Ye gods! This is the first audiobook that I’ve genuinely worried might break my scanner. In short, it’s looooong – weighing in at a titanic 45.5 hours on 36 CDs. The Way Of Kings is the first in a proposed 10 book series! Check out the resonant voice of Michael Kramer in the sample MP3 below, it’s terrific!
The Way Of Kings: Book One Of The Stormlight Archive
By Brandon Sanderson; Read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer
36 CDs – Approx. 45.5 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published: August 31, 2010
Widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time saga, Brandon Sanderson now begins a grand cycle of his own, one every bit as ambitious and immersive. Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable. Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity. Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.
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