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New York Times Best Seller

An all-new, official prequel novel to The Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard Entertainment's next expansion to the critically acclaimed World of Warcraft video game.

Azeroth is dying.

The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.

For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains and even less to mourn what was lost. Azeroth's devastating wound has revealed a mysterious material known as Azerite. In the right hands, this strange golden substance is capable of incredible feats of creation; in the wrong ones, it could bring forth unthinkable destruction.

As Alliance and Horde forces race to uncover the secrets of Azerite and heal the wounded world, Anduin enacts a desperate plan aimed at forging a lasting peace between the factions. Azerite jeopardizes the balance of power, and so Anduin must gain the trust of Sylvanas. But, as ever, the Dark Lady has her own machinations.

For peace to be possible, generations of bloodshed and hatred must be brought to an end. But there are truths that neither side is willing to accept and ambitions they are loath to relinquish. As Alliance and Horde alike grasp for the Azerite's power, their simmering conflict threatens to reignite all-out war - a war that would spell doom for Azeroth.

©2018 Christie Golden (P)2018 Random House Audio

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as a fan of the pc game world of warcraft i just can't get enough of these books written buy Christie Golden. #audible1 my fellow gamer friend suggested trying audible and I am totally loving it.

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A fantastic read.

The narrator is a joy to listen to. That is what defines a fantastic book to listen to or a book that never gets finished because the narrator was not on point. I dreaded hitting the pause button lol.
#Audible1, no kidding they really are number 1!!!

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A great listen

The performance was amazing. There was lots of emotion in the reading of this book. I also really liked the story. Well done. #Audible1

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Great to understand the characters we see in game

The book has some interesting story lines that really help in understanding the characters and their motivations, especially for the banshee queen.

This book has some audio flair in the way of sound effects and music representing the towns. (Simular to Star Wars books if you've listened)

I would get this book if you're interested in the backstories and learning about the world, I've yet to see any big moments where this book ties into the game as of 2018-9. However there are some Easter Eggs in Arathi.

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Amazing!

I love everything about this book, the writing, the voices, and the quality. All of it simply perfect! @Audible1

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Great audiobook

Really solid book for Warcraft lore. Voiceover is great and performed by the voice actor of Anduin Wrynn in the world of Warcraft game #Audible1

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Excellent book, excellently narrated

This was a great story that added a lot of depth and understanding to the lore that just can't be done properly in the game.

Josh Keaton is by far the best choice for narrator for this book, with so much of the story being told from Anduin's perspective (who he is the actual voice actor for). His speaking voice is slightly different enough from his Anduin voice that it is not confusing to differentiate, and his other character voices are all well done and distinct as well.

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Good enough

This book was surprisingly interesting for a Warcraft book. I didn’t expect much but it surprised me #Audible1

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A Riveting tale from Azeroth

The narrator was phenomenal! Having this read in the voice of Anduin really immersed myself into the audiobook and his voices for the other characters were distinct and well performed. The novel itself was exciting with build up to an Epic climax. Having visited these places through World of Warcraft, the scenes depicted were clear as day as Josh Keaton painted the scenes in my mind. I definitely recommend

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Excellent

Extremely well written and so glad I got this, big fan of Warcraft lore and his voices are very entertaining.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-12

Amazing Experience

This book is just great. It's narrated by King Anduin's voice actor from the game, who performs excellently in every role (except Moira, but I'll give him a pass because the rest were great). Each chapter starts with a minute of music from the in-game location the chapter takes place in. On top of all that, the story is gripping and compelling, with enough background and context added to be enjoyable to players of World of Warcraft and casual readers alike, which is rare in a novel of this type. All in all, a fantastic experience I heartily recommend.

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  • David Huseby II
  • 2018-06-13

I need Battle For Azeroth now!

This is the first time I've experienced one of the Warcraft books before an expansion coming out. It's made me laugh and cry. Cry a few times really. And I enjoyed every moment of it.

I can't wait to see what the game's expansion has in store!

There are plenty of descriptions to let your imagination build the world and the characters if you are unfamiliar with the content, but knowing the lore of the land and the characters helps a bunch. Knowledge of the lore and the experience of the games will have great effect on the enjoyment of the book.

Definitely a must read/listen for any avid Warcraft fan!

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  • Felipe Navarro
  • 2018-06-12

Amazing voice acting, great story

The book is voiced by the guy who voices Anduin in world of warcraft. But he also does a bang up job voicing every other character in the book! (Except for Moira but there’s only so much he can do with a lady dwarf voice)

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  • Scott T
  • 2018-07-19

A half and half really

I really liked the voice performances but there were so many character arcs that I didn't care about, I did like that Anduin's character was built more through this book, I play horde so I don't see much from the other side. Overall it was decent, and got me thinking about some in-game reasons for the war and what's to come, but think the story could've been told in a shorter manner.

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  • Tammy Bernardi
  • 2018-07-18

ok

the narrator was outstanding, but the story itself was kind of meh. nothing of real significance happened in the story. seems like the book was just a money grab to sell the next expansion, unlike many of the other books.

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  • Alexander Engel
  • 2018-06-13

Amazing Book! Super Excited for WoW BFA

This Book was really amazing. I wish they had closed some plot points. But This book gives some really good insight into the thought of characters that give me a great look at how they will act in the game. My most memorable moment was at the end when Anduin finally learned and tempered the wisdom of Genn Greymane into what would be a battle for azeroth. This Book has taken 8 straight Hours of my life, I am glad to say that I enjoyed those hours, I cried during those hours too. This was really a great Book that I think anyone that is interested in the Lore of World Of Warcraft, wanting to know the lead up to the new expansion or just anyone curious should give a listen to start to finish.

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  • Darren Stow
  • 2018-07-16

Emotional, but unnecessary

The entirety of this story could be summed up in seconds, without losing anything critical. The author, skilled as she is, stretched a paragraph into a novel. If you care about Anduin, enjoy immersion, or want to feel inspired for World of Warcraft, this book would be worth reading/listening to. However a few quick animated cutscenes could cover all the necessary arcs of this story just as well.

The narrator did a great job with the voices. The author shows great skill at handling emotional scenes, but I felt too much emphasis was given to the mawkish scenes and soft-hearted dialogue. If you enjoy that style of storytelling you will be very happy. Personally I had hoped for a bit more masculinity and grit in a story about fantasy war.

Final mention, two subplots in this book are without significance and lead nowhere. I can only assume they were added for context to those who play the game, but had no connection to this story whatsoever.

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  • Richard Brett Pike
  • 2018-07-12

Anduin is WoWs protagonists and I don’t see that as a good thing

The entire story shapes up to make Anduin seem the hero not just of the Alliance or his own story but of the entire WoW universe. He’s an ultra good never do wrong type whose expectations are rarely subverted and his rightness is always on the forefront.

It gets tiring. Some characters and side things seem inserted simply to justify anything Anduin wants to do as a character.

The book suffers further by casting the Horde then as Anduin’s heel. Sylvanas and Gallywix take center stage throughout the novel while the other Horde leaders have almost zero influence on anything. This creates a dichotomy of Horde is bad and Alliance is good. Which blizzard I’m sure continues to love.

It’s an okay story, the end is good, but Anduin is frustrating to read about.

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  • Sergio R.
  • 2018-07-12

wait until someone gives it to you

so much hype for such a weak story. The story conmects weakly to the game lore. there is no major breakthroughs or nee lore. just a bunch of the same we already have in game.

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  • Paul
  • 2018-07-07

It was okay.

If you play the game then this is an okay book. story was super predictable, but not a waist of time.

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  • Gilles De
  • 2018-09-04

Super audiobook. Histoire top

Histoire sympa même si tout le début ce n'est que la suite de quête de fin de légion, j'ai vraiment beaucoup aimé.
Sylvanas, badass comme d'habitude. J'adore !
Premier audiobook pour moi, exceptionnel, jai profite à fond même si ce n'est pas ma langue maternelle. Parfois difficile surtout les passages des gobelins.
Je recommande !

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  • Doste Adrien
  • 2018-06-19

Before the storm is a piece of art

Amazing story and great narrating ! Any fans of Wow need to listen/read this piece of art !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-14

Great narator, not so great story...

70% Mr always perfect-boy king-Anduin, 20% moustache twirling-"morally grey"-evil - sylvanas, 10% "who are they again?" -random characters.

Don't get me wrong, it's enjoyable, but it's a book about anduin, and narated by it's (amazing) voice actor.
The story, even if it has its moments, is far from perfect.