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World of Warcraft: Arthas - Rise of the Lich King

World of Warcraft: Blizzard Legends
Narrated by: Christie Golden
Series: World of Warcraft, Book 11
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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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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An amazing experience

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

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-2020

Always a warcraft fan

Loved the story. I just finished doing the loremaster achievement in wow for northrend and wanted to read more into this story, very well done. only thing was the called their currency pennies at one point and I didnt think pennies existed in the warcraft universe? maybe I'm wrong haha

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2020

Amazing book

the book is raw with emotional story telling and great detail it really puts you in the shoes of arthas

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  • Eric Anderson
  • 03-07-2020

Exceptional!!

My favourite lore story line, written by one of the best authors to grace the genre. It never gets old !!

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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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  • 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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  • Graham
  • 30-07-2020

WoW and wow

fantastically written and narrated, a must if you enjoy and epic journey, could not stop listening 🤗

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  • Ian Jeakins
  • 06-07-2020

Good story

Great story well told. I would recommend it if you are into warcraft lore. Its a pain that it is only available on audible though.

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  • Luke Ellis
  • 05-07-2020

Classic warcraft story

Such an easy listen, amazing story for warcraft lore followers. Iconic name expanded upon in such a great way.

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  • alesimo
  • 05-07-2020

Life-Changing

is one of the best book set in Warctaft Univers.
Is a truly Life-Changing book for all fan for the lore out there.

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  • Mr Bee
  • 16-02-2020

fantastic

loved it, an in depth introduction to Arthas and his relationship to Jana, and what events drove him to become the Lich King

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-2020

Amazing part.of the greatest lore

I recommend this book to any warcraft lore fan! Its an amazing journey with this book and whole World of Warcraft map and places in your head 😊👌

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-2019

A worthwile read for any warcraft fan.

I loved it, Christie Golden really did Arthas justice with this book, and I'm glad she was the one narrating it, she nailed all the different accents and pronounciations. You can really tell that she's familiar with the Warcraft universe and its characters. Just overall, well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-2019

amazing narration to an amazing story

As a long time fan of blizzards warcraft series this is by far my most favoured part of lore, this book was so well written that the extra story bits fit perfectly into the human & undead campaign of both wc3: reign of chaos and wc3: the frozen throne, just wish that audible had more of the Warcraft books available.

christies performance in all her novels is always spot on, and her voice acting for the banshee queen was so accurate I hat to search online to see if she voiced her in wow. Seriously, give this woman an oscar