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Publisher's Summary

The book World of Warcraft fans have been clamoring for - the true story behind one of the Warcraft universe’s most terrifying villains, Arthas the Lich King. 

Author Christie Golden does for Arthas what she once did for the Orc Lord Thrall in the best-selling Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, in another epic exploration of one of the key characters from the 11-million subscriber massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

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Good.

great book, arthas mental battle with himself was a great progression. You dont need to start these books chronologically, but you'll want more afterwards, be prepared.

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Incredible story telling of warcraft lore.

I love these books. I can't put them down. I want to listen till the end every time.

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Loved it!

Great story! Christie does a good job of allowing you to experience Arthas's early years and his love for Invincible

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An amazing experience

loved the story. Told the lich king epic perfectly. VO struggled at times. still amazing.

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First audio book

From start to finish I was engrossed in the lore - bei g a world of Warcraft player it was amazing to go deep into the lore.
I found myself excited to travel to my next destination just so I could continue the story.

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highly recommended

having played the warcraft games it was great to hear a more in depth story about the rise of the litch king.

only downside is that the audio wasnt quite loud enough and i had a hard time hearing some pieces while i drove at higher speeds.

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A great novel, written and spoken with precision.

Loved it from start to finish. A must read for any Warcraft fan out there.

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Christie Golden = superstar.

brilliant listen. Christie Golden shows her love of the warcraft universe. highly recommended listening. brilliant.

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  • Goran K.
  • 09-04-2019

Missed Opportunity

I can't help to think that this is a missed opportunity for Blizzard. Arthas and his arc is by far the most well known story in Warcraft and the production of this audiobook does not do it justice. It's not that Christie Golden does a bad job reading it, it's that it just feels like someone is reading it to you instead of you yourself being immersed in the author's writing. They could have dedicated more resources to the production of this audiobook and made it 100 times what it is.

I recommend it for the story, it's pretty good as far as teen fiction goes...but the production is definitely lacking.

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  • Bryce Crawford
  • 01-11-2019

Story was great, delivery was not comparable

Golden writes a great, gripping, and detailed story here. The surroundings are painted with precision, and events are explained more than thoroughly, leaving no stone unturned. But the delivery of the content seemed lackluster for the most part. There were times where anguish and anger were expressed excellently by Golden, but for the most part, the narration seemed feeble, almost teetering on a sense of sadness and crying that was wrought with emotion when the storyline and the context did not yield such a feeling. There was much unknowing and power written into the story, but it would seem otherwise with the tone of this iteration of the audiobook as it was. That being said, the book was written well and worth an actual read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-08-2019

Narrator

She writes amazing books, seriously some of my favorites. But in a basically all male cast it doesn’t do the book justice, she’s kinda monotone

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  • Antony L Wormack
  • 24-07-2019

Great writer terrible narrator

I love Christie’s writing, however she is not a great narrator. You need a great narrator for a book this long.

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  • Vlad
  • 13-03-2019

Monotone and lacking engagement

After hearing the thrilling prologue narrated by Chris Metzen on a Blizzard podcast, and after having been blown away from the masterful piece that was the audio book of Before the Storm by Josh Keaton, complete with musical cues and stunning voice-work, I was severely disappointed that Golden was chosen to do the full audio book.

It lacks all the immersion of the two prior narrators and felt dispassionate. I felt myself needing to turn it off at the 10 minute mark, lest I lose interest in the rest of the book.

The story, however, is beautiful, tragic, and thrilling in its own right. Golden is a fantastic writer, but a lackluster narrator. I wish that Metzen himself would have finished the prologue as he had started it. You can have a listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sitdg2CMiVM

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  • Trevor
  • 30-08-2020

Just a recount

it's a good book. the first act is new lore for Arthas but act 2 and 3 are just a retellingof wc3 the epilogue is new lore..

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  • Timothy E Gould
  • 28-05-2020

Great story

It was a good reading but it's very hard to listen to a woman act a supposedly deep make voice. This should have been read by two people, one for male and one for female.

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  • Sakesan
  • 12-03-2019

Excellent

It is exciting to see more of the Warcraft novel universe being made into audiobooks. I send my deepest thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. I don’t always have time to read physical books, so I was excited to listen to all of the Warcraft novels available so far. I binged Arthas and enjoyed it as much as the rest.

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  • Earl
  • 15-04-2021

loved it.

loved it, truly a great one if you're into wow lore. really enjoyed reading this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-2021

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There is something very soothing about her voice. I think the fact that she is personally invested in the story really shows in her reading. in my humble opinion, this story and its narration were top-notch

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-2019

Good information

It was a good information on how he became the lich King and how he was thinking through his choices. I had only seen through the games how he became the lich King but this showed me alot more and it was good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-2020

Insanely good

10/10 would recommend to anyone. The narrator does an amazing job at making you interested in the story.

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  • Fredrik Roaldset
  • 27-09-2020

Good story, just awful writing

Way to make an interesting story absolutely boring to listen to. The narration is OK at best.

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  • E
  • 13-01-2020

A terrible cost, a magnificent story.

Let me clarify something here. I played WoW before the first expansion pack came out. infact, I played the Warceaft games and played through the Frozen Throne campaign before I had a router. Arthas' tragedy is and always will be one of my favourite stories, and in my opinion, the best story in WoW. Christie Golden captures the pain and desperation of Arthas, Uther and Jaina so well that at times it is truly harrowing and that's why this deserves more than 5 stars. I would love to he able to get the next installment but it isnt available in England. but that doesnt detract from this brilliant part of gaming history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-2021

Loved it

I loved every bit of this book! Narration is awesome, and the story goes in depth with the Lich King. If you are a Warcraft fan, this is a must read/listen :)

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  • Lauren
  • 19-05-2021

Warcraft

It’s a Warcraft audio book, play today if you want to, if you don’t, that’s okay too.

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  • Ashley
  • 14-05-2021

Engrossing.

loved this book, so good to hear about so many major characters in one warcraft book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-2021

Great first WoW book

Great book for your first delve into the wow book series or as part of the greater series overall an amazing book and a MUST READ

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  • Matt
  • 28-04-2021

Good stuff

Decent look behind the curtain of Arthas as a character. Performance is pretty great bar that bloody Scottish accent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-03-2021

i loved it!

this is the Best book of the world of warcraft series 🙂 i have listened to it 2 times!

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