Several times at the end of a chapter it would repeat the last few lines from the last one. It messed with the pacing a little bit.
The audio problems stated in other reviews though correct in the sense that it is incredibly unprofessional are not as detrimental as they are made to seem there are maybe 7 or 8 spots where it rereads the last sentence or two, sometimes with alternate inflections and 1 place where it gets about two notches quieter and then maybe an hour later goes back to normal volume. So don't let the bad reviews get you down they are definitely overstated.
Compact the events of this book into a pamphlet. The entire book exists for the final scene, and even that's a bit anticlimactic. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are, by far, the most positive factor.
All the characters that made this series great through even Lord of Chaos are still there, but they're not doing anything. Where's the drive to unite the realms before the Dark One breaks free? Why do groups like the Sea Folk have to be bribed to defy him?
Leave out the ludicrous over-description of everyone's dresses, hats, chairs and glares. Leave out every scene where women do no more than jostle for social dominance (where only one attribute - stubbornness - counts for anything). Take the remaining 50 or so pages and let Brandon Sanderson re-write them.
Mat is always my favorite, but he's poorly served in this book. At least he's IN this book, although his part is to be Tylin's "toy" and be wholly ineffectual. Cadsuane is a near second, but she's far more concerned with being recognized as "in charge" than in trying to work with Rand or anyone else.
Again, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading carry this book. By now in the series there are many characters of very similar behavior, name, physical description. Michael's and Kate's ability to perform different voices and mannerisms makes them far easier to track.
In any WOT book to date, you can say this: put 10 women together in a room and you'll have MAYBE two personalities. They're all scheming, they're each more stubborn than the last, they're perpetually surprised that someone would DARE to order them about, and they're all easily cowed when someone does. If a woman displays temper, they simper and obey. If a man displays temper, they threaten to "box his ears". Also, apparently rape is funny if it's a woman doing the deed. This is Jordan hitting his stride.
Also, by now Audible is fully aware of the many editing issues in this book. There are dozens of instances where a paragraph or two - 15-45 seconds - is repeated. I don't know if the reader was going back to re-try something they didn't think met their standards, or if those were just re-played sections.
I love the books i love the readers, what i dislike in this recording is the multiple instances of repeating. Its not the readers fault but who ever cut the sections together created repeats.
The First sister ceremony was beautiful, powerful and very well done.
As with all the other books their performances were amazing its just the edit that i have the issues with.
yes if i had a full 24hrs+ to sit still and not sleep i would have
I've been listening for a while now, and I'm totally into the story, but this one felt needlessly drawn out. Rand and Matt are really the big focus of this story, but it takes them forever to get to the point.
And whoever edited this audiobook needs to be fired. The chapter layout makes no sense and doesn't actually reflect the chapters in the book, and throughout the entire story it randomly repeats pieces of the audio. It's very distracting and super annoying.
the audio was arranged horribly. beginnings of tracks missed syllables/words. some sentences were repeated at the start of a new track. I don't know if it was an uploading problem or just my download but it threw off the flow of the book. especially the last scene where perspectives changed a lot. overall it was acceptable but I hope this doesn't happen in the rest of the series.
I do love the narrator's voices, this rating doesn't reflect upon them