Having read all of the customer's reviews before trying this series I was hoping I would not be disappointed. EVERYTHING the other positive reviewrs said is true! I did go ahead and listen to the "pre-quel" 'New Spring' first...and loved knowing a bit more about what is going on in this installment. My only disappointment is that having heard the prequel and books one and two - I now have to go the library for books 3,4,5 since they are not yet available on Audible, and books 6,7,8,9 are abridged. Please bug Audible to get the full series in UNABRIDGED FORMAT!
Some books (epics in this case) should not be abridged. Who would want an abridged version of the Lord of the Rings or Dune? This Unabridged version rights a great wrong. Though the abridged version is fine and well done if that is all you can get, this is several degrees of magnitude better. To top it off, the voice acting is top notch. Each character is distinct and you never have to wonder who is speaking/thinking. Hat's off to Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. It doesn't matter if you have never heard of The Wheel of Time or have read every book ten times, you will enjoy this story and be hooked. God bless Robert Jordan for this inspired work.
It has some interesting bits, but for the most part it just plods along in a very slow, very predictable manner. The author doesn't have much of a grasp on the way real people think or behave, but he does have a sadly typical conception of archaic gender relations. If you like slow detailed fantasy where men are stereotypes of boys and women are stereotypes of girls, you'll love this book.
I am not the type of person to trash something that people have worked hard on, especially regarding an acting performance since I was an actor for a few years myself. I can imagine that the amount of material alone must have been daunting, and kudos to these people for giving it a try.
That being said, this audio presentation of Robert Jordan's "The Eye of the World" is one of the most poorly performed I've ever heard. My point for saying this is not to insult the performers of this audiobook, but to caution readers from making any judgments about the series based on this audiobook.
What makes it so bad? The simplest way I can put it is that the performers (the male more so) seem to think that "fantasy" books have to sound EPIC and you have to O-VER PRO-NOUNCE everything. Listen to the sample and you'll know what I'm talking about. This is exactly the WRONG way to perform fantasy, which is in fact more effective when an actor doesn't "act" and instead tries to make it sound realistic and believable (this is what made the performances in the film version of THE LORD OF THE RINGS work so well).
I could go much more into detail, but then it would be a critique the actors of this audio version would find more useful than you, the reader. For you, my recommendation is to read the actual book and hope someday they try to remake this. This is too many hours of bad acting to waste your time with.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
A young man and his companions flee their backwater town after discovering that a terrible and mysterious dark spirit seeks them with demonic minions.
This book was just to long and to full of un-necessaries for my tastes. It was slow and i got sick of hearing about everyone's cloths described in all their glorious details. I purchased this back in 2011 and have tried several times, over that period, to get int the story with no success. It's just not for me....
I listened for two hours. Could not get into it. I listened to another book and came back. Listened for another hour. Bored to death. Narrator could not capture me nor could the characters. I will try again later but I cant imagine getting into this story.
I've read all of the Game of Thrones books and quite a few others, so given the reviews, I was ready for something really spectacular when I started this one.
Instead, the story, the characters, the bad guys and even the scenery are all pretty ordinary, which was a disappointment. Pretty much the entire book is just taken up with the main group of characters involved in one super long, extended "chase scene" -- first the characters need to get away from one group of bad guys (and they do), and then they need to get away from another group of bad guys (and they do), and so on and so on. There's no other plot to speak of but this one, and the only "surprise" each time is whether the characters choose to fight a group of bad guys or just run away.
In between each of these chases, there's brief 'breathers" where the main characters look around at each of the progressively bigger towns they are visiting, and in each case, the reaction is the same -- wow, this is a lot bigger than Emmon's Field, wow, I bet the whole town of Emmon's Field would fit inside this marketplace, wow, people in the big cities sure are rude, and so forth. On virtually every night, the characters have to stay at a roadside, country inn, and there they always meet a fat, kindly, accommodating innkeeper, pretty serving wenches who make eyes at the main characters, and one mysterious character who is either a bad guy or, somehow despite his looks, a good guy. In other words, reading this story was like spending two weeks at Ye Olde Courtyard Marriott!
Anyway, I was really hoping for this book to take a turn for the better, right up until the final scene. And it's a LONG book, so getting there is no easy task. In the end, I did finish the book, but I can't say that I am happy about it, and I'm not going to waste any more of my precious time and credits on this series. Here's the real mystery -- how can so many people rate this series so highly when it's so dang ordinary?! Maybe it's the influence of the Dark One, who broke the Seven Towers and stole the Nine Maidens from the Four Kings!!!!! Oh give me a break.
I've been an Audible member for over 5 years and listen to at least 24 books a year. This is the first book that I simply couldn't force myself to finish. I made it to about an hour into the third part and simply couldn't go on.
To me, the book was boring, drawn out, and pointless. I see that others that have written that later books in the series are better. I'll never know if that is true or not.
The story is well written. It holds true that a true hero does not seek glory. Determination and dedication to protect those around them the hero arises within. This story is a good adventure for any age.
Yes, there are Tolkien echoes. Yes, there are kinda grumpy chics (occassionally). Yes, there are things that are okay. BUT, there are also very nice things too. For me... excellent entertainment with very few logic jumps to get from here to there. Nice. Kinda interesting. I think...maybe, I'll check out #2 :) Not bad.