This was the hardest one to get thru up to this point. So many names and sub-plots. I love the series but this one was a chore to get thru. I may have made an error by listening to this one right after book 6. The ending of that book had me going so I plunged ahead without cleansing my palate with another book in between. I made it thru and the book was okay but I found my attention drifting quite a bit.
The Wheel of time is probely one of the best book series ever, but A Crown of Swords is not the best of it. Following the fight at Dumis Wells I had hoped we would get a great high impact addition to the series, and we got a good but not great story that added more plot twist and problems that seemed forced in. It is still a good adition to a very complex tale that has me completely drawn in. I just hoped for a little more.
Ok, I have to say I began really liking the story but, I am beginning to realize that he if didn't continue to describe every stitch of clothing each woman wears, like 10 times each, or how low cut their dresses are, or say "ageless face" (in fact I am going to count how many times in the next book!) or letting me know how every incidental character is doing besides getting to the story, I could go no and on... It took him a whole book to really accomplish nothing. This series could easily have been wrapped up in 5-6 books.
In each book he spends so much time describing useless details, and wraps up each book very quickly in the last few minutes, spending very little time on climatic scenes. Any way, going to try get through the series because I started it, but beginning to think I could get more out of reading the synopsis on Wikipedia
While this book didn't live up to those preceding it in the series, it was still a solid edition and certainly had it’s moments. There was a continuation of both plot and story development, both deftly woven together, although similar to the previous book, Jordan tended to reiterate some points more than I felt necessary. Once again, things got epically exciting towards the end but, unlike his previous endings, I felt like the conclusion was forced and took away from the emersion I felt with the rest of story. Untypical of Jordan’s writing, things just ended with barely any description or explanation… It was disappointing and left me feeling unsatisfied, like the book was unfinished or rushed to conclusion.
As other's have mentioned the narrators also made some subtle changes with pronunciation in this book that contrasted with the preceding books. I also found this to take away some of the stories emersion. Here’s to hoping things will pick up again in the next book.
Any other book in the Wheel of Time series.
I've listened to all the previous books in the Wheel of Time series, which are read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. As far as their reading goes, for the most part they do just as good of a job as ever. I tend to enjoy Michael's reading more that Kate's. They do read some things a little differently this time around. Some characters have all of a sudden developed strange accents and some characters names are pronounced differently for some reason.
If I had 30+ hours to sit and listen to it, yeah I probably would have listened to it all in one sitting.
This book is a lot slower that the previous books. Mostly there is a lot of character development. There are a couple major events and plot points, but not as big as there have previously been. The first 1/3 - 1/2 of the book I wasn't as excited about listening as I was with previous books, so it took a little bit of effort to push through that. The latter half of the book is much more interesting though. Overall this was a decent addition to the Wheel of Time series, although it wasn't the best or most interesting thus far.
I really like this book, though it's not the best in the series. I read the book years ago, but lost interest due to long waiting between books. Since the series has been finished of, I wanted to give it a second try. I like to go back-and-forth between (kindle) book and audio book, so I thought I've give this one a try.
A lot of audible books has great readers, but this is not one of them. There are two readers who alternate. The female reader has the most terrible accent I've heard. I would use the word 'annoying' to best describe my experience. I admit that the fall from the excellent performance in "Cloud Atlas" that I had just read/listened to (I alternate between book and audio) might be unjust to this performance, but it anyway stands out as a bad performance. So bad that I couldn't finish it off as an audio book, but decided to stay with the pocket book.
Loved the first few books in this series, so I bought the rest all at once. Sadly they by this book there are just too many characters in too many places doing a whole lot of nothing. It really feels like he has run out or story and is just dragging along to fill the pages.
A great start to the series became too slow, too complicated, and too boring.
Great perfomers both
I heard more about Nyneave and Lan.
The relationship between Rand and Min is better defined.
I'm getting used to Michael Kramer finally. He sounded too much like a mid-western boy to my ears at first. Kate does a fine job all the way through.
There are some poignant moments especially around Nyneave.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
The readers, the world, the characterization all top notch
Others in the series and In think it campares well with the books in a Song of ice and fire because these books are all well written.
Matt is my favorite
I don't know if I can say touched but matt avoiding the queen was hilarious.
Onward to "the path of daggars"