Once again I am extremely impressed by Brandon Sanderson's ability to closely match Robert Jordan's writing style in this book, keeping it true to it's original form. The constant action, resolution of plot lines, and build up towards Tarmageddon in this book were truly a pleasure to listen to. I have become very fond of both Michael Kramer and Kate Reading's delivery of the story and cannot wait for the conclusion. Onward!
This is read on par with any of the best of the Wheel of Time series and I found myself as sucked into the story as I had ever been in the previous books, despite the way it was written.
The story itself was not written as well as it could have been. The timelines between each character are out of sync. There are points where you find out Rand's storyline is weeks ahead of Perryn's. As you start listening, characters that had showed up in Rand's storyline, having left Perryn, appear later in the book in Perryn's storyline because that hasn't "caught up yet". So much so that even after reaching the end of the Perryn segment that I most recently listened to, the timeline still had not caught up to Rand's timeline that had left off several chapters ago.
There are points in the storyline of each where they see eachother in the swirl of colors that tell you where they are in their own timeline well enough, but that bouncing back and forth in time is very jarring to the continuity of the story.
Thank you Brandon Sanderson for staying true to the style and feel of Robert Jordans work, Mr. Jordans widow made the right choice in choosing you to carry on with the Wheel of Time finale.
Wow. What an awesome book this was. After listening to the entire series, this book expertly weaved all the story lines into a tight arrow pointing to the last battle. Just when you thought all the loose threads couldn't be tied together, you could feel the tension as the ending of this wonderful series comes to it's end.
It's very exciting, and at the same time a bit sorrowful. I'm about to start the last book of The Wheel Of Time, and I'm not sure if I want to laugh or cry. It's been a fun ride, and Brandon Sanderson has done a perfect job getting us to the end.
Top 2 or 3 books in the series in my opinion.
Teacher & musician.
The battle between Rand and Shai'tan.
Egwene's confrontation with M'Hael.
Their character voices and their solid and unbeatable narration.
There are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time. Unless the Dark One wins...
The Wheel of Time is beyond doubt one of literature's greatest achievments in epic fantasy. For everyone who has not already finished the series, I urge you to do so right now. Robert Jordan will be missed, but his legacy will live on. I hope someone will create an epic TV-series out of this soon.
T o M kept me on edge and made the wait for M o L so very very hard.
Only if my friend had a long attention span. This isn't a book for the weak minded or impatient.
They both have smooth, pleasant voices, they're good actors, and their speech is easy to understand.
It's 40 plus hours long, so no.
I love these two performers. The two-narrator concept is fantastic for large epics with strong male and female characters.
Brandon Sanderson had the shoes of a giant to fill when finishing a masterwork of Robert Jordan...lots of hardcore fans to please and I think he did so brilliantly!
CLEAR TIME TABLE DEVELOPING. TIEING UP LOOSE ENDS. LESSER CHARACTERS BECOMMING MORE PERSONABLE
THE DETAILS AND DISCRIPTIONS ARE NOT SLACKINBG OFF AT ALL
THEY HAVE BOTH REALLY BECOME THESE CHARACTERS. TOGETHER THEY STRIKE JUST THE RIGHT BALANCE. THERE ARE SO MANY DIVERSE CHARACTERS AND CULTURES IN THIS STORY IT WOULD BE HARD TO DO THEM ALL JUSTICE IF YOU WERE READING IT. AS A 10 YEAR MEMBER I HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT MORE AND MORE.
TO MUCH GOING ON TO SINGLE ONE MOMENT OUT
I once read an interview with Brandon Sanderson in which he said he was a life long fan of the late R.J. As an avid fan myself I can assure you he meant it! Only such a person could pick this up and continue the series without so much as a hiccup. If no one told you you wouldn't know it wasn't Robert Jordan. The story of Rand and the adventures of his inner circle have dominated the first books. In this one the details and less mentioned characters are beginning to come together. The circle is getting tighter and soon they will all be together and heading in the same direction. As for narrators I can't imagine anyone but Michael and Kate taking us all to the end. They are clearly into this for their own sakes at this point. I've listened to this series twice assuming the next volume would be out when I got there only to get ticked when it wasn't. Now I'm worried it will be over soon. I guess thats what a good book is? Jeff