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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (32,354 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brandon Sanderson Narrator: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Stormlight Archive Series Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781427209764
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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.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths,
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
and return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Michael Kramer] does justice to the text and makes it come alive…In fact, the narration adds a new dimension to the novel in a way which an ordinary paperback simply cannot match. SFCrowsNest.com

  • Just the thing to accompany you on that cross-country drive you've always been planning. SFReviews.net
  • Perfect entertainment for fantasy fans on a long car trip! BookLoons.com

  • Nominated for Locus Awards - Nominee, 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 Jason | 4/25/2016

    " I generally listen to audiobooks at work and driving and this was one I choose for work. I was drawn into this instantly. I loved the readers since I had gotten to heard them through out the Wheel of Time series. The story was engaging and sucked me in right away. I wanted to get to work in order to listen to more of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 6/10/2015

    " I loved the book and the narration: I am a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson, and this was a great story even by his standards. Unfortunately, the recording was choppy and it frequently skipped short sections of the book. I don't know much about audio recordings, so the fault may have been my own, but none of the other books I have purchased from this website have contained any similar gaps. Overall, I would recommend this audiobook to any of Brandon Sanderson's fans and to any lovers of epic fantasy: while the interruptions were annoying, they did not interfere overly much with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianaw | 2/10/2014

    " Parts of the book were very good. The ending was gripping. Portions of the book dragged. I think a third of it could have been cut to have made the pacing faster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neal Threets | 2/2/2014

    " The Way Of Kings is Brandon Sandersons masterpiece. It is a flawless start to what is planned to be a 14 book series. It has everything a good epic fantasy novel needs and it executes them perfectly. Well crafted fantasy world? Check! Characters you can root for and despise? Has them in droves! An awesome and original magic system? There are at least three! Originality? Let's just say there isn't a mention of an orc, elf, or dwarf. all this and he manages to present them all in such a way that the reader never feels like they are adrift in a sea of confusing information. All in all I say Brandon Sanderson succeeds at creating the PERFECT fantasy novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/26/2014

    " 1007 pages. Read on pure faith. My nephews all raved about this book. More than raved. Adored. Worshipped. Salivated at the mouth. Based on Sandersons' previous work, I promised I would take the plunge. Also based on his previous work however, it took me 8 months to actually read it. I loved the first Mistborn book; and the triology as a whole kind of blew me away. Books, 2 and 3 however, stalled, often. Way to much time descirbing weird creatures while cities enjoyed endless stalemate. The Way of Kings proved similar. Sanderson has a way with crafting fantastic characters that quickly draw you in. He keeps you interested and reading for HUNDREDS of pages, while you literally have no idea what is going on, simply that you like the characters and want to find out what happens. In the end you START to see the big picture, and kind of can't put down the last 10%. I just wish,he moved things along faster. You probably could do away with about 300 pages, with little injury to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 1/25/2014

    " really deserves a 4.5 though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb | 1/16/2014

    " One of the most impressive books I've ever read. It was torture not to skip around and read only one story at time--the bastard-creep Sanderson broke them all up so minutely!--but I held to my discipline and read the book properly. By the end I was so exhilarated I could not sleep for many hours, even though it was already dawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Cabrera | 1/7/2014

    " I was a tad intimidated by the length of the book at first. But let me tell you, this was one of the most entertaining and well written books I've read! The characters are complex and well written, and you find yourself trying to read faster in order to consume more of the book. Sanderson is now my favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy Lacey | 1/3/2014

    " This book was really between 3 and 4 stars, but it's closer to 4. This thing is a beast. It's roughly 1,000 pages and it has small print. I feel like I just finished a literary marathon. I should get a metal. Overall I enjoyed this book, some of the characters I really enjoyed and others were just kind of dull. The beginning is tedious and leaves you flipping back and forth between chapters to remember who is who. Once that goes away it gets much better. I thoroughly enjoyed the ending and plan to read the next one. If you're a Sanderson fan, and don't mind a forever long book I think you'll like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gordon | 12/23/2013

    " Like Song of Ice and Fire or Wheel of Time? Read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Galloway | 12/23/2013

    " The first book of a planned 10 book series. 1000 pages that largely serves to just set up the main characters of the 9 upcoming books. Why do I start reading these series when I know I'm going to have to keep up with it for the next 20 years? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 12/6/2013

    " I loved this book. It's a step out of the cookie-cutter fantasy mold, with a varying pace that actually keeps it interested, and introducing a very similar model of behavior as chivalry or bushido. The fight scenes are quite glorious, with a very captivating hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate Morse | 11/13/2013

    " Interesting setup book. Will read the next installment of the series when it comes out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 10/31/2013

    " This is a long book, but I found it worth the read. Yea for characters who stick to their morals! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seeker | 10/10/2013

    " This book was amazing.the world of the stormlight archive is very vast and has many magnificant things to say.I can't wait for book two to come.and i hope for that to focus on the main character hence Kaladin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/8/2013

    " omg! need the next book rn! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/28/2013

    " The sequel to this book CANNOT come out fast enough. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johh | 1/12/2013

    " Really good book, i felt myself immerse into the story as if I was watching the story happen. Good Read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 7/16/2012

    " Slow to start with a lot of character development. Great character development and overall theme. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 7/7/2012

    " Brilliant & engaging novel. Love the unique world, characters and events. Sooo upset I have to wait to read book 2! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jarom Randall | 7/3/2012

    " This book is great, especially considering how long it is (over 1000 pages) it doesn't seem to lag and I didn't feel like it was 1000 pages. One of the few epic fantasy books that I think got it right by being 1000 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Ross | 3/27/2012

    " Wow wow wow wow wow wow....This book is just too good. The storytelling, the imagination, the world. It was great. Can't wait for the next one to come out "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Harris | 3/2/2012

    " This is his best work to date. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Louis Chatillon | 12/18/2011

    " Was very disappointed as I did not feel anything for the characters. I stopped reading a third into the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Endre Selmar | 7/20/2011

    " Totalt awsome start on a epic new series from Sanderson! A must have, if you're a fan of fantasy!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scot | 6/28/2011

    " Amazing read if you like epic fantasy ala Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, and George R.R. Martin, inovative magic system, as usual from Sanderson, nice illustrations as well. Highly recomended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/25/2011

    " Really good. Ive read all his books now and this lives up to his body of work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pol | 6/25/2011

    " Surprisingly good, much better than the mistborn stuff. Really looking forward to the next installment.

    The world is very unique, and the plot is compelling.

    Good stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/24/2011

    " Complex book with many interesting story lines, but it was sometimes hard to care about all the characters. The world building was fantastic and I plan to eventually pick up the other books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 6/23/2011

    " Kind of difficult to understand what's going on right at first, but then it hooked me. It's really long (1,000 pages) but I liked it! Sets things up for a great series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garry | 6/23/2011

    " Can't wait for the next installment of this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanna | 6/23/2011

    " He does it again. I love his stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 6/22/2011

    " If you like his other books, especially Elantris, you will love this one. There's nothing in common between them, but the styles are similar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 6/16/2011

    " Incredible world, characters who made you feel their plight. Awesome magic system. Plots woven so thick they left you at the edge of your seat and wondering what was next and who was good or bad. A climatic end fight that actually gave me goosebumps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 6/15/2011

    " This is an author that just sucks me into the story with his writing. At times it is sometimes slow going but the writing/dialogue is so good I dont really care. Really loved the politics as well as the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 6/15/2011

    " Absolutely Loved It. Brandon comes into his own as a champion of epic fantasy with this massive, yet well-paced and thoroughly engaging work. "

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About the Author
Author Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Words of Radiance and the internationally bestselling books in the Stormlight Archive and the Mistborn series. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. He teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

About the Narrators

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.