I can appreciate the prevailing sentiment of some reviewers that Mr. Jordan repeats many descriptions but for me it's been good as I listen to Audible five or six hours daily. The filler is bearable. Less so is the female character Nynaeve. She takes some of the fun out of all the segments she is in.
The plot is still enjoyable and the readers do a great job. However, Jordan is starting to have so many threads of thought running at the same time, that you have to catch up a little every time he switches from from one thread to another. Also, this many independant threads are really slowing down the progression of the overall story.
At this point, though, I am still enjoying the adventures of these people enough to deal with the slow progress. But it is a little like reading three or four different books at the same time -- Even if the books are all about the same world and the same time period.
I only discovered The Wheel of Time series a few months ago but find myself skipping over other authors and books & choosing instead to listen to the next sequel of Rand and his adventures. I find the readers to be exceptional as well.
The Shadow Rising includes arguably the best scene of The Wheel of Time. Rand and Mat entering Rhuidean leaves chills on your skin, along with the undescribed journey of Moiraine into the city in the Waste. Jordan weaves an imaginative and amazing string of events, of Rand's ancestors, that ensures his place as the Dragon Reborn. You almost have to read these two chapters in reverse, and note all the references of Forsaken, the Green Man, Ogier, Trees of Life, the later Seanchan, Aiel, and True Power...which leads to the actual series we read. The Shadow Rising adds the most historical perspective to the series, and starts the separation of the Shaido, which in turn leads to The Wells. You really need to read the series several times, and even take notes, but you won't be disappointed.
This is the fourth, and LAST book in the series I am going to read. From now on, I'm going online and reading the various summaries to find out what happens in the end, that is, IF Robert Jordan ever finishes the series (the 11th book to string out the story is due out 10/2005, but still doesn't end it). The author continues to introduce more and more characters and subplots, and doesn't even make a pretense at resolving most of them in this book. You only know that this book is over by the obligatory big fight at the end between Rand and one of the Dark One's representatives. The repetition is agonizing, Avienda is so annoying I wish someone would kill her off. In fact, Rand is becoming so obnoxious, I really don't care what happens to him any more! There was a good story-line concerning Perrin, but that was the only redeeming part of this long, drawn-out, continuing and continuing and continuing saga. This series would have made a good trilogy -- too bad.
I have so far reached book six in the wheel of time series and i must admit that I am more than a little disappointed.
Robert Jordan starts out with a great story filled with potential. Unfortunately he doesn`t seem to be able to live up to the expectations from this first book. The only persons to develop something more than a two dimensionel character are the three boys Rand, Matt and Perrin. The three girls stumbles through the series complaining about men half the time the other half they blunder around in rage and utter stupidity, excactly like the men they complain about.
Robert Jordan starts out with a world on the brink of destruction but for some reason all the characters are unable to do the slightest wrong without using at least 1/2 hour in misery and regret. I want some more darkness, desperation and less whining from books written in a mediveal time where human rights is a thing of the future and monsters roam the land.
If You are into romantic fantasy, hysterical women and main characters that have no idea of how to communicate with each other then this is just the series for You. The only reason ?`m listening to it is beacuse I bought the whole series in one go.
In an early part of this book, the leading hero states urgently "We must hurry". The same is not true of the author. His writing I thought ponderous, always inventing new difficulties in 5 or 6 directions, avoiding resolution of the main plot at any cost. Then I realized he gets paid by the word, or paragraph, or page. So the "story" is bread and butter for him. Then it becomes not so surprising that a satisfactory resolution is just not in the works. If you don't mind the frustration of never seeing an end to the dimly lit tunnel, then this work is fine for you.
This story is good, but you should start with the first book. This is like book 87 in the series. The author makes his characters argue too much, not just once, but over and over on the same subject.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
I was pretty blown away by Book One of this series. Book Two was not bad but then there was the Prequel and then Book Three and then WHAT? Book WHAT? Come on Jordan. DId you just milk this puppy for all it was worth or did you always have something new and refreshing in each volume. Me thinks it was the former.
I look at how many years Star Trek survived. Year after year after incarnation, etc. But almost every episode had something fresh. WOT? Me thinks not so much. Sorry, Robert ol' chap, despite what many of the reviews here have to say, this gets more hackneyed and boring with each tome. I feel I am being bilked for every last credit. And, it's going to stop right here.