I am a newcomer to the Wheel of Time series and I can say without a doubt that Robert Jordan is full of vision and imagination which I think many writers have aspired to before but few have reached. Like all fantastic books it draws you in and leaves you wanting more when you're finished. I want to go on about how good this book is, but one cannot really know unless they read it themselves so pick up the book or even but the audiobook. The performance of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading is very good. I listened to the audiobook because I paint in the hot sun for eight hours a day as a summer job. It's a great way to pass the time.
Sci-fi and fantasy fan, Buddhist, Social Scientist and Doctoral Student.
I decided to start the Wheel of Time audiobooks on audible as a fan of Game of Thrones (the TV series) and A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I had heard that GRRM drew on some themes from A Wheel of Time.
With this background I really appreciate the Wheel of Time story. It is a fun story that draws you in on it's own, and I appreciate it even more being able to see connections to A Song of Ice and Fire, and also the stark differences.
I have been listening so far to the audible audiobook versions only, so I cannot compare this to reading the print version, but still the readers seem to do a good job of it.
The biggest frustration I have had though, and so far this holds true for each Wheel of Time book I have listened to, is that the audible chapters do not match up to the book chapters. I had not been paying enough attention at first to notice until I wanted to jump back to the beginning of the chapter- the book chapter, where the reader noted a new chapter began, and went back to what audible said the start of the chapter I was on was. It took me awhile from there to re-find my place.
While Eye of the World has 53 chapters plus a prologue, audible has these plus an interview with the author at the end divided into 25 "chapters". This would be a bit annoying if they were simple groupings of a few chapters together, but worse than that, the breaks between audible chapters do not align at all with breaks in book chapters making any attempt at tracking or saving space in relation to the audible chapters pretty pointless. And short of adding a bookmark on audible to each chapter of the book as it's announced, you cannot reasonably expect to be able to navigate reading by (book) chapters.
I read this whole series in high school and loved it but now coming back to the series years later I was not as impressed. A good portion of the plot is passive, with things just happening to the main characters rather then being driven by their choices and actions. Additionally, there were many echoes or repetitive words or phrases used that drew my attention to the writing style and detracted from the story. Still good, still interesting, just not as good as I remembered.
This is a long and complicated story with little to fall in love with as the characters attempt to develop. I was not inspired to be emotionally attached to any of the main characters. And it seemed to take forever for any true story to develop. Confusing and to overwhelming to understand ....
Robert Jordan, may he rest in peace, has woven a rich world and a rich story that combines action and fantasy with rich narrative that immerses the reader into his story. listening to it, the reader/listener will feel as though they travel alongside the characters, much like the Lord of the rings. newer fantasy readers will see correlations between this and newer fantasy novels, such as eragon, but the eye of the world was the forst, and is a must read.