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.
The narrators were excellent, I find that very important in an audio book. Some of the voices/accents were not the same in this book. Min, for example.
Seemed like one of the villains was an afterthought in this final book: "Oh what should I do with him? Ok, kill him." It could have been a memorable death because the villain was a memorable character. Unfortunately, instead of a huge explosion it was a weak puff. Was it a lack of time? I wonder if that was the case with some of the other deaths and killing them was the quicker option: What should I do? Kill."
I wasn't bothered about Rand or his three lovers. The other characters were so much more interesting to me.
I suppose, with this book/series, most if not all the fans would have been a little disappointed no matter what was written. There are so many of us and we each identify with different characters.
Still, what a ride it has been.
I really loved this series and Brandon Sanderson did a great job bringing it to a breath taking conclusion. When Robert Jordon passed away, I was so sad because having come so far with these great characters I wanted to reach the end. If you feel like I did that Tolkein's Lord of the rings was too short Robert Jordan gives you an Epic to keep you entertained for months. It has kept me entertained for the years I have waited for this finally. He has created a facinating world with many varied cultures and customs. The adventure moves across continents and worlds as teenagers from a country village are swept up in the titanic strugle between good and evil with the survival of the world in the balance. There is magic and mind control, plots and conspiracies, luck and madness, with danger lurking around every corner. Lost knowledge is rediscovered but is it enough and is it in time to save the world. This is a saga that you just can't aford to miss. Check out volume 1, The Eye of the world and see if you can put it down!
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I'm sad that Robert Jordan didn't live to finish the series himself. I'll be the first to admit I'm pretty critical of Sanderson. I think his writing tends to be too contemporary and juvenile compared to the pros Jordan. That said, I'm not sure I would take the risk to replace him with anyone else.
The book is epic. The battles are huge. It is a fitting ending to the series. I really enjoyed it.
I picked up the eye of the world back in 1991 because it was thick and I liked the cover. Through all the years I would take a week off just to read the novel when they came out. I probably reread the series a dozen times now. I love the fact that it is so easy to relate to Rand, Perrin and Mat. I loved to read about them struggling with everyday problems.
And yes I would listen to AMOL again.
How Mat became a great captain in his own right.
The drama and they made me sit back and enjoy the story, instead of rushing through the novel like I did the first time around with all the books.
When Egwene discoverd the answer to Balefire, and what it means to be the flame of Tar Valon.