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.
Contrary to the naysayers who have envisioned this book for 20+ years in their mind's eye, A Memory of Light is here and it brings an Ending to Jordan's saga--a tale that grew in the telling, as all would agree. And while the series has meandered through plot lines and characters, all converge for at the Last Battle at the ending of the Third Age--a conflict as expansive as one would expect from The Wheel of Time. Sanderson hit a pitch-perfect tone throughout, and Reading and Kramer provide their perfect narration, and as you listen to the last minutes of the series, I defy you not to be moved by the ending of this staggering and important series.
This was the ending I was hoping for. It completed everything in the first 13 books. Very few loose ends and I am satisfied with the entire read.
Great series with only a few boring books the ones in the middle. This ones good not great but worth reading all the same.
This book was very good in that it wrapped up so many threads, and brought the reader to the end of a series that has lasted for many,many years.
Some of the conclusions to the various story arks were less than satisfying. At times I thought the writing wasn't up my expectations, but admittedly I had Very high expectations, and the writer had been able to satisfy most of them in the last few books.
Mostly good. Some excellent story telling, that was able to keep me wanting to know what would happen next.
Excellent! These two are some of Audio's very best!
Yes, although I can't see how they could do it under 20 hours.
For me, this was one of the most anticipated audio books in the last 2 years, and I was mostly satisfied.
It ranks very highly. I have to say that I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is probably number 2 or 3 behind the KingKiller chronicles.
There are no other books to compare A Memory of Light to. It stands completely alone with it's incredibly rich and diverse world, interesting and complex characters, and tunneling depths and soaring highs. They did a fantastic job of making the reader feel like the world was doomed and then saving it.
I enjoyed both of their reading performances, Kramer's because he manages to capture the different voices and emotions very well, and because he doesn't sound robotic. Reading's because he captured both the sternness of the Aes Sedai and the softness of them as well. Of course, it was hard for me at first because I kept expecting her to talk about her water elemental Rill. (That is from another set of books called Calderon's Furys).
This book at times made me feel like crying, hopeless, and completely empty, then it would twist the other direction and lift you in the complete opposite direction.