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Oathbringer

The Stormlight Archive, Book 3
Series: Stormlight Archive, Book 3
Length: 55 hrs and 24 mins
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From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness. 

Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilisation that can win wars. 

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artefacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers which will threaten their integrity and their lives. 

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre. 

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Goosebumps

Such an amazing third novel. If you liked the first two books you'll love this one more. We see further character development and more plots and twists. The narration by Michael and Kate completes the package here.

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Worth the time

It is certainly long and slow, but what a well written book overall. Such a great development for the series and the Cosmere in general.

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One of the best lore creators ive heard!

Amazing plot and character development. His writing inspires raw emotion. I haven't been this invested in a series since The Magician.

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buy this book

loved it just need him to write the other books faster the wait is killing me and other fan.

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Awesome

Sanderson is a legend. Such an amazing series I can't wait till the next book is released 🤤🤤

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Masterpiece of storytelling.

I have loved the Stormlight Archive so far. A skilled writer, Sanderson weaves his story with unexpected turns and intrigue, totally immersing the reader (or listener in my case) into the scene. By the time I get to work each day after an hour of travel, I have to extricate myself from the other world I have been traveling in (this has got to be dangerous for other people on the road). Thanks for some hours well spent.

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Fantastic writing and the narrators are wonderful

Amazing writing. Sanderson is a brilliant writer.
The narrators are fantastic as well. I'd recommend this book to any fantasy fan. I tend to enjoy sci-fi but this series transcends genre.

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not a great fantasy reader like me? read this <br /> <br />

Great book entertainment and depth of the detail in the world is great really worth a listen
better than got almost up to lor level

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Absolute fantasy perfection.

I'll keep this short.
I love the following books more than all others:
Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss (Name of the Wind).
Magician by Raymond Feist.

The Stormlight Archive is an extension of the feeling I had while reading the above books, and it is a rarity that I savor above all else.

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Great listening experience

I was listening to this audiobook in the car everyday on the way to work. I also switched between this and the ebook through whispersync which helped with the length. The story itself is great but the two narrators made it even better with the shift between male and female POV narrative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-2017

Good Story

had been waiting for this story for years. now in few day I have to wait for the next book for years again.. Great sequel and awesome narration.

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  • PG
  • 15-01-2018

The best fantasy series !

Thank you Brandon Sanderson, Michael Kramer, and Kate Reading. A Stormlight book is something truly special. I was immersed, lost in this book.

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  • George
  • 06-12-2017

I really wanted to like it more than I did.

Any additional comments?

I liked the book, but felt it was lacking compared to the first two volumes. A lot of the story seemed 'filler' and necessarily drawn out while waiting for other things to happen. Don't get me wrong there are a lot of great things about this book, especially with developing and delving deeper into the Stormlight world.

Just felt it left me 'wanting' for things to happen that didn't. I guess we'll be seeing these things happen in future Stormlight volumes, but still.

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  • Leevi
  • 18-11-2017

A great continuation to an amazing series.

Such a great book! Brandon really outdid himself with this one. Narration performance from Michael and Kate is astounding as expected.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-2017

Superb

Surpassed my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
Expert narration by Kramer and Reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-2019

A fantastic listen with a few flaws.

While Way of Kings was rightly slow as it had to build the the world at a pace which the reader could follow, the following books didn't progress the story quite as fast as I'd like.
Both of the voice actors feel like they are the characters in the books. If I'd have to pick a favorite, it has to be the Kate Reading.
Oathbringer is my least favorite of book in the series. It still has great character development and fantastic set pieces, it just didn't manage to captivate me with mystery as the former two books did. The subplots don't feel like they're as much as part of the story at large as much as in the former books.
It's an amazing book, there's no doubt. Maybe I've just been pampered the last few years with amazing releases.

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  • Sebastian Ortega
  • 17-10-2019

exelente

exelente, sin palabras, muy buen creación y crecimiento de personajes, mundo y sistemas mágicos exelente

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-2019

awesome, cant wait for the rest

loved every bit of it, sometimes the voiceacting for certain characters where different then i wss used to, but overall not annoying. cant wait for the rest of this series. in the mean timw i have more from the cosmere to discover.

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  • ZeeGoes
  • 01-08-2019

An amazing journey.

For a large book, the story felt short. Every word held my attention and yearning for more. I read the book as each chapter was released on Tor, and then reread the entire series once I was done with the book. Listening to it was a whole different experience and it had me catching on to so many new clues that I missed during my reads. Feeling a bit like a friend has abandoned me and I don't think any book can fill the gaping hole. Time to read the entire cosmere series in order...maybe?

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  • maria
  • 23-05-2019

A must Read!!

Fantastic read, really enjoyed journey, the character growth and in some cases changes. Nearing the end had me on the edge of my seat with nerves.

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  • Simon
  • 22-11-2017

Sanderson brewing up a hell of a storm!

When an author produces an audiobook of almost 50 hours in length and it's excellent from start to finish that's a hell of an achievement. When he releases a second such behemoth in the same series and it's just as good I'd label that as outstanding. Mr Sanderson of course thinks even bigger than that, he's apparently planning ten of these incredible publications! He really does put the epic into epic fantasy.

It's amazing to me that he has now produced three such excellent fantasy novels in his Stormlight Archive. If this author can complete this incredible work to such a high standard I would say he's knocking on the door of being considered one of the great authors! Maybe I'm biased but the scale of the achievement would be immense. The sheer depth of the world-builidng (geography, flora, fauna, politics etc), characters and the magic system is mind-numbing.

The narration is excellent from the usual duo with particular kudos to Michael Kramer. The sheer depth of the writing, involvement with the characters and Michael's superb delivery produced some genuinely breathtaking moments. At one point when news of a huge setback arrived I felt like I was standing next to Dalinar in that meeting chamber myself. Shivers down the spine.

Not surprisingly given the title Dalinar is a significant focus in this book and his back story is particularly effective and hard-hitting. He is a magnificent character of flawed nobility. Shallan also gets a lot of focus and I enjoyed her struggles with multiple personae.

Given all that I couldn't give this book anything but five stars but now for what feels almost like a bit of heresy. It is my least favourite of the three to date. I do love the fact that Sanderson tries to cover so many POVs in incredible depth, how he fleshes out the back stories and gives so much colour to his world. However, it does mean that the main story moves at an almost glacial pace and often just as it seemed that great things were occurring it would get sidetracked. I do actually think that this book could have done with a tighter edit, possibly around a 10 per cent trim to help it keep greater forward momentum. It just felt a little unbalanced to me especially as Kaladin my favourite character takes a step aside for much of this one. In many ways this volume feels like its purpose was to build a massive platform from which to really launch the main story line towards a spectacular conclusion over the remaining books. In that light I genuinely believe that this is on course to become one of the all-time great series.

If you are new to the Stormlight Archive please don't try and start here, there really is too much fantastic background and much of the nuance of this text will be lost to you resulting in a much drier experience.

So bravo Mr Sanderson. You truly are on track to produce one of the greatest fantasy literary achievements of all time. The challenge for me is living long enough to see the end of it!

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  • Kyna
  • 30-11-2017

Not a Trilogy!!!

Sanderson seems to write his books in threes (i.e. The two Mistborn series) so I thought this was going to be the conclusion of the story. It isn't.

Amazing edition, great performance by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (probably the best audio performances I've encountered have been by these two).

I can't wait for the next Stormlight Archive book. It can't come soon enough!!

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  • Robyn
  • 06-12-2017

Just epic!

Wow! Another epic instalment to an epic story.

I had this on pre-order for months, and then took my time listening to it. I didn't want to miss anything....if you're a fan of the Stormlight Archive, this another instalment to savour. Sanderson at his epic best!

So much has happened since Book 1, that there is no way a newcomer to Stormlight could pick things up at this point. There are references to previous events, but this book isn't bogged down by rehashing what has gone before. At one point, I felt as if we were entering &quot;padding it out&quot; territory (my pet hate when it comes to books in a series), but when I stopped to consider, I realised that I was suffering instalment compression - and the action I was attributing to a previous book had actually happened in this book.....bottom line, there's a lot going on, and this book seamlessly picks up from the previous and the plots just thicken, and twist, and the characters develop even more depth etc. There might have been a few of scenes / areas which I didn't think particularly stacked, but not enough to even remotely damage my overall enjoyment of this book. (eg, I haven't quite got my head around Shadesmar and how humans and spren can be living there? A Google search shows there are better minds out there than mine who have explored this - perhaps I shall spend a few indulgent hours exploring this further)

What I always appreciate about these instalments is that each wraps itself up neatly. With Oathbringer too. Yes, there is more to come, and there are some nice hooks left open with new questions raised at the end, but I've not been left on a precipice in angst about who lives or dies. It's so clearly part of a longer story, but is completely satisfying in itself as an instalment. Thank you Mr Sanderson!!

I don't want to give too much away with this review. Besides I couldn't do it justice anyway. Instead, I will just say that if you're a Sanderson or Stormlight fan, you are unlikely to be disappointed. I am ready to put the next book on pre-order.......

(Narration also consistent with previous books which, if you're listening to them back to back, is important).

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  • David E. Rooney
  • 21-09-2018

Good but turns into a grind

I've found all the books in the stormlight archive hard going at first but ending really strong. This was similar except I found that I just wanted to get this book over with. the ending was epic and I loved it. but because of how the lead up felt like a huge grind I wasn't as impressed as I was with the previous book. for this was the only issue. i enjoyed exploring the world and "magic" systems as part of this book but it was just too long of a build up for me and I ended up powering through to just get the book finished. Shame really as it really effects the story rating I've given it. if I wouldn't read it again then I can't justify giving it more than 3 stars

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-2019

Not as good as books 1 and 2, still amazing

Not as good as the previous Stormlight books in my opinion, but still outstanding as a stand alone book and definitely worth a listen.

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  • c b baltray
  • 27-11-2017

Stormlight archive strikes gold again

Brilliant story with top class narration and good sound. Recommended for all fantasy fans anywhere.

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  • James W.
  • 08-10-2018

I could not carry on. it became tedious and dull

I really wanted to like this series. It had promise, and after doubts half way through book one, the story picked up enough for me to get Book 2, which i found enjoyable enough, and that finished with enough pace that I thought book three would continue with. Half way into book 3 though and i've come to the realisation it just isn't going anywhere. I mean Brandon can really draw these things out. It is so plodding to the point of boredom. After close to 100 hours of listening, I can count on one had the amount of significant memorable things that have actually gripped me, the rest is talk of storms and rocks.

I am actually going to bale and quit this one. Something i have very rarely done with a book. I just can't see the point in continuing. The world building is complex, but not that enthralling or descriptive. There are lots of names and people, however they are not fleshed out enough to care about.

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  • Samuel Halliday
  • 11-02-2018

struggled to finish

there is very little sense of urgency to any of the plots and many of the characters became homogeneous and redundant. before this, I couldn't imagine setting down a Sanderson.

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  • A. Newbury
  • 03-02-2018

bit of a slog

I found the bulk of this book less interesting than the previous two. The final 10 hours are great, but in order to reach them, I had to crank up the narration speed (something I've never previously done) to more than double.

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  • Zork
  • 19-11-2017

Excellent

Enjoyed it so much I listened to it again immediately after, best series I've ever read. Will listen again in a couple of months.

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