I am a lover of the fantastic! The adventure!
With deep admiration, I give kudos to Robert for writing one of the strongest series ever written.
Here is an example of communicating through foreshadowing as far back as the first book. It would seem nothing is presented to the reader that isn't at least mentioned at a later point if not developed in detail. it keeps the reader on their toes.
This book really spends all of its time with the others guys Perrin and Matt. We get to know their thoughts and spend time on their journeys. Excellent installation of the series.
I just can't help thinking that the 14,000 plus pages of this series could have been condensed into a trilogy. SHOULD have been condensed into a trilogy. It's just too repetitive and not compelling enough to devote the time necessary to finish this whole thing. My brother skipped the middle six books, and said he didn't feel like he missed anything, so I think I will do the same. I want to get to the Sanderson books, but I don't want to have to read the Jordan ones to do so. I think I will give it one more book and, if it doesn't get better, read summaries of books 5-11.
No, it's extremely long and there are still a lot of books left in the series to finish.
The climax at the end, and the way Mat finally became a whole character.
Yes. They are my two favorite narators. I hear so many people talking about Michael Kramer in a negative way and I don't understand why. He has so many different voices for all the characters. He pauses in the correct places and his voice inflections are perfectly timed. My only knock on both of them is that they read a little slower than I do, but that is no big deal at all. I think they both have a good idea of what Robert Jordan intended his books to be percieved as.
NO WAY!! This book is LOOONNGG.
This book is hard to rate because overall it is a fantastic story with deep characters. The world is alive with politics, good, evil, and everything in between. It has another fantastic climatic ending that really starts to get rolling from 2/3 of the book on. I do have 2 gripes about this series as a whole. First is the fact that a rediculous amount of time is spent talking about stuff in past books and explaining them for someone that might not have read the previous ones. This becomes really annoying. My second gripe is the "in between" stuff. You could read 30 pages in this book and not have a single thing happen. This is however what makes the world so intricate, and the characters so deep. Would I trade it for a shorter version? Probably, but I'll take it like it is for now and move on to the next book with the same excitement that got me this far.
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are excellent but I feel like this is the slowest moving story ever written. I see almost no difference between this book and the previous two and can't imagine why 10 more books are needed in the series.
Lets you focus on the content and I use the books to travel and it keeps your mind active .