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Summary

The brutal siege of Orgrimmar is over.

Alliance and Horde forces have stripped Garrosh Hellscream, one of the most reviled figures on Azeroth, of his title as warchief. His thirst for conquest devastated cities, nearly tore the Horde apart, and destroyed countless lives throughout the World of Warcraft.

Now, on the legendary continent of Pandaria, he will stand trial for his transgressions.

Renowned leaders from across the world have gathered to witness this historic event. As the trial unfolds, agents of the bronze dragonflight present shocking visions of Garrosh's atrocities. For many of those in attendance, these glimpses into history force them to relive painful memories and even question their own innocence or guilt. For others, the chilling details stoke the flames of their hatred.

Unbeknownst to anyone, shadowy forces are at work on Azeroth, threatening not only the court's ability to mete out justice…but also the lives of everyone at the trial.

© 2014 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Blizzard Entertainment and World of Warcraft are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

©2014 Christie Golden (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Great end to the expansion

What did you like most about World of Warcraft: War Crimes?

As a lover of the lore, it was great to so many characters all together in one place. To listen to all of them speak and the tough situation they are put in was well written and of great insight into warcraft's popular characters

What did you like best about this story?

I guess it was the Salvyanas/Veressa Subplot

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have a few book read by him and Love his voice, its easy to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but i failed to sadly

Any additional comments?

A really good book about warcraft, delving in deep to the characters and the past.
FOR THE HORDE!

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With respect, I protest.

I absolutely loved this book. As a fan of the game but stopped playing a few years ago, this was a great opportunity to catch up on the epic tale of azeroth.

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Law and Order: Stupid Panda Unit

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

90% of this book takes place in a courtroom with flashbacks to making Garrosh seem like a genocidal warmongering monster while not looking at his justification of what he did for his people and in the bad situation Thrall left him in.

Has World of Warcraft: War Crimes put you off other books in this genre?

No because other books are better

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yeah it's as good as anything else he narrates.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

Trolls suck, Orcs rule, Sylvanas is worse than Arthas and doing the same things. Anduin will run the alliance into the ground.

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Best Warcraft Novel since WoW's release!

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

No matter who there favorite character is he/so has there moment in this book plus you get to see alternate sides to previous book events.

What was one of the most memorable moments of World of Warcraft: War Crimes?

We see Garrosh's thought process with each of his decisions that many questioned in the game and it really made him one of my favorite characters in a long time :).

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

It is Scott Brick what was there not to like!

He did a great job as he always does :).

Any additional comments?

Easily my favorite Novel since the start of WoW (on Par with the likes of Rise of the Horde). Unlike most Warcraft novels this gives us the POV of a large amount of the leaders (both Horde and Alliance) giving more perspective of everyones views on the situation. Not to mention we get interactions we have never had before because they are all at the Trial even the likes of Wrathion to the Dragon Aspects on top of the leaders.

It gives us 3 major plot lines that will carry on as we play throughout WoD on top of that behind the scene with those who followed Garrosh and still believe in his Horde.

The book is easily one of the most fluently written Warcraft books since World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects!

I cannot write this review without also adding that this book has ties to 8 other novels written in the Warcraft universe and gives us alternate perspectives on moments we read in previous books during the trial thanks to the Bronze Flight.

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  • Dave G
  • York, England
  • 11-06-18

Fantastic book!

A brilliant listen, and a fantastic book! loved every minute of it, well worth it.

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excellent read

excellent book I really enjoyed it and would defiantly listen to it again given the chance

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Genuinely fantastic.

This ties in well and is an interesting perspective on this world and it's beloved characters.

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A lot of props to the teller

I love wow, and this voice actor was easy to listen to. good work there

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awesome

love the storyline, one main plot and two subplots interlinked, best ever Christie golden yay

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Well written, just as good as the game

Fantastic story, even if you're only partly a fan of War Craft you should find this a good listen

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  • Sean
  • 14-11-15

LAW & OGRE

The plot and character development was very intriguing as everyone acted in an understandable way, and was emotionally swayed throughout the process of the trial. It helps to know the backstory between most of the characters and the diplomatic sensitivity that led to some dramatic events, since every leader in the world was in attendance.

Golden had plenty of wisdom and advice for an emotional trial that should have been open and shut, but instead left many questioning their own actions and presumptions.

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  • Cesar Ruiz Jr
  • 01-10-16

Exceptional

Loved it! Great story and the character really come to life. Can't wait to listen to more!

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  • Shade
  • 26-09-16

A good slice of lore.

Great book. I'm an avid WOW player, playing since the launch of Mists of Pandaria, and was lucky enough to hit level cap in time to partake in the uprising of Voljin and the dethronement of Garrosh. It really did the game justice in serving a an in between for Mists and Warlords.

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  • Jacob Rhett Cherwaty Thompson
  • 24-08-16

Story was great! but...

Listening to War Crimes was a pleasure and I believe that the story had a lot to it that people who play world of warcraft would NEED to know. this is where it loses a star for me.

I think it's good to have books got world of warcraft that describe events for the game and give extra knowledge to what happens. what I didn't like is how the events of this book are somewhat unknown unless you read it.

I felt that unless you really could read between the lines in quest that were in the game then the outcome of this book is unknown which creates a disconnect in some way. now this is no fault of the author. Their story was great but the story in general, being someone who plays the game for hours on a regular basis, felt unwanted in a game format.

On the other hand the writing of the book was wonderful. I can't count how many times I cried at parts. It was really cool seeing how events could be portrayed so differently and it helped me even understand how something so hard and tear jerking could bring people together.

The narrator of the story was pretty good at giving different tones and voices to the characters with what he had. I would definitely recommend it be listed to or for it to be read.

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  • Martin
  • 30-05-16

Immersive

Was very sceptical when I saw it was read by Brick, since I find him very monotone and basically the same voice for every character. But he surprised me in this book and I found his voice acting entertaining and somewhat immersive.
The story in this book is very good, and its a great way to summarise previous books and events, and get a good look behind what each of the characters is going trough on their own.
Overall I give this book 4/5 since performance is lacking some of the immersiveness you've come to expect from other narrators.

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  • Angela
  • 09-06-15

For Azeroth!

If you could sum up World of Warcraft: War Crimes in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, Wounderful, Amazing again

What was one of the most memorable moments of World of Warcraft: War Crimes?

Cairne Bloodhoofs back story on how we lost him

Which scene was your favorite?

Baine Bloodhoof making voljin and thrall feel guilty

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

DownFall of Garrosh Hellscream

Any additional comments?

Just Amazing! i love the fact that the tauren race actually have a front line in this book and baine being one of the focal charaters

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  • Robert
  • 24-03-15

Starts very strong, drags just a bit at the end

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

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Warcraft lore, absolutely. It's a great tie-in piece connecting the end of Mists of Pandaria and the current expansion, Warlords of Draenor.

What other book might you compare World of Warcraft: War Crimes to and why?

A courtroom Wow story? Not sure it compares to much else. But I love the combination of fantasy and real-life courtroom procedure. Fantastic mix.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Vol'Jin and Sylvannas, definitely. Love the voice and character provided to Vol'Jin (his time on the witness stand might be my favorite part of the book). Was also exciting seeing more character to Sylvannas, who - outside of her Arthas/Lich King story - often is left out of major lore events.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme, but there were a few chapters where I just HAD to keep listening (again, mostly around Vol'Jin's time on the stand.

Any additional comments?

Ending drags just a little bit. Felt like it took a minute too long and suddenly there were all kinds of morals and lessons being tossed my way. Aside from the last maybe twenty minutes/half hour, loved every second.

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  • Jonathan D Gaynor
  • 17-05-14

Great for Fans of the Game; Major Holes; Fun Read

Where does World of Warcraft: War Crimes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Above average.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Christie Golden does an admirable job of combining the action-fantasy of World of Warcraft with a courtroom procedural. The book has this, "let's just go with it" vibe that doesn't bother me much because I read it as a fan of the game.

The premise of Garrosh Hellscream's trial for War Crimes is misexecuted, in my opinion. It isn't a trial at all, but a sentencing phase and Tyrande cares more about proving things Garrosh is involved with rather than showing how and why Garrosh cannot change. Even though Garrosh is deplorable, I spent the whole book cheering for Baine in his defense of Garrosh. Baine hates Garrosh but defends him because it is his duty and I can respect that. Tyrande just hates Garrosh. It makes it hard to probe her point of view and empathize with her.

Why there must be a Defender and why someone for the Horde must defend Garrosh is never answered; the book provides only vague pronouncements that people will think the Horde didn't give Garrosh a fair shake if they don't defend him.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

Vol'jin. He did a very good job of getting the troll's speech just right.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Stupid work and raiding got in the way a bit.

Any additional comments?


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  • Christopher Carl Lundgren
  • 12-06-18

Amazing yet lacking

A story that seemed to lead into an epic moment lead instead to a lacking scene.
Well written however compared other Warcraft books it suffers with lack of content and most of the story just seemed to be dragged out.
8/10

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-18

beautifully written. Great performance.

My only criticism is that some of the references are a bit on the nose. "her thoughts trampled in her mind like a herd of talbuck". As if Azeroth doesn't have horses. but i get it. fan stuff. well worth the buy or credit.