I've been a fan (though, not a fanatic) of this series for some fifteen years now, getting into the series sometime after the first three books were in print. It's been an interesting ride, to say the least. I had vowed to myself that I wasn't going to go through the investment of time to reread any of the series until it was complete. This latest book has forced me to reconsider that position. Sanderson does an admirable job of bringing Jordan's world back to life. He suffers from many of the foibles in Jordan's style that tend to make his novels into fluffy monsters of novels (excessive descriptions, almost every character, no matter how minor or briefly on stage, gets a name and likely some kind of history, etc). But, for the first time in a while, this book really puts the series back in motion and it finally feels like it is drawing to a conclusion. The action around the main characters is intense and there are majors changes that happen over the course of this book. I've been with these characters for a long time now and I'd missed hearing from them for so long. I think the finale is in good hands and, while it will be hard to say goodbye, I look forward to seeing how this grand tale will end.
Now, this is the first time I've "read" a WoT novel as an audiobook. I do think that Jordan/Sanderson's excessive descriptions and details work better in a spoken presentation like this. I think the two readers did an excellent job bringing the characters alive and giving the presentation the weight it deserves. I do think Mr. Kramer needs a better recording setup, however. It often sounds like I'm listening to him through a tube, with some odd background echo. It wasn't enough to compromise my understanding, and I probably wouldn't have picked up on it so much if it were for Ms. Reading's audio quality being so much better. Still, this is an excellent story and presentation and deserves the full five stars.
I have always enjoyed the Wheel of Time books. This book is the product of a wonderfull colaboration. The ideas and direction which Robert Jordan constructed. Then we have Brandon Sanderson who does not have to work so hard on the overall book as Mr Jordan has laid the ground work. Mr Sanderson puts his skills into refining the prose into a more polished literary jewel. This was a very enjoyable listen.
I was somewhat skeptical when I found out Robert Jordan's WOT series would be finished by someone else, but I've already listened to The Gathering Storm twice in the past 2 weeks and feel that Brandon Sanderson has succeeded in creating a seamless transition. I am eagerly awaiting the final two books.
I was skeptical at first, but have since decided this was my favorite volume to date. The only negative I can conceive is that I'm still waiting for more, although more anxiously than I have been in the past. Sanderson does a great job with continuity and I found the readers to be good.
Unfamiliar with Sanderson's work I was concerned that he would be up to the task, but he nailed it. The character action and humor were perfect and as usual the ending left me wishing for the next book. For others who are new to the series I would encourage you to start at the beginning of the Wheel of Time series by the time you are finished not only will you be a fan of WOT but also will know how great an accomplishment this work is.
And as always Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading are outstanding.
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5 stars.. Rightfully so. This story has become taut. Sanderson is great on his own, The Myst books were wonderful; and I believe he has embraced this task with love and competence. I can not
wait for the next book..
If your holding off on this thinking that it won't be the same then don't. This book was excellent. I was worried even though all the reviews were good. I am glad I downloaded it. Brandon Sanderson has my full attention now. He did a masterful job. Thank you Brandon for not letting this be a half hearted job. It must have been difficult.
I only learned of the WoT series after Roberts died. I have heard and loved the 11 first books, and I was not disapointed with this one. Great to have the same narrators in on the book, and great to revisit all the characters. Excellent work and I could not put it down while listening.