In a series as large as the Wheel of Time there's going to have to storyline maintenance and setup to advance the plot and the majority of this book is that. In the first three quarters of this book, there's nothing major going on. Hang in there however, it does hit the fan at the end. This is still a good book, in a great series, but I found myself getting frustrated wondering if it was going to pick up. When it finally did, I thought it was well worth the set up and I hope you will too.
This series is very long, so I probably won't listen to it again. Having said that, the Lord of Chaos was a good volume and kept the suspense going. I did find it a bit trying to keep all the characters straight, e.g. the Lords of the different kingdoms, the Aes Sedai and Wise Ones belonging to the different factions.What I really hate about this series are the women. I found them all distasteful and completely unbelievable: Nynaeve pulling on her braid, Siuan swearing like a sailor, Elaine acting like a stuck up snit, the aggressiveness of the Aiel women, etc etc. And I found it unbelievable that any man would put up with, let alone fall in love with, women who acted like, for example, Nynaeve or Faile or Aviendha. I've never before read a book or a series where I would have been happy to see the main female characters all be killed off early on. The only main female character I liked so far was Moraine. I started reading the series in book form years ago, but stopped reading it because the women drove me crazy. Apparently most readers are not bothered by the depiction of the female characters, so I guess this is a matter of taste.
The thing I like best about the Wheel of Time series is how the characters evolve (at least the men: Matt, Perrin and Rand).
I really enjoyed Kate Reading's performance - I was always glad when the narration switched over to her. I liked the way Michael Kramer gave different characters different voices (especially Loial the Ogier), but his normal narration irritated me for some reason. I did get used to it over the first 6 volumes, but never learned to like it. This is of course a matter of taste, and I don't mean to be too critical. At all times the narration of both Kate and Michael was smooth and professionally done.
What can I add to the many reviews here? This series continues to be one of the best ever. The story does begin to slow down a bit here though. While all the charterers seemed to be constantly moving and achieving goals in the first four books, they mostly remain pat in this one. The story is broadened though, and there is still a big ending.
Nothing to complain about here. I loved it.
Details, Details, Details
Read and see. Everything is good.
Great read and great Listen as well.
First of all, I love the narrations of Kate Reading & Micheal Kramer. Well done once again. My interest in this series was lagging a bit and it was getting harder to listen to but this book started picking it back up. By the end of book 6, I was fired up and ready for the next book! After a slight lag with book 5, this one makes a great comeback. Not the best book in the series but one of the better.
I've thoroughly enjoyed each of the books in the series prior to this one. However, for a book titled, "Lord of Chaos", there isn't much happening. The first sixteen hours has exactly one thing happen that moves the story forward, and that only takes about ten minutes. Like another reviewer said, he repeats characteristics over and over, and frequently goes into nauseating details that neither enrich your perception of the world he has created nor do they advance the story.
It seems like Jordan wandered through this one, and I can't help but wonder if it seemed more boring because of the absence of two of the main characters that exited in the previous book.
Like the other books in the series, the readers are fantastic.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Urged by my daughter I've spent much of the past month involved with this series. Staying up late, falling asleep listening (thank the Light for the iPad sleep settings and bookmarks).
As complicated as this book is, with it's thousands of characters it's quite light on character development. I agree with many that the major arcana (protagonists) are shallowly developed.....the most involved I've gotten is with the Aiel (I'm listening-this is most likely spelled wrong-haven't seen it written out) as a society.
If you're looking for something to keep you busy-say you're recovering from some surgery or have a lot of traveling to do or are-like me-retired and get to do what you want whenever you want then I suggest this...but beware...it's a commitment.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I thought i would write a review anyways, even that it is 8 years or so late :D
This book was really really good, loved all the new characters, and loved how many things will happen caused by many things from this book...
already loading the 7th book to listen to it.
honestly the most thing i liked here is the gathering of a lot of the characters with the dragon, and a lot of laughs i had in this book... can't really write down what i liked here, because for those who didn't read the book yet, i don't want to spoil it to you..
after i read the last book i will re-read the whole series again.
The whole book.
Mat, who else. A hero who doesn't know it.
Yes, but wished they were reading the same book as myself.
I have read the complete series, and now I'm having it read to me. So far not one of the readings follow the books word for word. I read along with their readings and get disgusted when they change words, names or add a paragraph.
Great story but could have had more action and less descriptions of peoples clothing.
Ended up using the FF button a lot. An abridged version would be better, around 20 hours.
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, as always, were exceptional with there performances.
Remove non character building descriptions of clothing, land scapes and buildings.
None, they were all boring.