Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
I picked up THE EYE OF THE WORLD for a couple reasons — firstly that Alyssa was loving it and she’s been giving me great fantasy recs lately and secondly that Brandon Sanderson eventually picked up this series after Robert Jordan’s death. Where I went wrong though is that Alyssa actually didn’t recommend this one to me. She and Amy were reading it and I wanted to join in the fun too but I didn’t realize she had a very good reason for not recommending it to me too. It’s just not a Brittany book.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with the book but it’s just not my type of pacing, really. It felt slow and I even through the action scenes, I never really got into it. Part of it is that it’s the whole “journey” concept. It’s been compared to The Lord of the Rings (I guess) in that sense and that was one of the reasons I really couldn’t get into that series either (yes. It’s true). I’m not sure why that’s one of my issues but there’s something about it that prevents me from really getting into the book.
It wasn’t that I wasn’t liking the story but it always felt like it dragged. And for a 30-40 hour audiobook to drag. Ummm, that’s not good. I took the time to make it all the way to 40% and finally put it on hold after much debate. Then FINALLY four months later, I decided it’s time to DNF. I don’t have the heart to continue with the book and I shouldn’t have to PUSH to finish when I’m not enjoying it. This series is HUGE so what’s the point of pushing to finish a book if I’m not even going to continue the series? Just seems silly.
Again, not a bad book but I should have opened my ears before choosing it and not just picking it up because I didn’t want to be left out in my group of friends. SILLY. Also another case of a favorite narrator not being able to save a book. Don’t rely on that, friends. It doesn’t work.
I enjoy reading (and listening to) Books! I have enjoyed fantasy and history the most, but more recently I have been brodening my horizon.
This is the book that taught me to enjoy reading, its also the book that later taught me to enjoy listening as well!
In this book, my favorite character is Rand. I think its easy to see why, he is the main character, and events revolve around him.
Too much made up terminology too fast. Too many odd names that sound the same. Probably not a problem if reading but was annoying, confusing, and unneeded.
I've loved reading these books since I read them first in 1994. If you're a fan I need not convince you, if not or you've never read this series before I highly recommend this series despite some slow parts in some of the middle books.
Now, the audio book performers of this book make me positively cry for a new and better reading of this amazing series. Both performers read everything, except the dialogue, with a "and now on the 9 O'clock news" tone of voice. Even action packed scenes get read to the listener as if nothing more exciting than grass were growing on a lawn. I hate it, yes hate. The performance of some of the most exciting parts of these books, which include very little dialogue, are reduced to a monotonous drone which reminds me of a dull highschool teacher going on and on about nothing of import. Upon my word, I have no idea why! Hours of work, months and years of work, and for what?? To read the most thrilling battle scene ever like you were sitting in the dullest most bland location in the universe? Bland on bland with a side of white bread and mayo pilled high with more BLAND! Worst performers & worst creative decision EVER!
I will probably get the rest of this series for love of this amazing and epic story which surpasses all others. However, I look forward to the day, the glorious day, when better performers like Jim Dale can do justice to this most wonderful story and make it come alive in audio form just as Jordan has done so on paper.
Oh good gravy! This is a magical tale that will surely be told throughout the ages. Jordan writes with amazing detail and has created a magical world. The Audio book voice actors do a fantastic job capturing the tone of Jordan's story and the empotion of these characters. My favorite series for sure.
Mary-Matt. Pipen-Perin. Lan-Aragon. Padon Phane-Golum. The Blight-Mordor. Balazaman-Sauron. Moraine-Gandalf. Two Rivers-The Shire. Trollucks-Orcs. Thades-Black Riders. Loyal-Treebeard(not in appearance or name but in culture). The list goes on. Its hard to listen to because at almost every turn I'm reminded of LOTR. Excuse my spelling of characters.
Great story. Made me want to read the next. The second narrator made things confusing especially with different pronunciations of names.
One other nit. After the book, there was an interview with the author Robert Jordan. He stated he wanted to write a book that was different then Tolkien. Jordan said that Tolkien characters were not reluctant to go on adventure. Contrary to what he said, I remember Bilbo being very reluctant. OK, I said it was nit:-)