Yes, the story is well written and well performed.
The editing was not well done. Several times each chapter, the story would repeat 4-5 seconds. This happened no matter which device I was listening with.
The story is what I've come to expect from the last three of the WoT series. Plots, sub-plots and not a lot of real action. Whatever. I'm 20 years invested in the series.
But the huge disappointment is the audio. How is Audible charging $40 for this crap of an excuse for an audio book? I like the narrators, but the audio has no place being in a Best Seller like this. I thought it was my device at first, so I deleted and re-downloaded twice. The audio has been arbitrarily split into 253 (yes 253!!!) chapters with odd breaks, 15-second repeats and a feeling like there's something missing between long pauses. This is extremely disappointing. Thinking I might get my money back on this one. It is nearly un-listenable.
The book and story are great...I find that sometimes Audible app via Android will repeat what it just said 10 seconds before. It will rewind and repeat just once the past 10 second or so section. It does it once a day and I listen to about 1-2hrs a day.
I may regret not waiting to finish the book, but I have to say this... I am enjoying the story, but Audible you need to edit this audio book so that I don't hear the same part again as I switch parts/chapters/sections. It ruins the immersion. I am especially disappointed because I am listening through your app.
I agree with a previous reviewer's headline: Editors on Crack.
The number of repeats and excessive pauses is unacceptable. I am very surprised this deliverable has not been reissued.
I read the book several times and enjoyed it a great deal. Too bad the sound editing was done by someone who obviously did not know to listen to it before he signed off on it. Repeated sentences, long pauses, poor sound quality. Kate and Michael are great as always, but the recording destroyed the atmosphere they set.
T R Jacobs
After falling face down in the gravy bowl for 3 or 4 books, the bloated and wheezing WOT series seems to be finally plodding along towards the final 1/3 of the series, thank the light. This series should have been edited into at least three different series (Rand and Dragon, Seanchan, Aes Sedai, Aeil and Tinkers, etc). I have no idea why the publisher let Jordan ramble on and develop 30 major characters, and 12,000 minor characters for one book series. There likely is enough material for 3 concurrent TV series (à la Star Trek universe).
After enjoying the development of the major characters in the first two books, I now find most of them irritating, except Matt. Rand, Perrin, Elayne, Nynaeve, etc all irritate the hell out of me most of the time. The sniffing, braid pulling, skirt smoothing, and "smiles that do not reach their eyes" are all overplayed and seem worse when listening to it, than reading it. So is the immature, pissy behaviour of people, even those who apparently are 400 years old, but act like they are 12. I can not fault Mr. Jordan though, if I wrote the most massive tomes that 20th century publishing has ever seen, over a period of 25 years, I likely would forget what I wrote, and how many devices I have used as well. One of the saddest things, is the fact he can not let our imaginations fill in the blanks. He does not trust his reader to be intelligent enough to paint the picture, he needs to describe it ALL to you, IN GREAT DETAIL.
I have read them all, and now have listed to them back to back to back and still have trouble following the myriad of minor characters, name changes. The main plot(s) seems utterly obscured at times. And often I yell at the narrators telling them to "get on with it."
Did I download the next book? Yes. I need to finish this bloody thing off, and only have 3 months until the final book is released.
It is getting harder and harder to pay attention to the whole book, I seldom wish for abridged versions, but this series should have left 35% of the filler on the cutting room floor.
They are the same as always if you thought they were OK in the first one, this one should please you
Only if they edited out all the many, many minor characters
I listed to this on my iPhone and it had several portions where it seemed to be edited wrong, since there would be a pause and narration would begin 15 seconds earlier. I have not had this happen on any of the other books
Studying to be a Mechanical Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology.
It is a really good book. Grant it, some if it seemed a little slow, but most of it was fast paced and very entertaining.
There are several cases where sentences repeat. People have noted that it repeats chunks. I have only noticed a repeat sentence or two every few hours in it. It is annoying, but I don't think it is that extreme of a problem. Still, it seems like something easily fixed. I am paying for this audio-book, so I expect it to be top quality. Top quality is more than just audio that doesn't repeat at times; that really is just a part of the basics of a good audio book.
Now, if i have to settle, why should even bother paying for it when I could just as easily torrent it (possibly even a user fixed version)?
So fix it!
My favorite part of this book is the interaction between Matt Cauthon and Tuon. What I like least is how the books ends so abruptly. I've noticed this occuring in the previous couple books too. It doesn't end on a cliff-hanger but it also has almost zero lead in for the next story, which is kind of odd in my opinion.
The most memorable scene was learning how two unrelated women can become first-sisters in the Aiel way.
Michael Kramer's portrayal of Perin Aybara always impresses me,the feeling of a quiet exterior around a strong and at times emotional core comes through perfectly.
It is definitely worth the listening time, the main issues is the editing of this current version is very sub par. There are obvious cut points where text repeated, often enough to actually become bothersome and distracting while you listen.