You are reading the best epic fantasy series there is. period. It may take a while to get into it but you will. There are 2600 plus characters but don't get scared teenagers read this every day. You will know these peoples as "friends" and "enemies" and like your own family. Read by the dynamic duo of recitation kate reading and michael kramer... they pull it all together .. I switch genres just to listen to them... It [the series] is really one huge wonderful story broken into 14 too short books that nobody wants to see ended..I can not express how good these books are. I have started 16 different friends reading TWoT and they are all addicted. You think that maybe the books are enchanted some how???
If fantasy is your genre you have arrived....... paul t.
McCarthy king Martin Abercrombie Sanderson and Tolkien My favorite book as of 900 listened to ... Sutree
I have never read any of jordans work before starting this series , I love kate reading and micheal kramer , but the story is just not that good the characters are shallow and contrived , no suspense and way way too much magic , everyone has powers , too much third grade romance too, imo if you cant do sexual tention well better to leave it out. I dont see how it got so may good reviews.
I stopped reading the series after this book. The tragedy of this series is that the world, the back-history, and magic system are exquisitely developed, but the plot is repetetive and the characters are hollow. The pattern of the plot (no spoiler) is a less-than-brilliant move by (insert character), which leads to an emergency, which is resolved at the last second in a maddeningly convenient manner (usually either an unlooked-for rescue or a new manifestation of magic). The characters are fantasy stereotypes. However, the books are very suspenseful, and these are common issues in all but the best fantasy. All might be forgiven except for the sheer unnecessary length of the series. There are at least two major plot lines that a good editor would have axed altogether to bring focus to a badly meandering story arc and cut the size down a bit. I would recommend this series only to die-hard fantasy aficionados who will appreciate what was done well and forgive what was done poorly.
Good listen but some things were very annoying. First off Mr. Jordon seems to love to jump from one plot to the other with no other warning then you being confused. A couple times I though I had hit the forward button on my Ipod on accident. Took me five min to figure out where I was in the story a couple times. Also lots of filler in this book..God strike me down for saying this but maybe Ill look into the abridged versions of the next book..He describes WAY too many things that dont need to be discussed.
Jordan has successfully created an interesting new fantasy world, but the strength in his characters, the hardships they go through, the obligations that pull them so many ways you never know which way they'll choose, makes it something more. The story divisions are becoming a little hard to follow though--I think it splits to at least 4 different locations, not to mention points of view.
Great continuation of a great serious. Shining performances from both narrators. My only complaint is the length. Took a really long time and some of the chunks didn't seem very necessary. Easy to forget where characters are, what they're doing, much less remember their goals, any subtle motivations, etc. You almost need a reference handy to keep abreast of what's going on. But worth it all at any rate.
yes, i have actually. It was the book that got me to love the series
they were amazing, their different characters were what brought the book to life.
if I could. but it was over 30 hours
great book, great actors , great experience
Sci-fi and fantasy fan, Buddhist, Social Scientist and Doctoral Student.
The biggest thing that stands out in regards to The Shadow riding is how much less of the story is told from the perspective of Rand rather than other characters. This however, gives readers or listeners a chance to learn more about other characters, especially Mat who is separated from Rand until the end of the book. Mat is healed by the Aes Sedai and separated from the Dagger, and now we get to learn more about him without the personality changes the Dagger caused.
Spilers- The ending was not very interesting though. Although the theme of the whole series is time as a wheel that repeats over and over, it's starting to get a bit boring by book 3 to have essentially the same ending again as with book 1 and book 2. Rand fights the Dark One, and despite two other times thinking he has killed him and being wrong, one again is certain that he has killed him and he is gone.
As with the other books in the series on audible, the chapters of the audible book do not match up in any way with the book chapters and this still is frustrating.
I don't know that I would listen to it again - there is a lot of repetition, not only between the books, which is expected with a series, but also within each book - same phrases (and not just important points) repeated constantly. Also the women (ALL OF THEM) are such exaggerated characters they all irritate me - they are all nags, bitchy, harrassing men all the time, and being contradictory. And those are the "good" women. It would have been refreshing to have a woman in there somewhere who was just cool, and normal.
it's a series, so it really hasn't ended, but it is keeping me going.
no, other than the others in this series
when Perryn finds a young cousin after thinking his family is lost
I know a lot of readers complain about how R.B. Painstakingly goes over every detail but I sincerely enjoyed how meticulous he was. More times than not I'll I finish a good book and wish it was longer, so this lessens the blow. If your a fan of high fantasy novels then don't think twice!