The 2 narrators are top notch. As far as the story went, it seemed sort of slow and plodding sometimes. While still having its great climactic moments like the rest of the series, the ending was pretty anticlimactic.
These narrators are among my absolute favorites. I've grown so attached to the performance, I have a hard time reading the books, put off by the pale imitation my mind creates.
I cannot imagine hearing anyone else tell this complicated, intriguing epic. Kate and Michael are the masters of this series and I'll be sad when it is all over. Robert Jordan himself could not have chosen better narrators for his masterpiece.
Late author Robert Jordan seemed to think he had all the time in the world. Most of the book feels like needless description of characters who don't do much, or are navigating through petty, convoluted dramas that often have no payoff or relation to the central plot. Jordan has created fascinating characters and a variety of rich cultures, but doesn't seem to know what to do with them. He seems to forget that no amount of world building will make me actually forget the book is fiction. I'm basically only here for the story, and after finishing the book it's still a bit hard to tell you, succinctly, the actual story of this book, aside from being another tedious chapter in this massive series.
I love all of these books Robert Jorden was an amazing author and the world he created is profound. In this book we really see the effects of the taint and Rand struggles to hang on to himself. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a fantastic job, as always, in bring the story to life.