This is an amazing book. In this book everything is more serious than previous books. These stories are long and very detailed. Robert Jordan has really created a complete world. With language, geography, nations people and their cultures. He didn't leave out any point. Even when you think something may be dragging or slow you are wrong. There is no detail or word unimportant to the story. Every detail or conversation no matter how simple ends up being important to some aspect of the story even if its multiple books later. I can't say much on the narrating its good. Yet I'm extremely picky when it comes to voices. If you are looking to read this and have not read the precious books start at the beginning. If you have there is no point in reading this because you already know how amazing this series is. Enjoy.
There felt to be a lot of filler here but definitely has its moments. One good thing I can say about it is that it seems to finally be wrapping things up and preparation for the homestretch
much more enjoyable than the previous few books. narration is superb as usual, storyline continues with the main characters in the forefront where they belong. action abounds, intrigue continues...just a very enjoyable listen!
And the story continues. I appreciate the detail that goes into describing people and places, as it allows one to form a relatively clear image of the scene in their head, and this book continues to bring such detail. I just dislike the way men and women are portrayed. I can accept the different cultures but most cultures seem to think that men are worthless and women must be protected and men are canon fodder. The only culture that doesn't are with the maidens. I also dislike how, on the basic level, all the women act the same. Sure, they have different motives, but overall, they all behave the same within the scope of their motivators.
Other than this gender issue, the story continues in excellent detail. It's interesting to see how many of the characters have grown or changed, and continue to change. Of course, this doesn't include the women. All women, I guess, were born exactly as they would be for the rest of their lives and act like each other only with different motives. So, excellent character development for the main male characters and excellent weaving of story. But this book continues to fail in the way it's predecessors have - being unable to properly capture the fact that women are as different as men.
Sometimes I wish the author wouldn't give so much detail and get on with it quicker but then again try detail paints a vivid picture and transports me into the world ...
Conservatism is a process of thought not a process of feelings.
Book 11 was a lot better than book 10, it didn't have near as much droning and a lot more action.
The last two books bored me to death. If RJ spent more than a paragraph on battles instead of spending full chapters giving names, faces, outfits, and every inane comment made by superfluous characters I wouldn't have to scream "I DON'T CARE!!" This book had its share of that, but much more action to move along the various plot lines.
I read the first 10 books, usually in hard cover. Then I started listening to books and Robert Jordan died so I just forgot about the series. It has so many plot lines and when reading them over a long period of time, I forgot too much of what was going on. Then I discovered Brandon Sanderson. love him! So I thought, I should go back and finish the series. I listened to the last book I read, book 10, and discovered it was easier for me to keep track of what was going on. love Kate Reading and Michael Kramer as well. I am totally hooked. I have fallen back in love with Rand, Matt, Perrin, Egwene and company. I may have to go back and do the whole series in audio.