- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 15 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 23, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0039OZFLS
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World of Warcraft: Stormrage Audible – Unabridged
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On the up side the author clearly did their homework on the WoW world. Lots of names and locations pop up in the story and I really liked that I could go "Oh, my character has been there!" or "The person gave my character a quest." So it's pretty easy to get into the world and get excited about the backdrops.
Now without going into major spoilers there were also lots of nice moments mixed in like people from all the races having to band together to fight a common threat (WoW loves that theme), getting to see a runestone in a story and the short but very cool appearance by Sylvanas Windrunner.
So while the feel of the WoW world is really well done the characters and the story aren't. Some of the most powerful people in WoW are taking on a single threat that they end up being able to do almost nothing about. Until the very end pretty much everyone is at best holding line or running away. Seriously, the heroes of this novel run away in the course of one story than Shaggy and Scooby do in the whole history of Scooby Doo.
It got to the point where the last 100 pages where just a slog and I was happy to just be done with the book so I could go read something else. "Lord of the Clans" this ain't.
Overall, save your time and money for something else.
In the end, this book really was just too long (and I am not usually one to whine about length; 500-600 pages or more does not bother me). The nightmares got repetitious and I found myself wanting to flip pages until we were finished with them. The same characters had the same nightmares over and over, and everyone's nightmares were very similar, and we had descriptions of them over and over. As a whole the book was too descriptive, which is a classic Knaak trap it seems. I was bored for the first 200 pages, then it picked up for a little while, and lost me again at the end. It really says something if the climax of the story isn't very exciting. The story could have been wrapped up much more quickly and a lot of extraneous material could have been eliminated. Knaak either needs to watch that tendency in himself or get himself a better editor.
I also didn't really connect with any of the new characters; Eranikus was way too whiney and irritating, and for some reason I couldn't sympathize with him. Others, like Gnarl, weren't around enough for you to get to know them (oh, and he really named the tree-like ancient Gnarl??, come on). Broll and Thura were better, but I still didn't feel all that connected to them. He tried to make Broll sympathetic with his lost daughter etc, but it didn't really do much for me - probably because he really beat it to death by mentioning it every chapter.Read more ›
I enjoyed reading more about Malfurion and Tyrande. I think the enemy and his methods of attacking were very creative. Although the story-line wandered to other POVs it still came back to the two main characters. As with most of the other books in this series, I found the gaps in the story-line from previous books to be a bit disconcerting. Just from the references, I could tell that there was other stories that had happened previously to these events (i.e. Broll's story with King Varian).Read more ›
The first half of the book revolves primarily around various characters realizing that something is going wrong in the world and these characters are brought together intentionally and by chance to find the source of the problem and resolve it. There are moments in the first half where the story drags a bit, some characters come across as flat, and we are introduced to a few extraneous characters who are complete dead-ends (mainly thrown in to add some flavor and context to the story). All in all though the first half of the novel is an acceptable, if not exactly enjoyable read.
The second half on the other hand reads a lot like one long, extended, action sequence. Nearly every page is infused with a sense of urgency as characters are busily and desperately trying to understand what and who is behind all the troubles plaguing Azeroth and the Emerald Dream. During the third act in particular, Malfurion frequently has many "Ah-hah! I've got it now." moments. Only to be proven incorrect in his assumptions and then forced to move on and reconsider a new tactic.
This sort of whip-saw pacing is an energy drain on the reader. By the time the Knaak drops the 'real' ending on us, I was already numb from all the false-starts. Leaving the conclusion feeling dull and wasted.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I Love Richard Knaak and his work with the other World of Warcraft novels. This one does not disappoint!!Published 2 months ago by Matthew Buchwalter
Was missing artwork book cover. Claimed it was "new" but more along the lines it was "used". Good read regardless.Published 2 months ago by Jude Landry
Mr. Knaak ain't no Faulkner, which is okay in that I hate reading Faulkner. If you like the characters in World of Warcraft and are interested in learning more of the lore then... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frederick R. Loney III
I really enjoyed the story, but it seemed like it ran out of steam at 75%. The last bit of the book was a repeating theme.Published 3 months ago by B. Fahey
Great story for wow fans and gives all of them something to understand and do while not in the game itselfPublished 5 months ago by Brandon Hulbert
Repetative, blown out of proportions and all in all pretty dull. Half way into it, the only thing that kept me reading was my unrelenting will to finish what I had started. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Raymond
I really don't care for Richard A. Knaak's style of writing. His writing is similar to Dean Koontz, using long gradiose sentences to describe a character, a scene, or their... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joel I. Tencer