Avid reader with an inability to sit still... thank God for Audible :)
I'd definitely recommend this to a friend (in fact, I have recommended it many times!). Specifically, because
1) this is a long book / start to a very long and complicated series and getting it on Audio book allows you to listen to it in more places than reading is practical
2) the Audible app on my iphone allows me to play it at 1.5x or 2x speed so it doesn't take as long
The story is fabulous (although, when I first read it, I thought it to be a stand-alone book... the ending appears to come to a close); however, the male narrator (Michael), has a voice that didn't fit the male characters. It just took time to get used to him. So, if you're considering this, but not sure because of the narrators, give it time. The story is worth it.
I have been a fan of Tolkien, Martin's Ice and Fire Chronicles and many another "serious" fantasy epic. For many years I steadfastly avoided reading the Wheel of Time series because I labored under the mistaken premise that any series that contained more than three or four books must be mass-produced pulp fiction crap. Finally a friend convinced me to give it a try. I am now on book four and enjoying it all very much. I am not going to tell you that Robert Jordan has replaced Tolkien or even George R. R. Martin in my esteem, but I will say that to dismiss this series as unworthy is a big mistake. I have enjoyed the character development and the world and cultural concepts of Jordan's Wheel of Time and will probably now stay with it to the end. Recommended for all fans of classic fantasy.
Yes. I generally only read long adventures. It takes more then 6 or 7 Hours to portray the created world and develope the charactors. Jordon balances adventure a growth very well.
The action and adventure. True charactors. Twists of fate.mik
Mike is an awesome reader and Kate is close behind. They give great inflections without going overboard. I have read these books many years ago and enjoy hearing their tones for the charactors.
Just enveloping/ engrossing.
You will be pleased.
I really like epic novels and long drawn out tales, even thought I was a little reluctant to start on a series 13 books and counting. Reading all the reviews I was pretty sure I would like it, and was definitely impressed. The only problem with the book was four charters have similar names including the main charter and I got a little confused a few times. The other thing is the book felt like it spent so much time on developing the charters the ending was a little rushed. All in all I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next book.
This is the beginning of an excellent series of fantasy books, full of adventure and magic. There's a good bit of violence (although no sex) so it's not good for children, but otherwise it's great for a wide audience. The action moves quickly, the characters continue to develop through the different books, and you'll want to read the next book as soon as you finish the last.
My criticism would be the single-dimensioned "father of lies", the evil figure that every good person is fighting against in the series. I've read Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Thomas Covenant chronicles (and Star Wars, too), and in every one the evil one is just a very mean person, always insulting and baiting the protagonist, expecting the heroes to join the "darkness" during the "final" battle. Yes, there's a "final battle" at the end of every book. In reality, I find evil comes dressed in nice clothes, with a friendly voice and confident and convincing manner (think Bernie Madoff), but I guess if I wanted to read about real evil, I'd look elsewhere.
So enjoy this series, and don't expect any life's lessons. You'll be seeing the "one power" in your dreams before you're done.
Each night I set out with this book for a long walk with my golden retievers and it is a great adventure.
This is the first of the Wheel of Time Series.. This story is epic and I hope that someday I see the Pilot movie for the prime time TV series on Starz or HBO. It is rich with Characters ranging from teens to older in ages, many geographical lands and cultures. History, Prophecy, and the ultimate "good vs. evil". Tons of action, Battles, plots and subplots all of this mixed in with humor, love, sacrifice. Then there are the Magical factions and elements vs. Political Rule all leading up to the final battle. Very entertaining. This series is for hardcore fantasy lovers and for those who love to get their hands into the details. 13 books in all that will keep you entertained for years.
I found all of the books of the wheel of time to be a great listen, with the exception of the banter about the differences between men and women. There is way to much of that at times in all of the books, however once you get past that the story is a great on. His ability to define and evolve his characters is probably one of the best jobs I have seen.
One of my favorite parts of listening to The Eye of the World and in the later novels of the series is that they change back and forth from Kramer to Reading based on who is the narrator at that part of the book, the male characters are done by Kramer and the female by Reading.
The closest thing to The Wheel of Time story would probably be Terry Goodkind's novels though I am not sure if Goodkind didn't get alot of the premise for his story from WoT because his novels parallel this story in many ways.
I haven't listened to any of the other performances by these readers but i expect that they are some of the best.
There is no way to listen to this all in one sitting, its more than 29 hrs long and the later books are even longer i think the whole series took me several months.
As the Subject of my review indicates this is the best way to read Jordans works, he is a very long winded author and I had a bit of trouble holding attention to his book when reading, i find this is the easiest way to get the story without losing yourself in his lengthy descriptions of scenery and background information.
I am new to audible and started with the later releases in this series,as they were several years after these were recorded the voice talent has settled into the series nicely,here its like listening to yourself as a teenager,awkward,vocal irregularities etc,however get past that and the power of Jordan is revealed. Ive been reading this series for nearing 20 years and im immersed and in love with. The last book will bring to an end a massive part of my reading life,so I encourage anyone else who is seeking a long term commitment to start here.