When the world of Azeroth was young, the god-like titans brought order to it by reshaping its lands and seas. Throughout their great work, they followed a magnificent design for what they envisioned Azeroth would become. Although the titans departed Azeroth long ago, that design endures to this day. It is known as the Emerald Dream, a lush and savagely primal version of the... World of Warcraft.
Many are the mysteries surrounding the Emerald Dream and its reclusive guardians, the green dragonflight. In times past, druids have entered the Dream to monitor the ebb and flow of life on Azeroth in their never-ending quest to maintain the delicate balance of nature.
However, not all dreams are pleasant ones. Recently the Emerald Nightmare, an area of corruption within the Emerald Dream, began growing in size, transforming the Dream into a realm of unimaginable horror. Green dragons have been unexpectedly caught up in the Nightmare, emerging from it with shattered minds and twisted bodies. Druids who have entered the darkening Dream lately have found it difficult -- sometimes even impossible -- to escape.
Nor are these the Nightmare's only victims: more and more people are being affected. Even Malfurion Stormrage, first and foremost of the druids on Azeroth, may have fallen victim to this growing threat. As uncontrollable nightmares spread across the world, a desperate quest begins to find and free the archdruid.
Soon nature's enemies will learn the true meaning of the name.
©2010 Richard A. Knaak (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
I love Warcraft Lore, and this was in some ways very entertaining. In most other ways it was excruciating listening to. The plot is great, but the way the author jumps around and rambles on and on about lesser important plot devices can be frustrated and hard to keep engaged. Then, the voice talent, who may have talent for a wild west or something, did a terrible job here. He talked so slow and mispronounced certian names of people and places that the game's cutscenes pronounce differently is obvious to show what little home work the reader did when taking on this job. He truly sounded bored reading this.
For those not familiar with the World of Warcraft, I can see them being compleatly lost. Even those familiar with the game I can see still getting lost if they did not read up on their lore first.
All in all, I still give it 3 stars because even though it has a horrible presentation, the plot and the new Lore is very excellent and entertaining.... if you can grit your teeth through it all ;-)
The book continues the very well though out lore around the Warcraft Universe but the Narrator constantly mispronounced names. Sure not all names in the Warcraft Universe has a set pronunciation but there are general agreements about how to pronounce Krasus and Tyrande. I started fearing chapters with these characters just because each mispronounced I found myself ripped out of the audio book.
The authors constant jumping around from character to character made the book difficult to follow at times and found that I had to stop listening because my mind was starting to wander. He introduces characters through out the story that are insignificant to the story and makes you think that they were included just for the sheer sake of saying they were mentioned in the book (i.e. The Forsaken). What also troubled me is you are closely following one character at the start and then suddenly half way through it changes to another and the other is all but forgotten except at small parts here and there near the end.
In short if you are a die hard fan of World of Warcraft or the Druid class, this is a book you may like. If not, I suggest you focus your attention elsewhere as this was not a book I can recommend.
While the book wasn't horrible, Knaak's writing style leaves much to be desired, especially when compared to other fantasy contemporaries. Stormrage was great on lore, but lacking on writing styles, imho.
I love Richard A. Knaak
I have been reading his books for years. I get angry when people who play the game don't understand who the characters or where and how the very world they practically live in came to be. His original characters are wonderful, his writing is great, he stays true to the lore and the world of Warcraft to a nth degree. But this book just left a bad taste in my mouth.
I blame the Narrator, Richard Ferrone, who puts in the SECOND worst performance I have ever heard in a book reading ever. He is emotionless robot, who cared nothing for the book he read. His monotone voice, and mispronunciations of all of the characters was grating. There were a dozen times where his performance caused me to fantasize about my own rendition of the book, only to realize that I had missed about 10-15 minutes of the book because he bored the crap out of me.
The book itself was OK, not Knaak's best works, but again I blame Ferrone for the lack of interest. Try buying it and reading it yourself, it might work better that way.
Yes! Listening to WOlfheart right now, which is WAAAAAAAAAAAAY better in the first five minutes than stormrage.
See review above
Great characters, great world building
Ever been in a movie theater? How about while watching a movie you really enjoy and are becoming completely absorbed and immersed in this world the director has presented to you only to be ripped away from the illusion by a reality shattering and flesh rending ring from a cell phone which some forgetful and unfortunate soul has forgotten to silence. Then for the remainder of the movie, all you can think about is how some careless person ruined your experience which could have been avoided by taking a couple brief moments to make right by everyone.
In this case the narrator for this audiobook is that Head-splitting ring from a cell phone that ruins what would be a decent bit of lore from the Warcraft universe. This is the closest I can come to relaying how awful this 'performance' was from the narrator. All it would have taken was a couple moments to clarify the proper pronunciation of names which are so heavily engrained within the lore of Warcraft. "Ar-thoss" and "Sil-ve-noss" would be extremely disappointed as well as the citizens of "till-druss-ul" with the narrator for this book.
My recommendation/request from audible: Get a new narrator and re-record, as well as give a free download to all who had to listen to this crap.
My recommendation/request from prospective purchasers: until there is a new narrator who has recorded for this title- skip it, or buy the paperback. If you listen to this specific narrator on this audiobook it will leave a horrible impression and a bad taste in your mouth which you will never be able to get rid of.
Half through now. Story is ok, though slow at times. the main problem is the narrator. If you are going to do something like this, maybe you should take the time to actually find out the pronunciation of key names. It's very irritating tp listen to him mispronounce names of cities and characters incorrectly over and over again.
I am a huge fan of World of Warcraft at the Lore behind it all. This was my firt Audio book purchace and I was saddened. The narrator really killed the book for me. I had to go back and read the book again after I finished listening simply because I found myself tuning out the authors voice or be strickened with constant headaches
First off, the story is awesome. The journey through the emerald nightmare makes you feel what they felt. My issues lay with the narrator. While his narrative is ok, his voice acting was terrible. Not only that but his pronunciation was atrocious. This was already a long established world. He should have done his homework. After mispronouncing Sylvanas, after he had already mispronounced Teldrassil, Notdrassil, Hyjal, Tyrande, Arthas and Lordaeron, i had to turn it off. It is better for you to just read the book on your own.
I love warcraft lore and the book is great, the narrator however should have researched the pronunciation of words in the book. important stuff like the prince of stormwinds name and both friggin world trees. got the printed book and finished it that way.
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