I'm very fond of Kramer's take on Mat, and his handling of Loial. And I think Reading does particularly well with Nynaeve and Aviendha.
For me, this is the best book in the series since The Eye of the World began it all. I've enjoyed the ride all the way through, but this steps things up a notch, and the timing for that is perfect, as it's the penultimate volume ramping up to the (hopefully grand) finale. I couldn't be happier with Harriet McDougal's choice of Brandon Sanderson to finish the series.
The narration for this audio version is good, as it has been for the whole series. I wasn't sold on Michael Kramer's voicing of Rand early on, though I had no problem with his treatment of the other characters, but over the course of the series it grew on me to the point that now when I read the print version I hear Rand as Kramer's version.
Kate Reading's narration is good overall, though occasionally some of her pronunciations seem odd to me, but not distractingly so.
Absolutely. The Robert Jordan series is my favorite series. Brandon Sanderson was able to pick the story up almost seamlessly.
Only other books in the series like The Dragon Reborn and The Gathering Storm
Mat and Thom in the Tower of Ghenjei.
Get this whole series and start from the beginning!
Maybe... If there was something I thought I missed the first time.
Near the ending... The fate of Matt was pretty surprising
Maybe better pronunciation of the names and places.
Almost.... I did go through it pretty quickly.
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This has been a wonderful series. Some parts slowed and some was to much discription of things someone reading the series didn't need to hear over and over again. I general it was great. The narrators, being my first, I think did a fantastic job. Now I must wait for the last book. I'm listening to the preview and it will make it the more harder to wait.
her pay backs
the time they passed their test
can hardly wait to get all the books
Yes. Mainly because it's a little while until the final book comes out, and I will likley need a refresher
After 12 books, it's really nice to see some plot lines get finalized; and they are all awesomely done.
Consistency. They are both great in their own right, but when used in combination, it really helps to set mood/expectation for what is to come.
I cried a few times; laughed a lot!
None needed :)
Brandon Sanderson is a good author however his style differs from Robert Jordan in such a way that for the series it doesn't fit just right but I still love it.
No, I always prefer a print version. I only listen to audio books because of a 1.5 hour each way commute.
Perrin's battle with the trollocs was pretty good. The reading gave it gravitas, and the writing was very descriptive.
Michael Kramer needs to give up on trying to do female voices. He comes across as really bad and slightly creepy. When he would start trying to do Faile's voice it would really jar me and break me out of the scene. Kate Reading does great women characters. Her male voices are less great, but not as bad as Michael trying to do women. Also, Kate's British accent she gave some characters was pretty awful and would come and go, sometimes from scene to scene, sometimes in a single sentence.
The death of a great supporting character was handled well and the fallout for the main character was handled very well. I don't want to give any spoilers, but it was one of my favorite points in the book. It doesn't come as a surprise, there is plenty of foreshadowing and build-up, but it seemed to fit the story and the timing was well done.
This would have been a much better book with better voice actors or if those actors had made better choices with their voice selection.
It was a very sad and great loss to lose Jordan, however Sanderson did a great job of keeping the feel and narration, just like Jordan's.
I am looking forward to listening to some of Sanderson's books.
I'm going to give the same review to all of the books in the series.
I really enjoy the story, but there were to many side stories and Jordan (Sanderson even copied this) is very Tolkienesk in that they both can be overly verbose at times.
I have listen to this series 3 times.
That being said I can not wait for the last book.
Fantasy fanatic, sci fi dabbler
and the waiting is killing me :(
Brandon Sanderson is doing an incredible job. There is a notable difference between his style and that of Robert Jordan, but it can't be helped and at times it's actually a strength. He puts in plenty of reminders to jog our memories of past important events that may have become a bit lost in the sheer volume of words. He takes us back to the character's roots and reminds us of how far they've come. He is somewhat prone to writing heroic and over-emotive speeches, though, and Michael Kramer proclaims them with great conviction.
I adore how he writes Nynaeve. She is clearly one of his favourites.
The prophecy at the end sent shivers down my spine. I am so very worried about Perrin right now. It's insane how invested I've become in these characters.
I imagine those gathered for the Final Battle feel a bit like I do just now. The end is so near, but time seems to be standing still.