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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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    "excelent story and characters."

    the character development was excellent. I actually cared about and understood the characters. the multiple story lines keep my attention.

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    James 08-05-16
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    Already bought book 2 and can't wait for book 3. I hear there is to be 10 books total in this series. If that holds true and the quality remains the same, nothing else will touch it.

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    Ronnie 08-05-16
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    Simply put, some of the finest epic fantasy I've ever experienced. Superbly read, must listen.

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    CW B. Apalachin, NY 08-03-16

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    "Great story, too long, good but odd reading"

    Story excellent but stretched out. Readers: skilled but differing name pronunciations and unusual, distracting inflections.

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    "A wonderful thought inducing read"

    This book was really a treat to read causing so a wide range of emotions. I even found my self crying with the characters in the book feeling for them in a way few books have managed. And at the same time raising so many deep questions, real deep ideas and thoughts to consider. I will recommend this book across the board. The Readers for this book( there are two, a female and male) do a good job at convening emotions and the voices aren't grating or annoying and are clear to understand. An overall pleasure to listen to But compared to the audio movie ( Battlefield earth) which includes music and a full accompaniment of voice actors and musicians I can't give it 5 stars in that aspect but the voice actors excel in their own right talking in varying accents and voiced making conversing in this book clear to understand. In closing I heavily encourage the reading of this book. I hope you come to enjoy it as did I( I already bought the second book and can't wait)

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    "wonderful story and character development"

    Brandon creates a world that just went through something horrific. we only know the heroes give up and the rest of the story is generations later. Great hero development as personal determination is more important than following an easier way. Many mysteries to solve and the end just gets a few mysteries uncovered only to tie them to a much larger story plot. just exciting!

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    Andrea 08-02-16
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    "awesome as you'd expect Frim sanderson"

    loved the book and though the length was daunting and took a bit to get into. it.was still great

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    "Amazing. One of the best works of fiction - ever."

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I honestly believe that this book is better than such Classics as Lord of the Rings and Tale of Two Cities. My teenage sons do not like to read, but they could not stop listening to this book. Amazing.

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    It was an amazing story, but the voice actors changed the pronunciation of words between each other. One said it one way the other said it another, just took me out of the immersion a little bit. Would of preffered the male to do all the male voices and the female to do all the female voices, but they were really good and professional regardless of that. You get used to it very early on and would recommend this book to anyone that likes fantasy.

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    "An unexpectedly awesome start to this series"
    If you could sum up The Way of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    engaging, exciting and enchanting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The balance of world and character building. Sanderson does an amazing job of painting with some broad strokes that get you really excited about the world you're in, then he goes in with a fine tip to sketch out these characters that you will fall in love with.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A level of performance. They're both fantastic at providing so many different voices and giving them just enough shape to take life in your head without totally usurping your own imagination about what


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at first, but once I started I couldn't stop.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a little confusing at the beginning. It jumps around in time and to different characters and you kind of don't know what's going on. These are the broad strokes I mentioned earlier. But if you stick with it, you will be rewarded.

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