I like the story but was really disappointed the narrators are not reading the story together. Kramer reads part of the way and then Reading takes over. This is really odd and a major let-down.
It has some interesting bits, but for the most part it just plods along in a very slow, very predictable manner. The author doesn't have much of a grasp on the way real people think or behave, but he does have a sadly typical conception of archaic gender relations. If you like slow detailed fantasy where men are stereotypes of boys and women are stereotypes of girls, you'll love this book.
Four stars, to me, means a really great book. I gave this one four not because of it's merrits on its own, but on the fact that the following books make up a wonderful series. The book itself is really a fun and interesting story, and I strongly recommend it to those of you who are into the fanasy/epic stories. It's an addictive series with each book seeming better and better. I woulndt recommend to listen to this book if you don't intend to follow up w/ the rest of the series, however, because this book is quite like an introduction of whats to come. The story in this book does somewhat stand on its own, but more so, leans toward pulling us toward the main story line of the series. I'm on book 7 now, and, all in all, I'm quite happy I decided to begin.
Having read these books before hearing the audio versions I had a preconceived notion of the voices I was hearing and Kate Reading and Michael Kramer nailed it. If you like the reading style of Kate Reading check out the Furies Codex by Jim Butcher.
After the recommendation from half a dozen friends, I decided to pick tis up. It takes quite some time to get into, being quite boring in some parts. By the end you forget about that and are ready for book two. It feels like the first chapter of a really long book. I'm starting book two now, about 1/4 of the way through and it just keeps getting more interesting.
I've heard wonderful things about this series. I was always stand offish when first hearing about it because of the untimely demise of Robert Jordan and that the series never concluded. Yet, this book includes an interview with the man at the end of story which I thought truly wonderful.
Then, even more so great is the fact that Brandon Sanderson (Elantris, and the Mistborn series) is going to continue the Wheel of Time. He is well qualified having read Sanderson's other novels.
In short, this story, so far, has lived up to the regard and praise I've heard of it. You can tell of so many authors who've obviously been inspired by this series since.
Any sci-fi/fantasy fan owes it to themselves to experience this epic scope of storytelling.
I really like books like eragon and other fantasy type fiction, this books constantly leaves you sitting on edge, thinking will these poor boys ever be safe? I am still listening to the book, it is a good size. I really do like this book.
I love these books, I started with book one and recommend not getting to the prequel till after about book four. I was definitely discouraged after hearing a very similar to Lord of the Rings beginning to the book, but was soon greatly surprised to find that not only is this story quite different from Lord of the Rings, but the whole basis of the story with the wheel of time is intriguing and entertaining. Jordan has a great writing method and I have been captured listening to it all day long at work. The best part of this series is its length, 12 books and I'm still worried halfway through book 5 that the series wont be long enough for me. I love love love love it!