The Wheel of Time Series started out a little slow for me -- I liked the storyline and charaters, but the actual writing style seemed a bit lacking. With each successive book it's gotten better and better and with this installment I could barely stop listening. I can't wait for the next and final book to see what happens.
I like the character development of all the different individuals, and following how each of them see the events that are happening in different ways.
You really get the feeling of the personalities through the voices of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. I liked hearing a male voice when it is a man's point of view and a female one when it is coming from a woman. Each of them does an excellent job in changing their speaking style to suit the characters they are portraying.
The story is coming together amazingly, the pace is way faster than we have been used to, but then we all know that the next book is the last, so the pace has to pick up in order for the story to be complete in only one more book.
I got more used to the voices of the narrators as this is my second audio book for WOT, having listened to the Gathering Storm. I still find the voices a little stilted for some characters, but I kind of got past that too.
HOWEVER LISTENER BEWARE
This is supposed to be an unabridged version and yet they DO NOT READ THE GLOSSARY!
This is a CRIME.
Anyone who has been following this series for years has been waiting with great impatience and anticipation to find out who killed Asmodean - it is one of the world's best kept secrets and has been debated for years and years online as we waited for the answer.
Again anyone following this series is by now well aware that in this book the answer is revealed ... BUT ONLY IN THE GLOSSARY.
SO I was totally outraged that the glossary was not read out at the end of the book as it was a VITAL part of the book (the glossary in WOT has always been vital for the gems of information it contains and the glossary changes in every book).
SO BEWARE - if you are a true fan and wanting to READ the answer to the most intriguing question in your mind you will be left high and dry.
I had to finally succumb and phone my daughter and BEG for her to read the glossary entry to me. It was not the great height of light being shed that it would have been to have the glossary read out to me.
SHAME ON THE PRODUCERS OF THIS AUDIO BOOK FOR CALLING THIS UNABRIDGED.
PS no I won't say here who killed him, you will have to find it out by buying the hard copy :)
Exciting, intriging and suspenseful
Attack on Tar Valon
Preparation for the last battle
If have prepurchased book 14 and am waiting in anticipation!
Yes I would and I have. Wheel of time is hands down the greatest fantasy series ever created. The detail is amazing, the character development should make other authors weep with jealousy, the length of each book makes them that much better.
Any scene with Mat. He's a turd in the first few books but really becomes a good character later on in the series as he matures.
Yes and I've listened to it many times all in one sitting.
So much action. Everything is coming together for the last battle. Sanderson is a great fit for this series. He picks up with Jordan's epic tale and carries it on. I am nearly finished with this one and am very excited about book 14 coming out next month. I recommend this title.
The transitions are a little choppy but the author has a keen sense of being able to reacquaint the reader very quickly with the details surrounding the characters. So much going on and very action packed.
I really like Tom and Perin by Kramer.I also like the thick accent Reading brings to the daughter of the nine moons.
i would just keep the title of this book or if all fourteen books were to be made into some series I would call it "The Last Battle" with some subtitle.
Love the series. It does have some slow parts, but it has been worth it.
Yes, Brandon Sanderson is doing a spectacular job taking over the story arc, well done.
the rescue of Morraine
I enjoy their readings, I have throughout the books.
when Perrin crafted his new hammer and accepted his responsibilities as Lord.
Listening to this was a wonderful experience, I read the books a few years ago but listening to them brings an entirely new aspect to the books. However.. I do hate how Kate says Mesaana. *shudder. makes me cringe every time. Awful name. Other than that, they did a marvelous job, as usual : )
There were so many AMAZING action packed scenes; Perrin turns it on and pulls out the bad ass card, Egwene has awesome scenes, Mat.. oh mat, BEST CHAPTERS at the end of this book, Gawyn is awesome, rand goes super Saiyan. Just so wonderful all around, It's like RJ (and Saunderson) kept action scenes from the last two books, then combined them into this culmination of bad assery. Great book. Can't wait for the conclusion!! Ahhhhh
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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