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For the first time ever in audio! GraphicAudio and Brandon Sanderson are proud to present White Sand produced with a full cast of actors, immersive sound effects and cinematic music.

On the planet of Taldain, the legendary Sand Masters harness arcane powers to manipulate sand in spectacular ways. But when they are slaughtered in a sinister conspiracy, the weakest of their number, Kenton, believes himself to be the only survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton forges an unlikely partnership with Khriss - a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own.

White Sand brings to life a crucial, unpublished part of Brandon Sanderson’s sprawling Cosmere universe. Employing Sanderson’s celebrated approach to magical systems, White Sand is a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure!

Performed by Terence Aselford, Alexander Strain, Dawn Ursula, Jason B McIntosh, Frank Britton, Yasmin Tuazon, Holly Vagley, Peter Holdway, Paul Reisman, KenYatta Rogers, Bradley Smith, Eric Messner, Duyen Washington, Jacob Yeh, Michael Glenn, Zeke Alton, Lawrence Redmond, Tim Carlin, Joe Mallon, Jonathon Church, Matthew Pauli, Ken Jackson, Nanette Savard, Richard Rohan, Chris Genebach, Joy Jones, Tony Nam, Scott McCormick, Thomas Keegan, Nick DePinto, Rose Elizabeth Supan, Mort Shelby, Steve Wannall, Chris Stinson, Alyssa Wilmoth, Nora Achrati, Ren Casey, David Fernandez, David Zitney, Tia Shearer, Andy Brownstein, Michael John Casey, Chris Davenport.

©2016 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2019 Graphic Audio, LLC

What listeners say about White Sand: Volume One [Dramatized Adaptation]

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  • Ryan V
  • 08-12-2020

Audiobook of a graphic novel!!

It's important to note that this (the prose version) are based off the original graphic novel. That should explain why this is differently formatted than Sanderson's other works.

First off, the differences from the original. I read the graphic novels awhile ago. As I listened to this, I also read the graphic novel again. There's additional scenes that add a bit more depth to characters and context to the situations. Some of the dialog and scenes were moved around, but everything in the graphic novel is still present. The narrator was also changed from first person to third. I felt some of the dialog or scenes being moved around were unnecessary, but it's probably better for prose storytelling. The description of the scenes matched what is drawn on the book. Basically the story is the same with some added scenes.

Secondly, the audiobook review. The performance and sound effects were very well done. Which is to be expected. All the full cast and/or sound effect audiobooks I've listened to on Audible are really good. The casting is great. This may be a fictional world, but certain accents are needed for the people of different countries. As far as I can tell, they sound authentic.

If you've listened to all other Cosmere audiobooks, I would recommend this next. This may be a lot shorter than the other Cosmere books, but it's also a full cast and sound effect audiobook. Keep in mind that this is a graphic novel story, not a regular novel. Most audiobooks with full cast and sound effects are not that long either.

Overall a great listen and worth my monthly credit.

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  • Gunu
  • 07-12-2020

The Missing Shard

As a big Brandon Sanderson fan, I've been wanting to hear more about the Cosmere. Taldain in particular was mentioned in some recent works, so I was curious about the graphic novels.

However, most of my casual reading is done through audio books now of days and I wanted something I could listen to while doing other things. So I was surprised and intrigued to see this addition to Audible.

The story lacks something even when compared to the White Sand short-story found in Arcanum Unbound, but is nevertheless a respectable work in its own right. Although the character development and world building are somewhat sparse compared with a traditional Sanderson book, it is still entertaining and attention grabbing.

As far as the production goes, I'm not sold on Graphic Audio's methodology. Although full-cast audio sounds like it ought to be more immersive, the many transitions between different actors, with their different pronunciations and talent levels, can be jarring. Added to that, the ability to narrate different thoughts and perspectives is often hampered. Further, sound effects mixed throughout a production often give off a pulp-fiction vibe. Although some were well-timed, most felt forced and merely made it harder to focus on the actual story.

The result is a choppy story with poorly defined but likable plots and characters. While worth the price to purchase it and the time spent listening, it's no masterpiece.

As far as the Cosmere is concerned, there were a few more things to learn about Taldain than were in the White Sand short story, although some of the details were different between the two. That said, nothing significant was added in this book and I wonder how canonical it's considered, being a remake of a co-op work.

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  • Christopher Greene
  • 21-11-2020

Love Brandon Sanderson but was disappointed

I had to return this one, it was way too short. Since graphic audio adds such detail with the sound effects it seemed even shorter. Barely set the characters and the primary struggle and the volume was over.

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  • Angie J. Smith
  • 27-12-2020

Story good narrative and sound effects distracting

I’m so glad I got to here the story of chapter one in Arkham unbound by Brandon Sanderson by another narrator without sound effects because the story was wonderful and why I purchased this book. But I couldn’t even listen to the whole story in this new format. So just a warning to all story is great but may be too distracting as it was for me in this format. I guess I will never know the ending.

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  • George Tyler Barney
  • 20-12-2020

Graphic audio is just not for me

I wish this was offered in a more traditional format. The sound effects are distracting and way too loud relative to the words for my taste. I find the internal thought sound effect to be super annoying

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  • Melissa
  • 30-10-2020

Background noise, political struggling, awesome magic

The story remind me very much of Star Wars books. I believe that’s because of the noise you hear as if you were in the environment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-2021

Overall good

Engaging story that keeps you listening. Some lesser characters could have been voiced better. I will definitely continue listening to this series.

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  • Martha S
  • 23-03-2021

good Story

don't like the noise of everyone walking around. great Story as always. thanks good by

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-03-2021

really good of course for Sanderson

once again a new world from Brandon Sanderson. the characters are well developed an now I want to get book 2.

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  • Barry Bounous
  • 16-02-2021

Interesting but ...

Lots of good moments. Brilliant opening sequences but lots of places where the writing is uneven or dare I say perplexing. Possibly because of the adaptation from graphic to audio, or possibly because it is such an early work for someone who would become a supreme master of the craft. I can’t tell. But it’s a bumpy ride.

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  • Jonathan
  • 21-12-2020

Bad audio

For some reason it's like they are using a bad microphone, how could this happen?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-10-2020

Brandon Sanderson and GraphicAudio

Brandon Sanderson is far too popular to need any recommendation from me but several of his books produced by GraphicAudio are now available on Audible in the U.K. These are full cast productions. Several of the ones that are now available, either were not available or the production is just so much better. This has all Sanderson's wonderful imagination and story telling As it is part of Cosmere, most fans of the universe will also enjoy it as part of that too.

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