Definitely! One of the deepest and most brilliantly written stories I've read.
I would say that it is not like many other sword and sorcery novels at all. Reading this book was like ordering a big mac and fries, then realizing that there was a filet mignon with a loaded baked potato in the bag. This story is so much richer, deeper and masterfully spun than any that I have read. The center of the story is not the action that occurs or the adventure that they go on. The focus is the characters and who they are. It tells about the relationships between the individual people, how history, culture and the people around them impact them. Rather than being a simple hack and slash, boom fireball, typical sword and sorcery, this is a book that can show us more about what it is to be human than most other books out there. It is deep and complex, yet it is understandable and easy to relate to. For the first time in years I connected and became attached to the characters in a book and it was amazing. The only thing that this might be compared to is the Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind. However, Jordan takes it up about 10 notches from what Goodkind did.
Michael Kramer is wonderful, he is able to capture the voices and personalities that I imagined. I have to say he does the voices of the creepy dark friends and the fades better than I had thought possible. He also captures the troloc and the ogier voices masterfully.
Perin has got to be one of the most complex and dynamic characters, although he is not the main character by any means. How he hates his axe, hates his connection with the wolves, yet treasures them in a way. He is wise, and he is good because he hates killing, yet is extremely good at it. The second that a man enjoys using his weapon is the second that he should throw it into a fire.
Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan
I was thankfully introduced to Robert Jordan's WHEEL OF TIME series while in middle school. These books helped me through many classes as I read and re-read them. The narrative is extremely detailed, full of colorful characters, cinematic dialogue, and squirm-inducing action.
My criticisms are that every character seems to have a "special ability." I just wanted to meet someone who was an interesting character rather than their ability to this or that. This particular novel introduces readers to a world where a young man discovers he's one of the few men who can wield The One Source and the toll it takes on those around him. It's an epic fantasy that spans more books than I think were necessary, but this is still one of the most accessible 1000+ page books for people who "don't read fantasy." During the 90's, it was easy to find people who read these books despite their length and genre.
Michael Kramer reads the majority of the novel since most of the books focus on the boys. For the moments that the female characters are in the limelight, Kate Reading picks up. I'm not sure this is the best choice for the production, but it didn't bother me to much. The dialogue is so good, however, that a full cast recording would be really interesting.
These books are a good gateway to larger (and richer) works like THE SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. Whereas those books are for adults, I would recommend this book -- and hence the entire series -- to mature young readers willing to jump into a fantasy world full of adventure.
I'm glad I know there is more to this series. The story started slow but really came together in the last third of the book. The epilogue was short and made me very glad there is much more to the series.
As for the narration, I really had a hard time getting used to the two narrators. I almost wish the would have split the voices by make and female characters between the narrators. I'm hoping they do better in the subsequent books as I'm now committed to finishing the series.
I really struggled with listening to this book. So many names were introduced in the beginning and the story was slow, so it was difficult to keep track of anything. I almost gave up listening. I pushed through the pain and am glad I did. I think the story recovered enough to interest me in listening to more of the books in the series. Time will tell if I am sold on the entire series. Overall, it was an enjoyable "read," but it certainly took some time to get into the book.
It was more for real science fiction fans I think. I'm really not sure because I couldn't get into it enough to listen. It might be a great series, but for me it was just a waste of money
Definitely something light hearted and entertaining by Janet Evonavich
Can I get my money back
Fan of most Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
No, Don't care much for re-reading or re-listening to many books, just not worth it to me. rather spend my time on a new book.
Any other Wheel Of Time book.
I enjoy that they have a distinct voice for most each character. Granted this was my first audiobook, and I will be listening strictly to the other books in the series until I am done, on the fourth now, so I don't know how normal that is.
Just the reaction of awesomeness!
Complexity of the story
The Dragon - Rhan
It was different to have two narrators, and it worked well enough.
Lorenzo I like fantasy, Science fiction and thrillers books
This book is slow to start but picks up at the end
The end where the main character is up against the main villain
Michael Kramer read very fast and it took a while to get used to his voice.Kate Reading does not read very much just a few chapters and read them fine
No it took a while to get going but towards the end I did not want to put it down.
This first book leaves you wanting more as so little has been explored in this world. Overall a good book but not a great book.
Cannot say enough good things about the audio edition of this book. Have loved the stories but stopped reading after book 8 waiting for the next release and never picked it back up. Highly recommended.
Rand is my favoirite in this book because even though he is terrified of everything happening he acts as the foundation for the others who at times just want to run and hide. He is driven to finding out why this is happening to them instead of shying away from it. Qualities to admire in a central character.
I think both did a great job in changing the voice tones so that you can distinguish between the other characters.
If I could I would have listened to it non-stop.
I just didn't like the book. I only listened for an hour and couldn't get into it. Not my style.