If you don't mind being treated like an absolute idiot, who needs every detail and plot twist (very few of these) spelled out as though you have the comprehensive ability of a new born tree sloth, I highly recommend you dive right into Jordan's lengthy saga. The writing style is frustrating at best. Every character is argumentative and resistant towards any actions that lean towards common sense. Literally every character is interchangeable in their thought process and behavior. Jordan seems to think all readers/listeners are as "wool headed" as the characters he has created; therefore the book is full of awkward monologing, characters explaining things to one another that are clearly just intended to inform readers. It is almost laughable. I am boggled that the editors of this book sent it to publishing with so many repetitive words, phrases and the over abundant use of names. The writings of Stephen King or JK Rowling, make Jordan's work seem as artful as the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar. I gave it 2 stars because Jordan does show some imagination in the world he creates, the forces of evil, and mystical One Power. The fact that the bones of the story are creative and fairly unique makes the writing style and character development that much harder to stomach. If you are looking for a good Fantasy, I recommend The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, or the Dark Tower by Stephen King.
The story is complex, which I liked, but the characters were not particularly compelling and neither was the story. It lacked excitement and was predictable.
I remember reading this back in highschool. With such a busy schedule, finding time to read has been difficult, but listening on the go has been great for me!
I've read this book before and it was amazing. because I work with my hands for so much of my day I never have time to turn a page anymore so listening to it was perfect. the narrator did such a wonderful job. there is a woman who also does parts but not many. I suppose she will do more in the upcoming books. I was gripped by the emotion even more than I was when I read the book. it took on a whole new tone for me. would recommend.
it was great. a little slow at first then very exciting and complex. the characters are very believable and funny and have more secrets than you can imagin. it was awesome. the second time ive read this book and ill read it again.