The narrators, Michael Kramer and Kate Redding, read this book (and really every book in the wheel of time) so well that I almost feel as though I am in this world. The narration is really fantastic and I have never listened to any other book that had this much depth and quality.
This book really speeds up the pacing, which has stagnated over the last few books. I had no trouble being transported back into this universe. Several parts of this book had me on the edge of my seat, or yelling and cheering, which to me is the measure of a good story.
Really enjoyed it, definitely worth it if you are a fan of WoT, which, let's be honest, you obviously are. If you aren't, why are you interested in book *twelve*? Most people can't even get through the 12 days of Christmas without giving up.
I have enjoyed the WOT series, but honestly, I felt it was starting to drag in the last few. However, this latest one was amazing. Without question a WOT book, but with wall to wall action, insights, and ever building action (with less ramble). This was my first audiobook of the series and it was excellently read. One of the top books of them all.
The series had started to wear me out, but this book re-engergized me, I can't wait for the next ones. Brandon Sanderson is the man.
An excellent attempt to bring closure to this series. The storyline is great the readers are like old friends. I would find myself driving slower just to be able to listen longer.
Sanderson does a great job of taking up where Jordan left off. The characters seem just as real if anything, more compassionate. I may even like Sanderson's style better but it's a close match.
When I heard that Brandan Sanderson was finishing the series, I listened to his mistborn series and found that I had confidence in his ability. After listening to The Gathering Storm twice over I am completely blown away. I love how the story focuses more centrally on Rand throughout it. Amazing, thank you Brandon for bringing us the ending to the best fantasy series ever written.
I was very satisfied with Brandon Sanderson's work and so happy to know that we will not be cheated of a conclusion to the story for this turn of the Wheel. Mr. Sanderson's style is different from Robert Jordan's, but not markedly so. The characters have remained true to themselves and the action moves a little faster under his careful stewardship of this beloved tale. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a masterful job as always of telling the tale through tone and tempo as well as voice. This remarkable tale of the struggle good and evil around and within us all lives on!
Like many other fans of the series I used to reread every book whenever a new one was released. Once the series passed 4 or 5 books, however, I found it difficult to find that much time. Again, like many other fans as the length of the series increased so too did my aggravation at the apparent lack resolution. The characters had followed their disparate paths and sometimes their relationships with each other were tenuous at best. About a month before the release of The Gathering Storm I started to read (and sometimes listen to) the story again, from the beginning. With the gigantic scope and the story arcs of each character being distinct it was hard to see how they all drove towards the same goal. The time between the books was probably a factor in how I perceived the story. The reread gives me a new appreciation of the series.
The Gathering Storm begins to weave all of the loose threads into a pattern that's beginning to make sense again. I once again enjoyed reading the sections with Egwene and I really haven't in quite some time. Some of the reviews that I've read have complained about how accurately Matt is portrayed. Personally, I thought he was pretty accurate. I'm also pleased with the shift in Rand's story. Typically I prefer my protagonists to be more likeable, unless they're being written as anti-heroes, and Rand is no Elric or Covenant, so the change was a welcome one.
I recently read (or heard, I don't remember) Brandon Sanderson describing CoT as the perfect pitch; he just basically needed to square off and swing well. The ball has come away from the bat and it's headed for the fences. Now we just need to see where it lands.