Wow! Just, Wow!
Matt has always been my favorite character throughout the series. While the final 3 books brought other characters from the "I can't stand them anymore" (Nyneave) to "I actually like this character", Matt still has the Laugh Out Loud moments. While Brandon had trouble capturing Matt in TGS, he got stronger in ToM, and nailed it in AMOL.
Both readers have always been wonderful, but Michael's voices have always stood out as amazing. Michael's voices bring a depth and warmth to the series. I loved the addition of the Dark One in this book
The epic conclusion to the most epic fantasy series in history.
One of the best.
Matt was my favorite. I liked the way his humor and cunning in battle added to the story
Their character voices add to the story and help in the character development.
No due to its length. Listened to it to and from work. Made a long drive enjoyable.
I felt this was no where near as good as the others in the series. I didn't care for the redundancy of words, some of the interactions, several of the fights, the rapid end. All in all, very disappointed.
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.