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Publisher's Summary

The eagerly awaited sequel to the New York Times best-selling Words of Radiance, from epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson at the top of his game.

In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times best-selling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together - and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past - even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC  (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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"Character development is at the heart of the book, and it is here that Kramer and Reading shine, with remarkably consistent and multifaceted characters that fuel the action of the story.... Adept pacing highlights both the intensity of hand-to-hand combat and quieter moments of sorrow and grief, fully realizing the intricate world that Sanderson has created." (AudioFile Magazine)   

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  • Tim K
  • Surrey, BC
  • 02-04-18

Tedious

What did you like best about Oathbringer? What did you like least?

The premise of the book was great, and the end was decent. Liked the idea of the humans not necessarily being the heroes they thought they were.The rest was just tedious. I understood the characters after the second or third flashback, or other attempts to get me to understand. Became filler after a while. I really got tired of the Dalinar flashbacks in particular. Some were good, but too many had little point.

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

I love a good long book, but this was long without reason. Tedious is the best word I can use to describe it.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

Kaladin is by far the best character, and Michael does his usual fantastic job. Kate Reading is such a perfect pairing in with MIchael. I really enjoy all her characters, but she really nailed Shallan in particular.

Do you think Oathbringer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I'm getting a bit tired of the seemingly endless layers of magic and universes. It gets to the point that nothing is impossible or final. No boundaries are no fun. No more books required for me.

Any additional comments?

Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I was so excited for this next book in the series, but by half way through I just wanted it to get to the point. I've listened to longer books and didn't want them to end, but not this one. Once again, tedious.

I probably would not have been so harsh on other authors, but Brandon Sanderson is one of the best there is. HIs bar is higher for me. Sorry, Mr. Sanderson.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A boring mish-mash. Very disappointed.

I really loved the first two books in this series. I preordered Oathbringer and I am sorry to say I cannot recommend it. I gave up 3/4 of the way through out of frustration with the books lack of anything interesting to say.

This story just refuses to move FORWARD! I am fearful that Mr. Sanderson has spent too much time on the Wheel of Time series and Robert Jordan is rubbing off on him...

The narration is excellent. It is not Michael Kramer and Kate Readings fault that this is a dry well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • prog1224
  • Denver, CO United States
  • 02-11-18

Slow, Lazy Storytelling

What disappointed you about Oathbringer?

I thought the 1st book in this series was enjoyable. I enjoyed the 2nd book because the ending was exciting. This 3rd book is one of the most boring books I've ever listened to. I just don't care enough about the story, the characters, or anything else to want to continue listening. I'm done with Brandon Sanderson books.

What could Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Brevity is a virtue. Please get to the point.

What didn’t you like about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance?

Kate Reading over dramatizes everything. She makes the characters seem so whiny and repulsive. If Kate doesn't get a clue and stop her default "whiny" characterization, I hope her characters die so that fans get more Michael Kramer instead.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story of Kaladin and Sil is interesting. The rest of the characters aren't interesting. Micheal Kramer is a good narrator.

Any additional comments?

This series has taught me the importance of having characters that you want to succeed. If you can't identify with the characters or the characters have shady ethics, you eventually lose interest. I've reached that point and I'm done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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This is where a series dies, so many hours wasted.

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At some point I would assume that steady action would happen. If not action something, this book progresses so slow it's painful. Flashbacks are one thing but this book moves from boring flashback, to boring present. Combine that with switching characters; the book progresses about the rate of 5 minutes a chapter.

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  • Mark W
  • Tipp City, OH, USA
  • 02-08-18

Epic Disappointment?

Love the narration by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading

I’ve been a Sanderson fan ever since he did a fantastic job finishing off the WOT series for Robert Jordan. I enjoyed the Wax and Wayne books and The Reckoners series. Absolutely loved The Rithmatist. I enjoyed the first two books of the Stormlight Archive, though they were both overly long, but this one is...shockingly, boring, sorry to say. I made it 21 hours into this 55 hour odyssey before finally deciding there were too many other books I wanted to listen to more than this. If awards were give for poundage, this bloated novel would win hands down! From a quality standpoint...it’s not that it’s badly written, it just doesn’t go anywhere nearly fast enough, and that’s from a guy who enjoyed the tomes that Jordan published. I wish Sanderson would have trimmed the fat from this one and put more time into continuing some of his more engaging efforts...how about a Rithmatist sequel already?

Bottom line...if you’re a long-haul trucker or someone with not much else to do, this will probably be a great read. Otherwise, there are plenty of very excellent books out there that don’t require 51 hours to spin an engaging tale. As they say, time is precious, waste it wisely.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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It was hard to finish!

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I couldn't get of the first two in the series. I literally listened to them every chance I got- during movies with my kids, meetings, while driving, working, walking and even tried to sneak with my head phones during "mommy & daddy" time. I listened to them multiple times. I did not feel the same about Oathbringer. It wasn't bad, but I found myself finding all sort of other things to do besides listen to this book It took a very long time to finish.

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not his best work

long time Sanderson fan but I had a very difficult time getting through this book. I eagerly awaited this book in series and was disappointed by the structure of this book and how hard it was to stay engaged due to the disjointed manner in which things jumped around. Sanderson might be writing for genX now with short attention spans now I don't know but I feel let down. I have many of his books and this is the only one that i didn't absolutely enjoy.

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Disappointing and boring

I liked the first book in this series but struggled to get even halfway through this one. I did not finish this book. It was frustratingly boring.

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Very disappointing entry into the archive

This book was like an uphill battle from start to finish. I'm surprised I even bothered to finish it at all. Too many POV's and the bulk of them were just filler. Plot was weak. Did enjoy getting answers to some of the major questions in the series. Even if those answers were just weak plot twists. Probably done with the series after this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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What Happened?!?

I don't write many reviews, actually might be my first, but listen to 30-40 books a year. I have never listened to a series where the first two books have been so well written, only to have the third book be such a disappointment!

Only way I would even consider someone listening to this is at 3 times audio speed and even then it would be tough. Why so much filler, like eating a jelly donut with all jelly and no donut, yuck. Have a great story / plot why not expand and or do more character development? You know how you have a book to listen to and you say, excited to start listening again, this one was more like having to renew my license at the DMV, Oh no, not again!

Anyone who gave this a favorable review must of gotten a coupon for a free dozen donuts or used it for a cure for insomnia!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful