Cannot say enough good things about the audio edition of this book. Have loved the stories but stopped reading after book 8 waiting for the next release and never picked it back up. Highly recommended.
Rand is my favoirite in this book because even though he is terrified of everything happening he acts as the foundation for the others who at times just want to run and hide. He is driven to finding out why this is happening to them instead of shying away from it. Qualities to admire in a central character.
I think both did a great job in changing the voice tones so that you can distinguish between the other characters.
If I could I would have listened to it non-stop.
I just didn't like the book. I only listened for an hour and couldn't get into it. Not my style.
This was great. I got audible for this series alone and it has not dissapointed. I love the series of books seconding them to only the harry potter series. The voice actors did a fantastic job keeping the story moving along as this first book can drag in the middle as Jordan tries to get a lot of ground work in. I have read the entire series more than once and loved being able to listen to this while at work. I just started The Great Hunt and I'm already loving it. If you like fantasy you need to get this book. Print, ebook, or audible.
Great book! I think I'm hooked on the series. I read somewhere that Jordon was the heir to Tolkein; I'd have to agree. wandered a little but then The Hobbit was not a Home Run either. It wasn't until the Lord of the Rings that Tolkein hit it out of the park. The guy must have done something right with 14 books!
This audible ranked pretty high. The reading was really good. The characters were easily distinguished by the voice changes of the readers. The story was captivating.
That the characters were real, and yet they were on a most fantastic and significant adventure.
The voices that they use for the various characters make the story easy to follow. They were able to capture the individuals' feelings which made the listening easy even when I had to stop for awhile and come back later.
I enjoy reading and writing. I love fantasy, cyberpunk, and sometimes science fiction. Though I believe if a book is well wrote and compelling, I will probably read it through. I hope to one day write my own fantasy series and a book in the cyberpunk genre.
I have not read the print version but I think I don't need to now!
It's hard to say. I like the idea of loosely mixing elements of eastern religious thinking into a fantasy setting.
The action could have been bigger in the book but I suppose since the main characters are still young this will probably increase in later books.
Overall I loved the tale; the characters are well composed and memorable. Perrin, being my favorite.
I was not very fond of Kate Reading's read on it (maybe its because she doesn't get to read much in this audiobook) but Michael Kramer does a wonderful job in delivering dialog. He makes you believe that you are actually hearing the conversation from different characters. I love his voice for Perrin, the Dark One, and Loial. He gives Loial's voice a lot of character; speaking his words slowly to emphasize the importance of just speaking and he gives the character a very deep voice. Perrin, is given a slow voice which at first makes him (as you are intended to believe) seem slow-witted. But as the character progresses you come to learn that he is just thinking more deeply then most people do.
If you have read the book and still think you might enjoy re-reading it... Try this audible for Michael Kramer's voice work alone.
This may be a minor spoiler but... when Loial, sings to the great oak tree near the end so that it won't be corrupted by the blight.
I haven't listened to many audiobooks up to this point; but this has certainly been a hook. It works well for me since I do a lot of driving.
Tolkien Derivative Enjoyable
Its well written fantasy fare
I enjoyed both readers, but Michael Kramer has an interesting voice
I would worry about that person that could
Intriguing, Enriching, Evolving
The Way of Kings, because Robert Jordan's strength is in developing characters that instantly pull you into an ever changing story, leaving you wondering and guessing hopelessly what will happen next. Branden Sanderson, author of the Way of Kings, was pulled in to finish off this series due to Robert passing before he could finish it himself, has a similar writing style. Sanderson's style is different and you can tell the two apart but at the same time you can see why he was chosen to finish off the series.
Rand meeting Min for the first time, you'll want to remember some of the things she tells him for later in the series. Robert does this, it is a huge series and lots of hints and information is dropped in places that may not seem impactful at the time but hold great significance later.
It is to long of a story to take it all in at once. If you tried you would most certainly miss important pieces. This is a story you have to let cook slowly to enjoy all the flavors it provides.
Has a little bit of everything, action, character development, thought provoking stretches, wonder, sadness, and joy that takes you on a up and down roller-coaster ride.
Listened for 3 hours, started from the beginning again, and listened for another 5 hours... too bored to continue.
The narrators gave life to the characters. Each characters voice was different, matching the characters' personalities. Details were expansive, without getting too convoluted and confusing.
As vivid a world as David Eddings "Belgariad" series.
I have continued the series, with both narrators reading.
The struggle between good and evil.