What I love best about this book was the simple fact that it was so engaging you don't want to stop listening.
I honestly can't think of a book to compare to this one.
I have listened repeatedly to all of the books in the series, and so I think the performances have gotten better book by book. I think this was the best one.
I have been a long time listener to the series. I have found that I have feelings for the characters and I'm dismayed and saddened when the characters were captured or killed.
If you are a fan of this series at all, whether listening or reading buy this title and simply listen to it. Take the time to enjoy it. This one is well worth the money or credit. It is the mark of a good novel that can spark your emotions or engage your mind so completely.
I'd rank this in the top 10%.
Lan. He is just the right blend of strength and passion.
I enjoy how they break up the story and read different parts.
I have and likely will again. My time with this audio book passed far too quickly. The narration immersed me so deeply into a story that I have enjoyed for over a decade.
There are honestly too many for me to select a single moment as the most memorable. For each character there has been a satisfying if sometimes sad conclusion to their story. If I had to select a single most memorable moment it would have to be either Rand's time with his father Tam in the sparring circle, or Lan's confrontation and conclusive duel with Demandred.
Each of these two stellar narrators can bring the story to life with varied voices, exceptional pacing and a grasp of character that goes way beyond ordinary story telling and brings a story into the realm of mythic consciousness.
I laughed numerous times. I also sat at the edge of my seat wondering if this character too would see their end before the end of the tale. Of course. there are no endings to the wheel of time, but for some, there is an ending.
In my opinion, no finer author could have been chosen to end this amazing tale and even Mr Jordan himself would have been hard pressed to compose a better telling of the end of the tale.
There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was an ending...
Brandon Sanderson and the deceased Robert Jordan did an admiral job completing the Wheel of Time saga. I have never been taken in by a series of books so completely as these books. There were certainly ups and downs... but the ups carried me far past any slow parts of the series. If you are a fan of Epic Fantasy, you're missing out if you haven't read or listened to this series.
This book cannot stand by itself. You must read the entire series - a lofty proposition - before reaching the climactic ending. It is a faced paced, yet long, book. It is some of Sanderson's best work and on par with Jordan's best writing.
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, as always, did an amazing job narrating this book. They have consistently narrated the entire series and haven't let their listeners down yet. They portray characters clearly enough many readers will identify who is speaking before Sanderson has identified them.
Be wary... Sanderson and Jordan's widow have stated there won't be any more Wheel of Time books. I, personally, hold out hope they will change their minds and produce a few short novels in the future between Sanderson's other amazing works, but all indications are this will not be the case.
You will get drawn in and will mourn for the losses and dream for those who survive. As with all good things... it had to come to an end eventually, and this ending was absolutely amazing.
This book is well worth the purchase in whatever medium you prefer. Enjoy...
Both have their merits, but I don't know how I would survive my daily commutes without the my iPod.
Egwene's Crowning Moment of Awesome. You go, girl.
So many characters, and each played brilliant'y.
The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills..
I did not expect to have such an emotional reaction to this book. Not really because of the story, which closed excellently, but what a loooooooonnnnnnnggggg edification it was starting this series so long ago, and finally, FINALLY reaching the conclusion.
Along the way I also loved and hated this series. The first book was/is a legend. The portrayal of women throughout, was... challenging, for me. The meta story arc, strongly finished in this final volume, was at the highest level of the best fantasy writers of any era.
As far as the audio book, I'm a particular fan of Michael Kramer, and feel that telling this story meant a lot to him. He did also have the benefit of reading the stronger male roles.
I think I'm writing this review more for me than anyone else. I have JUST finished the book. I expect I'll process this series for a long time, including coming back to this review. Oddly, I doubt I'll ever read it again. It was just too much to do more than once. But I think the authors would be just fine with that, knowing they stirred something inside that won't fully ever settle. Quite a ride, Messrs Jordan and Sanderson...
I thank you.
Doesn't end asexpected.
This question is like asking which is your favorite child. I'm not going to answer.
I think my strongest reaction was sadness to the deaths of so many characters and I also appreciated how Jordan/Sanderson treated everyone. Some authors seem to kill characters because they can but Jordan/Sanderson do so very sparingly. Ironically several characters survive the last battle that i thought would not.
I never really gave much thought to how I thought the books would end, I was just along for the ride. That said, this book was totally unpredictable and I never thought the last battle would progress the way it did. I was terribly sad to see some characters die but I was happy to see good kicking ass. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to wrap up a series this big, Sanderson did a good job.
The only thing missing is an epilogue to lay out where everyone is going and what they are all going to do. There is an epilogue but just shorter than I expected.
I really liked this series and Brandon Sanderson was an excellent choice to finish it up, but the ending really didn't meet my expectations. It's too bad, since other Jordan and Sanderson books are well worth the read or listen.
Asking a non-author how to make a story better is like asking your plumber to be a doctor. However, I thought there was too much time spent on head smashing and bashing in "The Last Battle". Perhaps that's to be expected, but it went on for too long and I expected more intrigue out of the Jordan / Sanderson characters.
If you have listened to the Wheel of Time series , this is an absolute must listen to conclusion.
Many memorable moments had sad endings but I really enjoyed the triumphant conclusion.
I have listened to the entire audio book seies of the Wheel of Time by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, and I will purchase other books read by them. They did a fantastic job.
All of the Main characters had very moving moments that showed their true character , hero nature, and their willingess to sacrifice for the good of the world. That is what I hope for in a book of this nature.
I have waited a long time for the Memory of Light, and I was not disappointed. The Wheel of Time was long and at times tedious, but I do not regret having taken this listening journey. The concluding Book was satisfying. It was not the perfect conclusion as some critics expect, but it worked. However, there are some loose ends that need answered, but were well beyond this scope of A Memory of Light such as what happens to the Seanchan? If Brandon Sanderson wants to answer that and other questions in a followup "short" series, I would buy it.
I have only read a few pages of the print version and must say I do like the print better but with audible I am able to listen to books which is very convenient.
I might compare this book so other works from Brandon Sanderson. A lot of the works a detailed and action packed much like A Memory of Light.
My favorite scene was when Demon Dread was surprised at the forces of lights army general (Matt) and was impressed because he states, only a general who has lived hundreds of years can compete with me.
I particularly liked the action parts of the book but overall the ending was very moving because it was unlike other Fantasy type books where the good guy destroys evil, the end... It was a twist at the end.
Overall I have read the entire series and believed the ending 3 books in the series should have been condensed down into perhaps 2 books as much of the books were overloaded with detail in some parts and some books had very little action and moved the story line along very slowly. Overall I am happy Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan were able to complete the series because it is a very good series with several unique twists at the end.