Without trying to give things away, 'The Flame of Tar Valon'.
Superior separation of characters and appropriate polarisation of scenes (somehow the evil is colder, the good is warmer).
Yes, but unfortunately I had to sleep, due to it's length :)
If you are a Wheel of Time fan, get it immediately! If you have listened or read the series, it is fantastic and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are gret for all 14 books.
Yes, but only because it finished the series
No, because I know that there's better fantasy fiction out there.
They have narrated every book in the series and both do a marvelous job at vocal characterization. Each character was unique and identifiable.
Sanderson's politically correct values were heavily pressed upon the text. The cultures in the world of the Wheel of Time had their own values and he should not have imposed his upon them. Rather he should have worked within the values that were there to bring about character development in a more organic way.
The good that I can say about this book is that battle scenes were very well done, though they might have used a bit more editing. I found them to be exhilarating and fun.
the tieing up of all the loose ends from all of the previous books as well as the ending of the tale.
This is the end to one of my favorite series. It is well done and a satisfying ending. Thee are lose ends left, but I for one like the openness of the ending. There was a giant smile on my face as the story ended.
I appreciate it the narrators staying the same for all books. All I can say is that listening to all 14 books sounds like a lot, but it is worth every minute.
And what an ending it was. It is not very often that an author can bring such as huge epic saga to a close in a way that brings closure and satisfaction to the reader. Brandon Sanderson nails it.
Michael and Kate have done a fantastic job bringing so many characters to life. I am amazed that this dynamic team has been with the series from the beginning.
Hard to believe I have been reading this series for 20 years. The first five books or so were stellar, then it started to drag on as Jordan brought in more and more characters and storylines. People began to question if he had lost control of the story. I was one of them. Sure enough, some of those plotlines were forgotten, by me anyway. However, it started to pick up again around book ten (IIRC) and the last three books by Sanderson have been outstanding. This last book is the best I've read in a long time. Kudos to Jordan and Sanderson for a thundering epic fantasy series, and the narrators for bringing it to life.
I absolutely loved Mat, and Oh ye GODS, EGWENE.
God, They really pulled this book off! While reading this enormous book I enjoyed the entire spectrum of emotions- love hate anger, etc., so much so, that I had to slow myself down to savor the first time (of many) that I hear the end of the 3rd Age. I'm so glad I did. Well worth the wait, jordan fans will be pleased, and sanderson fans too, and more importantly, WoT fans in general.
However..The battles did almost take it out of me, but when they get to the last battle.. so refreshing, enjoyable, frustrating, annoying and ultimately, BAD ASS.
Great finale for an absoutely amazing series. As a long time fan, I feel very satisfied with this ending, and it makes me so happy! There is more that could have been said, but theres almost as much enjoyment wondering what happens next, or what about that other character, etc., But ultimately, they wrapped things up very nicely. :)
ahh So amazing!! Highly recommend.
If you have read the previous 13 books in the series, yes, you HAVE to finish the series.
I really enjoy Sanderson's work, and can't wait for the next installment of the Stormlight archives.
I can't put my finger on it, but the story just didn't have the life the early WOT books had, or Sanderson's other works. It's almost as if all the closing items were compiled then some filler was put in to make it a complete work and then sent to print. Of course it could just be the letdown of such an extensive series coming to an end, and afterwards you have that incomplete feeling like but I thought there would have been more…..
The fact that no character was sacred. In war there is no guarantee of safety and that really came across which in turn kept you guessing until the end.
There are so many it is hard to pick just one. I think Thom Merrilin absently throwing a knife into the back of one of the black ajah and then stuffing her body into a crevas was definitely one of my favorites.
For Mr. Kramer it was definitely Perrin. For Ms. Reading it has to be Egwene.
Yes, though a forty hour listen in one sitting is unreasonable.
Even as I write this I am getting choked up thinking about this book, These characters became like old friends over the series and not all survive. On top of that the loss of a Master Storycrafter like Robert Jordan hits you hard as you read this. I loved this world, I loved these characters, and I loved this book. Hopefully there is truly no beginning or ending to the wheel of time because this is one reader who could do with a few more stories.
I'm loving audio books more each day-being able to walk the dog, do the dishes or keep an eye on grandkids in the pool-all while listening to a book is great. My favorite genres are mystery/romance, some paranormal and lots of Science Fiction.
........and I promise to myself to NEVER download a long series like this again. At least it's winter and I didn't have a lot to do! Granted Diana Galbeldon's Clair and Jamie "Outlander" series is long but at least the characters in it develop during their lives. The primary protagonists in this series seem to remain bratty children until Sanderson gets ahold of them and forces them to quit acting like junior high school students.
I'm sure I'm in the minority here but honestly a 41 hour book devoted to the final battle? So many times I skipped ahead and only once was I confused..after I heard Elayne killed and suddenly she's leading her troops once more.
This series is mammoth and, I discovered, it even has it's own website. Honestly, I could have just listened to the prequel and the final hour and I'd have it. We all know the world isn't going to end and for some cheezy reason, the primary protagonist, who was doomed to die for 12 books..thats over a week of listening if you did it non-stop, ends up living and rides off into the sunset leaving the 3 women who are pregnant with his children to fend for themselves. Really? What a great role model.
I do need to comment that Brandon Sanderson did a great deal to bring this slow and dragging series into something I could bear to listen to. He tied all the strings of plot lines into a nice pink bow and finalized what I thought was going to be unanswered questions and cliff hangers.
Go ahead-blast away at me. I have better things to do with my life than sop up a series like this again.
The narrators-I feel for them-did their usual good job of bringing the story to life.