Thank you Brandon Sanderson for being so awesome! The Gathering Storm was just perfect and I have been following the progress of Towers of Midnight! I love this series, the characters and the story. If someone is thinking of hopping back in the saddle and finishing up this series, but has doubts, lay them to rest because it is so worth it! I've listened twice already and will listen again before the debut of the next book, Towers of Midnight. All I can say is well done! Rest in peace, Robert Jordan, you are surely missed by all.
This book was outstanding! I expected Brandon to do well but i didn't expect him to produce one of the best books in the series and that is exactly what he did. I mean, WOW! It was a roller coaster of a story, filled with laughter, sadness, grief and love and i was only disappointed when the book ended. I wanted more. I know that Robert Jordan would have been blown away after reading this book and what Brandon Sanderson did with his masterpiece.
I'll make this short I've been reading this series since it came out in the 80's and have loved it.
And I'll admit I was crushed to hear that R.J. had passed and I thought this was going to be like a bad movie with no ending.
But I'm Happy to say that Brandon Sanderson did a terrific Job. And that I couldn't have told that it was written by a different author if I hadn't known.
So keep them Coming Brandon. And Good Job
We all would have liked Robert Jordan to be the one who finished his story, but Brandon Sanderson has done a very good job with the task of bringing Mr. Jordan's vision to a conclusion. Sanderson's style is close enough to Jordan's that one can listen without being distracted by obvious differences. He expresses the characters' distinct personalities, thought processes, and even senses of humor in a way that seems consistent with the way they were presented in earlier books. Since we can't have Robert Jordan himself, I feel we have the next best thing to bring closure to the most expansive story ever written.
The combination of Robert Jordons notes and Brandon Sandersons' writing has created an outstanding book. It returns the series to where it was in the first five books. This book was a real page turner, I can't wait for the next addition to the final book.
I was also worried about a new writer on WOT but this book has put all of that aside. This book hooked me in almost from the beginning, at night instead of watching TV in bed I had my Ipod on and listen to Kate and Michael reading to me til the wee hours of the morning. I am now on pins and needles waiting for the next book to listen to. Any clue when that will be?
Like most fans of the series, I was a little nervous that my favorite book series was going to be finished by some one other than the original author, and I couldn't help but ready myself to listen for differences as I first hit play. Once the way through the prologue was over and the meat of the story grabbed hold of me though, Sanderson's pacing and skill at weaving a tale that he obviously loves kept me from doing anything but being pulled back into the lives of the characters.
As the last book started to do, The Gathering Storm is refocusing on the main characters and cutting out a lot of the side stories that expanded the world. You can feel the tension building as the last battle draws closer and the characters know that there is still so much left to do, and the very end of the book makes you groan even as you listen to it because you know it will be another year before you can find out where it goes. And you will want to know.
My only real complaint is in some of the writing for Mat. He was always a little bit comical, but still felt like a real person who wasn't trying to be a fool. When the story was from his perspective you could tell that he usually wasn't. It felt like Sanderson played up the comical side in Mat a bit too much, to the point where it drew me out of the story a few times and had me thinking that the character I've read for years wouldn't have said/thought/did that. It was a shame, because after Rand got more and more settled into his role as the Dragon Reborn and had less written about him in the later books, Mat really stepped into the spotlight for me. Still, it's not so bad that it's worth knocking a star off. The story is still fantastic and it has me salivating to hear how the rest ends.
If not the best, then one of the best books in the series. It read very "Jordanesque" without the minutia of detail on what people were wearing as in earlier episodes.
Let me get this out of the way first. I didn't notice Brandon Sanderson at all and that's a good thing.
The narrators are among my favorites and their stellar work continues flawlessly.
Can't wait for the next one. Jordan said it would be a big book, he was not kidding.