This book is the last of the Jordan/Sanderson combination, and reading the series backwards would be even more confusing than forwards - so no to the first part of the question. As for Kramer, I struggled with epic nature of every spoken sentence and needed a change in the intensity. Reading was easier to handle, although some of her 'male' character voices made me giggle.
It was a mammoth task, nigh on impossible, to weave a finish out of so many careening strands. Well done!
ADVERSARY, intense, relief
Yes, had to be. It is the final book of the mammoth series, I had already made the commitment to read/listen to the past stories, the choice to ignore the final one was unthinkable. I wonder if anyone wandered into a bookstore, had a sneaky-peak at the epilogue, and walked off satisfied...
At times frustrating, always massive, and in the end rewarding.
To be honest, i knew all the characters so well, i didn't really like any of them, or dislike any of them. Throughout the series, Lan was probably my least disliked character but i'm a Rand fan overall.
Pronunciation. I haven't read any of these books, i've listened to the entire series twice in the last year and all my friends who have read the books (most for the last 10+ years) come to me to ask for pronunciation of names and places. Not knowing how to say 'odd' names/places is often a roadblock for fantasy books for me. Aside from Lord of the Rings, i don't think i've 'read' any other fantasy books (scifi fan at heart), but i've listened to dozens.
Throughout the entire series, i hated the way RJ wrote his female characters, he made me hate all of them. Sanderson redeemed some of them but i wasn't sad to see that others got what they deserved. I think the way Sanderson choreographed the events in this book was ingenious and i expected nothing less after reading his other books. If you can make it through the middle part of the series, the last few books are worth it.
Clearly this is a book for extreme fans of the series....
Not sure... I will start searching now.
Steven Pacey maybe.. I am sure there are many readers who would have done a better job.
None of them are memorable
I read the first 8 books and my interest in the series began to lag.. I was still curious how the whole thing would end though... I thought perhaps that Sanderson would bring some new life to the story.... But no..
Fantastic ending to an enormous story. My only complaint is that Sanderson hijacked the character Mat Cauthon and turned his dialogue into that of an annoying 15-year-old boy. It was a major character change and the editors should have kept him on a shorter leash. It doesn't ruin the end of the series, but it sours it quite a lot for fans of Mat.
Adding to the plethora of crazy "I love this book" reviews seems like overkill, but I loved this series, and I loved this book. My favorite characters were back for the Last Battle! Since Sanderson took over, May Robert Jordan rest in peace the series picked up some new vitality as it cruised to the Last Battle. 100's of characters, dozens of story lines come together here. The psycho struggle in Rand's mind has been cleared, he is on a mission and as only the Dragon Reborn can do he has to execute it. There is a lot of battles in Memory of Light, and while some of the plot lines with certain characters I would have enjoyed having more ultimately the story was Rand's and it was the culmination of years of audio listening, as well as struggle against the Dark Lord and the Forsaken.
I love Matt and we got more of him, and Peron was well done as the complex person that he is.
I would encourage anyone looking at this book to get it, as well as with the series. I did skip one book, 9th or 10th, as it was really dragging. But the last three were awesome.
And now as we know "the wheel weaves as the wheel wills"
I've not read the print for some years. The audible rendition is so satisfying.
Brandon Sanderson carried the characters forward seamlessly. I'm so impressed.
There are so many it is hard to comment. I love Egwene's adventures - very relevant to women of today
WHAT? Individuality meets commonality
I've enjoyed this series for almost 20 years! A generation. Congratulations to all. Hope there is something to take it's place. Sanderson has given so much to the project, but others could carry the stories of Elaine, Perryn, Min, Rand, etc. forward. RIPE!!!!!
The closure. It was nice to see the all of the parts fitting into the last battle.
I don't really have a favorite character in this series as the characters don't really think their way through anything.
My favorite part was where Rand didn't die after all and came back with the power of the pattern.
No. If it could be listened to in one sitting, it would be too short.
Brandon Sanderson added more intellect and depth to the characters which I thought was SORELY needed. I believe if he hadn't stepped in to finish the books, I would not have been interested in listening to the last ones.
When one has invested the majority of his adult life in a series, starting from 18 years old to now in the 40's, this was a culmination both sad and sweet. To give it anything less than 5 stars would be disrespectful to the characters I grew up with over the past 20 years. Thanks goes out to Sanderson for finishing what absolutely had to be finished. I could not have lived in peace wondering what happened to my childhood friends in the Wheel of Time.
The narration was superb as always. The story was as engaging and gripping as the entire series.
I love Matt...who could not? He was heroic, funny and stayed true to his inital character despite all the changes in his situation.
There were so many. I like the ending to the book. It wasn't exactly fairy tale but I still like to see the characters that fought so hard throughout have a positive outcome.
I read all the books and listened to all the audio books of this series. I was thrilled by both. It's such an epic and with so many overlapping story lines it was still captivating to listen to the audio after reading the books. The narrators did an awesome job! I travel for hundreds of miles each day for work and I never tired of listening to them. That says a lot. My biggest regret is that it's over now. :-(
Many years of following the wheel as it turned have now culminated in the conclusion of one of its cycles, what a simply fantastic journey it has been. The conclusion was epic, with many, if not all the questions answered and cycles completed. Thank Mr Jordon and Mr Sanderson, you have given me and others a great deal of enjoyment and filled our lives with a rich and inspiring world.
Could it have been better, like all things in life of course it could have been. As work of literary fiction though it is one of the greatest ever written.
So jump onto the wheel as it turns towards Rand, Matt and Perrrin, revel in it as it spins its path through many twists and turns and then enter a new age at its conclusion. You will laugh, cry, get highly irritated by bickering women, curse the forsaken, mourn lost battles and friends and feel elated at the victories. You will though be left feeling your life is slightly emptier as the wheel enters the fourth age and you close the final page on the third.