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Stormlight Archive
1 : The Way of Kings (1 of 5)

by Brandon Sanderson
Mar 21, 2016
7 Hours
7
978-1-62851-244-1
Ages 13+
GraphicAudio® A Movie in Your Mind® proudly releases THE WAY OF KINGS, the first of ten planned titles in New York Times Bestselling author, Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy series, THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE.

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 10 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. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where 10 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 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.

Director Rose Supan says, “Brandon Sanderson is at the top of his game with THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVES. It's an honor to direct this story. The actors as well as our production team are thrilled to be a part of the process as well. I can proudly proclaim that the listener is in for a truly immersive experience!”
 

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Director & Cast

Director Rose Elizabeth Supan
Starring Dylan Lynch as narrator, Robbie Gay as Kaladin Stormblessed, Casie Platt as Shallan Davar, Andy Clemence as Dalinar Kholin, Tim Getman as Adolin Kholin, Zoe Badovinac as Jasnah Kholin and Nora Achrati as Syl. With Mort Shelby, Drew Kopas, Evan Casey, Christopher Scheeren, Christopher Walker, Bradley Smith, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Michael Glenn, Michael John Casey, Terence Aselford, Thomas Penny, Matthew Keenan, James Konicek, Richard Rohan, Steven Carpenter, Colleen Delany, Thomas Keegan, Scott McCormick, Eric Messner, Shasha Olinick, Bob Payne, Chris Davenport, Christopher Graybill, Andy Brownstein, Tony Nam, David Harris, Ken Jackson, Marni Penning, Jacob Yeh, Jeff Allin, Patrick Bussink, Rose Elizabeth Supan, Yasmin Tuazon, Nick DePinto, Kimberly Gilbert, Dylan Lynch and Tim Pabon.
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Johann Dettweiler
Dialogue Editors Johann Dettweiler
Original Theme Music Johann Dettweiler
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

Great Beginning to a New World by Armand (Posted on 11/9/2017)
I love this genre and the way it was produced! This is the beginning of a new and wonderfully detailed world of special and unique magics/powers/life that is quick to grab your fancy and entice you to further reading. Plenty of action for this story type and plenty of amazing characters!
Storm light archive the way of Kings book 2 by Joseph (Posted on 11/8/2017)
Good book
The Way of Kings Part 1 by Shaheen (Posted on 8/11/2017)
When I first read the Way of Kings back in 2010 I thought I would never again experience the feeling of awe at the size , scope and depth of that story. Have you ever wished you could go back and relive the experience of reading a favorite book again? Well, this is how you do that. The voice acting, the background sound effects, the music. They all bring a new texture and feeling to this story that brings you in and makes everything feel different and new. An experience worth every penny.
Another Winner for GA by Richard (Posted on 7/1/2017)
The first of several, I trust. Brandon Sanderson writes a truly good story, builds good characters and obviously has fun with them. And the usual suspects at GA (and a host of new ones, too) did their usual superb job. Dylan Lynch narrates up a 'storm' and Robbie Gay is very good as Kaladin. Not enough of Richard Rohan, Terrance Aselford and Mort Shelby but they are here and there in the tale. Can't wait for the next ones.
(Spoiler alert: I have listened to all of Books 1 and 2 and cannot wait for Book 3...)
Great story by Samuel (Posted on 3/9/2017)
Well written and adapted, awesome characters! Can't wait to listen to the next one!
Gets you ready for the flood by paul (Posted on 2/11/2017)
The creating of the characters is amazing, you can picture them painted in your head with ease. bringing the movie in your mind alive and easily keeps you wanting more!!
Excellent by SHELBY (Posted on 1/20/2017)
Enjoyed this book and the second book on the drive home and keeps people in the vehicle from bickering... Can't wait to hear more and will buy the hard copy book as well!!
inner voices by Taylor (Posted on 1/20/2017)
I enjoyed listening to other Brandon Sanderson novels in this format, especially the last two mistborns that have been published, the audio mixing of this one is subpar. Any time a character has an inner thought an echo effect is added to let us know that we are listening to the character thinking, but it's so garbled that you can barely understand it. Also, the sound effects and background music don't mix well with the voicing to the point that it's hard to hear the narrator in many places.
Great listen! by Robert (Posted on 12/12/2016)
This was the first of many Graphic Audio books I have had the pleasure to download. I have loved every single one since then. This is a fantastic book by Brandon Sanderson, brought to life with his excellent writing and excellent parts acted out by the GA staff and sound design etc. A must listen too!
:) by Jordan (Posted on 10/12/2016)
Very good book!!
Little Slow but Worth It by ryan (Posted on 9/2/2016)
This is probably the worst in terms of pacing. It takes forever for the story to really get going but i will admit that it is necessary set up for a great story. The voices fit so well to the characters and music is awesome!
Unexpected and fully enjoyable by kyle (Posted on 8/24/2016)
Slow to get into at first but stick with this series it is my new favorite now
First impression by rippling_Fire (Posted on 8/3/2016)
As with all titles (imho) one most indulge the writer while the basic frame work of the story in presented in the early chapters. It is thoughtfully done however and will keep your attention.
Brilliant start to a fantastic book by Amy (Posted on 7/23/2016)
I've tried reading the paperback version of TWoK twice before. I just wasn't in the right headspace for it. Then I heard about GA's adaptation, and rejoiced! I was so happy to hear about it, because I figured it would be easier for me to digest a book of this magnitude via Graphic Audio. So far, I've not been disappointed. The actors are spot on in my opinion, and the story is fascinating and engrossing. I love Kaladin, Shallan, Dalinar and Aolin. I can't wait to see how all of the puzzle pieces fit together!
Solid story by Steven (Posted on 6/27/2016)
Part one is great. The character development is solid and the storyline gets moving quickly.
Storm Light Archive by Brian (Posted on 6/4/2016)
It took a little bit to get into this book but it grew on and I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to get the next book. U gotta give it a chance is a slow starter.
Book 1 of 5 by justin (Posted on 5/14/2016)
Good book
confusing by rafael (Posted on 5/10/2016)
I'm having a hard time getting into this book. I'm hoping the next book will be more interesting.
A Grand Introduction by Cassiopeia (Posted on 5/5/2016)
I'll begin by saying that, initially, Robbie Gay was not what I imagined for the voice of Kaladin. His portrayal was a bit too hard and not quite broken enough. However, as the story progressed, I began to appreciate the way Gay presented his character. There is a fragility beneath the gruff exterior that I feel broadens Kaladin in a way that my own mental voice couldn't manage. Additionally, Casie Platt is perfect as Shallan and Zoe Badovinac's voice and portrayal of Jasnah is absolutely spot on. The only voices I didn't like are the voices of Navani and Sigzil. Navani's character sounds too old and it doesn't give me the image of a beautiful, refined, yet devious woman. Instead, she sounds more like someone's cranky grandmother. As for Sigzil, he is supposed to be a soft spoken, scholarly man who inspires quiet reflection and fosters respect. Unfortunately, the actor they chose for this role is the same actor that played King Set in the Mistborn Trilogy and I just can't let that go.
Epic Story/Epic Production by Nicholas (Posted on 5/4/2016)
Thank you Graphic Audio for taking up this saga. I love Sanderson and have read everything he has written. Stormlight is, so far, one of his greatest achievements.

The production quality and voice acting is great as always and brings a new dimension to an already great story.
Not too sure yet by Tyler (Posted on 4/28/2016)
I liked all of the rest of Brandon Sanderson's work, especially the Graphic Audio adaptations, and that alone was enough for me to start The Stormlight Archive. Unfortunately, this one just did not grab my attention, it was good, but not too good, that being said I look forward to the continuation in part 2 with hopes of the story improving.
Brilliant! I adore this series! by Allison (Posted on 4/21/2016)
I love love love this series you guys! GA rocks! Whilst I never did read the actual book by Mr. Sanderson, I honestly feel that I do not need to, though at a later date I probably will get the regular audio books. I know they won't be the same though. A movie in your mind indeed! Dylan Lynch's narration is once again stellar, not that I expected anything less of him! ^ He brings depth and pathos to the most simple scenes. He is, hands down, my favourite GraphicAudio narrator, though I do love all of them, with Richard being my second fave. But back to Stormlight: music and sounds were all very awesome! And I love all of the characters' voices! A few here were saying that the voice actor for Kalidan was "off", that he did not portray the requisite emotions for him in this book. Well I, for one, disagree. I loved his portrayal of Kalidan Stormblessed! I truly thought that he did portray Kalidan's brokenness, his apathy, very convincingly. And my other favourite character, Shaelann, was also portrayed brilliantly I thought. She is shy and naive, but far from stupid or lackluster in my opinion. Just one more thing, love the music that you guys used! For some reason the music really stands out here in a great way. Maybe it's that the story itself is so vibrant, the music just emphasizes that. Excellent job, but I want more more more! Want to thank Johann and Rose for doing a stellar job. Such an ambitious undertaking, as has been said above! But you guys couldn't have picked a better story to adapt. I hope that Brandon himself likes it, 'cause I sure do! Cannot wait for part 3 of this epic!
Wonderful experience mostly. by Evelyn (Posted on 4/15/2016)
I was so excited when I found out they were producing the Stormlight Archive. "The Way of Kings" and "Word of Radiance" are my favorite Sanderson books. I also enjoy Graphic Audio's other productions of his work. This adaption is not perfect but it is wonderful.

Positives: I think the actress who plays Shallan is perfect for her part. I'm so excited to hear her in "Words of Radiance", hoping he respises the role of course. She also evaluates Shallan's opening chapters, making them even more engaging. As much as I enjoy the audiobook, I enjoyed listening to her chapers here far more. Jasnah's voice actor is also wonderful. I'm eager to hear these characters in part 3 and 5 of this audio drama.

The background music and sounds are wonderful. This production company has greatly improved compared to their production of "Warbreaker", which I loved, but this was a lot better.

I loved Syl as well. She sounds great. Just as I would imagine her.

Negatives: (More nitpicking but elements that kept me from giving this a perfect 5 score.)

It pains me to say it, because he is my favorite character, but Kaladin's voice actor is off. He is good when Kaladin is strong. I think if he resprises the role in "Words of Radiance" he will do great. However, Kaladin is a complex character. He is strong but he is also damaged and broken. In the audiobook the narrator shows both the strength and the broken vulnerability masterfully. The voice actor in this production falls flat when Kaladin is supposed to be vulnerable. He reads through his lines too fast leaving no time for the emotional weight of the words and scene to leave an impact. He doesn't need to be melodramatic, but Kaladin in "The Way of Kings" is always on the edge of collapsing again to the wretch and that isn't coming across in the performance.

It's disappointing but not a serious issue. When Kaladin needs to be strong or glib the voice actor is spot on. When Kaladin returned from the clasm and told Gaz there were going to be changes I got chills. Kaladin only needs to show vulnerability in this part and in part 3. Hopefully the voice actor will slow down a bit and show the weakness that need to be there. But I can live with his performance. I didn't care for Vasher from Warbreaker or Kelsier from Mistborn when heard them in part 1 of those productions and I eventually came to love both performances.

There are odd pronunciation choices. Maybe I'm just used to how these words and names were pronounced in the audiobook. Still, I would hope team Sanderson would clear up how to pronounce names like Tvlakv.

Overall a wonderful experience and most likely the closest we will get to a movie production of this really long series. Looking forward to the rest.
Graphic audio is great by Kevin (Posted on 4/12/2016)
The story itself is great, a little slow at times but graphic audio does the story better than if I read it. My biggest problem is they should put more of story on one audio book, instead of 5 could do it in 2 or 3.
4 stars is the best I can do! GA can do better than this! by Rufus (Posted on 4/11/2016)
I think this is a 4-star work!..... buuuut... I still need to gripe about a few things that I found distracting.

Graphic Audio did a 10/10, 5-star job with their adaptation of Warbreaker. They truly brought their "A" game! The same level of care and expertise does not seem to be going into their version of The Way of Kings (Part 1 of 5).

Kaladin, as portrayed in the books, is depressed, very troubled, very broken, and very VERY angry at the cards he and his loved-ones have been dealt. Even when he's in a good mood, the pains of his life should still be faintly audible as a slight gruff and edginess in his voice. The Graphic Audio Kaladin's voice seems to be the right age, but the lines are being delivered like some kid who is eating a pizza while talking to his buddies about a girl he likes. No pain, no struggle, no anger, no hate. This is not Kaladin Stormblessed. Oddly enough, the actor who played Kalak at the very beginning had the right “Kaladin-esk” edge to his voice, if not a bit too old-sounding. Hopefully, Kaladin's actor “gruffs” him up more, and adds some more pain and hatred as this GA adaptation continues.

Shallan's actress here is more or less “okay”... Shallan in the books had a very courtly and proper-lady-like way of speaking and delivering her clever quips. I get the feeling from this actress that she's sitting down in a shopping mall chatting with her “besties” about that recent episode of Keeping Up with The Kardashians. As if she is someone who has never been trained in regality and propriety at all – as the books' Shallan has.

Dalinar in the books is in his 50's. He is a physically scarred, and highly experienced warrior of many wars. Adolin is Dalinar's son in his mid 20's. The Graphic Audio voice actor for Dalinar Kholin sounds the exact same age as his son Adolin's voice actor – like they're in their mid 20's or so. Dalinar doesn't sound experienced or scarred and aging at all. He sounds MUCH too young, and has too much of an “I'm a valiant aspiring-knight seeking grand adventure” edge to his voice. Wrong wrong wrong. In the end, Dalinar sounding so young seems to be due to a horrific and very distracting miscast in my opinion. This almost killed it for me. I hope Navani doesn't end up sounding like some 13-year-old got cast for the role.

To make matters worse, at some points, everyone seems to be rushing their lines... like... a lot. This doesn't happen so much during action scenes (like at the beginning), but during periods with lots of dialogue, this becomes pretty commonplace. Everyone ends up talking like they have to hurry and speak their lines before they run out of time for the studio. I also get the sense that these actors didn't exactly read through these books so that they could actually get to know the characters they were about to portray BEFORE they portrayed them. It all ends up making them seem very unnatural at times.

Even considering all these complaints, I think Graphic Audio and their team did good work overall. This was one of the most ambitious projects they could have possibly tackled and I thank them for doing it! They got Szeth right (and many other things), the narrator did a great job, and the sound design and music were excellent. I nitpick and complain as a diehard fan of these books and a fan of Graphic Audio as well. GA really showed what they are capable of with their adaptations of Warbreaker, Mistborn, and Elantris... But this iteration of my favorite book of all time - The Way of Kings - does not seem as polished. Hopefully, this changes as the series continues. This is a 100 out of 10 story, and GA is easily capable of making a 10 out of 5 star adaptation... so if the fan in me takes 6 stars from the 10 stars this adaptation should be for the glaring mistakes they made – this adaptation comes out at 4 stars. :-(
kind of disappointed by avery (Posted on 4/11/2016)
I am a big fan of Brandon Sanderson and especially The Stormlight Archive but I was disappointed with this adaption.

To be blunt I thought the voices were poorly chosen and cringed at the way Shallon's remarks were delivered. Kalladin seemed to have too much exuberance in his voice for someone at the chasms edge - pun intended. Smong others - Syl was perfect imo though.

there were parts I could barely hear due to clashing weapons. Sorry for the bad review I just have a bad tendency to say how I feel that people obviously hate.
Storming Good! by Amanda (Posted on 4/10/2016)
This was my first Graphic Audio production and it rocked me like a Highstorm! This is one of my favourite book series and GA does is justice (with the added bonus of easing the wait till book 3 comes out...so far away...)

The sound effects and score added a wonderful layer of immersion into an already immersing series. At first I found the narration to be a bit fast and the background sounds to be a bit distracting, but once I slowed the narration speed it was much easier to concentrate.

The actors all gave stellar performances, with the standouts being Kaladin and the Narrator. Some of the voices forced me to alter my mental image of the characters (particularly the Thaylens).
Amazing Adaptation by William (Posted on 4/6/2016)
I was hesitant at first but it blew me away with amazing quality and voice acting. I have already decided to get the rest when they come out.
Great book by louis (Posted on 4/5/2016)
Do not like the voice of kaladin. Does not do him justice at all.
Another outstanding story brought to life by the folks at graphic audio by cody (Posted on 4/3/2016)
great story

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