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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
Series: World of Warcraft, Book 11
Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (61 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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  • Cal
  • 2020-02-23

It's alright but could have been amazing.

While the story is well written enough, Christie Golden should not have narrated this. She does a good enough job but the story really needed a male narrator imo.

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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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  • Goran K.
  • 2019-04-09

Missed Opportunity

I can't help to think that this is a missed opportunity for Blizzard. Arthas and his arc is by far the most well known story in Warcraft and the production of this audiobook does not do it justice. It's not that Christie Golden does a bad job reading it, it's that it just feels like someone is reading it to you instead of you yourself being immersed in the author's writing. They could have dedicated more resources to the production of this audiobook and made it 100 times what it is.

I recommend it for the story, it's pretty good as far as teen fiction goes...but the production is definitely lacking.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-29

Narrator

She writes amazing books, seriously some of my favorites. But in a basically all male cast it doesn’t do the book justice, she’s kinda monotone

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  • Mike
  • 2020-02-22

Excellent.

I use to enjoy Wow. I loved the old RTS games that Blizzard use to make. This was a lot of fun. Fantastic story. From an Author I am very familiar with. Well worth the money or the credit.

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  • Russell dakota todd
  • 2020-01-30

cool

great story that help fill in the blanks of the game I'll probably listen again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-17

Amazing

Impossible to put down, and kept on listening and grabbed every opportunity I had to just hear a few minutes here and there, even when I didn't have the time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-03

Fantastic

I started WoW back when Wrath was at the tail end of its expansion but always loved that expansion the most. Arthas is one of my favorite "villians" and this book did a marvelous job of letting me see what led to him becoming the Lich King.

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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.