Before the Storm

A Novel
Narrated by: Josh Keaton
Series: World of Warcraft, Book 23
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (7,950 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

An all-new, official prequel novel to The Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard Entertainment's next expansion to the critically acclaimed World of Warcraft video game.

Azeroth is dying.

The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.

For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains and even less to mourn what was lost. Azeroth's devastating wound has revealed a mysterious material known as Azerite. In the right hands, this strange golden substance is capable of incredible feats of creation; in the wrong ones, it could bring forth unthinkable destruction.

As Alliance and Horde forces race to uncover the secrets of Azerite and heal the wounded world, Anduin enacts a desperate plan aimed at forging a lasting peace between the factions. Azerite jeopardizes the balance of power, and so Anduin must gain the trust of Sylvanas. But, as ever, the Dark Lady has her own machinations.

For peace to be possible, generations of bloodshed and hatred must be brought to an end. But there are truths that neither side is willing to accept and ambitions they are loath to relinquish. As Alliance and Horde alike grasp for the Azerite's power, their simmering conflict threatens to reignite all-out war - a war that would spell doom for Azeroth.

Praise for Before the Storm:

“This is easily the best book in the World of Warcraft series, and I don’t say that lightly.... It’s so much more than a tie-in novel.... It’s a beautiful book.” (Blizzard Watch)

©2018 Christie Golden (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Amazing Experience

This book is just great. It's narrated by King Anduin's voice actor from the game, who performs excellently in every role (except Moira, but I'll give him a pass because the rest were great). Each chapter starts with a minute of music from the in-game location the chapter takes place in. On top of all that, the story is gripping and compelling, with enough background and context added to be enjoyable to players of World of Warcraft and casual readers alike, which is rare in a novel of this type. All in all, a fantastic experience I heartily recommend.

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I want my time back.

Don't get me wrong. The book was well written and performed. My issue is that this book was not what I believed it was represented as. I understood that it would add to the lore and storyline. It simply told the story of events that were already revealed.

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Decent, but flowery writing portrays events poorly

Golden, back again with a new title as a tie in for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, shows a disappointing lack of ability to repress her writing's linguistic crutches. Depending on her usual favorite phrases or actions to color expressions can sometime lead to some exhaustion on the part of the listener (At no fault of the performer reading her words who was quite excellent and showed much skill in his impressions of various characters.). That said if you are able to push past some of the cheesier dialogue or descriptions the story is fairly decent and well put together. I was hoping for a little tidbit on the battle for Loredaeron but was satisfied with what Golden delivered for a narrative. I was still sad when it ended as these tie-ins usually do, that being on a somewhat inconclusive finally to set the stage for the coming expansion. I hope this doesn't sound too harsh, its just after so long of listening to Golden write, these things become more apparent and one wonders why these issues weren't nipped sooner. Worth a listen if you care about these sorts of things.

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an amazing performance but story not so much

I would have loved a better story but the performance was amazing, A + indeed

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Excellent Narration; Mediocre Story

The narrator should be commended for his excellent performance. Golden, however, proves inconsistent with her tone. Warcraft stories have never been burdened by complexity, but the simple themes within this story are disappointing, to be quite candid. Her portrayal of Sylvanas sways been complex and vulnerable for the briefest of moment, then back to to cold and cruel; little more than a generic monstrous villain. Her portrayal of Anduin is as a generic fantasy hero, impossibly perfect at nearly everything, and nearly worshipped for no reason. A clear case of Mary Sue meeting average skill. Golden has done far better in the past, and should not tout this as one of her best works.

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Boring

Narrartion was great. Ending was meh. Over all uneventful story till the very end. Never been a fan of soft characters, which is what the King is written to be. Book is a filler to a greater story(obviously). Would have just liked something greater from a story telling team.

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Great narrator, mediocre story

This book is solely designed to set Anduin up. Very little action, pretty dry overall. If you're into WoW lore it's a decent read but otherwise I could have gone without it.

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Rough

Only sat through it to make sense of the current xpac. This is a tough one to get through.

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way less action than I hoped for

pretty boring actually. one kinds fight scene- no bbm plot point resolved even in a small way. snooze fest

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A whole lot of book for almost zero story progress

Voice acting is great, although I would like to see Anduin's voice change a bit since he is now in his 20's and still sounds like a little boy. The bad part though is nothing really happens in the book that hasn't already been known. The end scene was basically the only thing new and really you knew it was coming the whole time anyways. Just not a fan of 2 chapters of exposition and then 1 paragraph of substance.

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  • 08-03-18

First Warcraft book I've heard, and I loved it!

Before the Storm has been the first Warcraft novel I've heard, having only read the Chronicle Volume 1 prior, and I absolutely loved it! Christie Golden is a gem that Blizzard has been fortunate to uncover, and I'm looking very much forward to diving further into the Warcraft lore via the books also! A side note is that playing world of Warcraft / having prior knowledge of what currently goes on in the Warcraft universe, is required for full enjoyment of the book.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 07-24-18

Why dafuc i can finish the book

Why dafuc i can finish the book link no avalable to listen The book 10/10 why i can't

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  • Joel
  • 07-19-18

Amazing narrator, slightly dragged out plot

For fans of the game preparing for battle for azeroth, this audiobook is simply great. Its on another level compared to other warcraft novels, and even if the plot is not explicitly the driving force of events, it captures the attention of anyone listening. Josh Keaton is an excellent narrator for this book. Not only does he provide believeable voice inline with ingame counterparts, but as the actual voice actor of Anduin, one of the two protagonists its simply amazing and brings so much immersion to the entire reading.

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  • Aleksandar
  • 07-10-18

I love it

narrator good...story good...love it i tottaly recommend to buy this book Read it people...its worth of it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-18

well worth a read!

I found this to be a fantastic book, very well laid out for world of Warcraft fans. For those who have not kept up with the game story, it would be a good idea to check that out first, as a great many references are fairly recent developments in the game itself. Josh does voices throughout the book, but it would be nice for such a big project to include some of the more popular WoW voice actors.

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  • Abrattsti
  • 07-06-18

Good book

a good book, but I wanted to hear more about Sylvannas story. but they are probably saving it to later.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-18

Not so morally gray

The character development is good overall. Especially all the minor characters. The biggest flaw of the book is that they make silvanas look so evil. They keep making me see things from her perspective. They keep making me think that she actually has a conscience , but the all of a sudden she is back to the massacre thoughts. The performance is amazing, and overall it is a good book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-18

Amazing

An original Christie Golden Warcraft book, that not only portrays characters so well, full of emotion and highlighting the morality, but opens for perspectives, still picturing a morally gray world. As for the narrator, I don't have a lot of eperience with audiobooks, but Josh Keaton is an amazing voice actor (best goblin, dwarf and Anduin impersonations). And even that giving voice to female character is so hard for a male narrator, he did an excellent job with the tone of the voice for Sylvanas (playing her ingame voice in my head maybe helped a lot). I totally recomand this book for any warcraft lore fan out there, as for anyone eager for Battle for Azeroth.

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  • Daniel Nielsen
  • 06-23-18

very interesting

I like it alot, gives a good view into whats happening pre bfa and shining new lights on the 2 newcomers in power

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  • Darya
  • 06-18-18

Amazing)

The book is voiced by Anduin's voice actor who is equally skilled in other voices such as goblin. It is super easy to listen. The story gives nice insight into Sylvanas' thoughts and Forsaken day to day lives and struggles. We as players are used to seeing both factions without realising what an ordinary aliance human who probably never seen then before thinks of them. Overall very nicely read and written. Highly recommended listen.