Goes without saying, I am a fan of the story. I of course agree it tends to go off in too many side plots, and it is easy to get confused who is on the side of the shadow, pretending to walk in the light. That being said, I am still a fan and can't wait to see how it all ends.
Only complaint about this particular audio book is that in part three somewhere, Reading is narrating a part about Egwene in the Tower, and it all of a sudden jumps to Kramer narrating about Matt or Rand (forget which one), in another part of the book. Feel like I lost some reading there.
I have enjoyed this series tremendously. It is great to have an author take the time to make each character full and rich. They interact in surprising and pleasing ways -- eventually. : )
The Wheel of Time series can be so exasperating. My son and I joke that every time a character so much as crosses paths with someone else, you're doomed to hear that new person's entire back story, relevant or not. It gets exhausting following all the plot branches. I just want to get back to the main characters, primarily the men. The horrible women characters are extremely annoying: juvenile, arrogant, always angry, contrary to the point of ridiculous, and generally not likeable. The men are all baffled and bemused by the women, but fall for them nevertheless for inexplicable reasons. The characters are constantly making silly, generalized comments that start with "Men!..." or "Women,..." It makes you wonder what on earth Jordan's personal relationships must be like! And then there are the spankings: Everyone spanks everyone in these books (yes, we're talking adults, both men and women). It's bizarrre...and pretty laughable. Still, despite all the shortcomings, it's an interesting story...Well, at least, parts of it are. We've actually skipped several books now and other than a few lingering questions (that wouldn't have been worth the zillion hours we'd have to have waded through to get the answers), it's been no great loss. In spite of all my gripes, I am looking forward to the final battle.
Finally the action picks up!
After the endless waiting from Path of Daggers thru Crossroads of Twilight, something finally happens in Knife of Dreams. A ample reword for sticking it through.
Boads well for the final book Memories of Light, but now we have to wait until 2009. Hurry Up!
A vast improvement over CROT the book makes me believe in the series again. Not only does the plot move forward but many major loose ends are finally tied up. Robert Jordan redeems himself with this book and makes me look forward to the next one.
I've listened to all of these books twice and both times I cant help but see that this author and editor love to punish the main character and empower all the female characters! So if your up for a book where the main character bows to all the females when he's supposed to be the savior of the world have at this is the book for you!! I've got my hopes that Brandon Sanderson can save the last few books but Harriet is still editing so it will be a tough save!
You are reading the best epic fantasy series there is. period. It may take a while to get into it but you will. There are 2600 plus characters but don't get scared teenagers read this every day. You will know these peoples as "friends" and "enemies" and like your own family. Read by the dynamic duo of recitation kate reading and michael kramer... they pull it all together .. I switch genres just to listen to them... It [the series] is really one huge wonderful story broken into 14 too short books that nobody wants to see ended..I can not express how good these books are. I have started 16 different friends reading TWoT and they are all addicted. You think that maybe the books are enchanted some how???
If fantasy is your genre you have arrived....... paul t.
This version of The Knife of Dreams was wonderfully done. The only problem I had was the fact that during the switching between the narrators and the inconsistency noted of sometimes stating the chapters and sometimes not was a little distracting. The only advice I would give for editing would be to attempt to edit the switch from the male narrator and the female narrator to make it a little more fluid as well as standardizing the intro into a chapter whether the number is left out completely or is stated before every one. I enjoyed this book a whole lot though and was impressed with what was done to enhance the story after having read and re-read the book a number of times. Bravo