his standard "Hi I'm a loud monster guy. Now I'm a different monster guy!" delivery.
If they had her reading just the female roles, she does fine with Jaina and her apprentice-gnome, and got someone cheap yet capable to do the deep gravely parts (lets face it, ALL the male parts in this book are deep and/or gravely, many with outrageous accents) that would have worked too, but they didn't. And the whole thing is horrible.
The poor performance draws attention to the weak writing as well. If I was reading this I think I would be more forgiving of the tedious or poorly constructed parts (which are many) because I'd simply skip a few paragraphs until KaleK gos (good God please stop over emphasizing the hard C in the middle of his name!) and Jaina moved on to a relevant subject.
I've read other WoW books by Golden and found them entertaining, but this one is just bad and the reader makes it intolerable. If you need to read this I'm sure you'll have few issues getting it used or at the library.
I loved Golden's other Warcraft novels, but this one was really disappointing. I thought at first it was the horrible narration, but even after I got used to it, the story was predictable and cliche. I found myself able to predict upcoming sentences throughout the book. It was trite. It felt like Golden just phoned this one in. Honestly, a high-schooler could have written this book. I hate to be that negative, but this was a waste of a credit on a book I had been looking forward to for a long time. The narration was so poor, I was embarrassed for the narrator. Her voice characterizations (particularly for Varian, Baine, and any Orcs) sounded like a mother doing the giant's voice while reading her three year old "Jack and the Beanstalk". It was HORRIBLE.
In the end, I stopped listening to this book about three chapters before the end. It wasn't worth one more minute of my time to finish it. I just cut my losses and skipped to the epilogue to see what happened. The epilogue was as poorly done as the rest of the book.
I could have written a better book... and I'm a terrible writer. Characters were only superficially developed and were one dimensional. The story progression was patchy. The voice acting of Actorice was grating. Want a good fantasy Novel, read game of thrones. This book, if I was 9, I would have enjoyed. As an adult, it was laughable in its literature complexitiy and satisfication/
There has to be a good warcraft book... I will keep trying to find one.
It just didnt work for me. Didn't feel old worldly. At times, I felt she tried too hard. The voice I disliked the most was the gnome. Too cutesy.
Other than now being able to identify NPC's in game, there were no redeeming qualities.
Dont waste your money.
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