Warning: Do not get these audio books unless you are a huge fan! The books so far are good to ok. I find the characters persistent reluctance to accept their circumstances after perhaps more than two years of book world time extremely tiresome. Rand IS a warrior and a leader who is doing a good job yet his constant fear, insecurities, and paranoia would never fly and is totally unrealistic. It is as if the Wheel is actually carrying his success because in reality Rand sucks! I mean, what the heck? Really? Leaders who are consumed by fear and doubt and hesitance don't stay leaders very long and if they do it is at the suffrage of their loyal followers which is just plain bad leadership. The same is true of all the main male leads of this story, Mat and Perrin, both of which are experiencing unfathomable success despite hating everything about their lives all the darn stinking time... kinda' gets old. The same is true of most of the female leads. This frame work leaves the reader with no one to believe in because, quite frankly, the characters don't believe in themselves, they don't believe that they can succeed nor do they believe that they should even be there in the first place doing any of what they are doing, and simply trudge on through a dismal life of forced accomplishments saving the world. (I think I hear a 5 year old kid throwing a temper tantrum) The reader might think that at some point in the story (after TWO YEARS) the main characters might decide to accept their situation and rise to the challenge before them and do their best to help the world. Instead they are just bogged down in every little poor-me miss-step they make giving way to fear, doubt, sadness, and pain at every turn. As I say, it gets tiresome.
Michael & Kate, the narrators of this entire WoT series of books, are a disgrace. I keep getting the books because the story is ok and I want to get to the end. I would buy a better narration of these books if it were at all available and will gladly do so when it comes out. By this time I loath these disgusting narrators. They both give an equal and totally bland performance. They mispronounce contextual words and names (ex. Kate Reading = TaraBONER instead of TaraBON-er & Michael & Kate = the infamous TRAH-locks instead of the accurate TRAHL-lohks). The pronunciations for many of the words they have been mispronouncing since book ONE are right in the back of the books! I could go on and on and on with how this duo butcher this story with every sort of flaw and mediocrity. I have no idea how the authors approval was ever obtained. Anyway, listener be ware, the story is good to ok and much more worth the read. I am a glutton for punishment so I'll finish these audio books but I long for the day when an excellent narrator or narrators redo this entire series. Long live Jim Dale, KING of the audio narration WORLD!
Get some new narrators to redo this entire series properly. The books and story are worth it and I would think the story would greatly improve with good performances to uplift some of the stories weaknesses. With these performers the story as heard will never equal the story that is read from a book. If I wasn't such a big fan of the work I wouldn't have gotten these audio books to listen to while at work and do not recommend these audiobooks to anyone!
Sixth Book in the Wheel of Time brought together Lord Perrin and Rand, The Dragon Reborn as he found weakness in the Six who had caged him and the Nine who had disobeyed making them kneel before him and pledge their loyalty to him