An interesting look into how Moiraine started her quest to find the Dragon Reborn. Well worth your time.
I read another review to not start with this book, to read the first three books first. I couldn't disagree more. This provides the backdrop for the series. I really enjoyed the story of early Moiraine and Lan. Kate Reading's and Michael Kramer's performances are excellent.
I listened to this book after listening to the first 13 of the regular series, before the 14th and final book. I enjoyed hearing the backstory for the many characters I have devoted so much of my listening time to. Now that I'm listening to the last book, that extra background enriches my listening that much more.
This book follows right with the other books in the series, so if you liked those, you'll like this one. One bonus: this book is as long as the others should have been! (In other words, it's shorter!)
I liked having some of Lan and Mouraine's backstory, but it could have been told at a faster pace with a little more excitement.
Yes, the series as a whole is amazing.
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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Best fantasy series ever written and he doesnt' even use foul languange to make the bad guys bad. Good clean fun. Try it you will get lost in the excitment of a well written epic.
The prequel to the famous Wheel of Time series is a good listen. I have always enjoyed Michael Kramer and Kate Reading as narrators. This book should be for those who have either read up to Towers of Midnight, book 13, or have not read any books.
This book involves a inter-twinded Aes Sedai plot that unravelled even before book one of the Wheel of Time. A good read for those who are caught up and a good read for those who have not even started.
being dyslexic, I never read allot but I loved books...doesn't mix right? NOPE...wrong...Audible allows me to "read" at a pace that works for me and they have a great selection of books to keep me interested. I'm a fiction , sci-fi, and adventure books with strong female characters reader. I have been on a Vampire kick lately so female protags have been on my list.
The story is slow, the story was "bland" and did not seem to have an character to the reading.
The boring story, slow, and tons of quotes that didn't make much sense as it relates to the story.
Yes, some inflection in the story would be helpful. It seemed like the performer was a bored as I was to read it
Fantasy fanatic, sci fi dabbler
This book was quite good in and of itself, but what I liked most about it was the different perspective it gave me on the main series.
I listened to this just after finishing Towers of Midnight & wanting to fill the void while awaiting A Memory of Light.
I loved seeing Moiraine and Siuan as Accepted and very young Sisters. It hurt to see Lan so lost even though I knew things would work out for him (well, they have so far. Time and AMOL will tell). The betrayals of the Black Ajah in the main series cut even deeper after seeing how close the Novices and Accepted usually are (as Elayne, Nynaeve and Egwene have always stood apart from the others in the Tower the betrayal doesn't cut them anywhere near as deep). Also seeing how the "normal" Aes Sedai had their beginnings emphasised just how remarkable N, E & E really are.
Hint - if you haven't quite finished the existing books yet, read this before Towers of Midnight. It will really whet your appetite for the Towers of Ghenjei shenanigans (if you know what that means, you know enough not to be spoilered by the reference).
Not as good as the other Wheel of Time audiobooks but definitely a must for fans. For people who haven't started the series yet, you'll want to read this later, maybe even last for the world is not introduced in this prequel like it is in the beginning of the Wheel of Time.
The foretelling of the Dragon's rebirth.
Yes, I've listened to all the other Wheel audiobooks. I'd say this is the worst of the Wheel's but that's like saying Henry V is the worst Shakespeare play. It's still very good but in the scope of the rest of the books it's not as good. The audio recording for this is from a tape, not cd, so you get the light scratchy-ness of tape sound and it's much shorter than the other Wheel books so there aren't as many characters that Kramer and Reading really get a chance to wow the listener with their breadth of mastery.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are my favorite duo for all audiobooks. I wish every fantasy series used them for their recordings and they do not disappoint in this performance as well.
New Spring takes the story back about 20 years and tells us the story of how Lan became Warder to Moraine. Although not critical to the overall story, once completing the final book in the series, it was nice to finish off with a bit of background.