Oh I'm sure that I will finish the series.
Experience and emotion.
Please don't take this review the wrong way because I do think that the story is great. I just have a few issues with it.
I am about halfway through this book so far and I have to tell you that I am getting pretty tired of the gender wars. Each gender thinks that the other is COMPLETELY stupid. It was funny in the first book or two, but I'm pretty fed up with it now. The book would be half as long if they just kept to the story and stopped babbling about how they don't understand each other...ever try talking!!?? Just a little miffed about it, sorry for the rant.
The other thing that is starting to get on my nerves is the characters’ inner monologues. I try and think about things in real time. There is no way that somebody can have an inner though that would be 1000 words long when the sentence they are actually saying is 6 words. I just picture in my head a person talking and then, mid-sentence, starring at you with a blank face while they are thinking in their head. Just another pet peeve of mine. Too much inner monologue, just get on with the story. Besides, we know what the characters are thinking because they have had the same inner monologue the whole story; it’s not until the end of each book that it changes so I could do without the author repeating it every few pages.
As I am listening to the book rather than reading it (there is no way I could sit there long enough to read this series) the names are bit hard to remember. There are A LOT of names in the story that sound very similar and it can be hard to keep track of whom the story is referring to. That and the fact that the story jumps from character to character.
The books could have been half as long and still great. I’m not a huge fan of unnecessary writing.
After getting used to listen to two different narrators I have become to appreciate it.
I can't really say what I think is best about the story since I appreciate everything in it. Robert Jordan was in my view a master when it came to writing fantasy. You can see the lands and characters before your eyes when reading/listening to his books.
I'm sure I will listen to more books narrated by them, atleast in this serie.
I would like to listen at it in one sitting but it's not really possible because of the lenght of it.
The Wheel of Times is a masterpiece that I would recommend to anyone that fancies fatasy. This is one of the best series out there in my opinion
Yes, this book is a great extention of the last book. I have listened to this series now 3 times and love it every time
The whole series keeps you on your seat and wanting more.
I love the way they read the book bringing different voices and life to each person.
This is my first review in the Wheel Of Time series. The first 4 books were procured from another source, and Audible doesn't let you review books you didn't buy here.
I have been a reader of books for a long time now, but only a fan of epic fantasy for maybe five years or so. I have to admit that I have eyed the Wheel Of Time series on several occasions, but the number of books in the series scared me off. I wasn't sure I wanted to make a 14 to 15 book commitment, and not sure that any story could be interesting for that long. But while stuck in that place between the several series waiting for the next installment, and unsuccessful looking for a new one, I decided I would finally give this series a try.
I am very glad I did. If you are like me, and wondering if you should take on this gargantuan series, I would say take the leap. I was engrossed in this story from the start, and have listened to the first five books now quickly. The story has never become boring to me so far, and I enjoy getting to really know the characters involved. Spending so much time with them, you begin to feel as if you really know them, and you can't wait to find out what happens to them next. I have read some reviews about how some of the characters are immature or annoying, but I think they are are real, and seem to grow as events happen around them. Much more enjoyable than in some books where the hero's never have any faults.
If you are considering this series, but not sure if you should, I say go for it. You will not regret it.
I read the books way back when and the filler got old. The second time threw got so bad wanted to just rip pages out. I did really enjoy the story line of the books and the build to action. However when it takes a char. 1/2 to a full page just to enter a room because of all the needless descriptions of clothing and hair. Sorry but we know what the braid looks like it was covered in the first 4 books and the first 40 chapters of this book. Im sure every1 who is honest will admit to eyes glazing over and just scanning threw those parts, 1/2 the book, looking for some meat. The first 3 books were page burners with less filler and the story moved along twice as fast. I have not made up my mind if the audio version made the filler easer or harder to deal with yet.
Please get over the the women vs the men power struggle i cant take it any longer.You cant like hardly any main characters in this one they all seem so childish ( exept matt ) the shadow should win with everyone so willing to keep secrets from everyone else. And if good advice doesnt come from the appropriate sex its ignored?????????. I didnt make it through this series the first time but i shall try again because of the great potential
I have really tried to like these books, I had a hard time with the first one, but after plowing through it I was pleasantly surprised by books 2, 3 and 4 actually being pretty good. This 5th book unfortunately stalls and when not boring me to sleep it annoyed me back to listening to the radio for a while.
OK, WE GET IT, the men think the women are stubborn and the women think the men are stubborn and stupid. Lay off it already and get back to the plot perhaps? Books 2-4 still had some of this pointless, childish, annoying and now extremely tiring battle of the sexes stuff, but at least it didn't detract from the main storyline. Every time this book switches to the female reader I groan because all Nineveh al'Meara does is annoy me. Jordan should take a lesson from George R.R. Martin and the Song of Fire and Ice series - make the good characters likeable, make the evil characters the annoying ones. This book does the exact opposite for most of the time. Considering that 98% of the point of view is from the good characters perspective it makes for a long read. Nineveh al'Meara finally gets served some humble pie in this book, but even that just makes her more frustrating to read about.
My rating is a 3 instead of a 1 or 2 because there are a couple good, but short chapters from Matt's perspective. He's evolved into the most interesting character.
One other complaint with the series as a whole - do you think it would have been too hard for the narrators to sit down for a coffee and agree on a set of pronunciations for such minor details as character names and geographic locations?
I'll continue to read this series, assuming the rest come out unabridged. But I think a break and a few beers will be needed before reading 5 more books about how stubborn/stupid/arrogant/self-centered men/women are.
Yes, great narrators and awesome story.
I really am starting to like Matt. His is the dark hero of the story.
They bring life to the book.
Felt the pain that Rand has due to his destiny getting in the way of what he wants.
This series is awesome.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
No, I think they are pretty well matched. I did read this book before listening to it.
Matt is always my favorite character when he is in the book.
Reading is a more intense experience, at least for me. In an excellent book I find that at best a good narration can only be on par with the reading experience. Where good narrations excell is in a story not so well written. Not to take anything away from their excellent narrations (I own them all) but i don't think they bring anything to the story that can't be had by a person with a great imagination. The audio's do free you up so you can listen to the story while driving or other non brain activities. And this excellent narration allows you to experience the book as it should be. The narrotors become invisable and the characters come alive.
The first time I read it, I really got into all the battle scenes.
Onward to the Lord of Chaos