Illini fan and bibliophile
This could have easily been a 4 or 5 star review if the production value wasn't so bad. In this 9th entry to to Jordan's Wheel of Time, a new company took over production. This resulted in multiple times where the narration would repeat the previous 2 or 3 sentences. Additionally, there were numerous extended pauses that were just long enough that you wondered if the recording had stopped. Both of these production errors truly hampered the ability to get lost in the moment. Seeing as neither of these problems arose in the previous eight entries, also narrated by Reading and Kramer, the fault lies solely with the publisher.
Once again Kate Reading and Michael Kramer made Robert Jordan's world come alive. Despite the numerous voices and characters throughout the book, I always know who is speaking as their ability to bring life to each character is truly inspiring.
No, because there were a lot of paragraphs that were repeated during the narrative. It took away from the story.
Yes, they both do a great job.
Unlike prior books in the series, little effort was made when converting this from CD to audio stream. There are long periods of silence in the dialog (chapter breaks?) that often occur in the midst of two characters talking. In addition, there are pauses followed by lines being repeated that occur throughout the narration. In CD format, I assume these occur when you change CDs so that you don't lose your place; However, in an audio stream, they break the flow in weird ways. These problems could easily be edited out and I wonder why they weren't.
That said the story continues to be great and Kate Reading and Michael Kramer's narration continues to be top notch. I'd recommend this title to a friend.
I'd recommend this book, because despite the occasional repeated phrase or overly long pause, the two readers give a great performance. At it's worst, it is on par with your husband or wife reading to you on a car trip. At it's best, you feel as if you are watching a reading in person by the author himself. In front of a fireplace.
How much the other characters in the novel are brought into the main story. This book, so far, seems very much like a method to flesh out the other characters in the story and bring their parts ready to close. Some might not like it, but an epic like this should not be rushed, and I find this to be wonderful to listen to.
Elayne being summoned to become Aviendha's near-sister. The political mess she was dealing with at the time was enough to confuse anyone, but to see that it all came to a stop when this intimate matter came up was heart-warming.
A great deal of chuckling, and feelings of pride at the actions of some of the characters. Trying to understand how Perrin feels about Faile, particularly when he decides to treat her more firmly, is quite touching.
Great book, I just wish the recording was a bit cleaner. Overall I love the readers, and the occasional repeated phrases do get my attention, but it doesn't break my enjoyment.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed listening to this book...much more than I remember liking it reading it when it first came out. But there are some serious editing problems with this audiobook. The readers are excellent but many times throughout the book, several lines will repeat and it really takes you out of the story. I've listened to books that had an occassional glitch and you just move on but with the number of times this happened it just got annoying after a while.
I have enjoyed this story thus far and i am sure to like the rest. plenty going to keep you interested. although ocationaly when they jump to different characters and their story line i get a little messed up for a bit.
recording seems to be messed up. breaks and pauses thru the whole book. and every now and then it loops back a line or 2.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
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.
For some reason my audio was messed up. Kept repeating for 10 second stretches in 6 or 12 minute intervals. However I powered through it as well as possible, this is the first time I have had any problems with audible. Great book though, a good continuation of the story and a good step forward towards the last battle.
First, note this audiobook has errors. There are at least five instances where a sentence or paragraph is repeated. For the rest, the story is slow and plodding, but at least going somewhere, if in no rush. You'd think with the rediscovering of Traveling things would speed up, but NOPE.