I have avoided the Wheel of time series for a long time, thinking it would be Tolkien but watered down. A good friend told me he likes Jordan better than Tolkien. I listened to this book to decide for myself. I enjoyed it and I will listen to the next book in the series, but the prose itself does not move me like Tolkien does. My friend was wrong.
I got into this book because I enjoy Sanderson's writing was a little skeptical because Sanderson didn't write the whole series but I enjoyed a few of his other books so much that I thought I would give this series a try when I saw that it was read by Michael Kramer and Kate reading that was what pushed me over the edge to try this series I thoroughly enjoyed this book and intend to listen to the entire series
One of the best fantasy series and the first book sets the epic tone for this adventure.
Big fan of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading does a superb job as well.
If you like fantasy novels, this series will definitely catch your interest. I'm fascinated by the world Mr. Jordan created in this series. It's cohesive and feels so true to human myth and longing. I majored in Anthropology in college and have read lots of creation beliefs and legends from many different cultures, and the Wheel of Time series universe is very convincing. The story itself has action and fighting but stays clear of racy scenes or vulgar language if you're wondering about its appropriateness for children. My 11 year old son is reading it too, and can't put it down. I admit that stories that portray the struggle between good and evil really draw me in, and this is one of those epic stories about the struggle between good and evil, specifically between forces trying to destroy mankind and forces working to preserve it. Characters are hard-working, moral, yet imperfect and relatable. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. I can't believe I hadn't heard of this series until now. Where have I been?
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Lord of The Rings, which is the obvious comparison that everyone uses. I enjoy it more than LOTR though.
Their voices really brought the dialogue alive. I loved how Michael Kramer's voice intensified and sped up during action-filled sequences.
I found it quite boring. My mind kept drifting off to other things and I found myself listening to some passages multiple times just to go forward. I hate not finishing a book so I pushed myself to finish it. Even when I reached the last 10 minutes, my mind wandered so much I had to keep going back a few seconds over and over because I thought I had missed something. As it turned out, I hadn't - there was just something new and never before mentioned in the last few minutes. Just not enough to make me want to buy the next book.