I love this book, but I have to say it was one of my lest favorite in the wheel of time series. Not to say its a bad book. I still think it's fantastic compared to many other fantasy works. I just think Robert Jordan gets better and better as he goes.
James in VA
The beginning of an epic. I've listened to it many times and will continue to do so. Highly recommended for all fans of epic fantasy.
I have listened to this story many times and have found it enjoyable every time. I have found this series to be one of the best conceived story lines ever produced. I would highly recommend it to people of all ages.
Maybe the 15hrs of true content
Last 5hrs is the best
Characters interaction with the wildlife, and discovering the history of one of the mysteries character
Many people love this series, and at certain points in this first book I understand why, but it is so lengthy. It is difficult to focus when the author is adding content that doesn't dive the story forward. I truly want to love this series, because of the Brandon Sanderson's interest in the series. I don't understand, maybe I was spoiled with listening to Mr. Sanderson's 'Stormlight Achieves' books first.
I will continue with the second book after re-listening to the first one, but I can't recommend this series to a friend based on the first book. The investment time is to long, but I want to know what Mr. Sanderson's discovered in this series; love Brandon Sanderson's work.
I am updating my review from several years ago (in fact, I am not certain I gave a written review on this title before). Now that I have listened to well over 100 books on Audible, I can easily say that Michael Kramer does an incredible job with this series. His performance in the first book (the one I am leaving this review for) is not as perfected as his performances in future books, it is likely due to the fact that he is getting used to the characters. His voice for Loial gets better and better as the series goes on. Eventually, you will know the character he is voicing without any cue.
Kate Reading only has a couple performances in this first book. I remember thinking when I first heard the series that I didn't like her style, but now I know it's more the fault of how Jordan writes the women in this series.
Robert Jordan does a great job keeping the characters (who are from a very small community) innocent and "doe-eyed." This is, by far, the aspect of the story that I enjoy the most. Each of the male characters is distinct, with strong characteristics to separate their personalities. On the other hand, even after five reads through the series, I have a difficult time distinguishing any standout characteristics about the female characters. Many people have complained about the weak representations of the female characters within the series, and I tend to agree; however, the series is still one of my favorites.
Michael Kramer does an amazing job with many of the voices and personalities, but Thom Merrilin is, hands down, the best of the group. Michael Kramer has such a rich tone when speaking in Thom's voice and his bravado is superb. Kate Reading doesn't really have a moment to shine in this first book, so I will save my assessment for future books. I can say, however, that having listened to the entire series (sans the last book) Kate Reading doesn't really do as great a job as her husband with this material.
There have always been parts of this book that make me laugh and cry. I don't want to give those moments away, but I think these moments are related to the pure nostalgia of childhood and the innocence lost as we age.
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.