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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 (30 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ryan Mugge
  • 2019-07-12

Compelling

Such a gripping story. It felt almost if calling to me to finish the story.

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  • David
  • 2019-07-09

Timeless

Loved it, epic story that will keep you at the edge of your seat xD.

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  • Anonymous 
  • 2019-06-26

Exactly what you're looking for.

From his early childhood to the birth of the Lich King we know and love.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-13

I love lore in Arthas!

I have been playing some sort of Warcraft for the longest and Christie's take on this is amazing! It follows the lore created in Warcraft 3 really well but has a lot more to it. Listening to it on audio was such a good idea as Christie narrates so amazingly well. I recommend anyone who enjoys using this app download this gem.

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  • mouse
  • 2019-06-02

synchrony

Ties the Lich King story together with so many others. Easy to listen too really ramps up after first three chapters of Arthas life.

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  • James Nowicki
  • 2019-06-02

Frostmourne hungers

A marvelous adaptation of warcraft lore which serves to expand the story of one of the greatest video games ever made, as well as crystallize it in the mind in ways gameplay never could.

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  • Manuel A Quintana
  • 2019-05-19

love the lore behind these series

every character in the world of warcraft has such and interesting story and no one brings them to life better than Christie Golden

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  • bbean_62
  • 2019-05-15

A Must Listen

Excellent story fitting for a king. Narrator excels at making tone very important for points in the story that need it.