World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde

Narrated by: Christie Golden
Series: World of Warcraft, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (888 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Amazing story; boring narration.

Christie Golden has helped shape the Warcraft universe as we know it today and making amazing books and story but her narration is just boring and flat. It sounds like the text to speech communication bot 90% of the time with some attempts at accents for the characters.

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wish this was read by better reader.

ok story that suffers greatly by low quality reading performance. generally Monotonous, and occasionally gringing over-acting made the story painful to listen. And the story suffers largely because of it.

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great book

I love the book and author, but hearing her voice impersonating large brutish orcs was a bit immersion breaking.

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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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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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Rise of the Bored.

I like the story, but christies read is a little bland. Still worth picking up.

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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
  • 09-04-20

LOK'TAR OGAR!!!

Christie working her magic as usual. The story truly captures the...for lack of better words "humane" side of the horde that blizzard seem to have left out in the early start of WOW's years. All characters are interesting and no one feels two dimensional, their flaws and perfections all shine here, from Durotan's stubborn clinging to the old ways to Gul'dan's admission. Everything was amazing and only ads to the depth of the game's lore. Chirstie Golden for warchief!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-20

Good lore book

Been playing wow for 15 years and this was good ebook to refresh your horde lore and know where u are from agen

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  • Eimantas Karalius
  • 02-14-20

loved it

As a long time fan of the Warcraft franchise this story was amazingly presented by the author definitely recommend to anyone who liked the film or games.

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  • Sam
  • 10-09-19

Excellent

I have always been alliance on the game and thought the horde had always been 'evil' but now I see what happened I have actually made a horse character as I am intrigued with their story. Thank you for this great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-19

Christie did a great job with the voices

Christie, even with her soft voice, did a great job portraying the various Orcs. I enjoyed this story immensely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-19

A great story with VERY unfitting narration

I would love this book to read. But listening to Christie Golden narrate it was just frustrating and awkward. I made it about 3/4 through before having to stop for a while and listen to something else. This is the story of how Orcs and Draenei came to, basically, hate each other. Strong, savage, rough orcs. Proud, manly, righteous Draenei. Christie Goldens voice just isn't able to convey these characters.. This isn't her fault, but it sounds like children are playing the parts of every character. But the main problem I have with the reading is that Christie Golden is too dramatic; there is no natural conversation whatsoever in this book. The narrator is even worse, each line is read as if it is doing a political speech on a podium, or making a plea for a charity, the final words trailing off, quieter and quieter. It gets pretty unbearable. Listen to the sample, if you think you can listen to this for 11 hours, get it. It's a great story. Otherwise... avoid.

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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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  • Martin
  • 08-15-20

Story was good, reader not quite.

The author read this, which I hoped would lean towards a great experience , but Christie could not sell the angry or ferocious Orc. I felt I was listening to a story being read, and not caught up inside the story itself. The story was good, just lacking the performance I’d gotten used to with Audible.

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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