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.
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.
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
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.
I love to listen while I work, it makes working that much easier. I love gardening, walking, fishing, & just plain enjoying life.
The Narration is great on this book and I don't think the narrators could have done a better job. The characters and the plot great from beginning to end. If you like Fiction and Fantasy you will love it.
There were so many memorable moments I laughed at or worried about or just got totally involved in. But the strongest moment for the main character of the book "Rand" was to me the last chapter where he finally showed he was the Leader he was meant to be and able to make the tough decisions. I think he really became a man at that moment to me.
Oh, they bring so much enjoyment and character to the book. I get to the point I look for hearing their voice. I listened to a short book waiting for my credit to purchase the next book and listening to a completely different style of narrator made me really appreciate Kate & Michael much more. They are perfect with the narration as well as the voices they come up with for different characters.
You bet! I did not but if I could have I would have!
I promised myself I would only listen to this series of books while I exercised and it was not long before I first caught myself working out more just to keep listening to the book, and then I finally threw that promise away because I enjoyed the book so much. I think you will see what I mean.
I'm actually a late bloomer when it comes to Robert Jordan's world. I didn't hear about this series until a few years ago when I picked up Eye of the World. From that moment on, no other book could compare to this series of books. If you're like me, then you don't need me to tell you how critical this book is to the series. Hell, any of the books are critical because they contain more of that sweet sweet nectar we call Robert Jordan's words (or if you are listening to the audiobook - and you should - the sweet sweet nectar of Kate Reading and Mike Kramer's voices!)
In all seriousness though, this is a great book. A lot of people complain that not a lot happens which is true, but not in the way many people think. People are traveling and the wheel is being turned and events are being set in motion that will be unraveled over the course of the next couple books.
If you are a fan, this is a must read, if you aren't and thought the previous book wasn't very good then this one won't do much to change your mind. As for myself, on to the next Wheel of Time novel!
...I already had it downloaded and the audio book loaded up on my device for a seamless jump from one to another!
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
I love reading and I love Audible. Their fantasy and Sci-Fi selection is excellent!
I'm re-reading all the Wheel of Time books before the final one is released. I love this fantasy series!
The Fires of Heaven is entertaining and well paced. Having read the Wheel of Time series when each book originally came out, the Audible version was the best way to recall the story accurately and quickly.
The performances by Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading continue to be superior. Having heard them read the previous books in the series, they deliver what can be considered performances more than simply reading text. Their pronunciations, character portrayals, and cultural accents are precisely what I envisioned when reading the books.