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

by Brandon Sanderson
Jul 20, 2016
8 Hours
7
978-1-62851-267-0
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, Andy Clemence, Robbie Gay, Lily Beacon, Tim Getman, Jeff Allin, Casie Platt, Terence Aselford, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Nora Achrati, Zoe Badovinac, , Gregory Linington, Bradley Smith, Danny Gavigan, Tim Pabon, James Konicwek, Richard Rohan, Ken Jackson, Evan Casey, Chris Davenport, Jonathan Feuer, Bruce Alan Rauscher, Andy Brownstein, Patrick Bussink, Scott Graham, Rose Elizabeth Supan, Mort Shelby, Michael Glenn, David Jourdan, Kimberly Gilbert, Thomas Penny, Paul Reisman, Thomas Keegan, Colleen Delany, Scott McCormick, Amanda Forstrom, Karen Novack, Eric Messner, Dawn Ursala and Joe Brack
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Johann Dettweiler
Dialogue Editors Johann Dettweiler
Sound Designers Johann Dettweiler
Original Theme Music Johann Dettweiler
Additional Original Music Johann Dettweiler
Cover Illustrator Alex Allen
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

I Ship Kaladin & Syl by Keri (Posted on 9/8/2018)
5 STARS - IT WAS AMAZING

What a way to finish the first book!

- The Fight at the Tower was EPIC especially Syl and Kaladin's bonding moment.

- Syl standing there watching Men's Betrayals was HEARTBREAKING

- Navani drawing the huge glyph in a prayer for Dalinar....I got chills and was a little teary-eyed.

- Dalinar keeping his word to the Bridgemen by spliting the Glyph with his sword to prove it.

- Dalinar making sure Elohkar knew who his real enemies were was so rewarding.

Ok, seriously, this is Brandon Sanderson. Really there isn't anything else to say. Oh, except that listening to a Brandon Sanderson book in graphic audio only makes things even more amazing.

Love these narrators! So worth the $$$!
the best of them all by David (Posted on 8/7/2018)
as normal my favorite person in the story is Kaldin. and they try out the way of fighting the Parshendi, . and it works they also help out Dalinar, as his army gets trap and a big suprice comes out of this. you will half to get the book to find out
Good story by Dillon (Posted on 7/4/2018)
every time the story switches between characters I want to skip ahead and continue there story but by the time the story does switch back I find that I almost don't want it to
Words of Radiance is now ready! Don't miss it now. by John (Posted on 6/18/2018)
Don't miss book 2, Words of Radiance, we learn alot more about Shallan's past. The Parshendi do something dreadful that changes the whole war and the highstorms. The Knights Radiant begin to gather power through spoken oaths. We learn more about the mysterious spren of Roshar. The climax of Book 2 will leave you spellbound as we continue to watch Kaladin get stronger and stronger. Do not miss.**

Award-winning author Brandon Sanderson was hugely inspired in 1990 when he picked up book 1 of the Wheel of Time series. A 14 book meta 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, this is it. 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 carefully designed with specific rules, uses and limitations. Each of his stories use magic in different ways and there are always more than one magic at work. His own creative superpower allows him to design these amazing worlds that are very little like our own world. His superpowers also allow him to write quickly. Several books each year, consistently.

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 Stormlight Archive." It's time to visit the planet Roshar, sit back and let this "Movie in your mind" break all your illusions of conventional storytelling.
Conclusion by Mr Ryan P (Posted on 6/1/2018)
Masterful writing by the best author in the industry. He is simply unmatched in his capacity to build various worlds with complex systems, characters, and histories that actually harmonize.
Stormlight archives way of kings by Stephen (Posted on 5/9/2018)
Truly amazing, the world realization, character devolpment, can't get enough. Really waiting for next book.
stormlight archive by Derrick (Posted on 4/30/2018)
I love everyone of these book! The best books I've listened to by far!
Stormblessed by Travis (Posted on 3/4/2018)
Amazing, simply amazing. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this while reading along with the book, it definitely enhanced my enjoyment of the book itself, by helping to bring the characters--and the world, too--to life. All the voice actors do amazing breathing life into their characters, from the leading roles, to the minor roles. Graphic Audio has done an excellent job of adapting this into a dramatic audio production. I hope they continue to collaborate with Brandon Sanderson in bring his stories to life so brilliantly. Sanderson's story is epic in scope and scale, and this production doesn't shy away from acknowledging and embracing that. With addition of sound effects to scenes helps to provide atmosphere to the events occurring on the page. The music fits perfectly. At one point, I even got goosebumps from the perfect combination of narration, dialogue and music. A wonderful listen. We are all Stormblessed to have this production.
The Way of Kings 5 of 5 by Norman (Posted on 2/26/2018)
The ending! What a fantastic way to go. From start to finish this has been a treat.
Cannot put it down!!! by James Hogg (Posted on 2/11/2018)
I can't remember rooting for someone more than I do for Kaladin. I listen in the morning while getting ready for work, while driving to work, during my lunch break, driving home.. seriously...I've got it bad GA. My 1st love was Golgotha. Couldn't imagine anything as good or even better but with using your new stream feature...I listen on my smart phone everyday and now I'm finding myself in love with Stormlight as much as I was in love with Golgotha. Here's to you GA...what a difference you've made. Gotta go...I've got more Stormlight to listen to!!
the way of kings 5 OF 5 by ricky (Posted on 1/11/2018)
what a way to end this part of the book can not wait for the next
Production Value insane by Donald (Posted on 1/3/2018)
The production value is insane. The battles have an immersive feel and it must have taken months to record some of these scenes with the proper sound effects. Put on some nice headphones, sit in a comfy bucket seat, and just lay back and be inside the battle. You feel enveloped in the midst of battle. Its quite a wild ride.
A World of Facinating Powers by Armand (Posted on 11/12/2017)
Gosh I don't want this to end! Tons of action and very deep character development. One finds themselves engrossed like a movie.... but it's better and longer!!!

A very excellent intro to a new Fantasy Series. by Matthew (Posted on 1/26/2017)
Listening to this audiobook while I read the Stormlight Archive was a very good idea. I was able to follow along better and not fall asleep as often when I read. Plus I was able to draw the characters and scenes in my mind. Brandon Sanderson is now one of my newest authors to read.
Great! by Matt (Posted on 12/26/2016)
Highly recommended. The voice acting is top notch, the sound effects are fitting and the music adds good emotion to it all.
Excellent by Chase (Posted on 10/21/2016)
Amazing finale to the first book. On to the second book now.
That ending. by ryan (Posted on 9/2/2016)
This was an awesome book and i am so excited for the next one. I am tempted to just go out an by the book so i dont have to wait but the voice acting was so good and the music was so awesome i feel like it just wouldnt be the same to read it.
Book 1 by justin (Posted on 8/28/2016)
Good book
outstounding book by Jakob (Posted on 8/23/2016)
I have to say I loved the entire set of this book. I really hope Graphicaudio continues with the next installment.
The Ways of Radiance by John (Posted on 8/18/2016)
Well done! After some bumps and bruises we have the best part of Way of Kings done the best way. I will tune in for Words of Radiance after all.

Some criticisms and suggestions for the next book:

Sigzil - Wrong tone for this ex-Worldsinger, This character needs the voice of an educated scholarly man similar to the actor who played Sazed in Mistborn, exactly the same actor.

Cosmere - To the production team: Several people in The Stormlight Archive appear in other Sanderson novels (Mistborn, Elantris, Warbreaker to name a few) When we hear a Mistborn character on Roshar he shouldn't have another voice should he? If you want to reinforce the congruity of the cosmere across your own catalog, then some investigation at The 17th Shard and/or The Coppermind fan sites will give you the details to match actor for actor going forward.

Artwork - Your artwork team has done some terrific work on all these parts. 4 and 5 have issues, but I will give you a pass with the artwork done on 2 and 3. Shardplate and Shardblades should be all artwork going forward, I just jest.

Elhokar Kholin - I had hoped that Elhokar's actor would make him sound more like he sounds in Book 2, so there isn't such drastic swings book to book.

Author Changes - The last part of Words of Radiance should not follow the book word for word. I am not sure if you know but Brandon Sanderson has made some changes to the novel, most notably the end scene between Szeth and Kaladin. You should likely contact the author for the latest changes throughout Words of Radiance before you begin recording. Also a phonetic list of pronunciations would be helpful going forward as well. It's grating on the eardrums to hear the name of a city or person completely mangled.

Thank you Graphic Audio for being the best studio for this adaptation of these novels.

Buy this part if you want to sample the best part of the whole book. It will be worth it.

Best so far by Michelle (Posted on 8/10/2016)
This part has been the best so far. I have to agree with some other reviewers in saying that the person playing Kaladin finally did start to match him better and I am happy about that. I have already read the books and listening to them has just made the experience that much better! Can not wait until the Words of Radiance installment comes out!!
In closing by rippling_Fire (Posted on 8/3/2016)
I prefer stories with substace and Stromlight archive does not disapoint. The theosophical idea are well dilivered and as such are easy to digest. The framework onto which the ideas are molded is somewhat unequal to the weight of them at times and gives a haunting feeling of imbalance. I attribute this to the complexity of presenting such abstract concepts. Overall I feel my money was well spent. I applaude Mr Sanderson and the GA cast for thier efforts. These works are a refuge for the caos we call civilized society, and regardless of critiques I continue to be greatfull for finding this intelectial oasis.
An absolutely breathtaking masterwork by Amy (Posted on 7/30/2016)
This entire production has blown me away. The scope is massive, and every single actor and actress were perfect, as well as the story being expertly intricate. I cannot wait to listen to your production of Words of Radiance (if and when it's recorded.)
Great. by tyler (Posted on 7/29/2016)
This last part was great. Keep it up.
And now the hard part, waiting for "Words of Radiance. by Evelyn (Posted on 7/26/2016)
The scenes in part five are what changed "The Way of Kings" from a good book to a great one, making it one of my personal favorites. Ever since I learned Graphic Audio would be making a dramatization of this book, these were the scenes I looked forward to listening to the most. Because it is my favorite part, the bar was set highest for part 5. Graphic Audio met the challenge.

Robbie Gay was Fantastic. He finally got the right tone with Kaladin in part three and kept it until the end of part five. Please tell me he is reprising the role for "Words of Radiance." My favorite through all the parts has been Tim Getman as Adolin, but Robbie performance equaled Tim's in this part.

As I said, Tim's performance was, and still is, my favorite in all the five parts, except part five where he tied with Robbie. I think I loved it so much because he took a character I didn't really care for in "The Way of Kings" before and made him one of my favorite parts of this audio play. He also must return for book two. I want to hear Robbie and him argue the many disagreements Adolin and Kaladin have in the next book. I also want to hear him flirt with Casie Platt's Shallan.

Casie did an excellent job as Shallan. I have liked her throughout, and I want her back performing with Robbie and Tim for Words of Radiance.

Andy Clemence as Dalanar remained a pleasure to listen to as well.

Basically, I hope you have the whole cast back for the next book.

My only disappointments with the overall piece are slight nitpicks. The cover art of parts four and five are not accurate representations of Szeth or Eshonai. The Thaylens in one part of the recording are depicted as French and in another as Indian. Kaladin remembers his brother saying something in part three that we find out in part five was said by someone else. These are small things, and they will not lower my rating. The Stormlight books are long, and I understand it is hard to keep things straight. Still, it would be nice if the team on Words of Radiance tries to keep a better eye out for such details. There were mistakes in the first audio recording of "The Way of Kings" and I was delighted to hear some of those mistakes fixed in this recording.

Overall this was a wonderful experience. It will be hard waiting for "Words of Radiance." I hope the wait will not be too long.

Thanks for making these recordings. I know I will enjoy them for years to come.
Absolutely Perfect by Cassiopeia (Posted on 7/25/2016)
This last part of The Way of Kings had me nervous. Out of all the other sections, this one is the most volatile. It has the official start of the DaNavi romance, Shallan vs Jasnah, and of course, Kaladin's greatest conflict-save the light eyes, or let them die? As I've said in previous reviews, several of the voices weren't quite what I'd hoped for while others have risen to the challenge.

In regards to Navani, one of my only real problems with this adaptation, I am extremely happy to say that the actress has now come fully into her role. She did a fantastic job capturing the inner turmoil of Navani's love for Dalinar as well as balancing her odd parental love for her kids that swings between 'he's an idiot' to 'how dare you insult my idiot child!'

The scenes between Navani and Dalinar were especially well done and I was perfectly thrilled by the portrayal of Dalinar in the scene with the kiss. His actor is one I've been happy with since the beginning, but he really nailed this entire section.

Robbie Gay has also impressed me by stepping fully into the part of Kaladin Stormblessed. Now, whenever I read The Way of Kings or Words of Radiance, it's Robbie Gay that I hear in my head when Kaladin speaks.

Another character who I haven't really touched on in the past, but have greatly enjoyed since his first appearance, is Lopen. I love his voice actor and his portrayal of the character. He's definitely one of my favorite parts of the series and I'm very happy with how he's been handled.

I sincerely hope Stormlight 2 makes an appearance soon as I'm positive that, now that the actors have their characters down, it will be an even better adaptation than The Way of Kings. And considering how well this whole project was handled, that is sincerely saying something.
The Great Spiritual Action Climax! by Scott Pike (Posted on 7/25/2016)
It was worth listening to again for a third time to listen to all of the book together for this fantastic part five of the first Stormlight Archive book.
I can't say much about this piece without giving a lot away since this part would be the climax of the book. The journey we started with Kalading at the beginning of the book and the one we started with Dalinor reachs a crescendo of action, passion and the spiritual nature of man overcoming the the dark and troubled nature of the world. The ending and these scenes are some of the best in fantasy and some of the most ennobling in fantasy and science fiction in what I think of when is all of our fantasy fiction. After reading and now listening to the Graphic Audio edition I felt more hopeful, more noble and more inclined to to do good and to overcome my problems. This is what books and movies should do for us. My religious tradition has a saying in it, "If anything encourages a man to do good,ennobles the spirit it is of God." This work is certainly that though it has nothing of our religions, but the heart of what we should all ask and how we should all live. If you haven't tried this series yet do yourself a great gestures and listen to it and share it with your friends.
The plot has some interesting shocking twist at the end for the assassin ending in this book and for Shallon. Shallon's story is mostly preparation and her struggle really gets expressed in the next book. If they make book to on Graphic Audio I will definitely buy it.
So Good! by Lionel (Posted on 7/22/2016)
Wow, nobody today in my opinion can do action scenes like Brandon Sanderson. I was glued to the seat in my car once it started, and sat in my driveway for over an hour after I got home. You will know when I mean once it happens. Absolutely brilliant! The build up over the previous 4 parts to this was necessary and worth every minute. I cannot give enough stars for this part!
Great job again Graphic Audio in bringing this to life!
Now please do Words of Radiance. I'll be buying it the moment it comes out.
Riveting and Left me Thirsty for More by Anyel Zuberi Fields (Posted on 7/21/2016)
This series hands down was one of if not the best series I've experienced in the theater in my mind. I was fortunate enough for a friend to lend me the first three parts and I was hooked in the first 5 minutes from part one. The writing and audio production were top notch.

The voice acting and narration overall was amazing, there were a few weak charecters but overall a solid cast and the passion Andy Clemence put into his character had me replaying many of his deep and passionate moments. This was definitely the best out of the 5 if I had to pick one.

I could not put the head phones down on this one. Bought it this morning finished it on my way home from work. I will definetly play this one again. I almost feel like I want to get others to listen to it, thats what happens when we experience something of great worth.

I implore you to make more of this series
The Stormlight Archive by Frank (Posted on 7/21/2016)
I'm a over the road truck driver and I listen to the Graphic Audio series to help me stay awake. The Stormlight Archive is PHENOMENAL! I also have ALL 57 of the Rouge Angel's, All of the Fallen Blade's, All of the Kelvin Of Rud's, All of Silver's, All of Mistwalker's, All of The Shadow Saga's, All of The Saga of the First King's, and All three of Necktropolis on CD. I have a few others as well. I love how well the stories are put together and voiced by different people. It really is a movie in my mind, and I wouldn't be able to cross the many miles I have to travel on a daily basis without the help of Graphic Audio. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, for being there for me, and with me as I truck across the country!

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