This is a great set of book from Robert Jordan, that are very enjoyable to listen to, and I'm sure you will enjoy them.
This was my 4th time through this book, first time on the audio format.
Great tale and storytelling, but I'm not the biggest fan of the voices. But, I got used to them and had all, if not more, of the same emotions as when I read this book myself years ago.
I would rank The Eye of the World probably 20 in my top 50 books. The narration is spot on, but the story is a bit slow at first. It picks up immensely in the last 2-3 hours. Almost to the point where you feel whirl-winded by the ending.
Similar to the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring style high fantasy. You get the reluctant protagonist, the large group, the quasi-standard races/classes. A quasi-soft magic system. A fully developed world with rich histories for the reader to see. A great evil that is beyond reproach. Good character development.
Probably the group entering into Shadar Logoth being pursued by enemies, hiding, and the boys being invited into the treasury by Mordeth and their subsequent escape.
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.
I've always been a fan of Robert Jordan's work especially the Wheel of Time Series. this being his first installment comes in the middle of two epochs. Most high fantasy made prior to this was based on traditional Tolkien fantasy, where the bad guy was unapproachable, and just evil with no redeeming qualities. After this book, Evil gained a face, and depth. You'll see most modern fantasy authors giving their villains conflict, and a point of view. The Wheel of time begins in one era and ends in another. I think it's hard to judge it against it's peers for that reason, the basis is skewed either way. As a first book goes, it lays a wonderful foundation for the rest of the series.
Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!
The whole beginning to one of my favorite series of all time. It's been over ten years since I've read the books, and the audio version told the story in all its great unabridged glory.
Rand Al'Thor. He's Ta"Verin (one of the downsides of listening to the audio book version is, I don't know if the spelling's correct or not). Him and his pals. But he's my favorite because so much rides on his shoulders, and he was thrust into this position without any explanation.
Michael's performance was spectacular. When he narrated Tom Merilin in the fight against the fade, and his last gasps for the boys to "Run!", it was very dramatic and well-delivered. Kate did a good job subbing in for a couple chapters, which I assume is so that Michael can take a break. Not sure why Audible listed her first, since Michael did the majority of the reading.
I would if I could, but I doubt I can stay up for 20+ hours listening to any audiobook!
Boy am I glad I got Audible Platinum annual subscription plan. Well worth it. Especially for commute to work every day.
Robert Jordan was an amazing author. I love this series. I listen to the entire Wheel of Time saga at least once a year. Brandon Sanderson did a masterful job in finishing Mr. Jordan's work. May the last embrace of the Mother welcome Robert Jordan home.