Michael Kramer's voice is perfect for this series! I was disappointed when it switched narrators on me but after listening further, I completely understand. Kate Reading pulls off the scenes with primarily female characters in a way that Michael Kramer's awesome baritone probably couldn't.Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
I love audio books. I never read much as a kid, but now I could go through a book a week easy. Me and my wife are full time RVers and we love it. Seeyou on the road.
What a great book. I love Robert Jorden's style.
You must start with this book, then you will want to go right to the next one.
Simply incredible... along with A Song Of Ice And Fire, The Wheel Of Time has become a bench mark in epic fantasy.
As for the few complaints about the narrators changing half way through... Michael Kramer reads the male point of view, while Kate Reading reads from the girls perspective. It just so happens that this happens pretty much in the middle of the production. Some might have adjusted to Kramers style just as the narrator switch happens but dont let that discourage you... in the end they are both phenominal throughout the series, and Reading has become one of my favourite narrators. Much like Rot Dotrice in ASOIAF, she actually BECOMES the characters she reads.
Take this amazing voyage, you wont be disappointed.
I have listened to the whole set of books 4 times now and hope that the final book comes out at some point to finish the series. A lot of people whine about a couple of the books towards the end of the series being slow, but I like them just fine. Don't be put off by nay-sayers and complainers. I love this series and you will too.
I was very sad to hear of the death of Robert Jordan and wish his family well.
One of the best books in this amazing series. This book in particular is very well throughout, and includes a lot of foreshadowing of events to come. Looking back after finishing the whole series for the first time, this book in particular brings a smile to my face as I recall embarking on the journey through this great series, and how well it set the stage.
I believe that Jordan's Wheel of Time is the best adult fantasy epic ever written. It is smart, original, and enjoyable for adult fantasy lovers. I predict that authors will (subconsciously) steal from him as they have stolen from Tolkien over the years.
Nevertheless, I have a difficult time imagining how this epic can conclude in one last installment. It seems to me that it needs at least three more to wrap everything up.
Good luck to the guy who is piecing Jordan's notes together. PLEASE don't change narrators!
Look, I'm getting tired of all the Tolkien/LOTR comparisons here. Yes, of course it follows the same Lord of the Rings formula, so do a lot of modern fantasy epics. But while there are a lot of similarities, it is still a very enjoyable story. In fact in a few ways it even exceeds LOTR, such as in character development. Jordan is really a very good writer, and this (very long) story is sprinkled with humor, fear, romance, suspense, political backstabbing, etc. It's got enough elements to satisfy any fantasy fan.
But don't let the comparisons keep you from enjoying it.
It may take you a while to get used to the narrators' styles, but once they get going they do a great job, and the characterizations of different voices are handled well.
There are times when the story slows down, but never for very long. Fact is, a lot happens in this book. It's truly an enjoyable epic. I have read the first three books of the series, and am very happy with the whole series (so far).
I don't know if I will get around to listening to all the books of the series, but I am liking the ride very much.
Robert Jordan sure has a thing for words - the first sixteen hours are a gabfest that could have easily been condensed to a tenth of that running time without missing a beat to the story. And it does have parallels to Lord of the Rings, as it does have some Star Wars/Jedi-type stuff in there as well. But that's not the problem. The problem is in the narration. Michael Kramer's delivery is predictable and without any passion to the material. His character voices are fine, but each line of narrative is delivered in one of about three different intonations. Seriously. I can predict his delivery and hum it along perfectly without knowing the words. That's pathetic. Why have a human read it, why not a computer? There is an ever-so-brief relief from the female reader for a couple of chapters, but then it goes back to the same read-rinse-repeat delivery. It's very difficult to know when something important is occuring, because everything is read the same way - a negative for us who have more important things to concentrate on, like driving. The narration definitely does the material a disservice here.