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.
I probably would not listen to it again, unless I decided to go through the entire series again.
The pacing is similar to the five books before this.
Yes, I've listened to the prior books. The readers' performan is very similar, and I'm finally getting used to the voices. Initially I was very unhappy with Michael Kramer's rendition of Rand's voice - it sounded too Midwestern to my ears.
Nothing really stands out.
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.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
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.
I absolutely enjoy his writing style. I know this is not much of a review since I'm a big fan. But if you like Game of Thrones I would suggest recommend this series. I hope one day they can do a live action TV series. There will be rejoicing fans all over the world. I will admit the narration is very effective. Robert Jordan is unlike most writers in the fact he wanted his stories to be read aloud and that reflected well by the narration actors.