I was a little lost at the beginning of this book. Took me longer than some to really get in to it and want more. By the end of the book I have some answers and many questions, so glad to have many more books in the series to enjoy!
I've enjoyed the Wheel of Time series but have yet to read the Brandon Sanderson books. I've re read the series so many times as each new book came out, that I refused to do it again until the series had finished. And now, I find myself without time to read, but with plenty of time to listen.
The story follows three young men from a country town called Two Rivers as they are pursued from dark forces and may or may not be heroes reborn. The writing is pretty solid, at times Jordan's descriptions are a tad over florid for my taste, but the world he has created and the characters are interesting. There are different races/religions and warring factions and the book does a fair imitation of todays current climate of entangling agendas.
As for the performance, again, having previously read this book, I had a hard time with a few of the voice narration choices (Lioal in particular annoyed me... happily he doesn't speak THAT much) and whenever a man tries to voice a woman it just sounds a little whiny and plaintive. In this book there are two narrators, and when the book is following a woman's thoughts, the woman narrates. I liked that and the transition felt natural.
There was an author interview at the end that I liked but for those who aren't interested in writing processes, it might not be that interesting.
Though the story at times seems slow, this is the opening to one of the greatest story epic of our day. I love this series and this opening book opens with enough mystery and detail to make it enjoyable and entertaining.
The final showdown is a little anticlimactic, otherwise well written and easy to listen to. Forsight that their are subsequent novels to come is reassuring that some of the unfulfilled storylines introduced throughout the story will eventually be given substance.
First book feels like a re-imagining of LotR, FotR. However the story telling and world building is cohesive enough to keep my attention, and set up promise for quite the epic series. While I found the first book to be alright, I am now convinced the rest of the series will be fantastic.
Love the escape of reading....Reading keeps me sane....
This audible version brings the book to life.
All of them
The balance keeps it interesting and increases the readability
would like to but too long
I love Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, but you can tell this is an older audio book because they sound so much younger and not quite as experienced. Great narrators none the less! Can't wait to start the next book in the series.