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Stormlight Archive
2 : Words of Radiance (1 of 5)

by Brandon Sanderson
Sep 19, 2016
8 Hours
978-1-62851-284-7
Ages 13+
Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.

Now the Assassin is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin's master has much deeper motives.

Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status "darkeyes." Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.

Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.
 

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Director & Cast

Director Rose Elizabeth Supan
Starring Dylan Lynch as Narrator, Casie Platt as Shallan Davar, Robbie Gay as Kaladin Stormblessed, Zoe Badovinac as Jasnah Kholin, Yasmin Tuazon as Rysn and Andy Clemence as Dalinar Kholin. With Chris Genebach, Karen Novack, Nora Achrati, Tim Getman, Bob Payne, Ken Jackson, Lily Beacon, Mort Shelby, Evan Casey, Andy Brownstein, Kimberly Gilbert, Terence Aselford, Todd Scofield, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Tim Pabon, Chris Davenport, Michael Glenn, Lincoln Zada, Gregory Linington, Jeff Allin, Steven Carpenter, David Jourdan, Matthew Keenan, Elizabeth Jernigan, Bruce Alan Rauscher, Richard Rohan, Dani Stoller, Scott McCormick, Thomas Keegan, Colleen Delany, Dylan Lynch, Patrick Bussink, Christopher Walker, Nanette Savard, Nanna Ingvarsson, James Konicek, Bill Gillett, Chris Stinson, Nick DePinto, Rose Elizabeth Supan, Michael John Casey, Thomas Penny, Deidra Starnes, Lise Bruneau, Christopher Scheeren, Dawn Ursala and Laura C. Harris
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. Parshendi Listener Songs music by Lara Supan with vocals by Tracy Lynn Olivera.
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
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

This segment of the audio takes us from Kaladin taking his place alongside Dalinar to Adolin's first duel. Shallan is also on her way to the Shattered Plains but has ended up diverted. And the Parshendi POV is interesting and has provided some much needed info.

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 $$$!
Dazzling! by Gene (Posted on 8/20/2018)
Wonderful performances all around, great sound effects and the music is incredible, worthy of a Hollywood score! I’m always so sad when it’s over.
Amazing by Norman (Posted on 7/9/2018)
The slow builds are always worth the pay off. Just when you think you have a handle on who is good and who is bad. They give more insight on the other side. The music is just sensational.
Great Book by Chase (Posted on 6/19/2018)
Great addition to the series.
Action packed by Mr Ryan P (Posted on 6/1/2018)
I love the Stormlight series. So much depth. I love how he uses the interludes to intro side characters for us. Very cool set up
Stormlight archives words of radiance by Stephen (Posted on 5/9/2018)
Been waiting on this one, this series is addictive. Far better than most I've heard.
Fantastic Production by Jason (Posted on 5/7/2018)
The production quality of these books are amazing. The music entwined with the story really puts you into the story.
Great Start to Book 2 by Travis (Posted on 3/4/2018)
As always, GA brings us a high quality production. The story just keeps getting better and better with twists I did not see coming. I tip my hat to Mr. Sanderson, he is definitely my new favorite fantasy author. I read along as I listen so it's a treat to hear the story come to life right off the page. All the character sound how I'd expect them too. The sound effects enhance the scenes, especially the shard blade training sessions, it makes the sparing easier to follow.
Words of Radiance (1 of 5) by ricky (Posted on 2/20/2018)
Kalidan stormbless and Shallan and the rest are going to be some 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
Words of Radiance (1 of 5) by ricky (Posted on 1/11/2018)
did not think it could get any better
Sparring Match was very articulate by Donald (Posted on 1/9/2018)
The sparring matches sounded like a real sparring match. It was very easy to follow, despite all the quick movements and descriptions. This scene is really is a "Movie in your Mind"
Blown away by Peter (Posted on 11/14/2017)
Top quality production. I planned to only listen to the book when I was biking to work and back, but I turned out to be inclined to not listen to this very engaging story while I was home supposed to do other tasks.
A World of Facinating Powers by Armand (Posted on 11/12/2017)
More background and character details revealed! Hooked and netted on this series! Outstanding production!
Graphic Audio wins! by Matt (Posted on 1/30/2017)
A great story coupled with top notch voice acting
Epic opening to an epic book by Amy (Posted on 1/25/2017)
This was an excellent opening to this book. I am so engrossed in this book, as well as this series.
Great title! by Johlene (Posted on 1/24/2017)
An awesome story brought to life in an intriguing format. I love that I'm now able to paint, exercise or do anything else while listening to the books.
Nice the release came so close to the last book! by Patrick (Posted on 1/3/2017)
All actors have now learned their characters close to perfection and the sound and music really feels like it could win an Oscar if this had been a movie outside of your mind...
slow by rafael (Posted on 12/8/2016)
I don't know but this book is slow or maybe they all were. It takes so long for things to happen by the time it does I've lost interest.
AWESOME by Lionel (Posted on 10/3/2016)
Just love this part to book 2. They seem to have perfected the music, as it is perfect for this book. Adolins duel with the electric guitar intro reminded me of Spartacus when he went in the ring. So much awesomeness! Just buy it if you have listened to "Way of Kings", you won't regret it.
The Saga is Awesome!! by Scott (Posted on 9/26/2016)
It was uprising that they'd continue the next book so soon after just completing the last book but I'm not complaining. This part 1 of book 2 is a nice opening. We see more points of view in the world as we see the different regions, nations and cultures that pervade the world of Roshar. We get to see how alien and bizarre some of the life on Roshar is compared to our life on Earth. We also finally get introduced to the alien antagonists of the first book, the Parshendi and how they think hand how similar and different they are from humans. With that we get some greater hints about the history of the world that has been lost to time and the players behind the events efforts to hide certain truths about the worlds history.

If the first books was about Kaladin and his back story as the main protagonist this one has a much sharper focus on Shallon and her family's history. For those who haven't read the book you are in for a emotional ride.

Five stars for this one, I'd give it more except it is both not possible and only part one came out.
Good by tyler (Posted on 9/26/2016)
Glad to have this book continue. Bit of a slow start but it will pick up now. Keep it up.
Storm light by William (Posted on 9/23/2016)
I absolutely love this series it has captivated my imagination from the beginning
Stormlight is BACK! by Shawn (Posted on 9/21/2016)
Time to adjust your equalizer, Stormlight Archive is back! (my booming bass & subwoofers do not agree with these books) I recommend setting your equalizers to look like the T-mobile logo, with low bass, default mids, high treble for clear voices and effects. Apply a bass booster after if necessary, but I find that it gets pretty muddy. Luckily my car stereo has two custom presets, so I have a "music" set and a "GraphicAudio" set.

This review is SPOILER-free!

First off, there are a couple of editing errors. A few rough edits here and there, but there are several minutes of great audio in between so I don't mind. If GraphicAudio is interested in making fixes (I'm not sure if they do this) I can take more detailed notes & timecode of these errors in the future.

@00:20 great re-hash of the prologue of Book 1. The sound design that accompanies the "glass beads" description (no spoilers) really makes this section something better than you would ever experience in a regular reading or audible listen. The music is epic.
@00:40 narrator is slow, takes time. They haven't sped it up in post, as they have in previous titles. Dialogue in this section is great, and sounds just like the sea.
@00:50 This scene drags on for a while, in standard Sanderson fashion. Still, as a second listen, I notice a lot of small details I missed before. The footsteps here are a great touch!
@1:15-ish We finally pick up with Cal after the last novel.
@2:00 I'm reminded how great the original music is for this series.
@4:40 I love the exchange between "characters" here, made much more meaningful in this format than regular Audible.
@5:20 a new perspective, this is probably one of the sections with broader implications for the series. I was wondering if Sanderson gave GraphicAudio any notes on how to handle this new "culture" (no spoilers here!) but maybe it was up to interpretation.
@7:00 Without a doubt my favorite part of this book was all of Adolin's duels. You get JUST A TASTE of these at the end of this part, and it definitely does the part justice. I loved it, and was disappointed when the book ended. I love the almost electric-guitar feel when he walks into the ring, can't wait for more.

All in all, this was a great production. Just keep in mind that Sanderson's style is slow to start, and always leads up to a big finish, though having read this book before, I can promise there are plenty of moments of excitement and action throughout. I hope GraphicAudio does all 10 books, if/when they are released, as this would be a great thing to have archived.
That was Awesome by Evelyn (Posted on 9/20/2016)
Words of Radiance is my favorite Sanderson book. The opening section came to life with this production. I loved the presentation of Pattern and the Listeners. Now the hard part. Waiting for part two. I guess I could listen through The Way of Kings again in the meantime.
Love this series by Ricky (Posted on 9/19/2016)
Great series to listen to. Got so distracted I missed my exit

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