I enjoy reading and writing. I love fantasy, cyberpunk, and sometimes science fiction. Though I believe if a book is well wrote and compelling, I will probably read it through. I hope to one day write my own fantasy series and a book in the cyberpunk genre.
I have not read the print version but I think I don't need to now!
It's hard to say. I like the idea of loosely mixing elements of eastern religious thinking into a fantasy setting.
The action could have been bigger in the book but I suppose since the main characters are still young this will probably increase in later books.
Overall I loved the tale; the characters are well composed and memorable. Perrin, being my favorite.
I was not very fond of Kate Reading's read on it (maybe its because she doesn't get to read much in this audiobook) but Michael Kramer does a wonderful job in delivering dialog. He makes you believe that you are actually hearing the conversation from different characters. I love his voice for Perrin, the Dark One, and Loial. He gives Loial's voice a lot of character; speaking his words slowly to emphasize the importance of just speaking and he gives the character a very deep voice. Perrin, is given a slow voice which at first makes him (as you are intended to believe) seem slow-witted. But as the character progresses you come to learn that he is just thinking more deeply then most people do.
If you have read the book and still think you might enjoy re-reading it... Try this audible for Michael Kramer's voice work alone.
This may be a minor spoiler but... when Loial, sings to the great oak tree near the end so that it won't be corrupted by the blight.
I haven't listened to many audiobooks up to this point; but this has certainly been a hook. It works well for me since I do a lot of driving.
Tolkien Derivative Enjoyable
Its well written fantasy fare
I enjoyed both readers, but Michael Kramer has an interesting voice
I would worry about that person that could
Intriguing, Enriching, Evolving
The Way of Kings, because Robert Jordan's strength is in developing characters that instantly pull you into an ever changing story, leaving you wondering and guessing hopelessly what will happen next. Branden Sanderson, author of the Way of Kings, was pulled in to finish off this series due to Robert passing before he could finish it himself, has a similar writing style. Sanderson's style is different and you can tell the two apart but at the same time you can see why he was chosen to finish off the series.
Rand meeting Min for the first time, you'll want to remember some of the things she tells him for later in the series. Robert does this, it is a huge series and lots of hints and information is dropped in places that may not seem impactful at the time but hold great significance later.
It is to long of a story to take it all in at once. If you tried you would most certainly miss important pieces. This is a story you have to let cook slowly to enjoy all the flavors it provides.
Has a little bit of everything, action, character development, thought provoking stretches, wonder, sadness, and joy that takes you on a up and down roller-coaster ride.
Listened for 3 hours, started from the beginning again, and listened for another 5 hours... too bored to continue.
The narrators gave life to the characters. Each characters voice was different, matching the characters' personalities. Details were expansive, without getting too convoluted and confusing.
As vivid a world as David Eddings "Belgariad" series.
I have continued the series, with both narrators reading.
The struggle between good and evil.
I've read these books when they were first released many years ago.....
I'm actually impressed with the audiobook. It doesn't seem to drag as much as some of the text did. I've already bought the second and third one of the series and I reckon I'll eventually complete the series.
If you're a fan of the print books, then you'll like the audiobooks.
Both of the narrators do a great job of putting on different accents for different characters, which makes it an enjoyable listen.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
I am just starting the series and am impressed by the depth of backstory involved in the world presented. The over all story had a good pace and picked up as the book was reaching a climax. Over all the piece of work was a bit more complete than what I expected from a section of a multi-book series. A true mark of a good story teller (even a section of the over all tale is complete and interesting). Definitly a worhtwhile read.
Being the first audiobook I've ever owned, and considering the love of the print version that I have, it's hard for me to compare the two. I don't think that one is better that the other - they are the same story, after all - but I can say that the audio version certainly didn't take anything away from the original.
Jordan's level of detail in his world is amazing to the point of obsession. While nothing is mind-blowingly original in terms of modern fantasy, the way the world is laid out makes you believe that such a place could exist, as fantastical as it is.
Both readers are proficient enough, and manage to seem genuinely engaged in the reading. Some of the characterizations differ from how I imagined them, but when all of them are done by the same person, it's difficult to provide an unlimited range.
Jordan's characters have often been described as one-dimensional, but I think most people are. Even if that dimension changes, for the most part, people get wrapped up in thier own lives to exclusion of all else, and growth comes slowly, if at all. I enjoy the characters at least as much as the story.
Best fantasy series.
I would compare it to Lord of the Rings because of the extreme number of characters and the number of plots happening at the same time and is of the same genre.
This is my first audio book.
Eye of the World, the first of the Wheel of Time series, is YOUR beginning to a world of adventure in a battle of good versus evil where light battles shadow.
I bought this to experience Immersion Reading with my Kindle Fire. I love that I can read and be read to. The plot of the book is complicated and the fictitious names difficult to pronounce. Having it narrated while reading is the best way to grasp the plot and identify the characters. I am disappointed that not all WoT books are offered for Immersion Reading. I also noted that there were errors in the dialog when compared to the actual text...some sentences were only changed slightly while others were totally omitted. One might think the narrators were given a different script rather than the actual book to read aloud. But those discrepancies were minor compared to the overall Immersion Reading experience.
Although long, and in some parts predictable, Robert Jordan does an amazing job of not only creating another world, but of implanting the reader within it so thoroughly as to replace their reality with his own.
Readers will feel a deep connection with each character in turn, even many of the minor characters. The inherent complexity of each personality incites an instant reaction, a first impression that sometimes is shifted, and other times reinforced, throughout development. You do not only see the good or the bad, the righteous or the evil, but a strange mix of all that leaves you wondering who you should really be rooting for.
While Rand is the center of the story, I felt that Egwene, one of the more fascinating characters to follow. As a character, Egwene is constantly shifting and growing. Each situation that she faces becomes a lesson, and her growth and strength are present, if not quite obvious.