Warbreaker

  • by Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by James Yaegashi
  • 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, Vivienna and Siri, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world where those who die in glory return as immortal gods; a world transformed by BioChromatic magic, a power based on an essence known as breath. By using breath and drawing upon the colour in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be performed.

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Hmmmm....not my favourite Sanderson.

I'm a little unsure about this one. I am a loyal Sanderson fan, and firmly in the camp of "Sanderson never disappoints"........and although it would be hugely unfair to suggest he'd disappointed me with this one, it definitely has not been one of my favourites. I found the constant description of colour (and their various hues) a little over-worked, but mostly, I think I was put off by the narrator. Narrators are an important part of an audiobook for me; I expect them to add to the story with the expression of their voice. That said, I'm not so picky that I can't ignore certain irritations and after a few hours I usually get used to things and settle into a narrator's style, even when they're not so great - not so with Mr Yaegashi. I really struggled with some of his character portrayals (as other reviewers have mentioned), and his lengthy (and loud) breaths between sentences irritated me to the point of almost giving up on this one (I maybe being hugely unfair, and it's just a poor recording/editing job? Either way, I found it challenging to get into)

In the end, I did enjoy the book. The narrator (eventually) sped up sufficiently to stop me chucking it all out in frustration, and there are enough Sanderson twists towards the latter half of the book to satisfy me. Not a 5 star listen this time, though.
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- Robyn

Brilliant; ingenious, mesmerising, a masterpiece!

Would you listen to Warbreaker again? Why?

Definitely! It is simply a masterpiece that engages you from start to end. In the most imaginative way possible, the reader can identify with the common frailties of mankind/humans such as petulance, over-rationalisation; prejudicial judgement of others, deviousness, fear of the unknown, piety, credulity, vengefulness, naivety....


What was one of the most memorable moments of Warbreaker?

Lightsong's final realisation of his nature, worth and purpose.


What about James Yaegashi’s performance did you like?

I was apprehensive at first. But then his voice blended well for most of the characters. There were a bit too many silent breaks and the high quality of sound meant that I could hear what tended to be unnecessary swallowing and breathing here and there. But, that said, I appreciated the tempo and in reality, some of the speakers would have swallowed or taken a breath where James did.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There way too many moving moments! Like the first time the God King declared his love, the second time he declared his love for his wife to the woman to whom he had originally been betrothed. Then there's the moment when he is dragged helplessly and moaning for his wife in realisation that both their lives were to come to an end, that he couldn't protect her or prevent her death. I was also moved by the princess's experiences as a lowly beggar; the hardships she had to endure, the difficult choices she had to face and make, and her self-re-evaluation.


Any additional comments?

Not many books give you a satisfying end, and keep you intellectually mesmerised or engaged throughout the book. This is one such book!! You almost want the author to have written a bit more, but if you appreciated the talent of the author in constantly engaging your own imaginative mind and intellect, you'd accept that it was a fitting end to a fantastic masterpiece!

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- Lulu

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Ltd