• World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde

  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Christie Golden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,278 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Though the young Warchief Thrall ended the demon curse that had plagued his people for generations, the orcs still wrestle with the sins of their bloody past. As the rampaging Horde, they waged a number of devastating wars against their perennial enemy - the Alliance. Yet the rage and bloodlust that drove the orcs to destroy everything in their path nearly consumed them as well. Long ago, on the idyllic world of Draenor, the noble orc clans lived in relative peace with their enigmatic neighbors, the draenei. 

But the nefarious agents of the Burning Legion had other plans for both of the unsuspecting races. The demon-lord Kil’jaeden set in motion a dark chain of events that would succeed not only in eradicating the draenei, but would forge the orc clans into an single, unstoppable juggernaut of hatred and destruction. An original tale of magic, warfare, and heroism based on the best-selling, award-winning electronic game series from Blizzard.

©2007 Blizzard Entertainment (P)2018 Blizzard Entertainment

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Good book

Although she is the author, I’m not as crazy about her performance. Would have preferred Scott Brick. Still overall it was a decent performance and a good book.

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wish this was read by better reader.

ok story that suffers greatly by low quality reading performance. generally Monotonous, and occasionally gringing over-acting made the story painful to listen. And the story suffers largely because of it.

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Amazing story; boring narration.

Christie Golden has helped shape the Warcraft universe as we know it today and making amazing books and story but her narration is just boring and flat. It sounds like the text to speech communication bot 90% of the time with some attempts at accents for the characters.

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Christie golden writes wonderful books but she does not narrate them the best she did and all right job but they're better narrators for the World of Warcraft books

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Great for lore lovers

Wonderful listen but odd to hear a female read majority Male characters. Decent performance otherwise. Loved this book.

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Excellent story, terrible narration

The story itself is excellent however, the narration is pretty terrible. Very monotone narration, limited use of vocal range for differing characters.

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Rise of the Bored.

I like the story, but christies read is a little bland. Still worth picking up.

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Great book could have picked a better narrator .

Great story great book should have picked a better person to narrate it through very disappointed in the narration.

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Great writer terrible reader

Christie just isn't cut out for these roles she's attempting to play. She has a very monotone way or speaking and it can put a person to sleep and not in the "relaxing with a good book" way. Story is of course amazing as with all her works.

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great book

I love the book and author, but hearing her voice impersonating large brutish orcs was a bit immersion breaking.

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  • syntax0ne
  • 06-05-19

good narration

I will echo whatever one else has so far. Christie Goldens reading is top notch, and she reads with tenderness and emotion at times.
Please note if your here because you want to follow up after watching Warcraft. The movie is not part of Warcraft canon. It doe not exist within the lore because it never happened. This book is the first novel in the world of warcraft and is continued in the Lord of the Clans followed by the Last Guardian and then beyond the Dark Portal. Listening to or reading in this order keeps the lore straight forward and your not missing anything lore related. There are many more novels / audiobooks in this series, but not all of them are strict canon, for example the traveler's series. They are set in the time period but they have actually nothing to do with the lore, just stand alone stories.

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  • Karl P
  • 08-30-19

A great story with VERY unfitting narration

I would love this book to read. But listening to Christie Golden narrate it was just frustrating and awkward. I made it about 3/4 through before having to stop for a while and listen to something else.

This is the story of how Orcs and Draenei came to, basically, hate each other. Strong, savage, rough orcs. Proud, manly, righteous Draenei. Christie Goldens voice just isn't able to convey these characters.. This isn't her fault, but it sounds like children are playing the parts of every character.

But the main problem I have with the reading is that Christie Golden is too dramatic; there is no natural conversation whatsoever in this book. The narrator is even worse, each line is read as if it is doing a political speech on a podium, or making a plea for a charity, the final words trailing off, quieter and quieter. It gets pretty unbearable.

Listen to the sample, if you think you can listen to this for 11 hours, get it. It's a great story. Otherwise... avoid.

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  • nfeel
  • 04-13-19

Great instalment

This is a book you will definitely appreciate. The main protagonist is Durotan - Thrall's father. You will hear how everything started. You will meet Gul'dan as a shaman as well as becoming the first warlock among his tribe,the Orcs. Everybody that you expect to hear about,and has been a part of the Horde history,will be on this magnificent story. Sargeras will be there too..

I loved Christie's writing and narration. I laughed when she imitated the Ogres. Her accent on different species was spot on.
I can honestly say that this book made me a fan of audio books. Would definitely recommend to any avid warcraft enthusiast.

Not sure how someone not familiar with warcraft would find this book as the names wouldn't bare any weight i would assume.

If you are looking for forgotten realms / warhammer alternatives,this might seem dull and a bit generic possibly.

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  • William
  • 12-12-18

Good lore, voice performance lacking

I'm generally quite a fan of Christie golden's books, however her voice acting is somewhat lacking, appreciated the effort but draenei and orc characters respectively were hard to distinguish between eachother

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  • Zack Foroozan
  • 09-29-22

An honour to Warcraft of old

Christie Golden tenderly narrates her engrossing prose.

This story is about love, honour, family, and legacy, relatable concepts that are sadly lacking in the game that proceeds it.

Dialogue is engaging. Narrative voice is tender. Characters are relatable and likeable.

You cannot go wrong with works from Christie Golden. ❤️

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-15-22

Where it all began..

Good story, great characters. seeing how the Draenei got to Draenor.. and the. how the Orcs turned on the Draenei and then went onto to create the portal to Azeroth.
Well worth a listen for any WoW player that likes the lore!

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  • Kyle C.
  • 07-30-22

classic

I've played the game loads, this is a great backstory for the orcs, 12 hours well spent.

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  • keshaikol
  • 07-23-22

just a tease

really enjoyed this. narration was great.
don't have the time to play wow anymore but the lore was always the best part. so it's like I'm getting my fix.
disappointed to learn that all the books are not available on audible.

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  • tariq
  • 05-31-22

for the horde

everything is amazing, the only way to make it better is by making so many more like it haha o really enjoyed it more than once

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-22

female narrator and orcs

Christie does a good job to be sure, however it irks me when I hear her do the orc voices which I am accustomed to being very dark and low in tone. it kind of sounds like she is portraying orc children and I have to keep reminding myself that she is in fact voicing fully adult orcs.

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  • Martin
  • 08-15-20

Story was good, reader not quite.

The author read this, which I hoped would lean towards a great experience , but Christie could not sell the angry or ferocious Orc. I felt I was listening to a story being read, and not caught up inside the story itself.

The story was good, just lacking the performance I’d gotten used to with Audible.

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  • Corey
  • 01-18-21

Extraordinary Story, Narration needs improvement

I'm not one to give bad feedback but in my honest opinion this was a hard one to get through,
Christie Golden your story was amazing, the narration however was very tough to stay focused on, I found it very monotone which followed through the entirety of the story, I caught myself getting easily distracted and missing large chunks of the story, then having to go back and listen to a chapter again.
It wasn't just the narration but the "Quality" of it, I have no idea what equipment was used to record this but there is a vast difference between this book and the previous one. It was hard to listen to this in headphones, as particular words ended in very sharp notes, I do not recommend headphones.

I do want to make it clear though, This is a fantastic story . Christie Golden did an amazing job, I just wish hearing her narration matched the emotions in her story.

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  • Oroki
  • 07-22-21

awesome

Another great book and I really enjoy Christie Goldens narration. Her voice is so nice to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-21

always awesome

Christie Golden is as awesome an orator as she is a writer. I am blessed to have enjoyed this.

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  • Tim Saul
  • 03-13-21

Great story, performance is lacking.

Really enjoyed this story. Really felt like there were stakes in the story and no one feels safe (unless you have played the game and know what happens).

However the having big, burly Orcs sound like angsty pre-teens really takes away from the immersion. Can barely tell the difference between when it is character dialogue and when it's not. Most of the Orcs sound the same as each other, and the Draenei all sound the same as each other. Would have been a much better experience with a better narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-18

Excellent work! Beautifully executed

Excellent work! Beautifully executed. I could not stop listening, as the rest of Christie Golden's work

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