Good story but VERY slow as the author found it necessary to describe everyones wardrobe down to the color of every tassle (and there are a lot of tassles) in the room whenever anyone interacts with a main character.
Michael Kramer sounds like his niche would have been reading the 1930s news to a captivating audience sitting around there home radios'. Kate is above average.
I have read reviews that the narrators get better...I truly hope.
this is what lord of the rings could have been. i personally didn't like LOTR (though i adore the movies).
the only problem with the narration for me is that the two narrators seem to have never gotten together to decide how to pronounce some of the proper nouns. they even change their own minds from book to book. a bit humorous to me actually. but you have to listen to the whole saga to hear the 20 odd discrepencies. apart from that i find their pacing to be very good. i have no trouble telling one character from another, and i'm tone deaf! and hearing the spin the two different narrators give to a particular character really helps to show how robert jordan understood people so well, and was able to put that into the story to make it feel so real.
this book is the begining of a huge saga. this particular book's only drawback is that the author had to take some editing decisions to make the book stand on it's own since the publishers didn't know if it would sell. book two also has some of these imperfections. but by book three, the saga had legs and the author was able to set his own pace and the story really began to shine. i suggest you listen to the prequil, "a new spring" to really get ahandle on what's coming, and get a feel for the world robert jordan created.
to put it metaphorically, this saga is like a locomotive... a bit ungamely as it gets rolling. but once it's up to speed it's elegant, majestic, and unforgetable. the books are long, but like a train ride, once your out of the city and rolling through the countryside, you realize you never want the journy to end!
I still pick up new tidbits, foreshadowing, and nuances every time I hear this book. Over the years I've read most books in this series twice and have listened to them on CD twice more. The audio format further highlights Jordan's genius and the fan's enjoyment.
A outstanding writer with a wonderful story to tell. I only wish he had lived to finish his final book.
If you enjoy epic tales, then I highly recommend this whole series. He brings together, truly, a whole world. By the middle of the series it might as well be a soap opera because there are so many story lines and each character has their own motives.
You can't wait to find out more with each line. Again, I highly recommend this whole series.
Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.
Robert, Robert, Robert.
What have you done to me?
You 've kept me up countless nights, hanging onto every fantastic word, thinking about this incredible world you've created long after I finished reading and listening. You made me want more. And more. And you gave more of the same, and better.
What descriptive and well-thought out writing! What a rich and resplendent world you've created for us. A staggering storyline rich in history, politics, magic and mystery. Character development that captures us completely in the story, plots and journeys throughout this and the many novels to follow!
There are not enough words to describe the fantastic journey that awaits you in Jordan's Wheel of Time novels. They are long, descriptive novels that require more attentive listening that reward you for taking the time to really LISTEN.
If you like a deep rousing story that involves rich fantasy, political intrigue, dark forces with malevolent intent, secret societies, and MUCH MUCH MORE, than you might as well just crack open that wallet, and pull out your Audible credits.
You're going on an audiobook journey you'll never forget.
I was a little apprehensive at first. I tried to block out of my mind the Tolkien comparisons and that was hard at first. The beginning was very rough for me, as the narrator takes time getting used to. He is very bland and monotone at first (at first I stress). But, by the middle, you can feel the characters being fleshed out. And, as the book moved along and more characters started getting developed, I really started to enjoy it. The well written book has details in spades to its characters and landscape. Some might think it's too much, but I think exactly the opposite. The way the story is told really draws you in and makes you feel as if you were there (that's nerdy, but true). All in all, very well done, however the climax was a little meh for me.
*** for the first 1/3
***** for the last 2/3
Bottom line, give this book a chance and don't judge it by the first couple chapters. You won't regret it!
This is the first book of 12 (13 if you count the prequel). As most first books, this introduces all of the main characters, concepts, and the basic quest. Still this was well written, the character development was progressive allowing the reader to adapt and adjust to the changes as the characters evolve as they must to become what they must be to fulfill the quest.
My kids and I love fantasy books and were excited about starting a long series that we had heard a lot about. I'm not really sure where everyone gets that Michael Kramer is a great narrator unless they have stuck it out and listened to more books in this series. Frankly, he starts out AWFUL. We almost stopped listening just because of him. His cadence is so predictable and completely got on my nerves for the first 2/3 of the book. The first part that Kate Reading read seriously saved this book for us and we kept listening.
... and then about 2/3 of the way through it get SO much better. We are now almost finished with the 2nd book in the series and it is wonderful. Yes, this book has a slow start. But as you continue with the story you understand why - it NEEDS a slow start. I'm rating it pretty high even though I never thought I would get through it. Give it a chance and you will have a great start on an epic series.
Reading a novel like this I feel I should be kissing Jordan's feet. How anyone can create such an immense intricate world filled with such deep, diverse characters is just mind blowing. I've listened to the first two of these books and can't wait for audible to come out with the rest of the series. One thing I was particularly happy to find after reading the first book was that the second started right where the first left off with all the same characters to whom I had grown attached in the first book.
In this first book in the series, Jordan begins with a common fantasy theme with childhood friends being drawn out of their small quaint world and becoming an intricate part in the impending doom of the world. Much more so than most books, I found myself deeply involved in the story, engaged with the deep characters and rich world. The struggles that face each of the character and the crises each must come to terms with kept me listening late into the night.
Be forewarned that if you hate mental narratives, this book is probably not for you. You will spend long periods of time in minds of different characters, each giving you unique perspectives on the world and other characters. This is not to say that this book is not filled with great action, only that there are periods between where Jordan builds your bond to the characters and understanding of the world they are in. This book has some of the most thrilling action sequences I've encountered in my reading.
The readers are superb! There are two readers, a man for scenes where you're following a male character and a woman for when you're following a female. They capture perfectly the emotion of each character and scene. I'm relatively new to audio books, and these reader make a great case for how listening to a story is so far superior to reading one. Their voices paint the world with a clarity not possible when reading (written word is so primitive, huh?).
Great books! Can't recommend highly enough.