If you're after epic fantasy, this is it. From breath of the world to the size of download this book shouts epic, the missing piece is Jordan's characters.
The characters are well drawn. The story moves at breakneck pace. The evil enemy is malicious and omnipresent, and the description is thorough. Here lies the problem, the story is so grandly detailed the main characters remain at arms length.
Jordan seems too concerned with setting a scene, or detaining heraldry to paint an actor I can connect with. I own the entire set and enjoyed the series, but never empathized with the characters.
Overall, you'll love it. Great story, but not perfect.
Love this book. Have read most of the series, decided to check it out in audible book format. A good way to enjoy and refresh my memory for what I hope will be the conclusion of the series. If you have lots of time to invest in a long series (14 books) than this is a great listen for you.
I enjoy both for different reasons so I would consider them equal.
The final battle scene in the Stone of Tyr.
They bring their excellent voice tallents.
If I could stay awake for a couple days.
Robert Jordan was a modern master and has written some of the best fantasy ever created.
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.
After the first 2 books, I read someone's review of this one (book 3) suggesting it was slow, just a rehash of book 2. No, this book is new, and a good development of the characters. Instead of focusing on the main character Rand, it spends far more time on the other characters, and their progression from farmers and blacksmiths to warriors and heroes. This series continues to enthrall me, and I can't wait for book 4. That said, I do acknowledge that these books seem to all end with the inevitable "big battle" between Rand and the evil one, that of course settles nothing and leads to the next book. Maybe the next books will have more satisfying endings...
I was very reluctant in the beginning that this kind of book can be as interesting and wonderful narrated by some other voice that our own inner voice, while we reading (being so intricate and full of descriptions and all the rest that makes it unique) but quite rapidly I was convinced that it is mastery played and remain very true to the book's characters, I love it and I'm very glad that I did give it a try. Although I really loved Michael Kramer's narration, all the way, I don't feel the same for Kate's parts, in fact I was all the time tempted to skip her parts (quite often she forgets to change her voice while playing another character, and the male voices sound odd, somehow, and this does not happen with Michael's feminine voices, at all).
Otherwise, a lovely experience!
This book is amazing in that it goes nowhere for nearly 22 hours. Yes, that's right, twenty-two hours of characters walking in circles and saying "Blood and Bloody Ashes" around a thousand times. I am not kidding when I say that in the 22nd hour of the book all of the characters magically end up RIGHT WHERE THEY STARTED in the last hour of the PREVIOUS book! How formulaic! When this book ends you feel as though NOTHING was accomplished to move the plot forward.
Robert Jordan is a mediocre writer at best. His fantasy world is bland and missing any sort of real meaningful detail. The character interactions lack any sort of sophistication and border on cartoon like.
That is not to say that this book wasn't an enjoyable listen, in some ways it was and that is why I'm giving it two stars instead of just one. The last two hours of the book speed up the pace quite a bit.
He did his best. Very good actually.
No just stinks.
I am amazed my favorite author (Brandon Sandorson) would pick this piece of bio decay up. I have to think he was sorry for the dead.
The overall plot of the Wheel of Time is great but the route getting there needs work. The author, besides having trouble moving it along, is obsessed with dreams and visions, most of whom have little or nothing to do with anything. A book this slow is very hard to keep up with via audio. What's wrong with just telling the story without a dream sequence every other chapter.