I faithfully read this books as they came out over the seeming centuries. Listening to them in the voices of Kate reading and Michael Kramer is a real joy--plus I am now closer to pronouncing all of the place names right.
I love this series. This is my third attempt reading since I was waiting for the final books. I was disappointed there was no option for the narrator. And the chapters do not match what is listed in the app. Otherwise the functionality was great.
My Opinion of the Book: A+
I understand that I am starting to sound like a broken record. I promise that will change, but this book is just too good to give it anything less than a top rating. It's about books 6, 7, or 8 where things slow down (and many readers give up on the series because of that slow down). However, the rewards are wonderful if you stick it through. Speaking of which, I talk about character development throughout this review, but the best part is the last paragraph of this section.
Looking back on The Fires of Heaven, I have to say that I cannot believe all the content this book has. As usual, I don't want to give anything away so I will tip-toe around topics here. First, developments go full tilt at the White Tower. While this book does not contain the most political intrigue in the series, you start to see foreshadowing of how political things get in the White Tower.
Egwene's character development is somewhat stunted in this book, but there is more to come for her. On the other hand, Nynaeve and Elayne are developed quite nicely. You really get to see the difference between the two and Nynaeve starts to suffer the results of her own bullying. Aviendha takes on a more important role and becomes a much more personable character. Finally, many of the other female characters are "fleshed out" a bit more. All-in-all, the development of the female characters is pretty nice.
As far as the male characters go, Perrin is left completely out of this story, so Perrin fans will be disappointed. That means no Faile or Loial either. Matt continues to be developed as a loyal, albeit grudgingly, friend. Most readers will tell you that Matt is their favorite character in the series, and Jordan does a wonderful job integrating his newly found memories with his unwillingness to be a hero in this book. Many of the secondary male characters are also developed a bit more (including Sheinerans from the past).
I think Jordan got the hint that he was making Rand too tough too quickly, so he showed some more human traits for the character in this book. You see his love, hope, humor, and desperation.
There is so much that happens throughout this book, it's difficult to summarize without giving out spoilers; however, the last 20% of the book is nothing but action packed. Several Foresaken die and many of the main characters are slain as well. The excitement levels are off the chart at the end.
My Opinion of the Production: B+
(Most of this is pasted from my previous reviews, but there is a small complaint.)
Michael Kramer (the main narrator) and Kate Reading (Kramer's wife and co-narrator) do a wonderful job; however, this book suffers the most from mispronunciations and misreads. There are a few moments when Kramer says "Rand" when he should have said "Matt" or vice versa. Moreover, it sometimes seems as if Kramer and Reading do not cooperate with how they pronounce some of the more difficult names. This is nowhere near a deal breaker. It's just a flaw.
The audiobook is recorded by Macmillan Audio (formerly Audio Renaissance) and is of the highest quality audio you can hear in today's market. There are no bells and whistles (other than some light music at the beginning and ending of the book).
I would only recommend this book to people who have already read all of the previous Wheel of time books. If this was how the beginning of the series started I doubt that I would have even made it through the first book.
He could make the female characters at least bearable. Well maybe not all of the female characters are as dreadful as Nineve, Egwene and Elaine but none of them are really likable. I don't know what women have done to Mr. Jordan in the past but he sure has something against them. And seriously where the hell is Perrin. Mr. Jordan couldn't have thought of anything for him to do in this book.
Both are awesome performers whom I have listened to in many different books. I felt bad for Mrs. Reading however because every time that I heard her voice I groaned because I knew that I was going to have to listen to the women complaining over and over and over again about everything and everyone.
It is a great Story and the stories involving Mat and Rand are really good. The narrators are very good but as I said earlier Mrs. Reading doesn't have much to work with. This was by far the hardest book so far in the serious for me to get through. I really just wish that he would have written the three main girls in this story differently.
Where the hell is Perrin!!!!!!!!!
I am new to discovering the WoT books. Lord knows I have seen it in every bookstore, but I took a chance. I have loved the story as it has unraveled in books 1-4. But, I had to push myself to finish book 5. I am a feminist, and even I had to say that the slow parts where with the women! I groaned every time the "Men" or "Sniff"comment was made. However, whats done is done, The Wheel Weaves..., you know the rest. All in all, if I have gotten this far, I have to finish the series. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
There is not much you can do. The book is written
The performers are very good. I started out disliking Mr. Kramer's performance, but now it is like an old friend. Kate Reading performance is good also. I only wish that they pronounced the names the same. Possibly get together to decide on correct pronunciation.
I liked Matt"s parts of the book. But Moraine...