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.
I don't know what happened to Robert Jordan during this period of his writing, but for some reason his writing style changed from verbs to mostly adjectives. He goes into great detail in describing a characters clothing and appearance,but the characters have very little action anymore. I feel cheated. Major event happens like this. Ten pages describing what the characters were wearing. Major event starts...major character passes out. When major character wakes up, major event is finished, but we get ten more pages on how disheveled his clothing is. I feel like Jordan took the last 25% of the series plot, divided in to five books, then filled the blank pages with adjectives so as to stretch it out to sell more books. Hopefully some day, someone will condense the last five books into one book that it should have been.
As others have said, for some reason, this recording is broken into something like 253 chapters with lots of audio repeats. Just needs to be remastered.
This is yet another great book in the WoT series. The audio book performers are excellent as ever, but the editing was atrocious. It was cut into hundreds of chapters, and many chapters started out by repeating that last 30 seconds of the end of the previous chapter. They probably could have cut out half and hour if it had been edited properly. It was still worth the listen.
Wonderful complex story of fantasy and adventure!!! Recommend listening to it twice to get all of the hidden detail and foreshadowing. Looking forward to the next.
Aside from the fact that this book is divided into 253 chapters, we have to deal with the audio skipping all over the place. That I finished this recording is evidence that the story is wonderful. I just wish the listening experience wasn't so bad.