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Words of Radiance

The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
Auteur(s): Brandon Sanderson
Narrateur(s): Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
Série: Stormlight Archive, Livre 2
Durée: 48 h et 13 min
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From number one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance, audiobook two of the Stormlight Archive, continues the immersive fantasy epic that The Way of Kings began.

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.

The Assassin, Szeth, 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. 

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. 

Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson:

  • The Cosmere
  • The Stormlight Archive
  • The Way of Kings
  • Words of Radiance
  • Edgedancer (Novella)
  • Oathbringer 

The Mistborn trilogy:

  • Mistborn: The Final Empire
  • The Well of Ascension
  • The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series:

  • Alloy of Law
  • Shadows of Self
  • Bands of Mourning
  • Collection
  • Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels:

  • Elantris
  • Warbreaker

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series:

  • Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
  • The Scrivener's Bones
  • The Knights of Crystallia
  • The Shattered Lens
  • The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series:

  • The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson:

  • The Reckoners
  • Steelheart
  • Firefight
  • Calamity
©2014 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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AMAZING.

If you love being drawn into a convincing and incredible new world, and crave to be caught up in the story and to care about the characters, this book is for you.

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Excellent book and performances

The story begun in book 1 progresses further and we gain more knowledge of the vast world built be Sanderson. If you want end to end action this book won't be for you. You need patience and an interest in the details of this world to get through this massive effort. I loved it.

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Amazing!

Amazing, just amazing! Slow bit so so worth it, rare is a book that gets me on the edge of my seat!

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Fantastic Listen

Brandon Sanderson’s cosmere is addictive. If you’ve made it here, expect to keep going!

Kramer, and Reading are the perfect narrators for this.

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Excellent follow up to first novel

Quite enjoyable! Expanded on the first novel quite well. Provided back stories on additional characters while continuing to build on character archs established in the 1st novel. Though questions are answered from first novel, the answers leave you with more questions. Quite engaging with a wild ending!

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Lost way too much sleep during this epic story

Addicting, the writing is amazing, lots of detail without dragging on. Twists and turns keeps you on the edge of your seat. Started the next book right away

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just can't stop myself

rarely have i been so invested in a book and the whole series so far is incredibly good.

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narrator is broken

Decent story with alot of potential tho it suffers when the author tries too hard to dabble in philosophy instead of sticking with fantasy. The pacing is slow and the general mood is depressing. I really like the world he created but not really the ppl as everyone in this world is prejudist or spiteful against some group or another to there own detriment.

The female narrator is inconsistent. Her impression of the sailors yaob and the captain for example changes from normal to heavily accented almost French between conversations. She made a large error as u cant change a characters voice once it's been established. Could u imagine if during a movie an actor suddenly started talking with a heavy accent half way thru a scene and that suddenly became his new voice for no reason? How this kinda stuff gets past production is strange. But it sours the performance.

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  • Jey
  • 2020-07-07

My favourite series

It’s just so satisfying when you have an incredible story paired with the perfect narrator. FYI, This book focuses more on Shallan’s backstory.
Also this has become my new favourite series

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great listen

the voices of pattern and syl and wit make my day well done audio loved it

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  • Lewis Down
  • 2018-02-21

A fantastic continuation

Although the thrill slows down from the first book, and the anticipation falls flat a few times, this is still a masterpiece. Remember to read Edgedancer after this one if you haven't yet.

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 2014-03-08

Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

In the first book, “The Way of Kings,” we were introduced to the world of Roshar. It is a world of magic and aliens where hurricane-like storms lay savage to the world every few days and all of its inhabitants must adapt their lives accordingly. It is a world at war between the human armies led by High prince Dalinar Kholin and the Parshendi, a humanoid species. We were introduced to Jasnah, who is a renowned scholar and the niece of the High Prince Dalinar Kholin, her student Shallan, and Kaladin, a slave that by the end of Way of Kings is beginning to become the world’s first Knight’s Radiance in centuries.
If you haven’t read/listened to ”The Way of Kings,” I would strongly recommend that you do before going on to this second book, “Words of Radiance.” If you have read/listened to the first book I would recommend a review of TWOK before going on since it has been over four years and the second book starts off right where “The Way of Kings,” left off.
At 48 hours and 15 minutes this is a long book, in fact Brandon Sanderson posted on his blog that he wrote the manuscript under the working title “the Book of Endless Pages.” He was referring to the endless learning set forth in his first book but it seemed appropriate given its length; but don’t let the length of this book deter you as I listened the hours seemed to fly past. This is an amazing book.
“Word of Radiance” focuses on four characters: Kaladin, Shallan, Dalinar, and Adolin. In TWOK Kaladin was the main character and is still very prevalent but this book reveals more about Shallan. Like “The Way of Kings,” Sanderson interlaces the present with the past, developing the background on the main characters’ while moving the plot forward.
This is only book two in a ten part series and even though I can’t wait for the next book I found the ending satisfactory.
I word about the narrators, I’ve always been a big fan of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading and I thought they gave another great performance.

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  • Lore
  • 2014-08-20

48 more hours of Sanderson goodness!

When I wrote my (too) short review of the first book in this series, The Way of Kings, I ended it with this sentence: "This book is so good I will gladly listen to it again as a refresher when book two comes out!"

Well I am back to say that I followed through on my promise and it was worth every second. The Stormlight Archive is epic fantasy at it's best and Sanderson shows why he is at the top of my must read/listen list. Here I am fresh off of investing close to 94 hours of my life listening to books 1 and 2 of the Stormlight Archive and I am ready for more.

The world is rich and deep, the characters are complex, and the magic systems are true Sanderson - well defined, unique, and interesting. All of the main characters are back and the story just gets bigger and bigger. For most authors the end of this book would be a satisfying conclusion to any series but it is obvious that this one is just getting started. Sanderson set the bar so awfully high with the Mistborn series that I am truly impressed he was able to surpass himself with the Stormlight Archive.

Veteran narrators Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are back and once again breathe life into all of the great characters. It was a pleasure to listen to them both for 90+ hours and I can't wait for book three. These two know epic fantasy and combine with Sanderson to form a perfect highstorm of epic proportions.

If you like fantasy books then you will feel like a kid in a candy store here. It is time for you to run up to the counter and plunk down your credit(s) to enjoy this wonderful experience. You won't find more hours of entertainment for so little cost anywhere else. Of course you should start with The Way of Kings but be assured that 94 listening hours later you will find yourself back at the candy store counter standing on your tip toes and holding up another credit. Of course, I will be standing right next to you. :)

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  • Mbot
  • 2017-03-30

Great Book

I'm enjoying this series, and it's definitely imaginative. The world and lore are very vibrant, and the characters seem more enjoyable in this book to me than in the first. The narration is also excellent.
I have just a few broad criticisms that made it a 4 star book for me instead of a 5. First, this book makes use of many cliché action hero moments in which characters face endless close calls. I can't get specific without giving away spoilers, but after a while, you'll know how every encounter will turn out. Second, some of the characters tend to make decisions that don't seem to fit their development arcs, seemingly as a way of advancing the plot. I think in particular the book would have been better served if some of Caladin's choices had been truly forced upon him, rather than explained away by his bouts of depression or petulance. Last, the book somehow maintains a lighthearted tone despite the gravity of events taking place. Massive numbers of deaths and world ending cataclysms are sort of brushed aside as the characters joke around and get swept into lesser plots. This takes me back to my action movie criticism. While entertaining, the banter and totally unrealistic success of the heroes as literally thousands fall dead around them detracts from the bigger story for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-06-10

Starting to lag already

I love Sanderson and will buy all of his books for his ability to give his characters life and their individual distinct voices, but I have to admit that Sanderson seems to have been distracted on this novel. Plots meandered and character development for his main hero, Kaladin, came to stop and even reverted back to his previous development from the first novel. Going to buy the next book and probably the rest in the series as I know Sanderson can pull it off and bring it together but still kind of a sophomore slump for this series. Hoping for better in Oathkeeper.

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  • MotG
  • 2017-07-13

Excellent book, weakened by the performance

Either of the readers would have done a wonderful job, but the use of two readers who clearly have not heard one another's take on the story is unfortunate. Different pronunciations and different accents between the readers makes portions of the performance unnecessarily messy.

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  • Logan Jay Weatherford
  • 2014-05-12

By FAR, one of the best fantasy epics to date.

Where does Words of Radiance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is, easily, the most enjoyable audiobook I've ever listened to. The narrator's are the best in the business, but the book itself stands next to it's predecessor (Way of Kings) as being one of the best fantasy epics to date. Wheel of Time had it's merits, and Sanderson has obviously been inspired by Robert Jordan's long-form fantasy series (he wrote the last few books after Jordan's death). That being said, Sanderson has fully surpassed his mentor in the epic fantasy genre. His description is perfect, and doesn't drag on like RJ's, remaining interesting as Sanderson masterfully weaves it into more pressing material. This series, the Stormlight Archive, is unforgettable. I hope to be buying every new outing in the Archive for years and years to come.

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  • Alexander
  • 2017-03-30

Decent story, but a bit predictable.

Female narrator's voice for Pattern gets quite irritating. Her male voices also had room for improvement

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  • phillip
  • 2016-08-18

Best epic Fantasy series out.

Better than first (yes thats possible). Contends for best Epic fantasy ever written. Eat your heart out Tolkien

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  • DropTheDie
  • 2016-11-17

Very entertaining if not a little too drawn out.

Also: people "blush" at everything ever done to them. I'm convinced he was paid per use of the word.
Very interesting moments and scenes, the characters have a lot of time to grow and change. Many times the performance was too deadpan and expository for a highly intense moment, but at least they stay slightly somber through the entire reading.
Each narrator conveyed primary characters VERY differently.

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  • Richard S.
  • 2017-11-15

Loved It!

I love the world that Sanderson has built here and I'm super excited for where this series is going. This is quite a long book but it definitely pays off in the end. We're getting more and more info regarding the Cosmere as a whole and I couldn't be more happy about that.

My one complaint about this book, as well as The Way of Kings, is Kate Reading. I've never been so unhappy when a specific POV character's chapter begins as with Shallan chapters. Throughout the first book I couldn't be sure if that was because I simply don't like Shallan but this book was able to settle that for me with a length chapter with Shallan read by Kramer. It was like she was a new, much more likable character. Suddenly I was amused by her dialogue and her interactions with Kaladin rather than rolling my eyes and looking at my watch. Kate reading has this fascinating way of making me hate every character she voices. They all sound like whiny 12 year old brats. Not only that but her pacing and intonation can completely ruin the meaning of dialogue and she has an extremely bizarre way of reading that makes random sentences sound like questions. It's so bad that at a specific moment when Kaladin jumps into a fight and it immediately switches to Shallan's perspective I literally yelled "Noooooooo!" at the top of my lungs, terrified that I'd have to listen to an action sequence as read by Reading. If she wasn't performing along side the amazing Michael Kramer this might not be such a huge deal and I might have a much easier time getting used to it. It's just so unfortunate that such amazing books are marred by this terrible reading.

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