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Summary

In the world of Draenor, the strong and fiercely independent Frostwolf Clan are faced with increasingly harsh winters and thinning herds. When Gul'dan, a mysterious outsider, arrives in Frostfire Ridge offering word of new hunting lands, Durotan, the clan's chieftain, must make an impossible decision: abandon the territory, pride and traditions of his people or lead them into the unknown.

An original tale of survival, conflict and magic that leads directly into the events of Warcraft, an epic adventure from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures based on Blizzard Entertainment's global phenomenon.

©2016 Christie Golden (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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A lukewarm book

Despite loving C.G.'s book, for the most part, this prequel seems very washed out and tacked on.
Compared to her previous work in Lord of the clans; Rise of the Horde; Arthas; and Tides of Darkness, Warcraft: Durotan lacks whatever else the others had to make them so enthralling.

setting aside the fact that this is a movie adaptation - ergo a lot of the story and characters background is incorrect or "adjusted", the book reads in a very dull manner and failed to grasp me, I did not feel like I had to have "more" like those books that you just can't put down and you itch to pick it up again whenever you can.
The story is dull, and apart from conversations with Gul'Dan and the odd battle with the "other" orcs, nothing else managed to keep me ar the edge of my seat or aching for more.

My strong advice is to read Rise of the Horde, by the same author, instead. By doing so you will be getting a much better story AND the accurate Durotan story.

Things like Durotan only catching "glimpses" of Draenei through his lifetime, instead of, well, what actually happened, made me cringe.

Give this one a skip and pick up the real Durotan prequel with Rise of the Horde, and trust me, you'll understand much better why Durotan is such an honorable yet burdened orc.

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why are the orcs cockney?

why does guldan sound like a puckish rogue? the fact that everyone sounds like a wimp and the red orcs sound like a poor arnie knock off is what put me off. the reading outside of the speaking parts are great and easy listening, but no effort was put into character voices, and why did dektar go from sounding like a troll to a soft spoken gentleman? the lack of effort made it hard to a defrenciate between characters.

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Not much of a book or story

Book could have been told in 45 minutes and not much of anything really happens.

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Amazing but lacking action

This was my first audio book experience and it was amazing! I found myself excited to get a spare half hour to sit down and listen to it. The story is amazing and the characters are portrayed fantastically.

If I had to criticise I would say the book itself could have a little more action.

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Waste od time

History is flat with little grip on the listner. Maybe for a WoW fan. Not for High Fantasy lovers.

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The alternative side

loved it! Shows a personable side to the orcs not normally seen in games or other books

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Great for free trial.

loved the story, really enjoyed the performance. Looked at other books and refuse to pay the amount asked for them, which is disappointing. Far too expensive for what they are.

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quite okay

was okay. to be honest i was a little bored but overall a fine book

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Loved it, great start to a epic story.

narrator was excellent. I loved the characters and it was easy to follow and didn't get confused at all.

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Proud Orcs!

I greatly enjoyed the tone of this book and the representation of the orcs in this world. The presentation of their rituals and their sense of pride and honour. It made connecting with their story all the more touching.

The narrator did an excellent job of putting some variety in the gruff voices of the orcs, as it would be very easy to have them all sound very similar.

Having finished this just before going to see the movie, I can confirm that it's a great lead up, which had me feeling far more empathy for some of the characters that make it beyond this story and into the new feature film.

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  • 08-06-16

Another great Christie Golden book

Some may overlook this one since there were a few other wow books released around the same time, but I suggest this not missing it. The story touches on struggles and the foundation of the orcs in a compelling way. The story pulls you in and if you are a fan of other wow books it is one to definitely pick up.

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  • Brandon Long
  • 04-05-16

Great for fans and loremasters alike

In all the book was very entertaining and the narrator did an exceptional job. The one thing that may have threw me off at first was the narrators accent. Prepare for British orcs. Other than that, a great story and experience overall.

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  • John McCoy
  • 03-08-16

fantastic... his voices are spot on! A+

My second audible book, I was so immersed I found myself sitting in the truck after I had gotten home from work.... listening....

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  • 05-05-16

great story really enjoy durotan his ability to

to lead his clan with honor and be soft hearted loving husband . this story can appeal to both men and woman. I'm hooked and need to hear more story!!!

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  • Ds3
  • 08-06-16

Excellent.

I enjoyed every second of this audiobook. The british accent isn't a bother at all, the speaker's emphasis was spot on.

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  • Michael Noga
  • 25-06-16

Great Interpretation

Varies from the original story a little bit, but still a good interpretation. Sets up the movie nicely.

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  • Elisus
  • 15-10-21

Great read for fans of the game

I am a fan of the games, having played Warcraft 3 as well as World of Warcraft for many years. I watched the Warcraft movie and enjoyed it despite the differences in the lore. Going into this book, I was excited to learn more about Durotan, who was one of my favourites parts of the movie. I really enjoyed learning about the life of his clan, and how he became the orc we see in the movie. The story was interesting, and I really loved the voice acting, especially the orc voices. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the movie and wants to learn more about Durotan.

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  • Jeffery
  • 05-09-21

Just not my thing

I've never played warcraft, so maybe that is why I found this to be just okay. It was a decent story that was well narrated and edited, but it just wasn't for me. If you are into warcraft, you may find it to be more interesting.

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  • Brian D. Hughes
  • 02-09-21

What a great surprise!

I am a gamer but don't play nicely with others, so I don't play MMORPG or other online games with other people. So, I knew enough about WoW to understand I would never play it and now that Blizzard/Activision meltdown has pretty much put the final nails in the coffin of this franchise, I saw this book on sale and decided to listen to gain more appreciation of the lore of WoW.

As stated, I was pleasantly surprised by the rich narration of this book and equally impressed with the story of the clans and the Winter Wolves, etc. As a fantasy book it is quite interesting as it is told from the perspective of the Orcs though most books in this genre place orcs alongside goblins as forever enemies of man and civilization.

So this is basically an anti-hero tale , establishing Orc lore and telling of the history of this clan and The Sprits of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Life that guide them. I enjoyed it quite a bit and might follow along for another book but since it's more or less a dead end, maybe not.

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  • 29-04-19

Awesome!

After how this book starts and getting to know Durotan and his clan, it was incomprehensible how they arrived in the situation they were in at the beginning of the movie Warcraft but after being on that journey with them you begin to understand and sympathize and end up utterly amazed.