I throughy enjoy this title it has a great replay value I have listened to it many times it is much more inviting to listen to then it is to read just like jrr tolken. Listening to it allows you to escape more easily to the world of Rand.
I was recommended this series by some friends who out of 11 people all had read them. Considering I had never heard of the writer or books, I figured it can't be that bad considering all of them had at least read up to book 5 or so. Glad I took a chance.
I truly like these a lot. This is the first book and if you read through the reviews you will notice you absolutely have to start with this one before any other. You just can't start in the middle of this series. As far as that pre-quel goes, finish book 5 or so then read it, don't even start with it. Start with this one first!
It's a great series and well worth the downloads. Avoid the abridged versions as you will love the narrators that start in this book and the abridged versions do not have the same people.
The first book has a lot of character building, but enough action to keep it moving at a nice pace. This is a book for people with a lot of time and that enjoy details.
I have to say that I have I thoroughly expected to enjoy this audiobook, and so bought both this and it's sequel at once.
The book is well paced, with cliff hangers at the end of the majority of chapters. It starts out in a deceptively simple fashion and then slowly involves the reader/listener by introducting more characters, revealing hidden motives and agendas, fleshing out the immersive background and history to the world, and painting as nearly rich and intricate a portrait as Tolkien did.
Michael Kramer reads the mojority of this book and he is fantastic at it. Each character has his or her own believable and at once identifiable voice, and this means that you can listen to the story without ever being confused about who is speaking. Kate Reading, on the other hand, has a voice that is a bit grating at first but is soon easily got used to. The very grating nature of her voice is ideal for the characters she voices.
A worthwhile wandering...sometimes Jordan steals fairly blatently from Arthurian legend as well as many other sources of mythology. But, provided you can ignore/or enjoy that...the story keeps you interested. BTW: if you like this book you'll LOVE George R. R. Martin's Song of Fire and Ice Series...it's even more engaging.
I don't read a lot of books in this genre, but I read the reviews and decided to give it a try. At first I was put off by the narrator's voice and the book seemed a little slow. But once the action started, I WAS HOOKED!. It's an exciting, entertaining story. Listening to it I can visualize the scenes it describes and can't wait to find out what happens next. I have now "read" this one and the 2nd one in the series and am eager to start the 3rd.
great book. if you like it request Lord of Chaos unabridged (book 6) or when you hit it you will be stuck with a 2hr abridged version.
This series is a cornerstone of the bookstore fantasy genre. By that I mean that the first 6 books were amazing and you couldn't put them down. The rest were good enough to include but they were only BESTSELLERS because of the acclaim generated by the preceding volumes.
As for the audiobooks, let me say this. A long time ago the publishers made an audio series for these books. They were abridged but they had a great narrator. When the 9th book was first published they decided to start making the entire series Unabridged. This was a very important decision. The fantasy genre by its nature builds its own mythology along the way. Whittling a 25-36 hour book down to 3 hours requires a lot of cutting and what you lose along the way is a lot of the most charming back story and history.
As far as the narrators... Let's just say they aren't Scott Brick (check out his books) and leave it at that. If you're really interested in the story you won't be bothered by the reading. It's actually pretty decent.
Robert Jordan had a very new and interesting take on fantasy. Although the description can be exhaustive in detail, you feel like you know each of the characters and are part of their relationships.