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Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, Vivienna and Siri, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world where those who die in glory return as immortal gods; a world transformed by BioChromatic magic, a power based on an essence known as breath. By using breath and drawing upon the colour in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be performed.

©2009 Dragonsteel Ent, Inc (P)2009 Recorded Books LLC

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  • Tomas
  • LANGESUND, Norway
  • 05-06-13

Will it take your breath away?

Where does Warbreaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Hard to say. Not a top ten, but certainly worth a listen. Sometimes I wait for another book to be released, and stumbles upon some other book that turns out to be better than I expected. This was one of those for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both the sisters. Simply because they are the ones who changes most during the story. Also liked a certain diety who did not take himself to seriously.

Have you listened to any of James Yaegashi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am uncertain if i have heard him before. James performes well enough. He gives each character a different voice. Most are good, some are passable, and one I found downright annoying. I guess I just dissagreed with James about how that character should sound. Anyway, gave him 4 out of 5.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some things can make you laugh, and there are elements in the story that may make some peoples lip to shiver, but I don`t think it`s that kind of book for most people.

Any additional comments?

Waiting for that great book to come out? Need something else to pass your time before that? Then I recomend this book. If Brandon S. writes a sequel, i will most likely read it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great story, what's with the surfer dude?

I've heard this narrator do other books and he's been good, but he single handedly undermines this entire recording. One of the main protagonists is awkwardly voiced as a 1980s surfer dude, but it doesn't fit his character at all. In top of the, there are some other weird choices or irritating ones, but the surfer dude is the worst. Talk about breaking the suspension of disbelief.

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Terribly annoying performance

What disappointed you about Warbreaker?

Lightsong was so badly narrated by James Yaegashi that I couldn't enjoy the otherwise exciting story. Lightsong sounded like a mentally challenged frat boy, kind of like how the guys in "Dude where's my car" movie speak. This ruined large parts of the book for me.

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  • Cameron
  • DARLINGTON, Australia
  • 02-27-14

Not Sanderson At His Best

I will start off by saying that I am a big fan of Brandon Sanderson's books. The thought he puts into his carefully crafted worlds is amazing. He usually hits the right balance with the amount of detail, character development, dialogue, and storyline that leads to a compelling and entertaining book.

Warbreaker unfortunately is not his best work. The first 3/4 of the book felt like it it was full of unnecessary banter, character interaction, plotting, etc. I felt as though the storyline was creeping along at a snails pace and I kept mentally urging the book to move faster as I was listening. There was just not enough interesting things happening to capture my attention and pull me into the story. A lot of the dialogue was purely character development, but it didn't add anything to the overall storyline or help the listener to relate to the characters in any way. One thing that always slightly bugs me in Sanderson's books is his invented swearing, this book is no exception with a handful of contrived feeling phrases repeated just often enough to irk.

It was not until somewhere in the 3rd section that I got the excitement and twists that I expect from a Sanderson book. The pace and intensity picked up dramatically and really hooked me in.

The narrator is also a hit and miss throughout the book. He reads with energy and enthusiasm but a couple of the character voices are real immersion breakers.

In summary, if you are unfamiliar with Brandon Sanderson I would highly recommend checking out some of his other books like the Mistborn series or Steelheart first. You wont be disappointed because he really is a fantastic fantasy author. If you are already a Sanderson fan there is still enough in this book for you to make it worth reading, but if you are like me you will only listen to it once.

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  • PJ
  • Bangalore, India
  • 04-12-13

Very good story and excellent world / system

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to all those interested in Fantasy fiction. Very good story, takes you away in to a different world system and makes you think about it.

What other book might you compare Warbreaker to and why?

to the Mistborn Series - similar magic system and similar fortuitous events bringing the right people to the right place in the end.

Which character – as performed by James Yaegashi – was your favorite?

the sword was a nice one ! Liked it . Overall narration was very nice too. He was able to create the different characters very effectively.

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

The reason I listen to audio books is to make the most of dead time such as travel, running, gymn etc. By design I dont look at audio books at one stretch. If I had the opportunity may be I would like to listen to it at one go.

Any additional comments?

Well... I do really like Brandon Sanderson's writing. Finished this one yesterday and will be starting the Way of Kings today.
Warbreaker is probably not in the same league as the mistborn series for intrigue and complex magic but the system created here of using 'breath' is quite good too.
The characters develop and change from where they begin which is something most Fantasy readers would expect. Typically we would be looking for a little more depth for the changes undergone by the characters. To that extent the book does leave you a little wanting.
It has a similar coming together in the end that you have seen in the Mistborn series and in the WoT. The right people end up in the right place at the right time.
While it is happenstance it is not unbelievable at all. It fits in perfectly and that is what makes it a good read for each of the books I have read so far.
Docked one star because I thought the characters could be a little more developed but other than that I loved the story.


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WOW !

you never know what to expect ! like the other stories this one will surprise you aswell :) .
enjoy

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Great story, bad reading.

James Yaegashi nearly ruined this book for me.
His voicing is sub-par; inflection and stress are way off, characters are hard to separate, and Lightsong is straight up annoying (he sounds like a "surfer dude").
There are also strange pauses in the middle of chapters, conversations and even phrases, though this is probably due to faulty production.
All this lead to poor immersion for me. I've listened to many of the other Cosmere novels in mere days, this book took me nearly three weeks to get through.

I loved the story! Sanderson is, as always, brilliant.

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Fantastic

How does he keep making amazing book after amazing book. Recommended to all fantasy lovers out there

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Movie material

Such a cool idea using breath as valuable currency and ultimately power as well, would love to see a movie adaptation

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Original magic system, interesting plot twists

Like all other books of Brandon - it left me wanting for more.

However, I did not enjoy the narrative so much. Too long pauses at times, voice acting not exactly matching the characters - as I imagined them.

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  • Robyn
  • 08-05-14

Hmmmm....not my favourite Sanderson.

I'm a little unsure about this one. I am a loyal Sanderson fan, and firmly in the camp of "Sanderson never disappoints"........and although it would be hugely unfair to suggest he'd disappointed me with this one, it definitely has not been one of my favourites. I found the constant description of colour (and their various hues) a little over-worked, but mostly, I think I was put off by the narrator. Narrators are an important part of an audiobook for me; I expect them to add to the story with the expression of their voice. That said, I'm not so picky that I can't ignore certain irritations and after a few hours I usually get used to things and settle into a narrator's style, even when they're not so great - not so with Mr Yaegashi. I really struggled with some of his character portrayals (as other reviewers have mentioned), and his lengthy (and loud) breaths between sentences irritated me to the point of almost giving up on this one (I maybe being hugely unfair, and it's just a poor recording/editing job? Either way, I found it challenging to get into)

In the end, I did enjoy the book. The narrator (eventually) sped up sufficiently to stop me chucking it all out in frustration, and there are enough Sanderson twists towards the latter half of the book to satisfy me. Not a 5 star listen this time, though.

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  • Lulu
  • 03-21-14

Brilliant; ingenious, mesmerising, a masterpiece!

Would you listen to Warbreaker again? Why?

Definitely! It is simply a masterpiece that engages you from start to end. In the most imaginative way possible, the reader can identify with the common frailties of mankind/humans such as petulance, over-rationalisation; prejudicial judgement of others, deviousness, fear of the unknown, piety, credulity, vengefulness, naivety....

What was one of the most memorable moments of Warbreaker?

Lightsong's final realisation of his nature, worth and purpose.

What about James Yaegashi’s performance did you like?

I was apprehensive at first. But then his voice blended well for most of the characters. There were a bit too many silent breaks and the high quality of sound meant that I could hear what tended to be unnecessary swallowing and breathing here and there. But, that said, I appreciated the tempo and in reality, some of the speakers would have swallowed or taken a breath where James did.

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

There way too many moving moments! Like the first time the God King declared his love, the second time he declared his love for his wife to the woman to whom he had originally been betrothed. Then there's the moment when he is dragged helplessly and moaning for his wife in realisation that both their lives were to come to an end, that he couldn't protect her or prevent her death. I was also moved by the princess's experiences as a lowly beggar; the hardships she had to endure, the difficult choices she had to face and make, and her self-re-evaluation.

Any additional comments?

Not many books give you a satisfying end, and keep you intellectually mesmerised or engaged throughout the book. This is one such book!! You almost want the author to have written a bit more, but if you appreciated the talent of the author in constantly engaging your own imaginative mind and intellect, you'd accept that it was a fitting end to a fantastic masterpiece!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Nigel
  • 12-03-13

Enjoyed the original magic system

I enjoyed this book. I suspect like many people I came to this and Brandon Sandersons other work after he successfully took over the wheel of time series. The novel magic system was well thought out and expanded up throughout the book.

I thought the narrator was generally okay and gave a wide variety of voices to the various characters, though i would agree with others, that the 'Bill and Ted esque' voice for one of the gods is a bit off putting and takes some getting use to.

Overall I liked the book and will be exploring other books from the same author.

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  • N Cowan
  • 07-22-14

shocking narrator

What would have made Warbreaker better?

Right, so I'm British, but I grew up around Americans and watch a lot of American TV. I couldn't follow this narrator at all. I kept expecting him to say 'dude' all the time and his garbling of names makes following characters impossible. Please get this re recorded by someone with a neutral accent!

Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

Yes, but not by this narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I couldn't listen to him. I gave up. His accent is too thick and intonation all overover the place

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

Confused, puzzled grumpiness.

Any additional comments?

Get it rerecorded

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  • Mr. Nathan W. Hand
  • 09-14-17

Unfortunate narrator

The story and work of Brandon Sanderson is as usual amazing. The same can't be said for the narration as I often found myself frustrated with the long pauses and obvious intake of breath throughout by the narrator.

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  • Mr. M. Bleck
  • 06-13-13

Original

I enjoyed this story and I loved loved loved the characters. Their names are cool and this story has a great political background. I can't say I was ever really surprised. Everything in the story was completely original, but you know where you are in a story like this. Amazing really since, its such a different world. Some stories I've heard are in worlds almost identical to our own and are completely impossible to understand. So this one is a keeper.

A comfortable, interesting ride that will keep you close to the interests of the characters within. Even the ones you don't want to support at the end! So whose who? I won't tell you, you must listen to this audio book to find out more!... Have fun.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Sparks
  • 12-13-12

slow to boring narrator

I love Brandon Sanderson's books, and have listened to them all but on this occasion the narrator is so slow I am having to put it on double speed and then you loose the flavour of the book. I would love to finish it but just cannot face the narrator again

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  • Paul
  • 01-31-14

Brilliant

I have listened to all the Brandon Sanderson books on here and this is one of the best of a brilliant lot. The reader keeps it very interesting with his different voices and his Bill and Ted God. I listen to all books at 3x on the iPhone and his voice is still very clear.
I'd recommend this very highly to anyone who likes a good story.

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  • LBB
  • 06-09-13

Bizarre narration spoils the story

Great story, as always with Brandon Sanderson - very odd choice of narration though. One of the main Gods in the story has INEXPLICABLY been given a voice not dissimilar to Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted. It makes it very hard to remember this is a God, and not a irritating teenage stoner character!

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Tazzy
  • 01-26-16

It was good

However the voice of Lightsong was incredibly annoying and I didn't enjoy his characters as much.

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  • Staas
  • 12-20-16

good not great

predictable in parts and a little slow in the beginning. a good story but not his best work

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  • Joret White
  • 12-18-16

Brilliant!

A typical slow start. Like every other brilliant story however you are caught up and before you know it, you are engrossed in the fantastically realistic world so painstakingly created around you. Absolutely love this author's books and look forward to reading/listening to another.

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  • Jurgen
  • 10-11-16

great story

loved it. great characters, well read. would recommend to anyone else. some mild sexual content. nothing graphic.

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  • Oliver
  • 09-15-16

Superb work

Probably one of Brandon's best works. I've read all his work to date and this is up there in my top 5 Sanderson books. Amazing world, fantastic magic system, deep characters whom you fall in love with and miss once you put the book down, plenty of action to keep you on your toes.

And Yaegashi, perfect! A man of a 1000 voices, not one annoying, with perfect inflection, emphasis and tone.

A good clean read too- esp compared to some "other" modern fantasy works of our time. Thank you Brandon for making your works accessible to young and old- and not having to check our morals at the door.

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  • Liam
  • 07-23-16

A good story with some minor issues

What about James Yaegashi’s performance did you like?

Yaegashi’s performance was good for the most part but unfortunately the use of a half frat boy/surfer dude voice left Lightsongs dialogues rather annoying and hard to take seriously.

Any additional comments?

Since finding Brandon Sanderson I don't think i've not enjoyed any of his books. Though I did honestly find the epilogue rather lacking with the ending leaving several characters and locations fates needlessly unaccounted for, although there is a sequel planned to be made it likely wont be released for quite a while so I am left kind of half satisfied at the end

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  • Tjalara
  • 06-24-16

My Favourite!

Loved this book!! My favourite Sanderson book now. I liked the Mistborn series, but Warbreaker was in my opinion much better. I thought the narrater was awesome too. I think he really portrayed the characters voices and emotions well. Great story and great performance!

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  • TiffanyMarly
  • 03-31-16

Yes!

this was an amazing book! I loved the colours and use of description of hard magic. the way he writes and the way it is delivered in the audio book kept me wanting more. the ending (while I was sad it's finished and there's no sequel yet) was well rounded and satisfied the genre and build up and I found myself rethinking many characters, plot lines and scenes. my own opinions changed throughout the book which is always a good demonstration of a finely crafted piece. my favourite Sanderson book yet.

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  • dan
  • 08-10-17

great story.

Sanderson is a masterful storyteller, and it is very apparent in Warbreaker. The narration is bearable, but not brilliant. Still, it's a extremely enjoyable audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-26-17

A great story

It took me a while to get used to the reader. The story was original and well thought out.