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World of Warcraft: Arthas - Rise of the Lich King

World of Warcraft: Blizzard Legends
Written by: Christie Golden
Narrated by: Christie Golden
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The book World of Warcraft fans have been clamoring for - the true story behind one of the Warcraft universe’s most terrifying villains, Arthas the Lich King. 

Author Christie Golden does for Arthas what she once did for the Orc Lord Thrall in the best-selling Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, in another epic exploration of one of the key characters from the 11-million subscriber massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

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LOVED IT

Wrath of the Lich King was my favourite WOW raiding...to hear this story was so great for me to remember back the playing at that time

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Dwarf voice is a win

Big fan of Arthas and loved the story but the dwarf voices really made me smile and enjoy the story more.

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good book.

what a great book. well read. easy to understand the reader. I would definitely listen to more.

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a must read or listen for warcraft fans

an excellent read for any who wish to have a deeper more fleshed out understanding of one of warcrafts most iconic characters, it brings an even deeper understanding to the trials and choices of Arthas, and how they lead him down the path he took. About the only thing that didn't quite feel right about the book was Christie Goldens rendition which at times felt more like she was reading off cue cards at a speech presentation instead of painting a visual picture of the story being told, but that was only a minor gripe at times as Arthas enthusiasts should have little trouble stepping past this and losing themselves in the story. all in all it was a very enjoyable experience and I highly recommend it to any warcraft fan. 4.25/5 stars is my view on this

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  • Sakesan
  • 2019-03-12

Excellent

It is exciting to see more of the Warcraft novel universe being made into audiobooks. I send my deepest thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. I don’t always have time to read physical books, so I was excited to listen to all of the Warcraft novels available so far. I binged Arthas and enjoyed it as much as the rest.

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  • Vlad
  • 2019-03-13

Monotone and lacking engagement

After hearing the thrilling prologue narrated by Chris Metzen on a Blizzard podcast, and after having been blown away from the masterful piece that was the audio book of Before the Storm by Josh Keaton, complete with musical cues and stunning voice-work, I was severely disappointed that Golden was chosen to do the full audio book.

It lacks all the immersion of the two prior narrators and felt dispassionate. I felt myself needing to turn it off at the 10 minute mark, lest I lose interest in the rest of the book.

The story, however, is beautiful, tragic, and thrilling in its own right. Golden is a fantastic writer, but a lackluster narrator. I wish that Metzen himself would have finished the prologue as he had started it. You can have a listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sitdg2CMiVM

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  • Antony L Wormack
  • 2019-07-24

Great writer terrible narrator

I love Christie’s writing, however she is not a great narrator. You need a great narrator for a book this long.

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  • Lordzilla101
  • 2019-11-03

Engrossing

The descriptiveness of the story makes you want to put everything down and just listen. It was my first experience with anything World of Warcraft related and it left me wanting to know more.

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  • Bryce Crawford
  • 2019-11-01

Story was great, delivery was not comparable

Golden writes a great, gripping, and detailed story here. The surroundings are painted with precision, and events are explained more than thoroughly, leaving no stone unturned. But the delivery of the content seemed lackluster for the most part. There were times where anguish and anger were expressed excellently by Golden, but for the most part, the narration seemed feeble, almost teetering on a sense of sadness and crying that was wrought with emotion when the storyline and the context did not yield such a feeling. There was much unknowing and power written into the story, but it would seem otherwise with the tone of this iteration of the audiobook as it was. That being said, the book was written well and worth an actual read.

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  • Christopher Streff
  • 2019-10-10

Awesome!

Love hearing the story from the voice of the Author. loved hearing the story of the Lich King.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-22

Narrator

I didn't like the fact that the narrator/storyteller was a woman since 70% of the characters were male, especially with the dwarves, lacked some manliness since dwarves speak in scottish-accent. Not so immersive as it could've been, still quite enjoyable since i listened to it in a one work-shift.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-12

Frostnourne Hungers...

Excellent storyline brings back the nostalgia for the Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne game vividly. Christie narrates this beautifully although i wish they would have added ambient background music and subtle sound effects to heighten the experience. Overall very enjoyable and offers a great insight into a few of Warcrafts major chatacters.

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  • Grant t wilson
  • 2019-09-03

Not bad

overall not bad, but the fight scenes are lacking and i feel as some characters were intentionally underpowered for convenience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-29

Action-Packed!

I loved the story! it was full of twist and turns and brought me back to the quests in the game, but with a in-depth view. I very much enjoyed this book and I look forward to the next.

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  • Julien
  • 2019-08-13

Good novel, decent narrator

Christie Golden's work on the lore of Warcraft is essential ! Especially this one about an iconic character such as Arthas.
Though the narration lacks of energy.