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

by Brandon Sanderson
Jan 30, 2017
7 Hours
7
978-1-62851-323-3
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 the Narrator, Robbie Gay as Kaladin Stormblessed, Andy Clemence as Dalinar Kholin, Casie Platt as Shallan Davar, Tim Getman as Adolin Kholin, Richard Rohan as King Taravangian, Bradley Smith as Szeth-son-son-Vallano and Thomas Penny as Meridas Amaram. With Lily Beacon, Gregory Linington, Chris Genebach, Michael John Casey, Nanette Savard, James Konicek, Scott McCormick, Chris Davenport, Lincoln Zada, Nora Achrati, Ken Jackson, Todd Scofield, Tim Pabon, Brian Hemmingsen, Karen Novack, Eric Messner, David Jourdan, Maggie Donnelly, Jeff Allin, Marni Penning, Zoe Badovinac, Matthew Keenan, Sasha Olinick, Terence Aselford, Evan Casey, Joe Mallon, David Coyne, Jonathan Feuer, Kimberly Gilbert, Dani Stoller, Christopher Graybill, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Christopher Walker, Michael Glenn, Audrey Bertaux, Danny Gavigan, Christopher Scheeren, Nick DePinto, Mort Shelby, Rose Elizabeth Supan, Colleen Delany, Amanda Forstrom, Dawn Ursula, Al Twanmo, James Lewis, Matthew McGee, Jacob Yeh, Bill Gillett, Stephon Walker and Bruce Alan Rauscher
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

Incredible finale. Can't wait for Oathbringer to be available in GA.

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 $$$!
Words of Radiance (5 of 5) by ricky (Posted on 8/1/2018)
still only have 3 of the audio books 1,2,5, can not wait to get the other 2 hope for a sale soon
Great Book by Chase (Posted on 6/19/2018)
Great book from an amazing author. GA does the series justice.
Perfect ending by Mr Ryan p (Posted on 6/1/2018)
This was beyond amazing, it was the perfect ending and Segway into the next book. Exciting acting, sound effects are great.
Utterly Fantastic by Travis (Posted on 3/18/2018)
Wow! Just wow! This was amazing. Utterly fantastic. Andy Clemence was brilliant as Dalinar, as were Robbie Gay (as Kaladin) and Casie Platt (as Shallan). They sold their performances brilliant. When Kaladin finally realized his true potential and embraced his powers I literally had goosebumps. The big battle between the Parshendi and the Alethi was amazing to listen to. The voice acting, narration, sound effects, and music were all spot on, capturing the epic climax perfectly. Kudos to the GA team for coming up with eerie and strong song of the Parshendi, that would make me quake in my boots if I were an Alethi soldier.

I love fantasy books that are epic in scale with vast world and numerous characters, and Sanderson's works always live up to the expectation. The characters of grounding, that makes them real and relatable while existing in another world. I highly look forward to returning to this world when Graphic Audio releases OATHBRINGER.
Words of Radiance (5 of 5) by ricky (Posted on 1/11/2018)
what a way to stop you just want more
Great Closing Act by Evan (Posted on 1/10/2018)
Intense! GA really brings it to life.
A World of Facinating Powers by Armand (Posted on 11/15/2017)
Oh boy, I hate to give away anything in my remarks, but this whole book, especially the the last part will surprise you, make you angry, happy, sad, cautious, and just plain roll you around. The ending is great and leaves tons of room for the following books! I am hooked on this as hard as Deathlands and others.

OUTSTANDING piece of work considering the tons of character parts and it has great flow and continuity. Brilliant production as always, truly a movie in your mind!

And it isn't over! Book 3 is released! Can't wait for GA to do their thing with it!
Magnificent and stunning! by TS Chan (Posted on 11/2/2017)
Words of Radiance exceeded all expectations even after the masterpiece that was The Way of Kings.

Even with just two books, I am calling The Stormlight Archive my favourite heroic epic fantasy series and I have the books in every format imaginable - physical, ebook, audiobook and finally Graphic Audio.

It is said that the magic of reading the book the first time is something that only occurs once. Well I have to say that with the Graphic Audio production, with a superb soundtrack worthy of the likes of Howard Shore and the outstanding cast, I was able to relive the magic all over again.

It goes without saying that I will continue to invest in the Graphic Audio of future Stormlight books. I just don't know how I am able to go back to the normal audiobook for Oathbringer coming out 14th Nov.

To the Graphic Audio team, please produce Oathbringer as soon as possible!
Words of Radience Part 5 by Shaheen (Posted on 9/8/2017)
This is for the series as whole with a special emphasis on part 5 of the GA performances. I was blown away! Seriously, I have never enjoyed an audio performance of a novel like this one. i am admittedly a huge fan of Sanderson's work, but if anything you would think that would make me even more critical of this version. No, it's fantastic. It's left me with the burning desire for more. So much so that I'm going on to Mistborn, pardon me, while I go plunge even further into the Cosmere!
Brilliant by Josh (Posted on 6/15/2017)
I couldn't recommend GA more. This might be the best audio book yet. Now, please do secret history by Brandon Sanderson!
Loved it by Dalton (Posted on 5/19/2017)
I'm in love with this series and my one and only complaint is that the coder art for part 4 and 5 should be switched as the scenes they depict are in the wrong set....
The stormlight Archive Words of radi by Ronnie (Posted on 5/18/2017)
Very good cant what till the next set the length of the book very good I felt like I felt like I got my moneys worth. keep up the good work
Simply the Best! by Lionel (Posted on 2/10/2017)
I think these adaptations could be my favorite on the site. The voices are perfect, the music isn't overwhelming and adds to the drama. You guys really excelled on this one. Now please do "Arcanum Unbounded" as I don't know if I can wait until the next book is out... need... more.... Sanderson!
Awesome Adaptation by Venecia (Posted on 2/7/2017)
I truly enjoyed this entire book. I love the music, the sound effects, the characters sound exactly how I imagined them in my head. I especially love Pattern, I didn't really care for Pattern as a character when I was reading the book, but as an audio character he really grew on me.

Thanks Graphic Audio!

Now if you guys can do Arcanum Unbounded, or at least Edgedancer, my Brandon Sanderson - Graphic Audio craving will be satisfied, at least until Oathbringer comes out in November!
GA is Amazing! by Shawn (Posted on 2/7/2017)
I love this series and I love this book in particular. I cannot wait for the next one, though i know it will have to go through Audble first, wait a few months, and then hopefully GA will come out with the adaptation!

This is not a review of the entire book (5 parts) just my quick thoughts on this part (5 of 5).

Part 5 in particular is a good capstone. Sanderson always has an epic climax towards the end of his books, and GA does it justice.

There is a lot of location-skipping in this part, too, and GA handles it well.

The music is great, the acting is great, they didn't let me down at all. And I'd have to say, some characters that kind of annoyed me (Navani) ended up not being so bad in this one.

This part has a lot of voilence, possibly the most of all parts. I'm not even sure why you're reading this review, if you've listened to parts 1-4 you're going to buy this part and you're going to enjoy it.
Strom light archive by dean (Posted on 2/7/2017)
This a great series. I just downloaded the next three I'm excited about them!
A beautiful, heartbreaking, bombastic conclusion by Amy (Posted on 2/6/2017)
Oh. My. God. I have no words other than WOW. This part blew me away. The entire book has been consistently fantastic, but this was a BREATHTAKING conclusion. I mean, damn. This was such a brilliant adaptation, I am so glad Graphic Audio made ot. I truly hope you adapt Oathbringer when it comes out (so long a wait...). It would also be fantastic for the Arcanum Unbounded to be adapted, which happens to have SA 2.5
A fantastic ending to a fantastic book! by Patrick (Posted on 2/5/2017)
This is then tenth part of this book series, the actors have grown into their roles and the sound design have been honed into perfection. I cannot imagine a Hollywood production or even an HBO-production of these books to come even close to the experience you have by listening to the Graphic Audio production!

While we wait for the next book, can Graphic Audio please also do an adaption of the novella "Edgedancer"? It's one of the novellas found in the collection called "Arcanum Unbounded" and gives the history about one of the characters introduced in "Word of Radiance".

At the end of the book you will find that while some threads have been brought to an end, there are a lot of interesting turns of events which are gearing up for a very exciting continuation - including a very interesting connection to another book by Brandon Sanderson. I look forward to a future discussion in Oathbringer on how to actually recognize and "destroy some evil"! :-)

Climax by John (Posted on 2/5/2017)
Words of Radiance Part Climax!!

Finally GA delivers part 5, which, is mostly the Climax of the Knights Radiant so far. Easily worth the fee. This is the payoff for all the work Kaladin and Shallan have done so far to rebuild the Knights Radiant.

Love it mostly entirely. Mostly due to the king. Yup, Elhokar's actor just didn't make him the whiny little malcontent of a too young 20-something king ascended far too soon. It's as if he just read the words right off the page. Boo! The other actors make up for the king though, especially, the "villain" Szeth who really really brought the crazy to his character's fractured mind.

Thank you Graphic Audio for acting out the newest version of the book with the altered fight between Szeth and Kaladin.

May you receive Oathbringer soon enough to have part 1 ready for when the Hardcover is released. Thank all the actors, give them a raise, except Elhokar.

Eagerly waiting,
JOHN

Excellent review EVELYN, thank you.
End of Super Great book by Scott (Posted on 2/4/2017)
Part 4 and Part 5 of this book have been a emotional roller coaster of tragedy triumph and the strength to go on. With the startling revelation of last parts about Shallons personal tragic past and this part where Kaledin struggles to know what is right and his ascension to a true if still incomplete Knight Radiant this was awesome in the power of the story, the talent of the voice actors and the sound and music design for this book. Very few other books in Graphic Audio live up so completely to the phrase a "movie in your mind". It seemed that they did extra work to build the world with the dialogue and sound and music for this part and it showed.

I really felt like I was overhearing a battle of titans in the sky as Kaladin fought the Assasin in white. I truly loved the what everyone did to bring these characters to life and to bring the world to life with sound. Though I think the setting of the world helped with that since Roshar can be a very stormy weather filled noise making world. It feels like this world and story word made to bring out the best in the talents of everyone involved.

Like the previouse book none of the characters are flat one note beings, but are complex creatures that have varied reasons for what they do, though sometimes they hide the truth from themselves. This story truly enobles the human spirit and inspires us to be better people. This is the sign of something that will become a classic.

this next part is actually a review for the folks for GA to inspire them to improve even more , because will this is a great work there were a few points that took me out of the story.
Warning if you haven't listened or read the book this next part is spoilers. You've been warned.
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OK GA, The section were Kaladin is fighting the assassins trying to kill the king and Syl is trying to get Kaldin to say the words she starts sounding very shrill and like a Alvin the chipmunk screaming shrilly at him. When I read that in the book I didn't get the shrill chipmunk voice from that.

2nd Con. The first storm battle where Kaladin fights the assassin and before he fights him the second time. You play a beautiful peace of music throughout this series when someone is doing something heroic or Radiant related like when Kalidn jumped over the chasm to save someone and spoke the second ideal. You played part of that, only a few seconds, repeatedly in this battle without letting it run to completion. The problem was that the music piece itself is so short that that small section repeating over what is essentially a really long battle it became obvious the music was repeating the same couple of seconds over and over again and it got a little annoying.

I loved the scene over all, but maybe in the future you need to make a longer version that can be played over a longer sequence of actions so it doesn't appear to repeat so obviously. That was the only flaw for that sound of battle scene.

3rd I checked the book and it seems that the original was changed because I'm almost certain that originally Kaladin slammed his blade through Szeth and Szeth eyes began to burn, but looking at the book know it agrees with your ending. So I guess it got changed at somepoint. Weird. Doesn't changed that he died either way.
Laugh, live and cry with these amazing characters by Riz (Posted on 2/3/2017)
If there is anyone who is reading these reviews and hasn't listened to these books please please do, I am so sure you wouldn't regret it. Brandon Sanderson is my favourite author and all of the books I have read from him I have dearly loved. Words of radiance is special because it got me through a tricky time when it first came out. I remember hearing that GA was going to create the Stormlight archive and I kid you not I had dreams about it. Now having finished listening to the two books I can honestly say that not only were my hopes for the books matched but they were exceeded.

I don't know how many of the people who were responsible for the production actually read these reviews but I want to thank each and everyone of you. You have created a masterpiece which has moved me more than anything else I have ever watched or listened to.

Brandon Sanderson is so good at putting you in the shoes of the characters and when they go through the pain and strife that they do, you go through it with them. It is so amazing that the actors have performed all of that so perfectly. There are parts in the book which truly go beyond description sometimes. You just have to listen and be taken away to get the full experience.

There is a part in which we come across an old friend, I don't want to spoil it but I want to say thank you to GA for executing that part perfectly. I held my breath at that point and was absolutely thrilled when GA executed to perfection.

I am so happy I bought these books and I can listen to them time and time again.
Thrilling end to a fantastic book. by Evelyn (Posted on 1/31/2017)
As much as I loved "The Way of Kings," it did not become a great book until the end. "Words of Radiance," however, is a great book all the way through. Yet, like the book that proceeds it, the end is the best part. You must buy and listen to everything that comes before it (including "The Way of Kings"), but the payoff in part 5 is worth every penny. So much comes together is this part in a satisfying way, answering questions not only presented in book 2 but also in book 1 (which is why you need to listen to book 1 first as well). There are moments where you just need to close your eyes and let the bombastic scene play out in your mind, washing over you. Marvelous. Wonderful.

Okay getting out my Bucket O' Praise.

Robbie Gay once again stepped up his performance. He grew into Kaladin's role in book 1. Took the character places I never considered before in the early parts of book 2. And finally in part five gave to Kaladin more than I ever expected. I've reread and listened to the end of "Words of Radiance" many times since it was released in 2014. Robbie's performance made Kaladin's parts feel fresh and new. It gave me new places to smile. Sadly, it will be months until "Oathbringer" comes out. But hopefully, Robbie will return as Kaladin again for book 3. Well done, Robbie.

Casie Platt I loved from the first time I heard her in book 1. She as been an excellent Shallan all throughout. She works great against Robbie Gay's Kaladin and Tim Getman's Adolin. And her capstone scene in part 5 is tragic and beautiful. Chris Genebach as Pattern as a joy to listen throughout the story as well. He and Casie make a great team. He truly brings that spren to life. I never fail to smile when I hear the two get into deep discussions.

I don't think I have ever praised Nora Achrati's Syl in any of these reviews. A bad oversight on my part. I've always thought of her as the perfect Syl. Let me just say, you are wonderful, Nora, truly you are.

And from the very first time I heard him, I have loved Tim Getman's Adolin. I didn't really like Adolin until I read book 2, but Tim made me fall in love with the character from his performance in book1. Tim continued to be great in book 2 and brought out sides of Adolin I had not considered before. His last scene with Sadeas gave me chills. Please, Tim, reprise this role when GA record's "Oathbringer." You remain my favorite version of Adolin Kholin.

Andy Clemence also must return for book 3, Dalinar's book. He too has been a favorite for me since "The Way of Kings." He and Tim's performance in book 1 helped me like the parts I once skimmed when I read book 1 the first time. He remained a joy to listen to in this part. His performance in "Word's of Radiance" was everything I hoped for and more.

This review is already overlong, but this is all the Stormlight we will get for a while. I wanted to let all the actors know how much I appreciated their performances. I'm not going to go on about everyone in the cast, but you all did a fantastic job. The sound and music in these recordings are wonderful as well. When "Oathbringer's" release date nears, I will be listening to Book 1 and 2 from GA. Then after the book is out, I will be eagerly awaiting GA's recordings of it.

I do hope GA is also able to do a recording of "Edgedancer." I loved Lift in part 4 and having Kimberly Gilbert reprise her performance in a one part recording of the novella would be something I would gladly pay 13.99 to buy. Lift is my favorite Stormlight character and I can't get enough of her.

It has been a fun ride, GA. Looking forward to more.
bestest ever by erik (Posted on 1/26/2017)
I heard many audio books but nothing can compare to graphic audio. Im not sure that I can get back to listening to normal audio books anymore. Its just that good.
The Stormlight Archive by Scott (Posted on 1/24/2017)
These graphic audio renditions of these books is like anything I have enjoyed before. I find myself laughing and crying while listening to these unique adaptations. The voices are spot on with this series and the only other thing I could add is..."if it's Brandon Sanderson and Graphic Audio, buy it". You will thank yourself for it later.
Ammmmmazing by Aeryc (Posted on 1/24/2017)
These are the best audio books I have ever heard. They are so worth getting.
Words of Radiance by Dan (Posted on 1/19/2017)
Words of Radiance is one of the best books I have ever read. Sanderson is a master of the genre and this book is probably his best yet. Graphic Audio brings his masterpiece to life in a way no other audio can. The pinnacle of epic fantasy, Words of Radiance is the second installment of the Stormlight Archives, a fantastic story that draws in the reader and doesn't let go from cover to cover. This book is worth every penny.
Ahhhmazing book! by Ailin (Posted on 1/17/2017)
Brandon Sanderson never fails to deliver and with graphic audio his work is really manifested to a delicious read/listen. Once you listen to books on graphic audio you can never go back to boring audible or other sources. If you like magic then this is the book for you.

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