The audio edition is a great way to conclude the series if you are too busy to sit down and read over a thousand pages of the print version. However, the accent the narrators used does take sometime to get use to, especially if you read the print version of the other volumes!
The sword training session between Rand and Tam was very memorable as it showed that their father-son relationship still existed and sounded like what could be a really cool movie scene.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring an extra dimension to the characters especially in the portrayal of their accents which helped in depicting the cultural diversity of the WoT world.
I would say anyone who has followed the series will be very satisfied with this final book. Hard to believe it is the last book!
There were many clever twists and turns. I won't give any of it away with spoilers - it was all memorable-especially the ending!
Yes - all the books. They are fantastic.
It would be difficult - with over forty hours of listening - but, if it were possible? Yes!
For me, this was a special experience. I stumbled upon the Wheel of Time after several of the books had already been published. I fell in love with the vast amount of characters, settings, plot lines, and the writing. I was so dismay and sad when Jordan passed - and am so grateful that Sanderson took up the cause. My only hope, now is that he will continue to write future stories - there is a rich and vast world that is still waiting to be written. Here's to the end of a fantastic run - and hopefully, the beginning of a new age.
I've been reading this series for literally almost 20 years. It is altogether likely the longest story ever written. It spans 14 main books, plus a prequel (1/3 the length of one of the others). The print versions (each about 700-1000 pages depending on the format) each contain a 20+ page glossary to help people keep terms and people straight. It is an incredibly detailed world.
But, don't let that throw you off. If you have the patience to let yourself get immersed in the story, it will never seem to get old. The story is told from many different peoples' points of view, both male and female. Everyone seems to find their favorite characters and that really gets them into the story.
It contains the best of all storytelling concepts. It has fate and foreshadowing laced all through it -- but it also has people refusing to let fate guide them. It has heroism, politics, mystery, action, war, loyalty, failure, betrayal, guilt, death, mourning, love, jealousy, joy, and victory. Yet, it doesn't seem to be cheesy. The entire thing becomes a journey that will have you looking forward to the next volume with your guesses on what will happen next.
It literally took longer than the life of the original author to finish. But, he had enough time to sketch out what needed to happen to end the story. What was likely the best possible replacement author was brought in (who was also a fan of the series) to flesh out his remaining dream. That dream was finally realized and concluded in this volume.
Overall, this series was tremendous. While some parts in the middle volumes could have been shortened, I highly recommend it to everyone. As long as you have the attention span to give it, you will come away impressed.
In previous books, there was more interplay between the "minor" players (i.e. maidens and Dragon Reborn). Realize there was much to cover, but missed the levity this provided. Only one place in the entire book where this was somewhat brought out, but seemed "forced" - did not flow.
The book is interesting and brings a "finality" to the series. Don't understand some of the epilogue (lighting pipe with none of the powers, but I guess we can use our imaginations. Overall the book was well laid out and brought realism ti the final book.
Performances were good, but feel that the narrators tones were flat at times - no emotion.
Enjoyed the book. Minor negative comments.
Yes, because the story is compelling and the readers are very good.
It was a fitting end to a very long series of books, and a rip roaring story.
Yes, and this one is up to their usual standard: Superb.
Yes, but impossible to do, since it was very, very long.
Great book, Great readers. Great all around.
Fast paced, fly by the seat of your pants!
None, I have not had the fortune of reading another book as good as this one.
I am a big fan of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading's work. This is their best by far.
No, I listened to it to and from work in the span of a couple of weeks.
Buy this book! It's awesome!
This is the best last book I have ever heard in all the series that I have listen to over the years. I have probably listen about 50 series/trilogies and so forth
The whole book
They did a great job through out the whole series
The book made my emotion run the gambit
One of the top 5 books I have ever read or listen to over my 43 years
Actually I sorta did. Like many, I listened to the last book first and then went back. So much of the story is in that 5th segment. I had to listen to the whole book to know the many turns and twists and certainly how Egwane died. You cannot know each plot twist unless you listen to the whole book and even then if you get distracted, you must go back.I had to listen to several segments twice to catch the Compulsion ploy.
I loved that the ending was not tidy. The story held from start to finish and left us wanting more.. yes, I would purchase a book about Rand's new travels and his women. Especially liked that the authors made clear that Rand had to learn to give people freedom to make mistakes. Any other ending would have not been believable.
The emotions. You really felt what the author was trying to convey.
Logain's decision to relinquish power for compassion. His decision to help the helpless rather than sieze power over them. I loved it when he realized that a new way was possible. Also, thank you Mr. Sanderson for your conversation between Rand and his adversary when he told Sight Binder why he had no power over mankind. It was really insightful.
Perrin at times drove me crazy. His chivalry began to grate my skin right to the end. "I could never hurt a woman." I understand his character was not the brightest of the group but Perrin for the most part was written thick as a plank. I agree with another reviewer who griped a bit about Matt's clowning. It did get a little old. Having put in a few thorns, and very few indeed.. a huge Valentine bouquet of roses to the Sanderson-Jordan team. Thanks for a wonderful run. I'll be one of the first in line to buy a ticket to the movie.
good to the last drop!
wrapped everything up nicely
you could say there were moments that help my morning movements
Have to have read the complete series to really appreciate. All loose ends are tied up, yet leaving plenty of room for more... ah, one could only hope.