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Oathbringer

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
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The eagerly awaited sequel to the New York Times best-selling Words of Radiance, from epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson at the top of his game.

In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times best-selling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together - and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past - even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC  (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Character development is at the heart of the book, and it is here that Kramer and Reading shine, with remarkably consistent and multifaceted characters that fuel the action of the story.... Adept pacing highlights both the intensity of hand-to-hand combat and quieter moments of sorrow and grief, fully realizing the intricate world that Sanderson has created." (AudioFile Magazine)   

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outstanding.

Between listening and reading I go through at least 30 fiction novels a year. With the exception of the Lord of the Rings trilogy that I read back in high school I've never really been a fan of high fantasy. I find most of it either very derivative or, in the case of ASOIAF, tedious.

So it took me a while to finally get around to trying out Stormlight. I wish I would have discovered this series years ago. I haven't been this invested in a story ever, not once.

I'm not going to babble on about the characters, or rewrite the synopsis like so many reviewers do. I'm just here to say that this book is the best in a line of great books. I have never once taken the time to write a review, but this series is worth at least this small effort on my behalf.

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fantastic

Everything about this book and recording is great, great story, so many unexpected plot points and just very entertaining.

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Amazing addition ti the stormlight archive

Brilliant performance by Michael and Kate, loved all the voices and enjoyed they both played pattern the same way in this book. Story is as usual 5 star, can't go wrong with Brandon Sanderson.

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God Tier Ending

Ending was actually god tier, with a massive payoff after such a long wait. I can't wait for Book 4

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Perfect

Brandon Crafted a beautiful world, but Michael Kramer and Kate reading bring it to life.

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  • Gio
  • 2017-12-08

A solid four stars

I felt less passion in this book to the previous two Brandon Sanderson written, never the less the audio reading was amazing. There were some parts that actually felt, well boring to me.

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Rollercoaster

An excellent listen. Brandon Sanderson knows how to keep you at the edge of your seat and guessing, with depressing downs and exhilarating ups. Fair praise to the wonderful voice actors who continue to breath an amazing amount of life Spren into each chapter. I eagerly await the next installment in the stormlight chronicles

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thoroughly enjoyed this story

I loved how dalinar's anguish was the very key he needed. How shalon figured out what was true for her. I do want to know the end of the story because this was not the end

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My Favourite

I love Brandon's writing style and Michael Kramer has an amazing voice for reading. This story is amazing and well thought out. My favourite series. Can't wait for the next one.

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Amazing

Brilliant the whole way through. Loved the end, well done Sanderson! Can't wait untill the last one.

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  • Deana
  • 2017-11-16

Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

Oathbringer is book three of five. The first five books in the Stormlight Archive tell their own story. Later, another set of five will tell another story. Sometimes all the heroes win in the middle, sometimes they fail. In this book, we have both wins and losses. In one book, you have three small novels going on, with important points of view from many people.

Sanderson dives deeper into the cultures of Roshar and the conflicts that have nothing to do with the “bad guys.” Instead many of the conflicts are inside different characters own heads and hearts. This aspect of the story will be hard for many fans. This aspect of the story is important. Awareness of bias and of mental health issues is important. It’s rare to see them addressed so directly in an adventure fantasy.

But in this book, Kaladin, the hero of book one and book two – is not the star. He has growth, but not the awesome growth of power leveling up I think many fans were hoping to read. Instead, Bridge 4 as a whole, is given more points of view and room to grow. Sometime these are painful in heart wrenching ways, but in beautiful character development ways.

Dalinar’s flashbacks will make you look at him differently. It will be hard to see a hero in such a different light. Journey before destination everyone. His journey is a strong one.

The ladies of the Stormlight Archive are given more room to grow here. But at times it is a backward growth. At others it is wonderful to see them breaking the molds of Voirn culture.

Once you turn the page on Part 5, get ready for a rush of a ride. You will not want to put the book down for the final act.

Many important magical questions are answered in this volume of the Stormlight Archive, but it raises more questions. Some of the questions answered, were not the ones many fans were hoping to see addressed, including myself. I hope readers will appreciate the story that was written, for what was written. Not criticizes it because it was not the story they were expecting. I know I love the book, even if there are a few bits I wish were different. But the characters are not perfect people. They would be less interesting if they were.

I love that that the art is included even for the audio book. That is an extra special treat. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do their typically awesome job narrating the books. I’m glad they kept the voices of the characters the same from the first two volumes of the books.

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  • kyle wilhite
  • 2019-11-05

Another great big book by Sanderson

I love Brendon Sanderson's books and this is no exception. you really feel like you get your money's worth with this book. There is a lot of content and all of it interesting. Looking forward to his best book. I feel this is the best one of the series so far.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-04

Fabulous book series... I can't wait for the next

The characters just keep developing into more and more.
I am very anxious to see what more comes of each of the radiants as they speak the next set of words in their oaths.
The plot continues to build and deliver new twists and surprises as it unfolds to seemingly build even more.
It has yet to get dull as most all long multiple book series tend to do at some point. Keep it up Mr. Sanderson... I'm a fan!

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  • Karl Ide-Pech
  • 2019-11-01

Incredible Book

some of the best character development I've ever experienced. the complexity and detail of everything in this book is so good. It also explores some cool philosophies.

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  • Leo
  • 2017-11-24

A mixed bag of brilliance, marred by missteps

Brandon Sanderson is one of the greatest story tellers writing today; and this series is his magnum opus. Book 3 is not the strongest of the series. But it still soars in many places, despite some missteps throughout.
Parts of this book left me cheering out loud! Parts of this book are truly awe inspiring.

Other parts had me shaking my head, as long established characters suddenly behaved in ways that contradicted everything the author has told us about them in the past.
For such an immense book, it surprised me how many times an obvious shortcut was taken in order to setup the next scene.

There was one long scene involving a female lead that had no purpose other than comic relief. This bungling, slapstick detour was so jarring, it was hard to return to the rhythm of the story. Worst of all, it felt amateurish, and just wasn't funny.

Almost every competent character had a moment of incompetence so glaring that it became obvious this was a deliberate gimmick. Possibly a recommendation from an editor, but taken too far?

But still, with all of that said, this is still a mostly brilliant story. The action scenes top any blockbuster movie put out this year.
It was filled with many pay-offs from the previous books, some of them setup so expertly that they still surprised me, despite the clues revealed before.

Like all of his books, this was also a vehicle for the author's social, political, and moral view of the world. Presented nicely as part of the story with not-too-much outright preaching.

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  • Christopher J Massie
  • 2019-11-27

Excellent Series and Boom

Excellently written and read. Absolutely loved my time in this world and will find myself back at least once again in my life!

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  • Nathan Jacobson
  • 2019-11-11

Incredible!

absolutely incredible! I cannot believe how this series just continues to get better and better. Just when I think it's gotten as good as it can get, Brandon exceeds even further! ❤

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  • Shaelyn Kyoura
  • 2019-11-09

Wonderful.

Wonderous and powerfully read, strong delivery from both readers. I loved it from start to finish.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-10-31

Epic high fantasy series

love the whole series. This book adds a masterful addition to the series with twists and more character development. it's a must read/listen for all fantasy lovers

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  • Gee Wiz
  • 2019-10-29

Hmmmm

I loved the first books and this one as well, but I felt it grew tiresome in the last third. The final few chapters reminded me of a Star Wars character wrap up with a teaser for the next episode. Great series overall. Narration was excellent. My favorite character is Wit. I would love a novella of his life.

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