This series was recommended to me by a friend and i have enjoyed it pretty well so far. I enjoy most of the characters and the plot progresses fairly well. (though sometimes drawn out somewhat) The switching between narrators is distracting at first, but i got used to it as the book progressed.
This is my fifth full listen of the third book in The Eye of the World series, and I must admit... IT'S STILL AWESOME.
Since I am actually just catching up on my reviews (and I just left a review for book two), I will keep this short.
Story: There is a lot going on in this book, and the unwary reader my just quickly read past names of characters that seem inconsequential; however, many named characters (about 90%) come back throughout the series. The story is involved and fast-paced at this point. Mat, Rand, and Perrin each have their own story arcs, and the women (Egwene, Nynaeve, and Elayne) are still clustered together.
Character Development: Rand begins a brooding fest (can't blame the guy, really). I think Jordan really goes a bit far with how quickly Rand becomes gloomy, but the worst is yet to come. Perrin is Perrin - stoic as always. Mat is finally becoming the Mat you love. The girls start to showcase their distinct personalities, but Jordan writes Nynaeve as completely irrational (which is annoying).
Voice Acting: Michael Kramer still does an amazing job (this does not change at all throughout the series). Kate Reading starts to get more comfortable with the female characters at this point, but it is going to be another book or two before she actually captures any real distinction between the ladies of the WoT series.
I know lots of people loved this book and the author, but for me it just did not grab me. There is not one thing I can point out.
The whole series is just fantastic. Not much of a review but if you like any of the first three books at all then you will almost certainly enjoy this.
I have always loved these books since I picked up the eye of the world as a preteen but the narrators that read the audiobook just bring the story to life!!! I can't go to sleep anymore without a book playing in the background.
Robert Jordan did an excellent job of keeping my interest in this one. I highly recommend the whole series. As a side note - Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a "fairly good" job narrating. But, I'd rather hear JOINT NARRATION, rather than DUAL NARRATION. In my opinion Dual Narration is pretty much like "Mommy" and "Daddy" taking turns reading a bedtime story. Besides, Michael Kramer's female voices, sometimes, are positively frightening! I think Joint Narration, (similar to Elliott Mabeuse's Good Student adult series, where the Male Narrator speaks male SPEAKING/THINKING parts, and the Female Narrator speaks female SPEAKING/THINKING parts, and only one of them actually narrates the story parts) is a smoother approach. Other than that, great book, really good series!
Engineer in business school. I appreciate every genre but find business/professional reading and epic fantasy best suited to audio format.
The narrators do a great job of bringing the book to life and giving each character a voice. Loial the Ogier is my favorite. Well written and well read book, great for a long road trip. I like to listen to books while I clean but this one was so engrossing I often found my self just sitting, absorbed in the story.
I truly enjoy Robert Jordan's descriptive and immersive writing style. Rather than finding the slow start as a slight draw back to this book I found it to enhance the diverse character development and to help build a greater attachment to the story and the fantasy world in which the characters exist.
Unlike the previous two books, I found the dual narrators to work very well here, alternating based on the perspective from which the story was being told. I am thoroughly enjoying this series and look forward to continuing on!