I couldn't get past the narrator and the over acting used for the characters voices. Turned the book off after maybe 40 minutes.
Maybe with a different narrator
Over the top. Did not like at all.
I enjoyed the story and the narration. Most of the narration was done by Michael Kramer, and he was a fantastic narrator. Occasionally, the narration switched to Kate Reading, who is also a fantastic narrator. However, I found it very distracting when the narrators switched, especially because so little of the book was narrated by Kate Reading. I also took issue with the fact that the different narrators pronounced character names and places differently- I felt that this should be consistent. Overall, I enjoyed the audiobook and will purchase the next ones in the series; however, I think the use of one narrator instead of two would have been preferable.
Absolutely. The story is amazing, the reader fantastic; all adding up to a wonderful listening experience! Such a vast and well-put-together world.
The detail, characters, adventure. With so many twists and turns I have found myself constantly wondering what was going to happen next.
That his characters were flawed, just like the rest of us. They weren't willing participants like alot of other fantasy.
The Beggar pointing at Rand and screaming. I can totally picture that in my mind.
I enjoyed both of them. it took a bit of getting used to them switching back and forth. But it was intentional and they switched at perfect moments.
I would recommend this to anyone. Glad there are so many books to go through. I originally heard of these books due to my favorite author Brandon Sanderson finishing this series. He cannot come out with new Stormlight archive books fast enough, so I figured I'd read everything he's written. I'm glad I have to read all the Jordan stuff first to get to when Sanderson finishes this series.
The Wheel of Time series is a vast and detailed epic that begins here with a lot of action, a quick pace, and an introduction to immense plot. There's magic and swordplay, politics and history, mysteries and battles, and a bunch of great characters. The series is Long (which gives it weight as an epic's epic), but plot develops and memorable scenes are pervasive. The narration and story are amazing, so you are guaranteed to have fun with this Fantasy Masterpiece audiobook.
No, but only because I am partial to the cadence of my own reading speed, as well as my pronunciations of certain words.
In this particular book (no spoilers for the rest), I love Rand al Thor's character. Although he is the alleged protagonist throughout all of them anyway, in this one he is the most innocent and likeable that he will ever be.
Since I've read the entire series a few times over, whenever I read/hear this book it is so obvious that there is foreshadowing throughout the entire thing. All of the parts where this happens are exciting for me, and I don't want to give any of them away to a first reader/listener. Just remember that the simplest things may come back up 8 or 9 or 10 books down the line...
If pigs could fly, maybe. Realistically, however, I enjoyed listening to it in large chunks during my free time/quiet time at home. This way I could make it through several chapters at once (some action, some dull moments) instead of hearing just bits and pieces that might leave me confused about the whole storyline.
The only reason that I gave the narrator 4 stars (he--well, they--were actually very great with pace, rhythm, and annunciation) is because he pronounced many of Jordan's words in ways completely different than I ever did. At least one of these pronunciations was even completely off-mark to its spelling, which set my teeth on edge. Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable listen. Plus, there is a pleasant surprise at the end--especially if you are a Jordan fan!
Incredible massive story, and it starts very fun; albiet somewhat slowly. Michael Kramer and Kate Redding are fantastic readers.
Michael's Loial's voice (the Ogier) is dang near perfection - I think the slight change in his voice gives the character the perfect depth and I find I wait for Loial to talk more, so I can hear the performance!
Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.
Yes. It was a good story. Not a super epic, but a good solid story.
There were some elements in the final act that seemed to almost come out of nowhere. Also a lot of the characters seemed to have gotten off lucky. Maybe too lucky. The apparent "end" of the Dark One was not really disputed. You can't just kill the devil in book 1 of an epic. Uh . . . Can you?
During the climax when Rand was running and he heard the screams of a particular main character behind him. I was dramatic because she seemed all but invincible up to that point and now I feared the worse for her. Of course, she was one of those that got off lucky. She even said as much.
I don't now if it's me, but I did not see the hint of romance that popped up. It seemed so random when the characters were proclaiming their love. I half expected one of them to say "What the heck are you talking about?" And I see no reason for two narrators. One of them, Kate Reading, only read two or three chapters (out of fifty!) What was the point? Her performance was fine, but she read characters that Michael Kramer had already read. Jordan's description are very spot as well as creative and beautifully written, but the overall story is needlessly long, given the events that happened. Maybe they are seeds, that will sprout in future books, others there seem to be a lot of diversions just to make it longer. (kinda like those Hobbit movies)
The Narration quality brings out the story very well. Some of the emotions and changes in speed of reading are quite well done. However would have been more interesting if the female characters could have a feminine voice. That lets us relate slightly better
Spoiler Alert - The green Man's view of the world and impact of his actions
One of my top 3 for sure.
This book gets you hooked from the first moments!
I would If I could :)
Recommended for all fantasy lovers.