As others have said the editing in this book is simply awful. I will be contacting Audible customer support and demanding that some type of compensation be made for the horrible editing of this wonderful story. By all means do not let the horrible edits dissuade you from listening to this book but I encourage all Audible customers to contact customer support and demand that the problems with the editing be fixed. Other than that Winters Heart is another great chapter of the WOT Epic. Fix the editing mistakes and it becomes a 5 star book like every other WOT book I have listened to up until now.
I would compare it mostly to Path of Daggers. Mainly because of the focus on the Seanchan. We begin to see more of their culture and hierarchy.
I was first introduced to Michael Kramer in Brando Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy. And had the pleasure of listening to both of the narrators in The Way of Kings. They work well as a team. If you have ever listened to either of the narrators before you will not be let down by their job with Winters Heart.
I would say this book sparked anger, sadness, laughter, delight and dozens of other emotions the way that any good book should.
I hate to repeat myself but the book does so I guess I will. You can't tell me that Audible/Amazon does not have enough sway to pressure the publisher into fixing the bad edits in this book.
I'll not review Jordan's writing. If you're into the story this far you are obviously a fan. I will however review the sound editing. This is the WORST recording of his books, or even of any book to which I've ever listened! The sound quality is good, the narrators are excellent but the editing is terrible! Sentences and even whole paragraphs are repeated. Gaps/pauses are frequently too long. How could such a hack job even be put out there? I would send it back under Audible's return policy but then would be with out this book. Audible, demand this book be fixed and then give us the corrected version!
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do the same good job reading this volume as the previous Wheel of Time volumes. I enjoyed Kate's rendition enormously, but Michael Kramer's not so much, but that is a matter of personal preference. As other reviewers have mentioned, the audio often pauses inexplicably for a couple of seconds (luckily not in the middle of a sentence), and every once in a while sentences are repeated. This didn't really bother me though.
What did bother me was trying to keep track of all the storylines and characters. Jordan gives even minor characters names, and it is terribly hard to keep them all straight, especially when listening to the books in audio format. When I listen to Audible books I am usually doing something else at the same time (e.g. driving), so can't give the book my undivided attention. I find myself looking up the names on one of the World of Time fan websites all the time to keep track of who the minor characters are, what faction they belong to, etc. I have found it helpful to read a summary of what is going to happen in a chapter before actually listening to it, and I have never had to do that with any other author.
I already own the rest of the series and eagerly look forward to the rest of the books.
The readers of this book were fantastic. It was very easy to tell who was talking in conversation by the well done voice acting. Even in dialogs where you had 3 or 4 people, and conversation flipping between each, knowing who said what was extremely easy.
The editing of the audio was not very good. There were several times, maybe 6 or 7 times in each of the 3 parts, where the story would jump backwards and reread a 15-30 second block. It did get frustrating, but not something that kills the whole experience unless you let it. It was enough, though, to spark me to write a review, so if this sort of thing gets under your skin, maybe read this one in print and go to the next one on audio. The poor quality is uncharacteristic of the series and I doubt I'll hear a repeat in future titles.
Among the best
It was the first one of this kind. My other audio experiences were with much shorter novels.
I like the change between female and male viewpoints. I instantly liked Mrs Readings voice, it just "matched" my own inner picture. I had a harder time getting used to Mr Kramers voice, as he reads kind of "breathy". But then I was so completly taken into the story that I forgot that the book was read to me: I lived it. So: no complaints, they both do a wonderful job of a very difficult book, and I admire how they do give the people different voices without it getting out of hand.
Another gripping installment of the Wheel of Time storyline. The world sinks ever deeper into darkness, and the heroines and heroes have to confront ever higher obstacles in their fight for the light.
I have already read all but the last of the Wheel of Time books and was just into a complete re-read before the grand finish, when I had an accident and had to stay in my bed for a while. I could not continue reading, and this was the reason I decided to download the audiobook and try if this could work for me. It did! I am thinking of listening to the rest of the books, too, instead of reading them. The books are so big to carry with me. And it is wondrous to being able to close your eyes and seeing it all come alive.
I can't stand how they pronounce the same character names differently, and inconsistently!
Terrible recording quality, every hour or so it repeats the last 30 seconds of audio. A quirk once, a minor annoyance 2 or 3 times, but constantly?! Where was the editor on this one?
Absolutely. Now that I've listened to all the audio books, I couldn't go back to print because Kate Reading and Michael Kramer have the voices so embedded in my brain.
Too hard to answer when they change so much over the course of the series. In this book, I'd have to pick Matt, but that changes from book to book.
They do great on all the books. It's nice to have such solid performers throughout an entire series.
I can't stop listening to this book. I've found extra chores to do around the house just so I can keep my ipod on and keep listening.
Something is up with this audio however. Every so often, a couple of sentences repeat themselves. It's not too often to be annoying but definitely quite noticeable when listening. Maybe it's the beginning of each new chapter? I don't know but it makes the listener stop and think, "Wait! Didn't I just hear that part? Did I miss something? Why is it repeating?" Then it moves past the repeat and you realize that it was just those couple of sentences. This only happened occasionally in the other books, way more often in this book. Does not detract too much from the enjoyment of the book or the series however.
Good editing! I can't believe the "chapters" in this book are only 6-7 minutes long and havve nothing to do with the real chapters. Unnecessary silences as a result.And why are there several "repetitions" where the narrators just repeat the last one/two sentences??? Didn't anybody at the editor listen to the book?This is the first time I am considering asking my money back and buying the paper or ereader version...It seems that at a certain moment this book even had a "lost chapter" (27). I am not there yet but so upset about the audio editing that I just had to write this review now.First audible book where I consider asking my money back...
Yes, I am reading the series and do not plan to give up. Strange question to ask someone who is currently reading book 9 .
The readers are good and the same as always BUT THE AUDIO EDITING NEEDS SERIOUS IMPROVEMENT.- As long as the editing is not fixed, put a remark about the faulty editing next to the book and give it cheaper or for free.- get rid of the repetitions- make real audio chapters, not 6-7 minutes chunks with annoying silences in between.I really would like to see a reaction from audible on this...
Huhe disappointment with the audio editing. Spoils the fun of listening to the book and makes me seriously doubt my next book will come from Audible!
I think I ranted enough in the other paragraphs.
Enjoy sci-fi & fantasy. Yet not horror.
Yes, the editing and the insipid dialogue. How many predictable stupid times can they drink the tea!
The snow. It was such a guy fantasy to have his 3 happy wives!
Narrators are fine... but really the editing and no one has fixed it and updated us? What a rip off!
Fix the audio, please.
I agree with previous reviewers. The audio on this book is not the quality one might expect. There are too many areas where it seems there is a "skip". Audible should revisit the editing on this book.
I love the story and the performers are very good.