Well, I have to say that I went into this book with major skepticism. When I finished, however, I was exceedingly surprised and happy!
Of course, Brandon Sanderson is not Robert Jordan...and it shows in certain parts. Nevertheless, that's something that we all expected...and to be honest, Mr. Sanderson did a very very good job with it! I was expecting there to be huge differences but there really wasn't.
Sanderson had said that he left in as much of Robert Jordans original material as he could. And I think you can tell when you read those parts...it's subtle...but you can tell when it's Mr. Jordan's words. In my opinion, that's a nice treat.
There are some things that I didn't like...but, hey, there were some things in Robert Jordan's previous books that I didn't like too. Besides, the good WAY out-weighed the bad!
In fact, I think this was one of the more exciting of the last 6 or 7 books! And there are some heart-wrenching scenes in here that I'll never forget! Really good!
Absolutly wonderful. I expected a lot from such a great pair as Jordan and Sanderson, but this book exceeded my expectations! My only regret is that I have finished it ;) While waiting for the next one I am re"listening" to "Elantris" which is my favorite older Sanderson book and the Mistborn trilogy. All great!
As with most WoT fans, I was quite apprehensive to the new author, Brandon Sanderson taking over Jordan's work. After I closed my eyes and completed the purchase, I listened to the Author's note and was moved by Sanderson's description of his task as the author trying to fill in immense shoes of the great Robert Jordan.
I listened, and I grew quite excited at the narration style and the character development Sanderson weaved throughout the book. Sanderson surprised me with many different plot turns and I hopelessly lost myself once again Jordan's vivid fantasy world. My emotions were caught up in the book and my heart jumped at every new revelation and tragedy in the plot. The events in this book are not to be missed and tie up many loose ends masterfully.
Sanderson not only fills Jordan's shoes, he brings new perspective and life to the series with his talent. Like Jordan, I can see Sanderson becoming one of the great fantasy novelists of our times, one who was not only completing another great author's work but one who has the skill to stand on his own two literary feet.
As always the narrators for this book, are brilliant and bring the book to life as much as Sanderson. Along with Scott Brick and a few others, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading sit near the top of my favorite narrator list.
To all WoT fans, I concur with the other positive reviews of this book, raving about the Gathering Storm being a worthy and successful addition to this epic series.
Brandon Sanderson did a great job on this book. It might be sacraligious to say, but I think I like his style of telling this story better than Jordans. There were quite a few places in this book where I just dropped my jaw, and was doing extra laps in the car because I could not stop listening.
It was also nice that characters like Nineve, and Phieal (spelling?) were not the complete witches that I had started to hate so much in the other books.
I know this book is 33 hours long, but it is amazing how short that can seem when you are thuroughly enjoying the book. I am so excited for the next book in the series to come out. Now I need to decide if I am going to listen to it again, or start another book.
As a long time fan of the Wheel of Time series, I eagerly awaited this book. When I finally got it I decided not to focus too much on the fact that there were now two authors working on it and I must say I did not notice differences in style or anything like that. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, which was filled with action and surprises. In fact I've already decided to listen to it again in a few weeks just so I can enjoy it once more!
I downloaded "The Gathering Storm" with some trepidation, as well as anticipation. Would Brandon Sanderson really be able to bring Robert Jordan's characters to life? Would he be able to help readers navigate Jordan's ultra-complex web of interrelated plotlines?
The answers: Yes, and yes. Sanderson nailed the characters. The plotlines were actually less confusing than Jordan's. And Sanderson did not exhibit much of Jordan's sexism and fixation with female characters...body parts.
A very enjoyable listen. Having the former narrators continue on with book 12 helped the continuity of characters, as well. This was well worth the wait, and I look forward to the next installment.
I, like many other readers, have suffered through the steady decline after book 6 or 7. Brandon Sanderson brings MUCH needed clarity to the storyline. Plots that have been kept hanging for FAR too many books are wrapped up, needless diversions are ended, female characters FINALLY don't sound like mindless idiots, and the relationships are far more believable. Thank you Brandon for writing emotional depth into relationships beyond that of a 16 yr old's suppositions. (how old I was when I began these books when I was too young to notice!)
Needless to say, Sanderson has made WoT fun to read again. THANK GOD! If this novel signals the quality of the following two, hoo-damn-fricking-ray!
This book takes so many of the loose ends and starts bringing them together. It's amazing to see all of the different climaxes. I got into this one more than any of the rest so far. I kept saying to myself "Oh no!", "No!", and yet each piece couldn't have been more perfect.