Be prepared to read the WHOLE series after getting hooked into this first book in the series. I could not stop listening to this. The only issues I saw was I did not like the Narrators that much.
Yes, I can do it while I am working. The print version of course is amazing, but with no time to sit and read, listening is better.
Fantastic duo, they never get old.
Was there a part that didn't?
This is the beginning to an awsome series.
I think they did an awsome job with the book.
This review is for the whole series. I took a leap of faith on a few reviews when I started book one in early 2010. I finished the last book (so far) in late 2011. Yes, I took my time but in all honesty, I went as slow as I could because I didn't want it to end!
I listen to audio books at night on a timer to help me fall asleep. Every night I would go to bed a bit earlier so that I could "watch the movie in my mind" of these books.
The narration is FANTASTIC. The character voices are consistent and after a time you no longer need a "Rand said" because you recognize the voice on your own.
The story, I feel, is strong for male or female. As a female, I did not feel this was too "girly" nor too "manly" to get through. I also felt it had a wide scope for many ages. (I'm 40)
It was a little tough to get into the start, but after a few hours I could follow the scope of the story and characters. This isn't difficult text or highly thought provoking concepts. It's Fantasy and fantastic fantasy at that.
I never re-listen to books as I feel that life is too short to pass up the opportunity to try something new! However, once I know the final draft is submitted for the last book, I'll start from book 1 again. This series is fantastic!
This is a truly well developed series of novels. I would easily compare the Wheel of Time to the Lord of the Rings with respect to the depth of the characters as well as the development of the plot and story line. The first book in the series does an excellent job of pulling you in to the lives of the characters and devolping a strong foundation for the rest of the series.
The fantasy aspects of the book are well developed, Robert Jordan definitely incorporates alot of previously utilized ideas from other Fantasy generes in his storys but he manages to twist them and add to them in such a way that it seems fresh and new. You can definitely tell from descriptions in the story that his visions of this world mirror many of the cultures of our world almost exactly.
Having read the book and listened to the audiobook, I would say the narration of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading really helps bring the characters to life. For new fans as well as true fans of the series this will be a welcomed listen.
A couple of Critiques for the Audiobook as well as Audible:
Be aware, there is alot of inconsitency in the prounounciation when switching between the narrators and even by the same narrators when moving between books in the series. It can be distracting to the listener and I felt it detracted from the storyline a bit.
The way Audible breaks up the downloads for this book as well as others in the series is weird. Just about every download break is right in the middle of a chapter. I would think they could have pretty easily broken up the books at the end of a chapter rather than right in the middle. I suspect it has to do with where track breaks occured in the original audiobook recordings
The first book this book is great, and I have no problems with it. However, around the 3rd books I think the series gets confusing. You start to follow 6 characters 3 male 3 female and I just could not figure out who I was following until I've been following him/her for at least a minute.
This series also makes you think a lot. This is normally a good thing, but so much happens at once you need to pause the recording to collect your thoughts so you don't miss anything.
Personally, I'd recommend this to read instead of listening. Or at least read a long. I plan on getting the books after a while and read while listening because this is a great story, but it takes more concentration than am audio book alone can give.
Also, do not listen while you are trying to go to sleep. You will nod off the voice actors have very soothing voices and you most likely will miss something important. That's my 2 cents.
This is a very easy and interesting read. I listen to books on my commute and this series is perfect. The plot is fun and engaging and is not as complex as other fantasy works. There is an element of darkness in the series, but not too graphic or dark.
Good, clean fantasy adventure series. I highly recommend this series.
Yes I would, Robert Jordan have written one of the in my opinion best fantasy series in a long time. I have all the books in paper form but listen to the audiobook adds another dimension to it
I can't really compare it to any other specific book.
Yes, but I would prefer if they read it alone and not together
No, I seldom get any extreme reaction from any book
The only thing that I didn't like was the fact that it was two different narrators, especially since one was male and the other female. If it has been that one read the male voices and the other the female I maybe would liked it better but as it is now that they swap for different chapters did disturb me a bit.
I listen to this book all the time as I do the rest in the series. This is the book that started a 23 year journey that I loved every step of the way. As I write this review I have about 7 months left on that journey as I wait for A Memory of Light to be released.
You will be mine or you will die. And then you will still be mine. Paraphrased, from the dark one to Rand.
Mat is and always will be my most favorite character.
Pack a lunch, you will be here a while.
Wonderful beginning to one of my favorite series.
Rand - who starts as a young innocent farmboy, and develops into the Dragon Reborn
wonderful voices and emphasis. The words flow. After listening to the entire series I was amazed at how much the audiobook adds to the experience - Wonderful class A narrators.
I would read this one again in a heartbeat. My 10 yr old son started it tonite. It is a great start to a series or can be listened to as a One shot. The ending is such you could quit here and be happy. But you will miss so much - do the entire series