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World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde Audiobook

World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde

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That night, visions mocked Vol’jin. He found himself in the midst of fighters, each of whom he recognized. He’d gathered them for that final assault on Zalazane, to end his madness and free the Echo Isles for the Darkspears. Each of the combatants took on aspects of a jihui cube, faced to be at their maximum power. Not a fireship among them, but this did not surprise Vol’jin.

He was the fireship, but not yet turned to display his maximum power. This was not a fight, though desperate, in which he would destroy himself. Aided by Bwonsamdi, they would slay Zalazane and reclaim the Echo Isles.

Who be you, this troll, who be having memories of a heroic effort?

Vol’jin turned, hearing the click of a cube snapping to a new facing. He felt trapped inside that cube, translucent though it was, and shocked that it had no values on any face. “I be Vol’jin.”

Bwonsamdi materialized in a gray world of swirling mists. “And who be this Vol’jin?”

The question shook him. The Vol’jin of the vision had been the leader of the Darkspears, but was no longer. Reports of his death would just now be reaching the Horde. Perhaps they had not yet gotten there. In his heart, Vol’jin hoped his allies had been delayed, just so Garrosh could dwell one more day wondering if his plan had succeeded.

That did not answer the question. He was no longer the leader of the Darkspears, not in any real sense. They might still acknowledge him, but he could give them no orders. They would resist Garrosh and any Horde attempt to conquer them, but in his absence, they might listen to envoys who offered them protection. They could be lost to him.

Who do I be?

Vol’jin shivered. Though he thought himself superior to Tyrathan Khort, at least the man was mobile and not wearing sick-robes. The man hadn’t been betrayed by a rival and assassinated. The man had clearly embraced some of the pandaren way.

And yet, Tyrathan hesitated when he should not have. Some of it was a game to make the pandaren underestimate him, but Vol’jin had seen through that. The other bits, though, as he’d hesitated after Vol’jin complimented a move, those were genuine. And not something a man be allowing in himself.

Vol’jin looked up at Bwonsamdi. “I be Vol’jin. I know who I was. Who I gonna be? That answer only Vol’jin could be finding. And for now, Bwonsamdi, that be enough.”

©2013 Michael A. Stackpole (P)2013 Simon and Schuster Audio

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    lazyaerie 09-05-13
    lazyaerie 09-05-13
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    "A good read for Warcraft players."

    I'd recommend this book to other WoW players, especially those interested in current lore. The story would be lost on one who does not play the game, as the book does not cover a lot of background. Being a player, I do not think this is a bad quality, but it should be known.

    The story is very Horde centered, but the book is primarily about Vol'jin, so that should be expected.

    All taken in, I enjoyed the story very much! The voice acting was well done, plus the names all seemed to be pronounced correctly. Again, I recommend this book to other WoW players familiar with 5.3 content!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CHU 04-09-15
    CHU 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good troll experience"

    The content was good and the narrator was very trollish per se. I'd recommend to any wow fans, include a good indepth into what happened to voljin

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tacgnol06 05-01-17
    tacgnol06 05-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "One of the better WoW novels "

    The untold story of that guy who was warchief for a whole expansion, notable for... that one cutscene where he congratulates you on your tier 3 garrison. Did you know he also helped fight off an army of zandalari trolls using kung fu, with just a few dozen panda monks and his human BFF that never gets mentioned again? Apparently that wasn't cool enough for Mists of Pandaria. Stop whining and do your dailies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Sanford 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    This was a great book! Great to see another side in this great lore. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys World of Warcraft.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chung Lee 02-28-17
    Chung Lee 02-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best Warcraft Audiobooks"

    Scott Brick is top tier in this book. Book starts off a little slow, but gets can'tstopmenow after a bit~

    Best Warcraft Audiobooks:

    Jaina Proudmoore
    Vol'Jin
    War Crimes
    Wolfheart

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Opu Between the Lines 02-08-17
    Opu Between the Lines 02-08-17
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    "Trollin' Pandas"
    Would you listen to World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde again? Why?

    Yes. I love all of the characters involved. Even the token human, who was given a great personality and interesting backstory.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Vol'jin. Easily. He gave an excellent performance despite the Trolls having a Jamaican accent, which could come off as goofy and dumb in a lesser narrator's hands.


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

    Not really, but there were some really great action scenes and even a heartwarming moment towards the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Not all of the WoW stories feel "complete", but merely as a springboard into some new expansion the game is releasing. This is one of the few books that felt like it had a solid beginning, middle, and end to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin V. Texas 01-20-17
    Justin V. Texas 01-20-17
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    "Wow!"

    The voices Scott Brick did for this were unbelievable! I truly pictured the Troll and Pandaren characters separately as he did the reading! Great story with lots of emotion and thrilling action! Also, the philosophies considered by the characters had me considering my own personal growth and beliefs. Loved it all!

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    Kristi 12-03-16
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    "enjoyed"

    strongly suggest, if you enjoy the game this gives a little background story. I like that the read changes he's voice a little for each charter.

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    Brice 10-17-16
    Brice 10-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "made my drive"

    I loved the story. made my drive that much quicker. would definitely recommend it to friends.

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    Scott J Palmer 10-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Being a world of Warcraft fan, it was easy for me to follow. Great story line, and I loved being able to learn more about who Vol'jin really is. Great troll lore.

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    5/24/17
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    "Accents"
    Would you listen to World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde again? Why?

    No, the only reason I kept on listening was because of my love for the game.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vol'Jin, because why not.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Scott Brick cannot do accents, It's a shame as it deducts from the overall story. It's probably the same in all of his performances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William Johnstone
    5/9/17
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    "So good!"

    What a fantastic read! It's been fantastic to get a more in depth understanding of Voljin and other characters. 10 out of 10!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/24/17
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    "Solid Warcraft Story"

    Really enjoyed this novel, only reason o never gave it five is I'd personally liked to have seen a bit more action from some of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Branislav Brath
    12/20/16
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    "loved it"

    amazing narrators performance. well written. nice catchy story with a bit of philosophy. i am recommending.yeah man lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tomi
    8/2/16
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    "Good narration, interesting story of Pandaria"

    Narrator was really impressive with the troll accents and all. Mostly listened to follow the whole Warcraft story, this part being not so interesting but it was good nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JAMES
    1/12/16
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    "Pandas talking about feelings"

    Narrator was good, made an effort. I like trolls and orcs and humans are a necessary part to any warcraft story but too much panda drama, we get it you are peaceful and make beer but get out the way and let the shadow hunter slay peoples. There are better warcraft books out there, I like the orc ones and the dragon ones, even dwarf ones are better than pandas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    11/30/15
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    "brilliant"

    scott brick delivers yet again. a great story centering on one of my favourite characters: vol'jin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lewis
    11/3/15
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    "Brilliant reader."

    if youre into the warcraft lore then get this book, great reader, great story. recommened

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alin
    10/13/15
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    "Nice"

    Great individual voice impersonation. Very well written characters development, although I expected more than just a sudden death for Khalak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • allen
    caterham on the hill, United Kingdom
    1/26/14
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    "Great insight into Troll and Pandaren mind"
    Would you consider the audio edition of World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde to be better than the print version?

    I loved Scott Bricks performance, especially the deliberate and thoughtful performance of the Pandaren.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the insight into the Troll and Pandaren mindset, I have never really got the Pandaren until this book.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    An all round great performance, his voice if perfect for a massive and thoughtful Pandaren.


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

    I have read at least 6-7 Warcraft books, but this one gave me a really good insight into two less known races (Troll & Pandaren). On a par if not more so than Lord of the Clans insight into (Warcraft) Orcs.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great Warcraft book and a little more thought provoking than your average fantasy. I look forward to more Warcraft books on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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