I've not read or listened to any other Wheel of Time books and if this prequel is any indication, I'll be reading the others.
However, I will not be listening to them since it seems that Audible has no unabridged versions of the first 5 books. Abridgment is butchery and I will not buy ANY abridged versions of any book.
I'm a BIG fan of the Wheel of Time series... This book, on the other hand, was irrelevant in almost every way. No story lines are advanced or secrets or insights revealed. More of a novelette about Siuan and Moiraine's schoolgirl (Accepted) days, this book is worth a listen if you are a big fan, but don't expect too much. Only gets two stars because of it's ties with the Wheel of Time series proper.
If the rest of the series is as hard to understand as this book, I won't be reading the rest. The writing is very hard to comprehend. It uses words that are foreign to us with no explanation. It's almost as if the book forgot to put the 1st 3 chapters in where everything is introduced. Characters, places, and phrases that make no sense are introduced with no explanation making it very difficult to follow the story. The story that is there moves VERY slowly and certainly will not have you coming back for more. I'll try the next book to see if it gets better but no further if it doesn't improve. Even the readers are sometimes difficult to understand, especially with the strang words they have to pronounce.
Well done effort by Jordan and a good listen. Only one complaint - Michael Kramer should NOT do audio books, is voice is too unexpressive and dry.
Keep in mind that I read most of the series before coming back to listen to the prequel. I don't feel that this book had much to do with the WOT series other than the fact that the characters are the same. It speaks mainly of Morraine and Suan as accepted and being raised to sisters. It gives some background on Lan, but not enough to make it worth listening to. (He reminds me a lot of Matt in this book; doing things that need to be done, not because he wants to do them.) The only valuable thing I got from this book is the insinuation that Cadsuane may be a dark friend. (She is in about 3 minutes of the book)There is not much adventure or sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the next move. With the rest of the series I found it hard to take off my headphones and go to sleep, but I was sorely disappointed with New Spring.
I have no idea.
I do not like sience-fiction.
I would not matter who read it, I did not like anything about it.
I would like a credit refund on this book, so that I can find one I will enjoy.
While the narration this book is as good as ever, the content is not as rich as in other volumes. The book fills in some detail that is nice to have, but really came to a head without really getting enough into the dynamic of Moraine and Lan and how their 'bond' is more than a just a Warder's bond. There are some more gaps that are glossed over and shold have more detail. A good read, but not as much info as I'd hoped for.
Robert Jordan had a very annoying tendency to constantly describe what people are wearing. This book takes that to new lows! We get to have characters arguing (or not daring to argue) with seamstresses about colors. Light blue or dark blue? Hip hugging or not? Cleavage? Wool or silk? Guess what? It does nothing for the plot! I think there are two hours in this book talking about clothing. Two hours I can never get back.
Eventually the story gets going, but that's at 90% through. If you decide to listen to this one, just start skipping when fabric is mentioned!
Robert Jordan always talks about how hard it is to become Aes Sedai, but he never says what the test actually is. So he writes this book to try and explain it. He then throws in how Moraine and Lan meet and get together. There is some good information. I listened to this on after book 4, and I felt as if it was just Elaine and Nainieve being used to describe Morain and Suann. (sorry about spelling, I've never read the names, just listened to them) Jordan also introduces Cadsuane. It was an ok read, but wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be.