I have looked at this series for a year, because I like the narrators, and Brandon Sanderson. This must have been the first book Kate & Micheal narrated, it is not as polished as the current reads they have done. The story is slow, and parallels LOR to a point of prediction for the story line. The only redeeming part of books 1 and 2, is they are prelude to books 3 and 4, which are very good. So if you have the patience to set the foundation of this series, and give the narrators time to flesh out the characters. Downloaded it.
I am a fan of epic fantasy. Having read all the glowing reviews for Eye of the World I was looking forward to listening to something great. Truthfully... I was disappointed. Underwhelmed would be more accurate. I don't know if this was because of all the wildly favorable reviews or because I had already started to make comparisons to other epic fantasies I'd read in my head before I bought the book but I noticed almost immediately that Jordans writing tends to be repetetive and lacks elegance. I had a hard time getting involved with or attatched to the characters and in many ways I felt that the beginning, which should have caught you up and dragged you away, left me wanting and not it a "man I need to know what happens next" way. There is a lot of set up, a lot of foreshadowing and description but I found the dialogue and the characters lack-luster. By the end of the book I felt no urge to continue reading (or listening) and no compulsion to buy the next book. There was no quality redeeming enough to rescue the book from the formulaic tar pit.
It was a LONG journey. You need to be very patient for the first 6 hours, if you survive that, you might get use to the sloooow rhythm, the repetitive descriptions and the narrator...
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
Since the text copyright is almost 2 decades old now, I have to believe that the series may have gotten better with each new book. Unfortunately, I'll never know. I stayed on for this entire book, but don't think I'll be spending credits for anymore in the series. I usually like stories with a lot of dialog, but this one meanders aimlessly with too much dialog between the protagonists in each scene about mundane details. That wouldn't be too bad in itself if only each scene ended with some sort of conflict that carries into the next scene. But, often I found us just closing out one scene, only to take up the same mundane dialog again in the next.
This book sets the scene for a long journey, 13 books so far. Sometimes the pace is fast other times the story slows to a crawl as numerous plot threads compete for page pace. Once all those threads start coming together again you will be left with a wonderfully rich view of a forgein world that few, if any authors, could even imagine in their dreams.
This first book is a great introduction. Most important characters show their faces at some point. Relistening to the books I found myself amazed at the way Robert Jordan wrote his characters. The tiniest detail in the first books already hint at who characters will become in books 12 and 13. It is truly an amazing achievement.
The books have faults, beleive me. But then again Robert Jordan would not have been human if he could have written so many perfect books.
This is one of the most riveting books I have listened to!! They keep the same narrators and the action is fantastic!!
It's alright. Parallels Lord of the Rings in a lot of obvious ways, though some cool characters and ideas make it passable. Narration is also good.
Has the feel of your standard fantasy novel. Some reluctant hero who is the chosen one has to go on some crazy adventure with his buddies to save the world. Not sure if I'll get through the whole series. Just started on the second one. A lot of people are really into this series, and I can see why, but it just didn't hook me like I had hoped.
If you're looking for more hilarious/awesome fantasy readings I would recommend Joe Abercrombie's First Law series (so good). As far as fantasy goes you could do a lot worse than The Eye of the World.
The story is ok, but it is nearly plagaristic in it's "borrowing" from LOTR.
The male narration is weak, like an oompa loompa on helium. Listen to a sample of the audio before purchasing.
Very long, which makes it a good bargain, but there are a lot of yawns between the substance.
I never thought I'd like Sci-Fi/Fantasy type audio books, but after listening to Frank Herbert's Dune books, I immediately began my search in this category. I tried several series, and although they had great readers and were good books, most simply were not written as well as Frank Herbert's Dune books. Even so, listening to these different series ended up being a good thing as my Audible Recommendations began changing. But for this happening (oh, and thank you, Audible), I would not have considered Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books.
Not only does this series have awesome readers, but the way Robert Jordan writes? Wow! In my eyes, he's up there with Frank Herbert, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Stephen King. I don't necessarily like all of Stephen King's stories, but I do consider him one of the best authors of all-time. Presently, I consider Robert Jordon one of the best authors of all-time, as well! And after listening to Eye of the World? Whoosh! I'm so excited I don't even think I can wait for my next Audible credit! I am totally addicted now!