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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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,
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I super enjoyed Scott Brick. He has a magical way about him. A few of his female voices made me smile.
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.
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.
I have, Dawn of the Aspects was pretty bad imo. He's redeemed himself with this one though.
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.
The Last two hours of this book are so damn epic that they alone make it worth the purchase.
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Whether you play World of Warcraft or not, this book is highly recommended. it pulls the listener into the world of Azeroth and the continuing struggles there not only with the Horde, but within the Night Elf race themselves.
It is hard to write a great recommendation without giving spoilers, so all I can say is download it, you won't be disappointed.
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
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.
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.
All of the characters were represented well.
Narrators performance as excellent. Very believable. It seems like he actually did some research before attempting to do the voices for each character.
Great listen, also a great read!
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.
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