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Shadows Rising

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
Written by: Madeleine Roux
Narrated by: Susan Wokoma
Series: World of Warcraft, Book 24
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (175 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An all-new official prequel novel to Shadowlands, the next expansion for Blizzard Entertainment's legendary online game World of Warcraft.

"The Horde is nothing!" With those infamous words, Sylvanas Windrunner betrayed and abandoned the Horde she vowed to serve. The Dark Lady and her forces now work in the shadows as both the Horde and Alliance, including her own sister, Alleria, race to uncover her next move. Struggling to shoulder the crushing weight of leadership, King Anduin entrusts the void elf and High Exarch Turalyon to uncover Sylvanas’s whereabouts.

The Horde now stands at a crossroads. The various factions form a council, leaving the mantle of warchief to rest. Thrall, Lor’themar Theron, Baine Bloodhoof, First Arcanist Thalyssra, and many other familiar faces rise to this new challenge. But the threats are numerous, and the distrust runs too deep.

When the council is derailed by a failed assassination attempt on Talanji - the Zandalari queen and a key ally - Thrall and the rest of the Horde leaders are forced into action. They empower the young troll shaman Zekhan, still grieving the loss of Varok Saurfang, with a critical mission to aid Talanji and help uncover the rising threat against her.

Meanwhile, Nathanos Blightcaller and Sira Moonwarden have been tasked by the Dark Lady with a terrifying gambit: to kill the troll loa of death himself, Bwonsamdi.

As Zekhan and Talanji work to save Bwonsamdi, their journey will be a key turning point in bolstering the Horde against the coming darkness and finding themselves along the way. Failure to save their allies and the trickster god will surely doom them - but through success, they may rediscover what makes the Horde strong.

©2020 Madeleine Roux (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Awesome Hype book for an Xpac

Loved it I couldn't put this down even on a hot sunny day where I wanted to swim I stayed in listening just to get to the end and see what was next!

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Great Book, Audio Performance Okay

Overall it was very enjoyable, for the story elements, the Narrator does an excellent job. The male voices come off as a drone. Making many of the male characters sound the same and at points with the troll accent when it switches from a Female Troll Character to Male Character it easy to miss that it was a different character speaking.

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Wonderful

Loved it! Superb narration. The characters were portrayed wonderfully in the narrative by Susan Wokoma. Well done.

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amazing

probably one of the best books I've heard / read, 100 percent recomend (for the horde!)

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Rushed boring story with a terrible voice actor

Somehow the narrative in this story feels so rushed, but at the same time almost nothing happens. One of the most boring plots I have ever read, and the characters are paper thin. The voice acting is absolutely terrible, some of the voices like thrall are so bad you will have a hard time paying attention to what is said. Skip this one, it is irrelevant to the world and could be summarized with a couple paragraphs.

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I won't miss another..

This is my first listening to a Warcraft novel and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narration is fantastic! what a talented woman they chose to bring these beloved characters to life. I enjoyed her performance more than any other audible presentation I have heard yet. Great variety, substance and emotion woven into all the characters here. I really loved the story as well. Betrayal, loyalty, honor, bravery, savagery it is all here in spades. For lovers of fantasy I recommend it. For faithful subscribers to the one MMO game to rule them all... this is must hear content. I never thought I would say this but I say it now.. FOR THE HORDE!! See you all in Azeroth! 😁

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Love it.

Well written and performed. I didn't love the narrators voice for Thrall and a couple other characters but that's nitpicking. Great purchase, and I can't wait for Shadowlands.

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worth a listen

was a pretty good book. tied in the events leading up to the disenchantment of the helm of domination. only downside is it felt like a narrative of exactly what we've been doing in BFA for example the underrot instance and atal'dazar . all in all it was enjoyable

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fabulous

absolutely enjoyed all of it and cannot till the WOW expansion comes live in Oct 2020

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-14

Good story, terrible narrating.

Sadly have to say that the story is pretty darn good, but pretty much ruined by the narrator.

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  • Shirley Marie St Onge
  • 2020-07-15

Needs a better narrator

I don't think the narrator had a lot of time to record this as she constantly mixes up the voices of characters, uses voices that do not fit well-established characters (such as Lor'themar or Baine), and makes many of the male characters sound alike (they all sound like orcs, even some of the humans). The only voice she does well is the voice of Queen Talanji, which isn't a surprise seeing as how she is that character's VA in the game. But any other voice she attempts is horribly mangled. Her version of Lilian Voss springs to mind, whose voice is akin to a chicken being bludgeoned with a sock full of nickels. I sincerely hope this gets re-recorded with a different narrator; as the story itself was pretty darn good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-15

Worst voice actor I've ever heard

Had to stop at chapter 5 because of this ladies voice. Every character sounds exactly the same...

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  • Anonymous
  • 2020-07-15

Voice Actor RUINED this Book! PLEASE RERECORD THIS

I wanted to get into the story but couldn't even because of the horrible narrating, she could not pull off the male characters and the female ones all sounded the same and were annoying and screechy. I do not know who thought it would be a good idea. Please bring back Scott Brick or a legit voice actor like Graham Malcom of Illidan. PLEASE RECORD THIS!

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  • Eddy
  • 2020-07-14

Needs a Narrator!

I listened twice. The first listen I wasn't a fan, especially due to the narration. The second listen was much more enjoyable though, there are still a few parts that I feel struggle a bit, but overall I really like this new author to the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-16

Disappointing

I swear those 4-5 star reviews are bots. The narration was so bad and the storyline was meh. The voice acting is just not up to par when compared to other wow books. I literally own all wow audiobooks and have listened to them multiple times, but this one is definitely a refund. Don’t even want it in my library. I preordered this audiobook like 2 months ago and was so excited when it finally released, but it was such a disappointment..

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  • Jackson
  • 2020-07-14

Annoying

Cuts half of the first word in every other sentence mak es it horrible to listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-15

Worst voice actor choice ever!

Ok what the hell - was really looking forward to this. A London girl is a terrible fit for Warcraft - it just doesn't work. Immersion factor zero.

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  • Grant Vogel
  • 2020-07-15

Interesting

The narration by Susan Wokoma isn't great, and it is really difficult listening to her trying to do male voices because there isn't a lot of differentiation or consistency (especially with Shaw, Ji, Thrall, and Baine) with those voices. I have seen a lot of other reviews saying more or less the same thing so I won't harp on it anymore here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-15

A terrible listen

Where to begin. The conversations between characters is not only stilted but also not in line with the characters as they appear in game and other previous media. The descriptors for things in each scene are elementary school level. The narrator is absolutely horrid in regards to the delivery of lines. And her voice work is confusing and hard to follow due to her not differentiating enough for her voices. Overall this book is at best read rather than listened to. But in the end it’s not as good as the worst Christie Golden Warcraft story. Find a summery of the plot to prepare for shadowlands skip this terrible book

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  • Esteban.V
  • 2020-09-01

The book rating is weirdly innacurate.

The story is good, I liked it at least. But the performance was absolutely terrible. I'm also concerned by the fact that the rating of the audio book doesn't seem to reflect the average rating in the comments.

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  • Pierre Ferreira
  • 2020-08-12

great audiobook and great performance

Great audiobook but needs the character's voice actors ... splendid job from the narrator though !