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World of Warcraft: War Crimes

Written by: Christie Golden
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
5 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The brutal siege of Orgrimmar is over.

Alliance and Horde forces have stripped Garrosh Hellscream, one of the most reviled figures on Azeroth, of his title as warchief. His thirst for conquest devastated cities, nearly tore the Horde apart, and destroyed countless lives throughout the World of Warcraft.

Now, on the legendary continent of Pandaria, he will stand trial for his transgressions.

Renowned leaders from across the world have gathered to witness this historic event. As the trial unfolds, agents of the bronze dragonflight present shocking visions of Garrosh's atrocities. For many of those in attendance, these glimpses into history force them to relive painful memories and even question their own innocence or guilt. For others, the chilling details stoke the flames of their hatred.

Unbeknownst to anyone, shadowy forces are at work on Azeroth, threatening not only the court's ability to mete out justice…but also the lives of everyone at the trial.

© 2014 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Blizzard Entertainment and World of Warcraft are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

©2014 Christie Golden (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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GAROSH HELSCREAM STANDS TRIAL

#Audible1 As a fan of the World of Warcraft lore, the story beneath the MMORPG is a fascinating and wildly entertaining web of interlocking tales and destinies by the main characters within it. This one is well written and overall I found it very well done. It put a few in-game plots to rest and provided a nice wrap up to the same. I did find that Scott Brick as the narrator was challenging at times to follow as his voice is quite soft and flows almost musically. There was a lack of gusto and dramatic emphasis in places where I thought would be suitable to really reinforce the feel of the moment however that may simply be my personal taste. Scott none the less presented well and did the book justice. Recommended Listen

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Fantastic

Anybody looking to get deep into the lore of World of Warcraft, These books are a must read!

Scott Brick does an amazing job as usual.

This is probably my favourite of the WoW books.

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great book

great book. the audio version had me immersed in the smallest of details. highly recommend for anyone interested in world of Warcraft

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awesome

awesome book probably my favorite WOW book learn some new lore as well love it

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good story

its was a good story but a little slow and a little repetative if you have read the other warcraft stories

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Absolutely wonderful!

As someone who has played the game, this novel was great, 10/10 Story and Marrator

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  • MamaSuz
  • 2018-06-29

Great story; bad reader

I love world of Warcraft, so I might be a bit biased, but I really loved this story. It adds a lot of lore and background to characters I love and have played with over the years.

However, I am not a fan of the man who read it. He does not do a very good job with the voices - many of them sound exactly the same, and his female voices are pathetic.

Another book, “Before the Storm”, also a Warcraft novel, was read by a fantastic orator who did an amazing job with the voices. This book might be better being read by yourself.

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  • Cesar Ruiz Jr
  • 2016-10-01

Exceptional

Loved it! Great story and the character really come to life. Can't wait to listen to more!

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  • Shade
  • 2016-09-26

A good slice of lore.

Great book. I'm an avid WOW player, playing since the launch of Mists of Pandaria, and was lucky enough to hit level cap in time to partake in the uprising of Voljin and the dethronement of Garrosh. It really did the game justice in serving a an in between for Mists and Warlords.

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  • Angela
  • 2015-06-09

For Azeroth!

If you could sum up World of Warcraft: War Crimes in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, Wounderful, Amazing again

What was one of the most memorable moments of World of Warcraft: War Crimes?

Cairne Bloodhoofs back story on how we lost him

Which scene was your favorite?

Baine Bloodhoof making voljin and thrall feel guilty

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

DownFall of Garrosh Hellscream

Any additional comments?

Just Amazing! i love the fact that the tauren race actually have a front line in this book and baine being one of the focal charaters

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  • Robert
  • 2015-03-24

Starts very strong, drags just a bit at the end

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Warcraft lore, absolutely. It's a great tie-in piece connecting the end of Mists of Pandaria and the current expansion, Warlords of Draenor.

What other book might you compare World of Warcraft: War Crimes to and why?

A courtroom Wow story? Not sure it compares to much else. But I love the combination of fantasy and real-life courtroom procedure. Fantastic mix.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Vol'Jin and Sylvannas, definitely. Love the voice and character provided to Vol'Jin (his time on the witness stand might be my favorite part of the book). Was also exciting seeing more character to Sylvannas, who - outside of her Arthas/Lich King story - often is left out of major lore events.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme, but there were a few chapters where I just HAD to keep listening (again, mostly around Vol'Jin's time on the stand.

Any additional comments?

Ending drags just a little bit. Felt like it took a minute too long and suddenly there were all kinds of morals and lessons being tossed my way. Aside from the last maybe twenty minutes/half hour, loved every second.

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  • Jonathan D Gaynor
  • 2014-05-17

Great for Fans of the Game; Major Holes; Fun Read

Where does World of Warcraft: War Crimes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Above average.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Christie Golden does an admirable job of combining the action-fantasy of World of Warcraft with a courtroom procedural. The book has this, "let's just go with it" vibe that doesn't bother me much because I read it as a fan of the game.

The premise of Garrosh Hellscream's trial for War Crimes is misexecuted, in my opinion. It isn't a trial at all, but a sentencing phase and Tyrande cares more about proving things Garrosh is involved with rather than showing how and why Garrosh cannot change. Even though Garrosh is deplorable, I spent the whole book cheering for Baine in his defense of Garrosh. Baine hates Garrosh but defends him because it is his duty and I can respect that. Tyrande just hates Garrosh. It makes it hard to probe her point of view and empathize with her.

Why there must be a Defender and why someone for the Horde must defend Garrosh is never answered; the book provides only vague pronouncements that people will think the Horde didn't give Garrosh a fair shake if they don't defend him.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Vol'jin. He did a very good job of getting the troll's speech just right.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Stupid work and raiding got in the way a bit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-23

Mop

Pretty good but abit sad its a court sentenced and story. Would like more about lore around mop

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  • bbean_62
  • 2019-06-07

Very eventful listen too.

Lots of character development between Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor. Absolute joy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-22

pronounciation

Scott Brick pronounces some names in different ways from their normally accepted pronunciation. It isn't a huge problem but it's distracting at times. I end up wondering why rather than listening to the amazing story as Christie Golden wrote it.

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  • Duane
  • 2019-01-20

great book

I really enjoyed it this is a court case drama started a little cheesy but picked up with, a book that covers a lot.