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

by Brandon Sanderson
Oct 17, 2016
8 Hours
978-1-62851-294-6
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, Tim Getman as Adolin Kholin, Maggie Donnely as Tyn, Andy Clemence as Dalinar Kholin, Chris Genebach as Pattern and Nora Achrati as Syl. With David Jourdan, Michael Glenn, Jacob Yeh, Jeff Allin, Lily Beacon, Karen Novack, Gregory Linington, Lincoln Zada, Christopher Walker, Bradley Smith, Bill Gillett, Thomas Keegan, Matthew Keenan, Rex Anderson, Thomas Penny, Brian Hemmingsen, Stephon Walker, Dani Stoller, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Cameron McNary, Tim Pabon, Mort Shelby, Rose Elizabeth Supan, Tia Shearer, Bruce Alan Rauscher, James Konicek, Christopher Graybill, Chris Davenport, Kimberly Gilbert, Alejandro Ruiz, Elizabeth Jernigan, John Dow, Richard Rohan, Michael John Casey, Chris Stinson, Jonathan Feuer, Scott McCormick, Todd Scofield, Ken Jackson, Faith Potts, Nanette Savard and Terence Aselford
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 and Lara Supan
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

Journey Before Destination by Keri (Posted on 9/8/2018)
5 STARS - IT WAS AMAZING

We've reached the assassination attempt.

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 $$$!
More! by Norman (Posted on 7/9/2018)
I'm so glad this story has so far to go. I fell in love with the Shallan's character and the strange sprin, Pattern.
Great Book by Chase (Posted on 6/19/2018)
Great addition to the series.
Great writting by Mr Ryan P (Posted on 6/1/2018)
Cool magic system which the sound effects bring to light bathe actors really make it come to life.
Stormlight archives words of radiance by Stephen (Posted on 5/9/2018)
The interplay of characters is amazing, love the twists and turns of the plot, constantly relistening to the whole series with each new rendition.
Stormlight archives way of kings by Stephen (Posted on 5/9/2018)
Keeps getting better and better, acting and narration are awesome.
Just Keeps Getting Better by Travis (Posted on 3/4/2018)
Love, love, love Nora Achrati as Syl. She brings that precious spren to life just so beautifully. I always love it when Syl and Kaladin talk together. Nora brings such life and enthusiasm to the role that I wished I had a Syl of my own. Kudos to the team for coming up with melodies for the Parshendi songs. I got goosebumps when Shallan and Kaladin finally met. Been waiting a long time for that. Sanderson story just keeps getting better and better as all the separate characters from book 1 start to converge in the Shattered Plains. The voice actors have made me care far more about the characters than I did when they were simply words on a page. That deserves many kudos. Well done. Great adaption of Sanderson's epic novel.
Props to the sound team by Donald (Posted on 1/21/2018)
The sound team deserves praise for the way Pattern's voice fluctuates. Also, for the way Eshonai sings, as well as all the melodies of all the excerpts from the Song of Listenings. They created melodies for each attunement, something you would not get an an ordinary audiobook.
Words of Radiance (2 of 5) by ricky (Posted on 1/11/2018)
WOW!!! better and better
A World of Facinating Powers by Armand (Posted on 11/12/2017)
Your heart will get tugged, the characters are alive, the production is outstanding! I wish I could go to this world and witness it first hand, but this is pretty close to it!
Brilliant by Amy (Posted on 1/30/2017)
I continue to be entranced by this book. So much is learned by the end of this part. Casie Platt continues to astonish me as Shallan. Her performance shines, making her a contender for favorite character and actor in this book. I still love Kal, although he worries me. I'm so fascinated by Eshonai. I can't wait to continue.
Page Turner by Victor (Posted on 1/11/2017)
As an OTR trucker, if I were reading the book I would be very late to pick ups and deliveries.
Captivating by robert (Posted on 1/5/2017)
Once again the story pulls me in demanding that I keep listening. The actors have been doing a fabulous job and I love listening to them on my cross country drives. My only complaint is there seems to be a slight bit of a transition problem on disc 6 when the Radiant of old return, Thus it gives the impression of bouncing around a bit. Otherwise, well done and I can hardly wait to finish the rest.
This is Shallans part! by Patrik (Posted on 1/3/2017)
She has a really memorable encounter with a certain female con-artist and we also see her start to make practice of the trade herself.
awesome by Lionel (Posted on 11/1/2016)
Well Shallan finally starts to come into herself in this part. Really liked how she transforms basically. What a great part to the book.
Getting pumped for the next part, especially since the announcement that these masterpieces (Cosmere novels), will be put onto the big screen, with Sandersons DMG deal. Hope they can do the series justice, as you people at Graphic Audio have done.
Great Part 2 by Scott Pike (Posted on 10/19/2016)
This was a good addition. Now remember that this is part two of a 5 part book so we don't have the great highs a lows of previous installments but as part of the overall series there are some heartwarming and enobling moments with some of our heros and so wretched moments with our villians like Sadieus, if that is how his name is spelled. I really missed this story waiting for this part to get done. Like always this series is money well spent.

In Book 2 Part 2 we really start to learn about Shallons history with her family and father and the often refrences but very little explained carpet red but once white. In first book we saw the trials and tragedies of Kalladins life but I think that with Shallown it will be even more personal and and heart wrenching because its not just outward forces trying to grind her down but things happening in her own family, made more tragic not from intntional evil but the more common misunderstandings and lack of communication common in all famlies. When she overcomes it that also makes triumphs more amazing in someways than Kaladins.

Meanwhile we learn more about this war and whats its cost the common soldiers of Altera and their country while seeing the effects of the war and their risky experiment has on the Parshendi.
I could talk more on a lot of aspects of this book. Even in sections one of Brandon Sanderson's books is like a meal with many courses while other books are like very tasty but not very filling junk food. No offense to other others sometimes I'm in a junk food mood but other time I like a whole meal.
Looke forward to the next three sections as well as part 2 of Bands of Mourning in the Mistborn series.
My hope is since they are soon catching up to the books Sanderson had done in his own epic fantasy that they'll start doing Wheel of Time. The peope at GA have certainly proven than can do long epic fantasy with works like Mistborn, Stormligh, Demon Wars, Demon Cycle and Deathstalker.
Fantastic by Cassiopeia (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Another well done edition to the GA library. I loved the interaction between Kaladin and Shallan, particularly in their 'Horneater Princess' scene. The true horror and shock in Kaladin's voice when she named him a 'Stealer of women's virtue' was truly fantastic. Again, they rose to the occasion in the altercation outside the Highprinces' meeting chamber with Robbie Gay being particularly intriguing. He was so cool during the whole exchange but the sudden fierceness he displayed when Shallan attacked his parents was riveting. It made me tense.

As far as complaints...well, it's not so much a complaint as a disappointment. In the first book we had Galladon appear, voiced by the same actor from Elantris, so I was very excited for Zahel--whom Brandon Sanderson has officially identified as Vasher from Warbreaker--except it wasn't Vasher's voice. The acting was well done, as I've come to expect from GA, but every time he spoke I couldn't help but think "This is Kelsier", except he's not Kelsier, he's Vasher. It was very distracting.

Otherwise, another great adaptation--though there were a few instances of the characters thinking in third-person--and I'm greatly looking forward to the next installment.
Excellent by Evelyn (Posted on 10/18/2016)
This is the part when all the players are finally on the same stage and it is a delight to listen to. I have been looking forward to these scenes for as long as I have known Words of Radiance would be performed by Graphic Audio. I know that it will only get better.

Shallan takes lead in this book and Cassie Platt has met the challenge. I love her Shallan and hearing her word play with Robbie Gay's Kaladin is everything I hoped it would be. We even got a bit of her speaking with Tim Getman's Adolin. They are going to be great together in the next part as their relationship starts to blossom. Everyone is doing great.

It's not perfect but with a work like this, it is more than good enough. It's wonderful. I can't wait for more, even though I have to.

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