the book lulls in spots with lots of descriptor and general goings on, but gratify when its most important. the voice actors really bring the world to life. great listen for drives.
Ok only one mark against this installment, really. Remember how Rand was really clueless with Avienda? Its way worse in this book with a different female character. If a person of the opposite sex sat on you lap and kissed you, and gently touched your shirtlessness, you'd get what was going on, right? Not Rand. Apart from that, which only comprises a little bit towards the end, the book is great. Really good in the final act, lots of intensity happening all at once, I think you'll enjoy. I award this book 4/5, because Rand's cluelessness is really annoying at some points.
Kramer and Reading do a great job bringing Jordan's characters to life. As this book is the beginning of "the lull" in the WoT, I never caught myself getting too bored and managed to make it through with minimal amounts of rewinding.
Audio quality was great. If I had one complaint, it would be that the chapters of the audio book do not align with that of the physical book, so following along at random intervals is quite difficult. Maybe this is addressed in future books in the series? I do hope so.
I loved how the story develops and the writing style and how each reader would try to separate the voices of characters.
Sometimes the narration would drag on and on making it so that I would have to back up to understand what I missed
To make this into a movie would be doing a disservice to the imagination of every reader.
The male reader has a hard time being understood through headphones. His voice will make a bass overtake the narration at times.
Both Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are magnificent story-tellers. I am always astounded by their level of preparation - unique and consistent voices for hundreds of characters - dozens of accents - correct pronunciation of names, etc, etc.
I have listened to all seven books so far on audio. That's well over 100 hours. I plan to listen to the rest. Job very well done. Bravo!!
The storyline is well continued from book 5, and the series is sooo good. A little annoying how much stuff gets repeated (i.e. examples of Aiel nature) and I wish that the narrators were on the same page about how to pronounce certain words, but other than that no complaints.
Why oh why would you start pronouncing names differently 6 books into a series? It is not a subtle change either. This is the kind of thing that takes me out of the story. Every time one of the narrators uses one of the new pronunciations I cringe slightly. My wife feels the same way as we listen together in the car. This, more than a narrator change mid series, ruins a audio series for me.