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World of Warcraft: Arthas - Rise of the Lich King

World of Warcraft: Blizzard Legends
Narrated by: Christie Golden
Series: World of Warcraft, Book 11
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
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The book World of Warcraft fans have been clamoring for - the true story behind one of the Warcraft universe’s most terrifying villains, Arthas the Lich King. 

Author Christie Golden does for Arthas what she once did for the Orc Lord Thrall in the best-selling Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, in another epic exploration of one of the key characters from the 11-million subscriber massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

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Excellent

It is exciting to see more of the Warcraft novel universe being made into audiobooks. I send my deepest thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. I don’t always have time to read physical books, so I was excited to listen to all of the Warcraft novels available so far. I binged Arthas and enjoyed it as much as the rest.

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Monotone and lacking engagement

After hearing the thrilling prologue narrated by Chris Metzen on a Blizzard podcast, and after having been blown away from the masterful piece that was the audio book of Before the Storm by Josh Keaton, complete with musical cues and stunning voice-work, I was severely disappointed that Golden was chosen to do the full audio book.

It lacks all the immersion of the two prior narrators and felt dispassionate. I felt myself needing to turn it off at the 10 minute mark, lest I lose interest in the rest of the book.

The story, however, is beautiful, tragic, and thrilling in its own right. Golden is a fantastic writer, but a lackluster narrator. I wish that Metzen himself would have finished the prologue as he had started it. You can have a listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sitdg2CMiVM

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Great writer terrible narrator

I love Christie’s writing, however she is not a great narrator. You need a great narrator for a book this long.

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A Timeless Classic

The Narrator is excellent the story begins a little slow and then before you know it you never will want to press pause. If you're a fan of Warcraft, this is a must read. If you're looking to get into Warcraft lore this is a great place to start. Even if you've never heard of Warcraft you will still enjoy this story.

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Compelling

Such a gripping story. It felt almost if calling to me to finish the story.

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Timeless

Loved it, epic story that will keep you at the edge of your seat xD.

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Exactly what you're looking for.

From his early childhood to the birth of the Lich King we know and love.

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I love lore in Arthas!

I have been playing some sort of Warcraft for the longest and Christie's take on this is amazing! It follows the lore created in Warcraft 3 really well but has a lot more to it. Listening to it on audio was such a good idea as Christie narrates so amazingly well. I recommend anyone who enjoys using this app download this gem.

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synchrony

Ties the Lich King story together with so many others. Easy to listen too really ramps up after first three chapters of Arthas life.

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Frostmourne hungers

A marvelous adaptation of warcraft lore which serves to expand the story of one of the greatest video games ever made, as well as crystallize it in the mind in ways gameplay never could.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-19

A truly talented author!

After having played the game for well over 15 years, I decided to delve into the novels! Christie Golden is a magnificent adapter of Blizzards story. A truly terrific listen and I will be sure to keep purchasing these books as they come out!

Thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-19

Great commentary

Brilliant commentary work by the aurther. Christie Golden has done an amazing job. Very well read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-19

Beutiful

Really well read and presented perfectly. The overall plot lays out emotional progression of characters perfectly, and the story amazing.

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  • Angrenades
  • 06-13-19

A good listen

Really good book, well written and narrated by Christie. It really explained the lore around Arthas from his childhood, and relationships, and for the most part I could understand some of his actions. However, what sympathy I had soon evaporated when he started behaving like a spoilt brat.

I started playing WOW in WOD (don't have a go!) and although I played through Northrend, this book reminded me that there's so much lore that I missed.



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  • Margaret
  • 05-22-19

very good for a warcraft book

good voice acting, story throws highlights on what happenes before wotlk, perfect dwarf accent christie:)

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  • Evil-lyn
  • 05-09-19

let down by poor narration

I had to really push myself to listen all the way through. the story was ok but the narration is very robotic it's painful to listen to.

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  • lynn knocker
  • 04-19-19

incorporation of all aspects

converts the entire world to a story. reading is slightly boring. for a book on WoW, id say some sound fx couldnt go a miss

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-19

Fantastic

This book is everything I wanted it to be and more. It took a story I already knew the ending of, and still managed to make me care about Arthas' decisions. The narration is spot on, if you're a Warcraft fan, or just a lover of fantasy, this is definitely a worth while book.

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  • Benjamin Mycroft
  • 03-21-19

Masterful

Another beautiful book within the Warcraft series, after waiting years for this to become an audiobook, I can truly say it was worth the wait. Breathtaking work.

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  • Mike May
  • 03-20-19

love lore

Brill story, love the lore, the backstory. total must for lover of wow lore 5star

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-19

A great novel, written and spoken with precision.

Loved it from start to finish. A must read for any Warcraft fan out there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-19

Christie Golden = superstar.

brilliant listen. Christie Golden shows her love of the warcraft universe. highly recommended listening. brilliant.