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World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde

Narrated by: Christie Golden
Series: World of Warcraft, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
5 out of 5 stars (433 ratings)

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Though the young Warchief Thrall ended the demon curse that had plagued his people for generations, the orcs still wrestle with the sins of their bloody past. As the rampaging Horde, they waged a number of devastating wars against their perennial enemy - the Alliance. Yet the rage and bloodlust that drove the orcs to destroy everything in their path nearly consumed them as well. Long ago, on the idyllic world of Draenor, the noble orc clans lived in relative peace with their enigmatic neighbors, the draenei. 

But the nefarious agents of the Burning Legion had other plans for both of the unsuspecting races. The demon-lord Kil’jaeden set in motion a dark chain of events that would succeed not only in eradicating the draenei, but would forge the orc clans into an single, unstoppable juggernaut of hatred and destruction. An original tale of magic, warfare, and heroism based on the best-selling, award-winning electronic game series from Blizzard.

©2007 Blizzard Entertainment (P)2018 Blizzard Entertainment

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Good book

Although she is the author, I’m not as crazy about her performance. Would have preferred Scott Brick. Still overall it was a decent performance and a good book.

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Rise Of The Horde review

Christie golden writes wonderful books but she does not narrate them the best she did and all right job but they're better narrators for the World of Warcraft books

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Great for lore lovers

Wonderful listen but odd to hear a female read majority Male characters. Decent performance otherwise. Loved this book.

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One of my Favorites

This has always been one of my favorite worls of warcraft novels, FOR THE HORDEEEE!!!!!!

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For The Horde!!!!!!!!

I only have one problem with is book....... The narrator is terrible!!!!! I mean, FUCKING terrible!!! it's hard to grip onto the action sequences with this boring woman's voice!

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Not true to the Warcraft Lore

The story was very dry and hard to listen to. This did not follow the lore set in the original Warcraft games.

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Simple input

Christie’s voice was monotone and hard to follow, it was hard to separate the characters. The story itself was very good, helps me understand the game I play a little better.

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At a loss for words

I was enTHRALLed by this story. love her voice work and writing. Now onto the others.

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Needed a Different Narrator

Great story, but I had difficulty enjoying the book with the voice acting. I admire Christie Golden, but I didn't enjoy her voicing 90% male orc characters. Made it a very difficult and disappointing listen for me.

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not on star wars level

the voice acting was poor. no background sound like start wars does. story was good though

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  • syntax0ne
  • 06-05-19

good narration

I will echo whatever one else has so far. Christie Goldens reading is top notch, and she reads with tenderness and emotion at times.
Please note if your here because you want to follow up after watching Warcraft. The movie is not part of Warcraft canon. It doe not exist within the lore because it never happened. This book is the first novel in the world of warcraft and is continued in the Lord of the Clans followed by the Last Guardian and then beyond the Dark Portal. Listening to or reading in this order keeps the lore straight forward and your not missing anything lore related. There are many more novels / audiobooks in this series, but not all of them are strict canon, for example the traveler's series. They are set in the time period but they have actually nothing to do with the lore, just stand alone stories.

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  • nfeel
  • 04-13-19

Great instalment

This is a book you will definitely appreciate. The main protagonist is Durotan - Thrall's father. You will hear how everything started. You will meet Gul'dan as a shaman as well as becoming the first warlock among his tribe,the Orcs. Everybody that you expect to hear about,and has been a part of the Horde history,will be on this magnificent story. Sargeras will be there too..

I loved Christie's writing and narration. I laughed when she imitated the Ogres. Her accent on different species was spot on.
I can honestly say that this book made me a fan of audio books. Would definitely recommend to any avid warcraft enthusiast.

Not sure how someone not familiar with warcraft would find this book as the names wouldn't bare any weight i would assume.

If you are looking for forgotten realms / warhammer alternatives,this might seem dull and a bit generic possibly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-19

I loved it!

Christie is surely gifted. Her narration was formidable. I'm a World of Warcraft player and I love it's lore, Rise of the Horde story is incredible.

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  • george
  • 08-03-19

excellent!

I absolutely loved it and struggled to put it down. both performance and story were brilliant it was incredibly easy to get into and so hard to put back down again one of the best of the Warcraft novels I've read. it's definitely worth reading.

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  • Vandettxh
  • 04-29-19

great audiobook

really enjoyed the performance and story . Christie golden does the best voice overs .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-19

a must listen for all wow fans

excellent story albeit slightly lore breaking, christies performance and the way she portrayed her novel was spot on can't wait to get book 5 now and continue this saga, audible please get the others 😁

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  • Dan
  • 01-07-19

Awesome book, love the Warcraft series, enjoy

loved it , if you play the game you will enjoy this well worth it

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  • William
  • 12-12-18

Good lore, voice performance lacking

I'm generally quite a fan of Christie golden's books, however her voice acting is somewhat lacking, appreciated the effort but draenei and orc characters respectively were hard to distinguish between eachother

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  • Andrew
  • 01-18-19

Surprisingly Good

Wanted to listen to more of the more of World of Warcraft and this book is a good starting point! Different to the movie a bit and with more detail. Going to pick up the 2nd one now!

Was a bit sceptical at first with a female narrator only due to the orcs having deep gruff voices but Christie Golden does a great job. Bonus points as she's also the author!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-18

Excellent work! Beautifully executed

Excellent work! Beautifully executed. I could not stop listening, as the rest of Christie Golden's work