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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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    Jonathan D. Jones 06-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The female narrator is very bad"
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    the female narator has a terrible voice, like nails on a chalkboard. just replace her with the male one and it would be 5 out 5

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    Andres Gabales 06-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thanks mom!"

    This book is awesome! Best recommendation my Mother of fun with this book. So kids read books!!!

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    thelastone 06-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful story"

    love this book. wonderful story with beautiful story telling. this could be an epic story.

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    Brenden S 06-27-17
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    "I personally can't wait to start the next entry"

    Amazing fantasy title. Was only marginally familiar with Sanderson, and this was the first book of his I went through entirely. Very cool "magic" system with men who can breathe in the light of gems and use them to cast "spells" of sorts and others who run around in full suits of armor powered by these same gems. Because of this type of "magic" the world has some sci-fi elements while still being very much grounded in a "medieval" setting which feels kind of cool.

    The plot deals enough in political intrigue to be captivating to fans of "A Song of Ice and Fire" while not being loaded down with the complicated interpersonal connections of a hundred throw-away characters. Most of the story deals with war and ancient religions and discovering the history if the story's world and it's all equally fascinating.

    The narration is pretty good in all, my only complaint deals with the dual narrators. I'm fine with having a man read the chapters of the male characters and a woman reading the female chapters. In fact I really like it when audio books do this. It just feels jarring when both narrators aren't on the same page when it comes to pronunciations or the accents or tones of characters who overlap across their chapters. A minor complaint really though.

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    Glenda S. 06-27-17
    Glenda S. 06-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding!"

    This is one of the best books I have read and now listened to. Even though I knew what was going to happen. listening to it confirmed again why I couldn't put it down.

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    Amazon Customer 06-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Journey Before Destination"

    I love Brandon Sanderson. This book is long and takes some commitment, but it's awesome. His characters are great. He's not just good at writing about fantasy, he is good at writing about people.
    All the details he puts into Roshar are so interesting.

    This is similar to Mistborn, but is a little slower. Also, it has more characters and is more complicated.

    I highly recommend it.

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    Nathaniel 06-27-17
    Nathaniel 06-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Strong characterization, compelling story"

    The main characters were developed well and the story captivates the reader. However, the fight scenes tend to feel a bit recycled (the expression "Dalinar cursed" gets old) and many secondary characters lack thorough development. Maybe some of the back story that explains/develops those characters will be hashed out in the next book, but I would think 40+ hours of listening would have yielded more depth. The characters are not as lovable as they are in The Name of the Wind, but at least they don't all die as in The Game of Thrones. In all, this is a solid addition to the fantasy genre.

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    Peter Downs 06-27-17
    Peter Downs 06-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this not just to my friends but anyone I took this book on whim looking for something long to take up my morning commute. The story is fantastic and the character development is heavy!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think I can have just one. But Cal and Sil would be my favorite just seeing how there story is intertwined. But the comic relief of Sil is greatly needed as Cal's later life is dark.


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

    The most moving part for me was when Cal was left out in the high storm that whole scene made me shutter and weep.


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    Anonymous 06-26-17
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    "Wonderful if also lengthy"

    This is a wonderful book and extremely well done reading. The Readers do a lovely job of pulling you into the characters and storyline. It is quiet lengthy, yet worth the hours spent listening!

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    "Huge book and I wanted more!!! It's amazing!!"

    I loved Mistborn but Brandon Sanderson really created something amazing with these series!! The cultures, the animals, the plants, the magic system and the story they are all great, can't wait to read the next one!!

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