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World of Warcraft: War Crimes | [Christie Golden]

World of Warcraft: War Crimes

Alliance and Horde forces have stripped Garrosh Hellscream, one of the most reviled figures on Azeroth, of his title as warchief. His thirst for conquest devastated cities, nearly tore the Horde apart, and destroyed countless lives throughout the World of Warcraft. Now, on the legendary continent of Pandaria, he will stand trial for his transgressions.
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Publisher's Summary

The brutal siege of Orgrimmar is over.

Alliance and Horde forces have stripped Garrosh Hellscream, one of the most reviled figures on Azeroth, of his title as warchief. His thirst for conquest devastated cities, nearly tore the Horde apart, and destroyed countless lives throughout the World of Warcraft.

Now, on the legendary continent of Pandaria, he will stand trial for his transgressions.

Renowned leaders from across the world have gathered to witness this historic event. As the trial unfolds, agents of the bronze dragonflight present shocking visions of Garrosh's atrocities. For many of those in attendance, these glimpses into history force them to relive painful memories and even question their own innocence or guilt. For others, the chilling details stoke the flames of their hatred.

Unbeknownst to anyone, shadowy forces are at work on Azeroth, threatening not only the court's ability to mete out justice…but also the lives of everyone at the trial.

© 2014 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Blizzard Entertainment and World of Warcraft are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

©2014 Christie Golden (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Jonathan D Gaynor 05-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great for Fans of the Game; Major Holes; Fun Read"
    Where does World of Warcraft: War Crimes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Christie Golden does an admirable job of combining the action-fantasy of World of Warcraft with a courtroom procedural. The book has this, "let's just go with it" vibe that doesn't bother me much because I read it as a fan of the game.

    The premise of Garrosh Hellscream's trial for War Crimes is misexecuted, in my opinion. It isn't a trial at all, but a sentencing phase and Tyrande cares more about proving things Garrosh is involved with rather than showing how and why Garrosh cannot change. Even though Garrosh is deplorable, I spent the whole book cheering for Baine in his defense of Garrosh. Baine hates Garrosh but defends him because it is his duty and I can respect that. Tyrande just hates Garrosh. It makes it hard to probe her point of view and empathize with her.

    Why there must be a Defender and why someone for the Horde must defend Garrosh is never answered; the book provides only vague pronouncements that people will think the Horde didn't give Garrosh a fair shake if they don't defend him.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Vol'jin. He did a very good job of getting the troll's speech just right.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Stupid work and raiding got in the way a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 06-09-15
    Angela 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "For Azeroth!"
    If you could sum up World of Warcraft: War Crimes in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, Wounderful, Amazing again


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World of Warcraft: War Crimes?

    Cairne Bloodhoofs back story on how we lost him


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Baine Bloodhoof making voljin and thrall feel guilty


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    DownFall of Garrosh Hellscream


    Any additional comments?

    Just Amazing! i love the fact that the tauren race actually have a front line in this book and baine being one of the focal charaters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Matthew Worrell ORLANDO, FLORIDA, US 06-08-15
    Kevin Matthew Worrell ORLANDO, FLORIDA, US 06-08-15
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    "Wonderful story"



    I have enjoyed this book. I have played the game for years and have yet to start reading the books. I will definitely continue my literary adventure after this enticing tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 05-29-15
    Tim 05-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fan - freaking tastic!"

    This book was phenomenal and the narration was so good! if you're a warcraft fan you will be immersed in this story almost immediately learning things about your favorite World of Warcraft heroes and villains you never knew before! This is a must have for your collection and one you will remember for years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darren 05-04-15
    Darren 05-04-15
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    "First audiobook experience"
    Would you try another book from Christie Golden and/or Scott Brick?

    Please pick another WoW bookOn the other hand narration was great, i enjoyed his voice and overall i have no complains for my audio experience.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It would be impossible to count the number of times you'll hear " I object..."followed by "i agree with the defender". As someone who has read multiple books in the WoW franchise i am saddened to say this is by far my most disappointing experience, and unfortunately this has also been my first audiobook experience. Make no mistake, i am still a big fan of WoW which is why in all honesty this is my sentiment : Finishing this book i found that i have learnt nothing new/significant about the characters in the story, the whole premise of the book is on a trial- to that end even with my limited legal knowledge i feel that it wasn't presented as well as it could have been. Are majority or even a significant proportion of the WoW target audience even interested in a legal trial?

    You'd have to be genuinely and passionately interested in the characters to even survive the experience. I pity anyone who would accidentally pick up this book for a casual introduction to other WoW books. Bored. To. Death.


    Could you see World of Warcraft: War Crimes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Impossible. It would be a movie that would only use 4 sets. A courtroom, a kitchen, windrunner spire and a prison. Legal elements in the story can barely be taken seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    Choose another book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 03-27-15
    Andrew 03-27-15
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    "Quite a passionate reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if he or she is interested in the World of Warcraft lore, because it goes into nice and rather interesting detail on the basis of the newest expansion's main plotline and on how it started


    What did you like best about this story?

    Baine Bloodhoof's overall character and calmness, and Jaina's redemption after the way the whole Mists of Pandaria shenanigans nearly ruined her whole character.Also seeing Anduin in action and a more prominent role was a nice sight.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives just the right tones for each of the characters, i could swear he was the actual in-game VA of Baine and Varian, even with the kind of passion as an old-time player of the game/franchise would.


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    Robert 03-24-15
    Robert 03-24-15
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    "Starts very strong, drags just a bit at the end"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Warcraft lore, absolutely. It's a great tie-in piece connecting the end of Mists of Pandaria and the current expansion, Warlords of Draenor.


    What other book might you compare World of Warcraft: War Crimes to and why?

    A courtroom Wow story? Not sure it compares to much else. But I love the combination of fantasy and real-life courtroom procedure. Fantastic mix.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Vol'Jin and Sylvannas, definitely. Love the voice and character provided to Vol'Jin (his time on the witness stand might be my favorite part of the book). Was also exciting seeing more character to Sylvannas, who - outside of her Arthas/Lich King story - often is left out of major lore events.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme, but there were a few chapters where I just HAD to keep listening (again, mostly around Vol'Jin's time on the stand.


    Any additional comments?

    Ending drags just a little bit. Felt like it took a minute too long and suddenly there were all kinds of morals and lessons being tossed my way. Aside from the last maybe twenty minutes/half hour, loved every second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander 03-14-15
    Alexander 03-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!"

    Very well done. I have heard the narrator before and he's pretty good. idk why people put bad reviews on these books... all the WoW books from this company have been awesome and now I know more than before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne OLEAN, NY, United States 03-06-15
    Jeanne OLEAN, NY, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2013

    Mom, RN, CLC, LOL

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    "Enjoyed listening to the lore"

    I am a player of WoW, and enjoyed the lore a lot. In fact, I wanted the book to continue! I am not a fan of the reader, though. His style increases and decreases speed and volume randomly and I find it immensely hard to pay attention to his voice. I know it is in an attempt to convey emotion and intensity, but it is almost too Shakespearian. This book was easier to listen to than others he has read. I am definitely seeking out more WoW books, especially those written by Christie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 02-22-15
    Matthew 02-22-15
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    "Another home run"

    Christie Golden first captured my attention when she wrote Arthas as a prequel to the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. This one is much the same.

    It sets up the expansion well, and fills in the story holes nicely.

    In addition, she has a way of getting in to her character's psyche. Excellent story. Well worth the asking price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Shazkia
    5/10/14
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    "Great end to the expansion"
    What did you like most about World of Warcraft: War Crimes?

    As a lover of the lore, it was great to so many characters all together in one place. To listen to all of them speak and the tough situation they are put in was well written and of great insight into warcraft's popular characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    I guess it was the Salvyanas/Veressa Subplot


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I have a few book read by him and Love his voice, its easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but i failed to sadly


    Any additional comments?

    A really good book about warcraft, delving in deep to the characters and the past.
    FOR THE HORDE!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Herbie
    5/7/14
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    "Best Warcraft Novel since WoW's release!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No matter who there favorite character is he/so has there moment in this book plus you get to see alternate sides to previous book events.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World of Warcraft: War Crimes?

    We see Garrosh's thought process with each of his decisions that many questioned in the game and it really made him one of my favorite characters in a long time :).


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    It is Scott Brick what was there not to like!

    He did a great job as he always does :).


    Any additional comments?

    Easily my favorite Novel since the start of WoW (on Par with the likes of Rise of the Horde). Unlike most Warcraft novels this gives us the POV of a large amount of the leaders (both Horde and Alliance) giving more perspective of everyones views on the situation. Not to mention we get interactions we have never had before because they are all at the Trial even the likes of Wrathion to the Dragon Aspects on top of the leaders.

    It gives us 3 major plot lines that will carry on as we play throughout WoD on top of that behind the scene with those who followed Garrosh and still believe in his Horde.

    The book is easily one of the most fluently written Warcraft books since World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects!

    I cannot write this review without also adding that this book has ties to 8 other novels written in the Warcraft universe and gives us alternate perspectives on moments we read in previous books during the trial thanks to the Bronze Flight.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • gert
    2/2/15
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    "Well worth the time"

    Well written and read , more in depth part of wow lore and shows emotions of otherwise still standing characters ingame well worth the time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Izak B.
    11/18/14
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    "Fantastic Book Packed With Great Lore"
    Where does World of Warcraft: War Crimes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first ever audio book and I loved it. The performance was outstanding and the story was heavily intriguing.


    What other book might you compare World of Warcraft: War Crimes to, and why?

    This books is heavily focused on World of Warcraft. If you enjoy the game, you should enjoy this book!


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Scott has a great variety of voices that adds depth to each of the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, but unfortunately could not due to life. Was great for travelling and when working. Listened to it in a week.


    Any additional comments?

    BUY IT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lewis
    7/7/14
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    "Audible WOW!"
    Where does World of Warcraft: War Crimes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As one of the top. It's a great listen and well matches well with the Warcraft world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World of Warcraft: War Crimes?

    The revelevation of cho'shu wispherwind that cho'shu bloodhoof had conspired with lady jaina proudmore.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, this is probably the best I've heard.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment when king wryn and his son Forgave all of their faults and the future anduin dies.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen and more of the Warcraft books need to be audio booked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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