Robert Jordan has done it again. He is such a compelling writer and I just love to read or listen to his books. I can't wait until the FINAL book is out - hopefully in 2007.
A year ago I downloaded the abridged version of this book (no longer available). This version is so much better: the familiar voices, the full conversations, and all the detail make this much better.
As far as the story goes, I agree that this isn't a riviting book when compared to the first four books in the series. Nevertheless, I found it enjoyable and found that it does further the storyline of the series. I recommend it to those reading the series. If you haven't read the previous books--start at the beginning (Eye of the World).
I would say buy the hard copy and read it yourself.The narration ruins the experience.
My remarks are about the series. I have run out of patience with this book. There are, unnecessarily, two narrators. In the first few volumes it is as if they never met or spoke to each other. The woman seemed to try out a variety of pronunciations for character names, different from his pronunciations. But now in this book they apparently have finally met and decided to apply a weird accent to Elaine's lines. I can't enjoy the story if I can't think about the words except for waiting for them to mispronounce or use a really awful simpering accent for Elaine.
No! I lost out on the story. Destroyed by lousy narration.
Where are the bloody editors? Does anyone listen to this stuff before you put it out here for real money? Why didn't you give this to Simon Vance?
I agree with some previous posters about the repitition of descriptions over and over and over making the books longer than they need be. I do enjoy the story but there are some quirks that I find a bit annoying and am wondering if perhaps in some areas people talk in a similar fashion...for example, I have a moustache and beard but in this book the description would be I have moustaches and beards. The women enjoy layering their clothing in this realm as well. A woman in the regular world may wear a skirt but in the Jordan world she wears many skirts at the same time, (not sure how many but often hear about a woman lifting her skirts or adjusting her skirts) I am hoping at one point a character picks thier nose...kinda betting it would be ,
I was hoping that the series would pick up but the muck gets thicker and thicker. I prayed that characters would get killed off so I won't have to put up with them any longer but he just didn't do it. So, I had to. They all die and the Dark One takes over and no one will ever have to read these books again. There is a kind and loving God. Moving on. I'll find another Kate Reading narration to sooth me.