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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

a bit hard to follow by Dillon (Posted on 7/4/2018)
in my opinion the story switched between characters too frequently but otherwise i liked it.
Beginning of a Magnum Opus by Chris (Posted on 6/30/2018)
This is the beginning of Sanderson's great work. As a beginning, it lays the ground work of the world and introduces the characters that will grow over time. So don't skip out on this first introduction! The actors are nicely chosen to fill each of their roles with each seeming to have just the right take on the characters as seen in the book.

However, one little fun thing to do is going back and listen to this first book again after hearing the sequels. You suddenly notice lots of little references and hidden secrets that you didn't notice before, but do now once you have a background on the world and how things play out.
LIFE-CHANGING STORY AHEAD by John (Posted on 6/18/2018)
**This is just the first 6 hours on a 10 book epic meta series. While there isn't a lot of action yet, there is the introduction to the main heroes and the very strange planet that gets hit by a CAT 5 HURRICANE every few days, and the magical swords and armor. It will take some time to become invested in the story. I promise by part 5 you will be completely amazed! Good thing he is currently on book 3/10 as of this review.**

Brandon Sanderson was hugely inspired in 1990 when he picked up book one of the Wheel of Time series. A 14 book series that Sanderson himself was asked to finish when the original author, Robert Jordan sadly died.

Sanderson knew early he wanted a long meta series of his own. He is a unique author and he goes out of his way to stay away from the basic and familiar fantasy story tropes that most authors use professionally. His unique magic systems are designed carefully with specific uses and rules. Each of his stories use magic in different ways and there are always more than one magic.

The Stormlight Archive is his ultimate meta story set on a fantastic worldbuilding masterpiece of a planet that is set in a meta worldbuilding juggernaut of a galaxy full of fantastical planets where the majority of his books take place.

Waste no more thought about finding a better story by your other favorite storyteller. Purchase "The Way of Kings." It's time to visit the planet Roshar, sit back and let this "Movie in your mind" break all your illusions of conventional storytelling.
Worth the patience by Mr Ryan P (Posted on 6/1/2018)
The story takes a minute to get rolling because sanderson takes time to build this cool world of storms and Spren for us. It started to take off right at the end of this section.
Amazing by Shandan (Posted on 5/27/2018)
Compelling characters, intriguing blend of magical artifacts and magic systems, and thorough world-building. Combined with GA narration, this is nothing short of fantastic.
Stormlight archives way of kings. by Stephen (Posted on 5/9/2018)
Starts slow but grabs the imagination, and gets better the farther you go.
Part 1 of many - A fantastic start by Ryan (Posted on 4/30/2018)
I don't think there is an author whose worlds, characters, and stories are a better fit for GraphicAudio than Brandon Sanderson. The Stormlight Archive is his most sweeping epic yet. With this being part 1 of book 1 of a planned 10 books total, his is designed to setup a couple decades worth of Sanderson's work and it does so magnificently. The characters are easy to identify with, and the world is just stunningly realized. GraphicAudio brings it to life in a way no other format can. If you love fantasy and are even remotely interested in this story, pick it up right now! You won't be disappointed.
The Start of Something Great by Tonya (Posted on 3/13/2018)
There is a lot to take in but stick with it because it is worth it.
Excellent by Travis (Posted on 3/4/2018)
From voice acting, to narration, and the music and sound effects, and great listen to, definitely what GA advertises as "a movie in your mind." Sanderson is one of my favorite fantasy authors, and I just love how GA brings his story to life.
Hooked by Norman (Posted on 2/26/2018)
This was a great kick off to the series. I was nearly immediately invested in every character.
the way of kings 1 of 5 by ricky (Posted on 2/15/2018)
Kalidan stormbless is going to be one of those hero you will not be able to get enough of no matter how much you read or hear I have read the first 3 books and have 2.4.5. of the way of kings and 1.2.4. of the words of radiance . I hope to get the rest . I can not get enough of these . thank you graphicaudio and Mr. Sanderson for such great story myself from 1 to 10 these are a 20! again thank you
Dylan Lynch by James Hogg (Posted on 1/16/2018)
I could listen to Dylan narrate the phonebook. He is the main reason I purchased ALL of GOLGOTHA. He is now the reason why I've purchase the 2nd book of this series...and before I have even finished book one?! I don't want there to be a single second between me finishing the first book and then continuing the story with book two! I expect this to be the case with every book in this set. If you get this book and tell me you didn't like it...I will eat my shoe!! The vast amount of characters is just amazing...love them all. So glad I found you GRAPHIC AUDIO. Forever a fan...thank you.
the way of kings by ricky (Posted on 1/15/2018)
can not get enough of the stormlight archive each time I play it. it's like the first time.
the way of kings 1 OF 5 by ricky (Posted on 1/11/2018)
What a way to begin is a great book you wont be able to stop
Can never listen an audio book ever again by Donald (Posted on 1/3/2018)
Graphic Audio has ruined me. I will never be able to listen to a boring audio book ever again. Simply having the sound effects of every little thing happening such as unsheathing a sword or dropping spheres into a pouch really helps the immersion.
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.

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