Although the story itself was alright, the audio editing was horrible quality with many bits of audio repeating due to careless editing and some very strange audio artifacts sneaking in every once in a while.
Kate Readings reading style does not appeal to me as she over dramatisizes some of the speech leading to some very annoying listening, every time she tries to portray a female character speaking in distress it sounds rather annoying.
The further I get along in the WoT series, the less enamored I become with it and Path of Daggers was pure hell. I can't count how many times I uttered the phrase "Who cares about these people?" or some derivation. This was 20+ hours of nothing happening. No real plot development, no substantial action (in fact, the few bits of action were just as boring as the rest of the book) and nothing to really further the story - at least nothing that couldn't have been tacked to the end of book 7 or the beginning of book 8 in about one tenth of the pages.
The only good thing I can say about this book is that it's one of, if not the, shortest books in the series. While I've read people say this book or that book needed a good editor, I'm starting to say that about this series.
Ms. Reading and Mr. Kramer do a good job, as usual. They just didn't have much to work with.
I have purchased the next in the series, but it's more out of a sense of seeing something to its conclusion, not any joy. Like men on the Bataan Death March, I keep putting one foot in front of the other hoping to make it to the end. And, really, that's no way to spend what should be an enjoyable time. I hope that my review for the ninth book is more upbeat.
Continued story and character highlights
Rand on the hilltop with Calindor
Fantastic voice changers and seem to understand the books which helps the vast amount of characters in the book.
oh yeah! with kids and life on the go--i-pod and car radio
it grabs you-- I try to only an hour a day,but cant stop sometimes
they make a great book come alive
ready to dance the spears!!
and now cuss with blood and ashes
audible rules---we have got many people to try u guys.and we are are all happy
Grrrr it is such a shame this series has been written so loquaciously. It could be a great story, it's lush with interesting ideas but they are lost in a banal, redundant waste of words.
I can't help but think that the story was written this way on purpose to squeeze as many book purchases as possible from hooked readers. I can see no other reason an editor would support such flowery, cliched writing.
Well I'm out, I tried to keep reading, as I would like to know how the story ends but I can't take it anymore.
There is an endless (endless!) repetition of trite men-who-think-all-women-are-crazy/ women-who-think-all-men-are-crazy 'jokes'; women who are self righteously deluded about their own violent, controlling behaviour and detailed descriptions of women's dresses. There is a paucity of plot progression.
For me this series has turned out to be a waste of a potentially great fantasy writer and that's a shame.
Excellent story line development, character development. Great narration Love the whole series.
The other Wheel of Time books - all are excellently done.
Love this series and the quality of production is excellent. Have listened to other audio books and this one is first rate. The two narrators switch off to create a balance for male dominate and female dominate chapters. Both are excellent readers with richness of voice and expression,
I would recommend this and all books in the Wheel of Time series to anyone who enjoys the genre. I would STRONGLY advise listening to them in order though or I fear confusion would reign supreme.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are the best Male and Female Audio performers period! Any book that requires a male and female peformer would be so much the less enjoyable should anyone else do the job. But indiviudally, they are equally as brilliant bringing the characters to life so strongly, you can actually visualize them from head to toe.
If you like this genre you are missing out on probably the best series ever written if you don't listen to every book!
This series was recommended to me by my brother, and it has definitely lived up to its hype. The character development is strong, and the plot is intriguing.
So far it would be Perrin because of his loyalty to friends and family and his moral compass that never seems to waver.
Can't decide on just one.
I limit my audiobook time to my commutes to and from work, but there were most definitely moments when I wasn't ready to end my listening session.
The only complaint I have is with the pronunciation of one of the character's name -- it seems to keep switching from book to book. The name is Moghedien (moh-GHEH-dee-ehn), but the narrators seem to go back to pronouncing it moh-guh-DEEN every once in a while. Wish they were more consistent, but hey, if that's the least of my perceived failings with the books, then it's really no sweat!
This has got to be at least my 6th time listening to POD. Never before has a series of books grabbed onto me like these have. Every listen I find new nuances that I missed the first time, more depth to already deep characters and story lines. Everyone should have the opportunity to hear these books!
All the other Wheel of Time books! Many people compare these to the Lord of the Rings books, but I like the WOT series MUCH better. The reader can identify with the characters a lot more closely, the story lines are richer, character development makes you feel that you could meet one of these characters in a pub and comfortably chat for hours. They really need to be made into movies!
Just like their others, this one is a mastery of voices, expression, and great acting coming through.
Wanted to? YES, but the book is too long to make that practical. These books are my housework friends, driving to work companions, exercising fellows....
I have listened to books a tenth as long that felt ten times longer to listen to. The story is so rich, the characters and reading so excellent, that even a twenty hour book leaves you wanting more.