I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
MY personal opinion---you can skip both books 9 and 10 and miss very little. I'm seriously thinking of looking for an abridged version because I kept falling asleep during these 2 books (and had really weird dreams too) and just didn't go back and play it again,Sam.
I got so confused that I wrote a review for this book but posted it to Book 10 and it didn't really make any difference.
A few high points aren't worth the never ending taverns, battles and trite writing.
By this time, one would thing the main characters had developed-theres been the space to do it, but I feel I know more about -for example-Thom than Rand- and Avendah (sorry I don't have the books so I don't know the spellings) than Elayne.
My daughter just finished the last book and says the wait is worth the pain-but she read/listened to the books over 15 years and not in one fell swoop,like I am.
really picked up well from the last. a little too much politics but I liked matt part and min and rand. got through this one quick. on to 10
Yes I thought it was time well spent to listen to this book. I am trying to listen to the whole series.
Repeated sentences got on my nerves.
The editing of this audio book is very poor. There are multiple repeated sentences. The book is also broken down into 250 segments that are 6 minutes long. Why is it not grouped to match the books chapters? 250 segments seems very uncalled for. Very hard to pinpoint an exact location if you wanted to find a specific chapter.
Without going into great details or spoilers lets just say the story was great. It flowed in with the rest of the series perfectly, and left you wanting more, and wanting to see what happens next. The only reason I don't give it 4-5 stars across the board is the same as everyone else. That stupid repeat on the the last few sentences after a new chapter get real annoying real quick, but if you can get past that, ignore it, or as I did use it as a place to mark a short rest from time to time the who cares. Wish they would fix that though.
I like the narrators, they really bring it to life. The editing was crap though.
Did nobody think to edit this recording? There were many errors in continuity, enough to be more than irritating.
I am a serious business person who loves to escape into a book. I like books about another time and place. I am particularly fond of historical fiction and love a narrator with a proper british accent.
At this point in the series, it's hard to believe he can come up with anything new to happen. Surprisingly, he does. The problem with this book was audio. At least a dozen times, the sentence I just heard repeated itself. Clearly, an editing issue.
First let me say I LOVED the performance and story. Kate and Michael did an excellent job, as always, with narration. Kudos to both. The story was an incredible follow up to the Path of Dragons. I have no complaints with either story or performance.
However, post production lacked any Quality Control in my opinion. The book has 35 chapters, but the audio file shows 230+ chapters when listening from the cloud. No OTHER book in the series so far is broken up like this. You cannot fast forward or back a chapter as it takes you to points within the chapter. Worse than this is the repeats. I stopped counting after 20 times, the same passage was repeated throughout the story. This was extremely irritating! I expect better from a professionally made audio book.
If the story actually progressed at a rate that was faster than a crippled snail crawling over salt.
After this, I have to say I am done,
The narrators do a fine job with all the characters. Sadly, there is little dialogue and therefore no chance for real "getting into character". But if you want to hear about skirt smoothing, shawl straightening, or lip tightening for literally hours; then this is the book for you.
Just cut the endless descriptions. I get the whole "creating a world" thing. I don't need a 30 minute description of someone turning a page in a book and everyone's reaction to the turning of said page. Yes, that happens.
I started reading this series in 6th or 7th grade, I really enjoyed it. The first 4 books are pretty good. I fell off after the next 4 books. This series just drags on and on. I know this series still has a devoted following,and with all respect to them, they must have an enormous amount of free time. I don't get as much time as I'd like to read or even listen to books, I'm not wasting it on a 20+ hour book that should have been 4 or 5 hours.
After being disappointed with the slow pace in the previous two books, I found Winter’s Heart to be refreshing. It felt like there was a lot more being accomplished in the story and I didn’t feel bogged down in over-detailed descriptions of attire. My only disappointment was the abrupt conclusion to the book, which caught me somewhat off guard. As others have mentioned, the editing was not up to high standards, but the quality of the audio was still good.
Both formats are entertaining.
I enjoy Mat's adventure's the most.
The both do a great job.
The audio file was broken up into too small of files (5 to 10 minutes), and at the beginning of the next file the first few sentences were often repeated. I prefer the audio file to be broken up into chapters, so I can stop at a more natural stopping point.