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World of Warcraft: Wolfheart | [Richard A. Knaak]

World of Warcraft: Wolfheart

New York Times best-selling author Richard A. Knaak continues the thrilling story begun in the record-breaking MMO game expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in this new audiobook!
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New York Times best-selling author Richard A. Knaak continues the thrilling story begun in the record-breaking MMO game expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in this new audiobook!

©2011 Richard A. Knaak (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Raquel S. 01-13-12
    Raquel S. 01-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Worgens and Orcs and Elves, Oh My!"
    What made the experience of listening to World of Warcraft: Wolfheart the most enjoyable?

    Wolfheart is a well-created audible book. It was professionally put together with the chapters ending with well-recognized music from World of Warcraft. It added a great touch to the reading performance and lets you know you were coming to the end of a chapter.Scott Brick did a great job voicing the different characters of the book, especially King Genn Greymane as a Worgen, but was a bit too soft and annoying as Tyrande Whisperwind. (She's a soft-spoken character as it is, so it just annoying all around.) Mr. Brick was great keeping the pace of the story moving along, though he recited the book in a bit of Shakespearean opulent way that made me giggle sometimes. I kept thinking to myself,


    What did you like best about this story?

    King Varian Wrynn by far steals the show in the book. Nearly every scene he's involved in is my favorite. The battle at the end is great!


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

    As I mentioned earlier, I truly enjoyed Scott's performance as King Genn Greymane. The added snarls when Greymane was in worgen form were such a good touch to an already great performance. It was thrilling. His masterful performance as the outspoken King Varian was perfect. Another favorite.Scott also did excellent performing as the orcs, in particularly Garrosh Hellscream and the One-eyed Briln.


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

    The scene where all the Alliance members were gathered and were considering the addition of the worgen into the Alliance. King Varian Wrynn totally steals the scenes here. The political drama that explosively unfolded was jaw-dropping. One of the best parts of the whole story.


    Any additional comments?

    Wolfheart is a great story, but not without its flaws. It's a war story, a tragedy, a murder mystery, and political drama. Overall, a great story to enjoy. However, the whole Maiev Shadowsong murder mystery story line rides nearly parallel to the rest of the story. While it's a worthwhile story to be told for sure, it aggravates how it doesn't quite cross lines with the overall arc of the story. I also wasn't too pleased that the one focus on this book I really wanted to delve into - King Varian Wrynn, the man whose eyes are on the cover of this book - the Wolfheart himself - doesn't make an appearance until like Chapter 11. Arg! However, when he does show up...WHOA! The wait is nearly worth it. This is not my first audible book, but it is the first I've actually completed from start to finish as fast as I could within a couple of days.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kelly WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 10-15-11
    kelly WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 10-15-11
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    "I can't think of anything wrong with this."

    I listened to this while driving on a long road trip. I actually got to my destination 30 mins prior to novel finishing. So, even after driving 13 hours and coming to my destination, I had to sit there and listen to the rest before going inside. That's how good it is.

    The voice is top notch. Not only does he have a wonderful speaking tone, but he makes creative and realistic voices for all the characters. His acting and diction is superb. The little sections of music at the end of each chapter let you know you got a potty break coming up, so the pacing is great too.

    The story itself keeps you in it. All the different threads come together in the short, but packed chapters. The ending is satisfying and fist pumping. I love the depth of Warcraft lore and it's real nice to see an alliance focused story. So many of the novels, while good, seem focused on horde. If you have read "War of The Ancients", you will love this as it feels a sequel to that. Though, reading "War of The Ancients" is not required, I'd recommend reading that first just to flesh out some of the peripheral characters. It certainly isn't required for enjoyment of this novel, though. Many of the same characters are here, even a few perfectly placed surprises.

    I would and have recommended this book to anyone I end up talking reads with, especially those in game. It grabs you and and takes you for a wild, fun, and stirring ride.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    R. Marks Texas 02-01-13
    R. Marks Texas 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wolfheart's great, but not what you think."
    Where does World of Warcraft: Wolfheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    When you see the title Wolfheart, coupled with piercing human eyes, you think "My name is Varian Wrynn, but I am also Lo'Gosh." And you would be right, except Varian's story is not the plot of this book. The plot is the Horde's encroachment into the Night Elves' Ashenvale led by Garrosh Hellscream. Varian is a major player and even the key to saving Ashenvale, but he is in the book much less than one would think. Varian's story is more focused on his interactions with the worgen and his quest to fully embody the spirit of Lo'Gosh.Wolfheart is action-packed. Lots of death and destruction. A large subplot revolves around Maiev and Jarod Shadowsong. It seems Maiev has sunken further into madness than anyone new and is at the heart of a major deception concerning the Highborne. She is a bizarre character and very enjoyable to read.Other Warcraft characters of note are: High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind and Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage of Darnassus, and Genn Greymane of GilneasI gave it max stars because it kept me engaged and it was so action-packed I didn't have time to be annoyed by whiny characters or Knaack's writing style.


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

    There is a mighty battle between Varian with his sword Shalla'tor the Shadow Render and Garrosh with his father's ax Gorehowl. (However, in my opinion, the fight between Jaina and Thrall in Tides of War was far more exciting and poignant.) There is a lot going on in that battle scene and I have to give Knaack's props for keeping it all together.


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

    I super enjoyed Scott Brick. He has a magical way about him. A few of his female voices made me smile.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rob 05-09-12
    Rob 05-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "wasn't sure what to expect, Amazing!!"

    This book was amazing !
    You don't need to know any history on the game so anyone can listen. Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 05-12-14
    Jonathan 05-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Boring start, amazing ending."
    What did you love best about World of Warcraft: Wolfheart?

    The last two hours of this book are so damn epic it makes if everything before that seem pretty boring, that's a good thing and a bad thing because the set IS pretty boring.
    No to say the first 12 hours are BAD persay just overly drawn out and slow.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard A. Knaak? Why or why not?

    I have, Dawn of the Aspects was pretty bad imo. He's redeemed himself with this one though.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Like I've said, the last battle at the end.
    Varian Wrynn kicks so much ass in this book that it made him my favorite Warcraft character.


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

    The Last two hours of this book are so damn epic that they alone make it worth the purchase.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adonate 03-04-13
    adonate 03-04-13
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    "Starts slow but it catches up later"

    If you are into the warcraft lore this is a good book, specially about the worgen intregration to the alliance and Varian Wrynn's connection to Goldrinn. Also, it has good story line about the Ashenvale campaign and great battle descriptions. The duel between Varian Wrynn and Garrosh is really good.
    I recommend it to someone that had follow or read Warcraft in general

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Auroch 01-17-13
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    "Worth listening for the performance alone!"

    First and foremost, this narrator was phenomenal. The voices were excellent, particularly for the Worgen. I would place this as my second favorite listening experience, next to Daniel Davis' reading of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.

    Knaak does an amazing job of delivering a great story that completely changed my opinions on Varian Wrynn. Also delivers on a great deal of the Alliance's political dynamic, which was great to experience.

    For non-Warcraft fans, this is a great piece of literature, but it is not entirely standalone and, as with most WoW books, functions as an 'inbetween' story for the games.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Calgary, AB, Canada 10-09-12
    Jason Calgary, AB, Canada 10-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly Good!"
    Would you listen to World of Warcraft: Wolfheart again? Why?

    This was actually one of the better Warcraft stories out there. It begins slow but once the skin of the story has been peeled away, it just screams with intensity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were represented well.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Narrators performance as excellent. Very believable. It seems like he actually did some research before attempting to do the voices for each character.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen, also a great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Phenix City, AL, United States 10-01-12
    Sara Phenix City, AL, United States 10-01-12
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    "Excellent"
    Where does World of Warcraft: Wolfheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this audio book. I play a Worgan character in WoW, and it helps a lot with the immersion when you understand the back story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Summit, NJ, United States 10-01-12
    Patrick Summit, NJ, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Action Packed!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great fantasy book, even for someone who is not a fan of the game or of Blizzard.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Garrosh Hellscream. Even though e is the bad guy he is still a simply evil character and sometimes a bad guy makes the entire book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle scene that was the true climax of the book, won't go into detail but it gets graphic.


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

    Yes, I went thru it very quickly and had a simply great time enjoying it.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a must listen for WoW fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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