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The Way of Kings Audiobook

The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

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Publisher's Summary

Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive.

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the 10 consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where 10 armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

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©2010 Dragonsteel Entertaiment, LLC (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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    sammy kroner 12-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    This is quite possibly the best book series I've ever read or listened to. It's so good that I would recommend it to people who didn't even know how to read.

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    Vladimir M. 12-11-16
    Vladimir M. 12-11-16
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    "loved it!"

    This book is incredible. The story and imagery was great. I couldn't wait to see what happen next.

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    rob 12-11-16
    rob 12-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    story sucks you in and moves at a Brisk pace one of the best books I've ever listened to

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    Jonathan 12-09-16
    Jonathan 12-09-16
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    "Felt a little drawn out"

    The story is well written and the voice narration is great. I liked the ending and the beginning but I felt like in the middle it takes awhile for the story to "get up and move again" at parts. Otherwise, the world-building was enjoyable and the characters were realistic. The book is extremely long too. It has been some time since I've tried to tackle a book of its length.

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    Amazon Customer 12-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, poor talent."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story, but the talent made it difficult. Michael Kramer's inflections and phrasing were awkward, but was able to get past it after a few hours. The most disappointing part to me was, on Chapter 71 (out of 76) Kate Reading began reading as one of the main characters for the first time, and completely pronounced said characters name differently than Michael Kramer had been. No editor? No checking? Very amateur.
    I don't normally post reviews, but for such an epic saga, you need to hire talent that is up to the job.


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    Jeffrey 12-08-16
    Jeffrey 12-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "This book SUCKS"
    What would have made The Way of Kings better?

    Frankly I don't know if the reader is TERRIBLE or if the book is really THAT BAD!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    totally mono tone...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Before the end of chapter 1 I was tired of the word "shard"
    "shard sword"
    "shard armor"
    "shard shield"
    blah, blah, blah...


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    Amazon Customer 12-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Ready for Book 3!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Way of Kings to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure, I haven't read the book in print. The audio version is excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are interesting. There are genuine heroes who try to live by a moral code but they still feel real and struggle with how to approach things. Individuals may both be trying to live well but still not agree on the best path; again, they feel real.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Other than the first and second book of the series I haven't.


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

    There were several moving moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this books to friends and recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy as a genre where the main characters aren't just villains who happen to do good stuff or heroes with unbelievable internal turmoil.

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    Dane Wilkins 12-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Most excellent novel, a joy to read"

    This novel is up there with the greats, no question this was the right man to finish tWoT series and complete Robert Jordan's work. This book series is completely unique with it's own magic creatures and concepts. I personally like how the major threat hasn't been eluded to until the very end. Masterfully done, to keep us entertained throughout with no overarching villainy or impending doom to have our protagonists strive against. Can't wait for the next one!

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    Ruthanne 12-06-16
    Ruthanne 12-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "This was good; but, not as good as the reviews"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book; but, I'm not sure why it is rated so high. It takes a long time to understand all of the new terms, etc. It comes together at the end; but, it is a slow start.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked the end. It closed all of the loops, etc.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performer is a bit monotone


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably


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    Ryan 12-06-16
    Ryan 12-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "highly recommended. amazing performance"

    great book. but at time drawn out with over explanations , in some cases it's needed. but starts to get tiresome. hard to follow. and realize you just missed 30 min of the book because you blanked out. also the jumping back and forth in the first half of the book was slightly confusing... but once you learned the characters it made more sense. overall it's an amazing story.

    one to book number two... since it just abruptly ends. not really a huge cliff hanger. but just before you start to get answers.

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