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
Yes. I thought the reader was wonderful. She can't get the low's needed for male orcs - but few can :)
The mana bomb
Jaina and Thrall fighting
Jaina - a woman scorn?
I thought the reader did a wonderful job. I thought the story was great too. It isn't a historical piece of work, but those of you who are fans of world of warcraft, Alliance or Horde, this was a great story - especially before Mists of Pandaria.
Compelling storyline, well written. Provides a lot more character depth to many of the major Warcraft characters.
The storyline is as good as her previous Warcraft books (she's written 5 other Warcraft titles- unfortunately this is the only one available from Audible!) I think she's the best of the writers for Warcraft books!
The narration was adequate, but could have been better.
If you want war between the Horde and Alliance, you've got it!
Please add more Christie Golden books to Audible, especially her Warcraft books!
This was an enjoyable tie-in novel that is somewhat important for WoW players to read if they truly want to understand the lore, because the game skips over much of this story and jumps to the aftermath. And although the story is enjoyable, the poor narration makes it much better ebook than audio book.
The narrator's normal reading voice was pleasant, but when she got in character to do male voices, it was an unbearable attempt at a deep gravely voice. Orc and Tauren especially sounded like a child's mocking impersonation of an elderly male. I often couldn't tell who was speaking because everyone sounded the same. I don't expect a narrator to have a voice that can truly match every character, but this was hard to listen to. Her normal reading voice would have been much better.
It is oddly wonderful to see Jaina, who always plays the goodie two-shoes diplomat, really go off the rails. After the destruction of Theramore, Jaina is hellbent on the complete annihilation of Orgrimmar. (Yes, there are civilians and even an orphanage there; she doesn't care.) The magical battle between Jaina and Thrall (arguably her most kindred spirit in all of Azeroth) is shocking and epic. The love story between her and Kalecgos is believable and overdue for her storyline. All of Jaina's past "relationships" have been questionable, if not utterly horrific--Kael'thas, Thrall, Arthas...Talk about unlucky in love!
Lots of solid Warcraft characters span the pages: Thrall and Kalecgos, as I've mentioned; Anduin and Varian Wrynn make short appearances; Kinndy Sparkshine, Tervosh and Pained in Theramore; and Vereesa Windrunner and Rhonin. There are also a number of familiar locations: Tidefury Cove, Theramore, Northwatch Hold, and Fray Island.
The Horde, of course, complete the puzzle with their own cast of characters, most notably Garrosh Hellscream, Baine Bloodhoof, and Vol'jin. You can very much sense how trapped Baine and Vol'jin feel by Garrosh's increasing madness and megalomania.
Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War is the best Christie Golden novel that I have read in the Warcraft series. I loved her style first in Rise of the Horde. And, frankly, I prefer her style to Richard A. Knaack.
Justine Eyre had quite a feat ahead of her narrating Garrosh, Baine, and Vol'jin and she did it well.
I was getting bored with the War of the Ancients Archive, so I skipped ahead to Tides of War due to the release of Mists of Pandaria and it's scenerio for Theramore. Now, I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment of the Warcraft novels! And it's inspired me to read Wolfheart and Stormrage ASAP.
Yes, I love to listen while working, it's like doing two things at once.
Oh my, this is a tough question, I really liked the whole story but but better understanding Jaina was well worth it.
I have read or listened to several Christie Golden books. She is a fantastic author and I strongly suggest her works to anyone interested in the Warcraft universe.
The narrator's attempt to give justice to some of the characters such as Garrosh Hellscream is so feeble, that it is border line hilarious. I have been tempted to skip over the parts where Garrosh is involved but keep listening in fear of missing a plot detail.
Read the book. Skip this particular audio book. The girl, although has a nice voice, she does not do any of the Orc or Tauren characters justice.
While these books are completely optional for anyone playing World of Warcraft they provide some interesting insight into the motives of characters actions in game. Depth is provided and this serves the reader to further themselves in the World of Warcraft universe.
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