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
4.8 out of 5 stars (1,106 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Missed Opportunity

I can't help to think that this is a missed opportunity for Blizzard. Arthas and his arc is by far the most well known story in Warcraft and the production of this audiobook does not do it justice. It's not that Christie Golden does a bad job reading it, it's that it just feels like someone is reading it to you instead of you yourself being immersed in the author's writing. They could have dedicated more resources to the production of this audiobook and made it 100 times what it is. I recommend it for the story, it's pretty good as far as teen fiction goes...but the production is definitely lacking.

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Story was great, delivery was not comparable

Golden writes a great, gripping, and detailed story here. The surroundings are painted with precision, and events are explained more than thoroughly, leaving no stone unturned. But the delivery of the content seemed lackluster for the most part. There were times where anguish and anger were expressed excellently by Golden, but for the most part, the narration seemed feeble, almost teetering on a sense of sadness and crying that was wrought with emotion when the storyline and the context did not yield such a feeling. There was much unknowing and power written into the story, but it would seem otherwise with the tone of this iteration of the audiobook as it was. That being said, the book was written well and worth an actual read.

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Narrator

She writes amazing books, seriously some of my favorites. But in a basically all male cast it doesn’t do the book justice, she’s kinda monotone

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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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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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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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Great story

It was a good reading but it's very hard to listen to a woman act a supposedly deep make voice. This should have been read by two people, one for male and one for female.

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I don't need to write no God damn fifteen fuckin w

good good good the the the the stupid stupid stupid lit me put the amount I want

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Brilliant

Arthas's story is so sad yet awesome. This book is a must have if you are a wow fan.

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Great story, poor delivery

While I love the story of Arthas and most of the books in the WoW universe, this one certainly is no exception. This one I could not finish, well written but the narrator ruined this telling and did not fit the over all tone of this story. This story deserves to be told with the quality one would expect from the story artists of Blizzard. I hope this gets the justice it deserves, this could be another Sandman!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-19

Good information

It was a good information on how he became the lich King and how he was thinking through his choices. I had only seen through the games how he became the lich King but this showed me alot more and it was good.

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  • Fredrik Roaldset
  • 09-27-20

Good story, just awful writing

Way to make an interesting story absolutely boring to listen to. The narration is OK at best.

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  • 01-13-20

A terrible cost, a magnificent story.

Let me clarify something here. I played WoW before the first expansion pack came out. infact, I played the Warceaft games and played through the Frozen Throne campaign before I had a router. Arthas' tragedy is and always will be one of my favourite stories, and in my opinion, the best story in WoW. Christie Golden captures the pain and desperation of Arthas, Uther and Jaina so well that at times it is truly harrowing and that's why this deserves more than 5 stars. I would love to he able to get the next installment but it isnt available in England. but that doesnt detract from this brilliant part of gaming history.

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  • Aurimas
  • 10-20-20

good to listen to this story once again

the story itself is good. The only thing is that for people who knows this story from the Warcraft lll, they won't find much in here. For those who is new to wow itself, will be hard to understand in my opinion. The only part was interesting (for myself of course) was Arthas youth life time. But the rest of the book is just the same as the game and even some parts were cut. im sure that a little % of people reading reviews and I'm just writing to myself and my personal experience from this book. But even so, it could be done in more detailed and interesting way and by adding something else but not only game's lore. my final conclusion: If you are familiar with Warcraft but never heard this story line- read it or listen to. otherwise not worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-20

A very interesting and we'll written book.

The book really dives deep into the story of Arthas and the Lich king. That deep dive does truly leave a mark on the reader. Even for the novice at Warcraft lore.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-20

Amazing

As a great fan of Warcraft, I couldn't have loved it more. For the Lich King!

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  • Denis
  • 08-29-20

Best Story, with Equal Emotion

my most favourite character Arthas and to hear the whole story paints a thousand words for the In game story and makes you more aware of what's happening amazing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-20

Warcraft 3 nostalgia

If you played Warcraft 3, you will enjoy this nice, nostalgic retelling of the story of Arthas.

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  • Connor
  • 08-18-20

Fantastic - hugely recommend for any wow fan!

Loved seeing things from Arthas perspective. Man I wish things worked out differently. Great book.

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  • Graham
  • 07-30-20

WoW and wow

fantastically written and narrated, a must if you enjoy and epic journey, could not stop listening 🤗

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-20

An amazing experience

loved the story. Told the lich king epic perfectly. VO struggled at times. still amazing.

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  • travis
  • 07-16-20

Good.

great book, arthas mental battle with himself was a great progression. You dont need to start these books chronologically, but you'll want more afterwards, be prepared.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-19

First audio book

From start to finish I was engrossed in the lore - bei g a world of Warcraft player it was amazing to go deep into the lore. I found myself excited to travel to my next destination just so I could continue the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-19

highly recommended

having played the warcraft games it was great to hear a more in depth story about the rise of the litch king. only downside is that the audio wasnt quite loud enough and i had a hard time hearing some pieces while i drove at higher speeds.

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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.