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The richness of world he created, and finally finding out what happens and why.
I listened to ALL of the stories and I actually liked the ones that Sanderson wrote better! Jordan's storyline was excellent, but he would get carried away in describing characters' thoughts...using paragraphs where a few lines would do. The person that was listening to the books with me got bored and stopped listening to them. I just had to find out what happened to all the characters.
The story and characters and narration are so well done... I'm sad is over but so glad to have been a witness to such a great story, writing and narration... Can't say enough about the quality of work in this whole series.
Three-time published author
Game of Thrones vs. Wheel of Time. Body count is heavy on both sides. Heroes and magic are abundant. But the struggle is for existence itself in WOT. Kate Reading and Michael Bell have to play out the whole panoply of life, death, love, hate, sa'angreal, a'dam, Seanchan and Sharran, Andor and Aiel, and Rand and Co. Michael Bell makes the lords and other men sound similar but different, while Kate Reading has a way of making most women sound as imperious as the men think they are. My favorites of the voice impressions are: Elayne, Min, Perrin, Mat, the Dark One, Thom Merrilin, Loial, Graendal, Olver, Tuon.
This was an excellent conclusion to the Wheel of Time series. It takes an incredible amount of time to get through all these books, but after this great conclusion, it all seems worthwhile. At the end, it was tempting to go back and start re-reading because it ended so dramatically and suddenly, I wanted more. But that's a good ending: the reader wants more, instead of feeling "thank god it's over".
Word of warning: as Robert Jordan's writing skills began to decline around book 8, the series became complete garbage around book 10 ("Crossroads of Twilight"). I decided after quitting book 10 about half-way through that I was finished with the "Wheel of Time" series, no longer able to stomach the mindless repetition and pointless narration in book 10. But when Brandon Sanderson came on board as "2nd" author (really the main author, in my opinion), everything improved dramatically, with the quality returning to the earlier Jordan books. Both "Towers of Midnight" and this book are great stories and easy reading.
What a ride.
Sanderson's completion of Jordan's vision was simply incredible. The scale and scope of this book are beyond all of those which precede it.
I don't get chills from audiobooks. Except this one. I don't get teary over fictional tales. Except this one. It's been 15 hours since I finished it, and I'm still reeling.
Rest in peace, Mr. Jordan. Your work is finished, and Mr. Sanderson did you proud.