I was in despair that i would never get to finish the series when i heard about the death of Robert Jordan a few years ago, so when i heard that it was going to be finished by someone picked by his wife, and editor, i was hopeful and i wasn't disappointed, other than having to wait two more years to finish the series. Naysayers aside, this is a wonderful book and it truly is well done, and while its not just like the other books in style its so close that it doesn't matter and Brandon Sanderson does such a good job at catching the characters that I didn't feel like i was reading someone else, that being said this isn't 100% Robert Jordan it can't be and while we all wish he were here to finish this series he is not.
This is a great beginning to the concluding trilogy of the Wheel of Time. Brandon Sanderson is an awesome writer (I am a big fan of the Mistborn saga) and does an excellent job on this one, managing to remain objective and discreet, keeping Jordan's style intact. Additionally, he brings on lots of tension during the action scenes and he is very good at describing dark, ominous and ambient moments in the story. The plot is finally moving along and I come to really enjoy the series again (like I did in the past, reading the first 6 volumes).
There is still a dozen of main characters, but somehow their stories seem to flow together, and that is something I really missed during the tiresome and boring 8th, 9nth and 10nth books of the series.
The narrators are excellent and I highly recommend the enhanced version.
I am looking anxiously forward for the next book!
Thank goodness Robert Jordan's wife was the person choosing the writer to continue Mr. Jordan's WOT series. I was wary in the beginning, but soon forgot about it and just enjoyed Mr. Sanderson's WOT interpretation! I loved seeing loose ends tied up and clearly saw how the final battle is very close approaching. Also, a big thank you for continuing with Kate Reading and husband Michael Kramer as narrators. I am looking forward to the last two books.
I was never a fantasy reader until I listened to book one of the wheel of Time. I'm hooked! Has everything one would want in any story. AS for narrators: Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are my favorites. While waiting for book 13 of the WOT series I've listened to new books and authors simply because of these narrators and have been very happy with thier styles
Wow ... Mr. Robert Jordan's voice lives on through the pen of Mr. Sanderson. I missed Rand and Nynaeve and all the beloved characters of this series and was overjoyed to be reengaged with them again. If you are a fan of the Wheel of Time series the only disappointment to be had in this book is that it ends. I can hardly wait for the next book. I may have to restart the series. Thank you Mrs. Jordan for your willingness and trust to see your husbands work in this series finished and thank you Mr. Sanderson for your soft touch and artful writing.
I have loved the WOT series and I think Brandon Sanderson has done a good job of carrying on Robert Jordan's story and style. But like all of the WOT books, the detail sometimes becomes ponderous and I would find my attention wandering as we had to listen to yet another detailed description of what each person was wearing, the name and description of every person encountered, etc. That said, I have all 12 books on CD and will get the remainder as they are released.
The narrators are great and I hope they don't change them.
Seldom am I surprised - and even more rarely am I surprised and pleased at the same time. This book is such an experience. The Gathering Storm has momentum (which the following books lacked in my opinion) - and this Brandon Sanderson....wow. I have no idea how much Jordan had laid out, but Sanderson captured and mastered this series. I just can't wait for the next two volumes.
If you have read the other 11, why bother read this review - you know you're going to listen to, or read this book. :)
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I have not heard it yet, was shocked to see it already out, but I need to give a shout out for Kramer and Reading. I just got into Audible last year to catch up on the Jordan books and I am an audible junkie now, Kramer and Reading set the bar for me and it took time to adjust in other books I've listed to, because they never were as good as how they handed off to eachother in the Jordan books, for the ENTIRE series! (sword of truth-cough- still a good listen though) I've looked up books just by them alone because they represented such a seemless experience. As for Sanderson I am psyched to read these responses, I am moving on to Mistborn 2 now, really good listen, not overtly fantasy, and something for really everyone, a mature fantasy, not about the proto I was 12, and a blacksmith,,, but holds allot for everyone. I can't wait for the rest of WOT, I'm holding out a bit so I don't have to wait so long between the next :P