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
This book was written true to the heritage that Robert Jordan left behind. It was not as if Robert Jordan wrote this novel, but it certainly felt right. Finally some things are getting resolved rather than more problems arising. Tarmon Gaiden is indeed upon us. I can not wait for the next installment.
This series started off so well and seemed to get bogged down after book 6 or so. Finally this book has started to tie up and complete many of the odd tangents and side stories that developed in the prior 3-4 novels. Sanderson's writing is virtually indistinguishable from Jordan's, though that is both good and bad depending on your preference. There is still too much introspection for my taste but it seems clear the books have a goal and will eventually reach it. Keep going B.S., take us home please!
I have loved the series for many years. I was dissappointed about having someone else finish the series. Sanderson did a great job. I am so happy that I'm buying all previous books on audio even though I have them all in print.