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Words of Radiance

The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
Série : Stormlight Archive, Volume 2
Durée : 48 h et 13 min
5 out of 5 stars (11 notations)

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Brandon Sanderson’s brilliant second instalment in the epic fantasy series The Stormlight Archive, Words of Radiance, rivals anything dished up by other masters of the genre. In this thrilling audiobook, various factions vie for control of the magical Shard artefacts whose mysterious power is in great demand. As war looms on the horizon, aristocratic dynasties struggle for power. Available from Audible, Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 is narrated by the team of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

Description

Book two of the Stormlight Archive. 

From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars. 

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers which will threaten their integrity and their lives. Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.

©2014 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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Excellent mais pas de titres de chapitres

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Performance sans égal!
Histoire absolument captivante!

Les moins:
Les chapitres ne sont pas détaillés.
Le premier tome de la série était adéquatement séparé en 5 parties avec les interludes et les titres des chapitres. Pour ce livre, ce n'est pas le cas.

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  • Mls
  • 03/07/2018

This is a very amazing book!

As always when I am immersed in a book, it seems to me that the end will come too soon. For Word of Radiance, it really ended too soon (even after 48h of listening). The depiction of this world on the brink of destruction is very good and Brandon Sanderson made this story believable. This fantasy world is a masterpiece in heroic fantasy, I recommend it for the fans of this genre.

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  • Sally Howes
  • 07/09/2014

Great books are the ones that make you THINK

Any additional comments?

You know you've found something special when the first book in a series is excellent ... but the second book is even better. WORDS OF RADIANCE is one such second book, and is a strong indicator that the Stormlight Archive as a whole is going to be Brandon Sanderson's masterpiece. As an encore to the extraordinary and enthralling THE WAY OF KINGS, WORDS OF RADIANCE raises the bar to dizzying new heights. This book's depth, complexity, scope, and sheer heart and gutsiness make it a joy to experience.

In order to write a great fantasy novel, you must first have a great plot and great characters, and in WORDS OF RADIANCE, Sanderson has achieved this with such style that it appears effortless, seamless. THE WAY OF KINGS was the starter's pistol, and WORDS OF RADIANCE shows Sanderson really hitting his stride. The plot expands and deepens like the chasms of the Shattered Plains. The scope of the story increases exponentially, yet never quite becomes too unwieldy or difficult to follow. And excitingly, the final scenes open up whole new horizons to be explored in future books.

Character development in WORDS OF RADIANCE is also first class. I have to admit that in the preceding book, I found Dalinar's character to be rather bleak, but WORDS OF RADIANCE makes him much more three-dimensional and therefore likable. On the other hand, I loved Kaladin and Shallan from the very first time I met them. However, in WORDS OF RADIANCE, both of their characters blossom even further, revealing unexpected depths. They are both such engaging characters because they are both, paradoxically, so deeply scarred, and that is something every reader can empathize with in their own unique way. Through the characters of Kaladin and Shallan, Sanderson poses the questions: How far can a person be pushed before they break? And once broken, are there means they can use to continue to function as human beings? WORDS OF RADIANCE sums up Kaladin and Shallan perfectly: "Contradictions. Those were what made people real." In the end, that is what it comes down to: These are great characters because they are so very real.

For a fantasy novel to be something truly exceptional, it has to have something even more than a great plot and great characters. There are just so many fantasy novels out there - and so many of them are either simply ordinary, or perhaps good, but very few are extraordinary. So when I'm reading a fantasy novel, I'm always looking for something truly special about it, something that it does better than all the rest and that marks it as one of the greats. In the case of WORDS OF RADIANCE, I believe it is the book's deep and heartfelt exploration of important human issues that most emphatically sets it apart from the crowd. There are a core group of themes that are not just explored but are attacked from every possible angle, so that thematically, the book reveals more layers than an onion. It is one of the great paradoxes of literature that real-world issues are often most effectively tackled in the fantasy genre. Brandon Sanderson has been particularly adept at this throughout his career, but never more so than in WORDS OF RADIANCE.

Class difference seems to be a theme that has long been close to Sanderson's heart, and it has its most overt airing yet in WORDS OF RADIANCE. As Kaladin says to Shallan: "'It's the fault of your entire class. Each time one of us is defrauded, enslaved, beaten, or broken, the blame rests upon all of you who support it, even indirectly.'" But in a sign of authorial maturity, the question also arises: If class does separate human beings, does humanity, in the end, bind them together? WORDS OF RADIANCE also asks many questions about the concept of justice, questions such as: Can life pay for life? Is killing ever justified? Is there any real difference between killing and murder? Anyone interested in arguments about corporal punishment could do a lot worse than read WORDS OF RADIANCE.

But there was one theme in this book that truly captured my imagination. This theme, put simply, was the nature of lies, but not in the way we would normally think about it. It takes a being from another dimension to articulate it most succinctly: "'You [humans] are abstract. You think in lies, and tell them to yourselves.'" Not only is the way in which we create our own self-images and our images of others a matter of perspective, and therefore a slightly different experience for every person, WORDS OF RADIANCE demonstrates most profoundly and movingly how we use lies to protect ourselves. Both Kaladin and Shallan lie to themselves and others in order to salvage their own sanity in the wake of unspeakable brutality. And this made me think long and hard about the millions, perhaps even billions, of people throughout human history who have been forced to do exactly the same thing.

Fantasy books as a genre suffer under the stigma of being unrealistic and therefore somehow less than other genres. But as far as I'm concerned, great books can come from any genre, and need only fulfill one overriding criteria: Great books must make the reader THINK. From now on, I shall be holding up WORDS OF RADIANCE as my proof that fantasy books can do exactly that, and do it very, very well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05/03/2019

Awesome

I really hope the next book has been released on audible, I'm hooked on the story.

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  • Agnes Kuczewska
  • 29/12/2018

breath taking addiction

Love it!😍 narration incredible! couldn't stop listening! very addictive, be aware before you start listening!

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  • maria
  • 15/05/2018

Fantastic Read

Fantastic read. I really enjoyed watching the growth of characters as the story continued from book one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04/05/2014

"Whoo hoo! Only one of the best books ever written

Where does Words of Radiance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Absolutely in the top 5.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Words of Radiance?

When Kaladin was trying to save the king and faced down Moash even as he was in such a terrible physical shape. He was not about to give up. I gave him real props for that.

And when Dalinar tricked out Amaram re Kaladin's story. And whenever Lopen had something to say - he is FUN-NY!

What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Their nuances for the funny bits make the funny bits funnier. Their performance of the character's voices made it easier to understand their personalities; Sadeas is a prime example - he sounds slimey and underhand, a perfect fit.

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

Air-sick lowlanders! lol

Any additional comments?

I really like that the characters are humanly flawed. Kaladin is still finding his way, and filled with a lot of conflict about the whole light eyes/dark eyes dynamics. I groaned in disappointment when he agreed to help kill the king, and again when he gave Moash the shardplate and sword. That was a dumb move. But it was great to see that he has to struggle to get to where he has to be, and not just wake up one day all perfect and superheroish.

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  • Nathan
  • 03/05/2014

An excellent start to the story

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

At 40 hours long some might say it's a bit long winded but I was gripped right to the end.

What did you like best about this story?

The lead characters development from hero to slave and back to hero

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

Kaladin

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

When, despite the prejudice he suffered from Eihokar and his peers, he puts himself in danger to save his life

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next book in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30/06/2019

Improves on the first book. Go for it.

PROS:
- Satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable continuation of the first book. Fans of Brandon Sanderson's work will be thrilled.

- Characters grow in substantial ways.

- The narration is top notch for the most part. My ears never got bored and fell asleep on me.

CONS:
- The pacing drags in the middle, but stick with it because the payoff at the end is very much worth it.

- Kate Reading, one of the narrators, puts on comical and ear grating accents for some of the characters and I couldn't help feeling a bit annoyed and pulled out of the narrative every time she did.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30/10/2018

Sanderson at his best

I am loving this series... It's well read and very entertaining. The characters come to life.

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  • Rasmus Nordström
  • 28/09/2018

Who needs Game of thrones?

A truely epic story getting better and better for each chapter. I listened with 1.1x original speed without any trouble.

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  • Ori Buberman
  • 28/04/2018

Wow what a wonderful surprise!

Can't stop listening. Intelligent, twisting plot. The stuff of legends. Can't recommend it enough. Mmmm

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  • eMaRDi
  • 07/05/2014

Eine echte Alternative für Rad der Zeit Fans

Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie Words of Radiance treffend charakterisieren?

Fantasy, episch, kurzweilig

Welches andere Buch würden Sie mit Words of Radiance vergleichen? Warum?

Sandersons Mistborn verwendet auch eine unübliche Art für Magie (Metallurgie)

Haben Sie vorher schon ein Hörbuch mit Michael Kramer and Kate Reading gehört? Wie würden Sie beide vergleichen?

Ich habe mir im Anschluss das erste Buch ins englisch besondert, da ich bisher das erste Buch in deutsch hörte. Das Tandem klingt aber besser.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Definitiv (bei DIESEM Hörbuch aber schwer).

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Es baut auf das erste Buch (im deutschen zwei) "The Way of the Kings" auf. Es wiederholt zwar einige Elemente, sollte aber vorher bekannt sein.
Im Gegensatz zu dem, was ich zuvor vom Buch hörte fokussiert dieses Buch nicht übermässig auf den weiblichen Charakter.
Ich hörte zuvor das deutsche Hörbuch des ersten Buchs (bzw. der ersten zwei) und mir gefällt das englische besser. Wird ein Abschnitt aus einer weiblichen Perspektive geschrieben, liest diese Kate Reading, die anderen Michael Kramer. Das funktioniert sehr gut.
Warum der eine Stern weniger zur Geschichte? Zwischen den Teilen werden sogenannte "Eyes" durchgegangen - Kurzgeschichten von Personen, die mit wenigen Ausnahmen sonst (in dieserm Buch) nicht weiter vorkommen und den Fluss für meinen Geschmack etwas ausbremsen.

Fazit: Wer den, der den ersten (englischen) Part gelesen/gehört hat und mit dem etwas eigenen Stil der Welt zurechtkommt ist das Hörbuch fast ein "Muss". Wer nach "Rad der Zeit" und evtl. "Mistborn" etwas ähnliches sucht, dem ist dieses und das erste Buch der "Stormlight Archives" wärmstens ans Herz gelegt.

Achja: Das Englisch ist für mich OK, man sollte dem Englischen aber schon gut mächtig sein, ansonsten empfehle ich, bis zur deutschen Version zu warten, die allerdings (wahrscheinlich) nur von einem Leser gesprochen wird.

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  • George_K
  • 23/01/2018

Simply Excellent!

Although long, this audiobook has an excellent narration and story. Characters are well develop and consistent. It is the second in the trilogy and I enjoyed it more than the first one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16/11/2016

Listened to it twice already

One of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to be confronted with. Amazing story.

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  • Philipp Bellmann
  • 29/05/2017

Abwechslungsreicher und spannender als Buch 1

... Manchmal wäre "Weniger wirklich mehr gewesen". Trotzdem: tolle, einfache Fantasy-Unterhaltung.
Wer nichts gegen erwas schlichte Schwarz-Weiß-gezeichnete Charaktere hat, und ausschweifende Nebenhandlungen und noch ausschweifenderer Schlachtszenen hat, kommt auf seine Kosten .

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