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:-)
Not unless the following books in the series get a lot better. There was so much of this book that felt like it was right out of Tolkein - the guide-who-is-really-a-king is the most egregious example.
My personal preference is for one narrator throughout the book; it was very jarring to suddenly change voices for what, a chapter or two? Kate's performance was fine, it just seemed unnecessary to have someone else reading those chapters, just because they were from a women's POV. (I'd probably care differently if those chapters actually read like a woman's POV and not as a man guessing at how a woman thinks, but we can't have everything.)
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain
I've always shied away from fantasy, instead I'm a sci fi fan. Well, Ive heard alot about this series and Robert Jordan, thought I'd give it a try. The outcome is this is not my genre. I know fantasy fans highly regard Jordan, but I just couldn't get into it.