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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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    CodgeQuaff 06-23-16
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    "No More Time for Movies or Other Books"
    Where does The Way of Kings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite series to date.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story captures the reader's imagination and begs it to stretch beyond current limits (without breaking).The magic system is unique, and the plot is very well thought out (as evidenced by the story's organization). At times, the characters are deeply philosophical, even to the point of making the reader feel enlightened. The comedic relief is always rich and far from cliche.
    The narrators are absolutely outstanding in their abilities to draw the listener into the story and bring the imagery to life.
    I really love what Brandon Sanderson is doing here.


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    Nicholas Wagner 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very very good book."


    this author is great. apparently I need ten more words in this review argh

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    Lise Mandes Virginia, USA 06-22-16
    Lise Mandes Virginia, USA 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Really Amazing Fantasy Epic"

    This series was recommended to me by fellow fantasy fans from my Robin Hobb Facebook group. At first I was put off by the martial beginning and the narrator. However, I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. There is a large cast of really well developed characters, both male and female. When the perspective changes to the female characters, the narrator also becomes female. Overall, I really enjoyed this epic tome, and I've just purchased the second installment.

    The tale is rich with back stories and vivid detail, and while not flowing with flowery figurative language, the listener has a strong sense of the character, the frustration, and the motivation of each player in this very complex world.

    I definitely recommend this book!

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    Amazon Customer 06-22-16
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    "wow....just wow"

    I thought I would never understand this book at first, kept listening and fell in love! It takes you to another world. Great story, great narrating!!! <3

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    James 06-21-16
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    "I wish I could give this ten stars"

    This book and series are fantastic, lots if characters, lots of flawed characters that are forced to grow. I tell everyone that reads that if you like fantasy you MUST read this series when it is done it will be the most epic of any series ever written.

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    Nicholas 06-21-16
    Nicholas 06-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than A Song of Ice and Fire"

    This book accomplishes all that A Song of Ice and Fire Did without the coarseness of the series. It contains all of the brutality you would expect in the book about war, without the harsh language and sexuality you might expect from an adult novel (making this an easy book to listen to in the car even with the whole family). Also, there is not a dull moment in this novel--it moves along at a steady pace, never getting bogged down by unnecessary description or pointless conversations. No two characters are alike, and there are many heroes worth rooting for.

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    J Ulrich 06-21-16
    J Ulrich 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome reading!"

    Awesome reading! Sanderson does it again with an in depth, engaging sorry from start to finish. With a few very well done twists thrown in this was absorbing from beginning to end.

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    Sid Hale 06-21-16
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    "Simply amazing."

    Just when I wonder how much better Brandon Sanderson's novels can get. Here comes another home run.

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    Ademola Lawal-solarin Atlanta, GA USA 06-20-16
    Ademola Lawal-solarin Atlanta, GA USA 06-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful!"

    An excellent work and highly recommended. Certainly the best work of fiction I have listened to an Audible. The story so complex, the characters, so rich. It took me a while to get into the story and then it took hold of me and didn't let go. The characters in the story wrestle with deep issues concerning social justice, morality, and meaning that leave you thinking. I can't recommend this work more highly.

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    Jim 06-16-16
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    "excellent story construction"

    true sword, shield and mysticism with interesting plot twist and incredible character development. a must read even if you are not a fan of genre

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