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.
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.
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.
it manages to tell the story independent from the game, yet a main part of it. it can be a stand alone quest with plot twists and rich characters, but also complements the game releases a while ago.
great book. love Warcraft and this kept me more than entertained while I drove across Canada.
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.
good delivery, narrator voices the different races very well. story's good mix of action and drama.
Loved it. Awesome reader! Please do more Warcraft Novels! Scott Brick has my vote to complete the whole series.
I'm writing this review long after the book's relevance has passed in the game, and I was very excited to read a book about the game I've been playing for many years, in hopes of learning more about one of my favorite characters. I was, however, disappointed in the amount of content covered in this book. It took quite a long time for any action to play out, though the build up was extensive, and while it covered him (eventually), it didn't really go into the depth of Varian's past in the detail I had hoped or expected.
If you want to read a book that touches on a number of big names, and goes into depth around the political machinations shortly after the cataclysm, this book is for you. If you're looking for cool action and an intriguing story about the king of Stormwind... this is not where you'll find it. That said, the narrator does a good job taking slightly disjunctive narration and makes it interesting enough. It's well performed, just not that exciting or interesting as you realize that 18 chapters of build up result in about 4 chapters of action, some of which is lack luster and most of it is quite telegraphed. Personally... I'd pass on this one.
The story itself moved at a slow pace and only seemed to picked up around the end.
The narration for the worgen was well done but overall the narrator seemed to lack excitement and was monotone.
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