• Sylvanas (World of Warcraft)

  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Patty Mattson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,555 ratings)

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By: Christie Golden
Narrated by: Patty Mattson
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The epic, definitive story of Sylvanas Windrunner, one of World of Warcraft’s most enduring and iconic characters, as chronicled by bestselling author Christie Golden. 

Ranger-General. Banshee Queen. Warchief. Sylvanas Windrunner has borne many titles. To some, she is a hero—to others, a villain. But whether in pursuit of justice, vengeance, or something more, Sylvanas has always sought to control her own destiny.

The power to achieve her goals has never been closer, as Sylvanas works alongside the Jailer to liberate all Azeroth from the prison of fate. Her final task? Secure the fealty of their prisoner—King Anduin Wrynn.

To succeed, Sylvanas will be forced to reflect on the harrowing path that brought her to the Jailer’s side and to reveal her truest self to her greatest rival. Here, Sylvanas’s complete story is laid bare: the breaking of the Windrunner family and her rise to Ranger- General; her own death at the hands of Arthas and her renewed purpose in founding the Forsaken; the moment she first beheld the Maw and understood the true consequences of what lay beyond the veil of death.

But as her moment of victory draws near, Sylvanas Windrunner will make a choice that may ultimately come to define her. A choice that’s hers to make.

©2021 Christie Golden (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Epically Read

Lady Mattson not only presents her character well but reads all with a beautiful performance.

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More Great Audiobooks Like This, Blizzard!

Sylvanas read by Sylvanas herself? Yes, please! Patty Mattson does an amazing job of narrating the book, and Christie Golden's writing is wonderful. The audio production is also of high quality. It is easy to listen to and immersive. These qualities make this an audiobook well worth owning. Thank you to all involved in making this work!

Blizz, please make future audiobooks with good audio quality and narrators who know the characters well. I've had to skip several of your audiobooks because of those issues. Keep making future works like this one because it is a great audiobook. Thank you :-)

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Sylvanas 10/10

Hello everyone, I want to start off by saying I am WoW player and I have been since the Burning Crusade days. Sylvanas has been one of my favorite characters in game for a long time, but I really had no insight on why she said what she did, but I get it now. Sylvanas was a great book and it gave the reader/listener the backstory of Sylvanas and took you every step of the way in her life, all the way up to the end game content and the events that took place in the Shadowlands. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves WoW and wants to understand where Sylvanas was coming from 10/10.

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Another Golden Turd

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If this is true then I must be insane, because I know how much of a lousy writer Christie Golden is and I keep giving her chance after chance.

And she’s utter crap, every time.

The Golden Bots will run to her rescue and downvote this review, but that doesn’t change the fact that Ms. Golden is the worst published author since the pathological liar known as L. Ron and that her fans haven’t bothered to read a novel better written than Twilight or Fifty Shades of Crap. Her dialogue is perhaps, perhaps, a middle-schoolers’ fan fiction. Her pacing is lousy, her descriptions are all the same. In short, she just sucks.

Only the voice actress of Sylvanas, who narrates this audiobook, keeps this from being one star bargain bin nonsense found at your local Dollar Tree store. Her acting in her narration is amazing.

I hold on to the hope that Blizzard will finally get its act together and hand Ms. Golden her pink-slip, but with the direction that they’ve been taking over the last decade I am losing hope.

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Really bad

I should have stopped listening to this book after the first 5 minutes but I endured solely to leave this message to other potential readers: this is a terrible story with even worse narration. O. M. G. Walk away and preserve Sylvanas as a character you like instead of an incredibly stupid and short sighted individual.

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Don't Do It

I listened to the end, but I'd recommend against even starting this story. Warcraft might be a good game again some day, but this story ark was the finally straw that completely ruined the lore for me. It also retcon ruined some of the best parts of the existing lore. This story is ridiculous but poorly written. It the old lore slapped together and twisted to force Sylvanases relationships with the Jailer into the narrative. Given the point and source of the main story it's told in the wrong perspective. Patty Mattson is the voice of Sylvanas, but she is not the voice of everyone else. This story and ark ruined some of warcrafts best characters, and brought a painfully unenjoyable end to my favorite character from the franchise.

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Contrived, poor writing

I wanted to like this title but the writing was just terrible, the dialogue was laughable and the characters flat. It's like the author is from another planet, read a book about humans, and thinks she can now describe them. I made it half way and figured it would not improve. It's so boring, the author only writing about the mundane, probably because she didn't know what to write.
The voice performer was also very lousy. I gave her 2 stars because I like her work in the game. She uses the completely wrong inflections when performing this book. Before starting she should have listened to some of the other professional voice performers to know how it should be done. I don't recommend this title.

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If you enjoy pain

I was a Sylvanas fan for the 14 years I played WOW (quit as of 9.1 SL) but this book is painfully bad. Maybe it’s supposed to be written for a child 8-10 year old, but as an adult it felt like I was being hand held as my guide pointed out every reference and feigned hidden nuance several times over in a cartoonish voice. I had hoped, beyond hope, that this book would lessen the damage the current Blizzard crew has inflicted on their own game/lore/canon - it did not, rather it’s in complete alignment with the current disaster the game has become. Thank God I used a worthless credit as opposed to spending actual money on this utter garbage.

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Blink twice if you need rescuing, Golden

The second half of the book is enraging as a fan of Warcraft lore, and I know it's not Golden making the (entire) narrative choice here, but it's still terrible. Out of necessity, much of old lore is retconned in service of Shadowlands lore, and it only serves as a reminder at how much the newest expansion desecrated. The premise of the novel—of sympathizing with Sylvanas—is impossible, and even acknowledged as such through the audience surrogate, but acknowledging it does not mean it works.

My advice? Shelve it after Part 2, and live in blissful ignorance at what lays in the rest of the book. Golden, I know you can write better than this, and I know this mess isn't entirely yours, but please, for the love of God, enough novels about Anduin speaking to a disgraced warchief in prison.

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I really wanted to like this

the narration felt so bland, I struggled to pay attention. Between the monotone narration and the story being all over the place it was hard to keep listening. I couldn't finish it, as a warcraft fan for many years I was a tad disappointed in this book.

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