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Intense from beginning to end. Perhaps too intense at times as I had to give myself a break from this story several times as I listened. However, it has the epic finish we hoped for in this massive tale. For me this is a story taking 20 years to close out and I am satisfied. Michael and Kate are very good as readers once again. Voices get somewhat confused as times since there are so many character, but overall it does not detract from the story. I would recommend this book and this entire series, but give yourself plenty of time and read something light in-between breaks.
At last I can feel the loss of Robert Jordan. A man who determined in himself to write the very best epic fantasy he possibly could. There may never be another series that can compare to this. He did not use sex and perversion to sell his books. His heroes were heroes. Good men and women who would not waiver in their quest to triumph over evil. It's very popular now to have twisted and bent people being the hero. Being our SAVIOR. But, it isn't right. I'm disappointed in people who think twisted sex should sell books. It was so refreshing to read this series. And I am truly sorry that Mr. Jordan is no longer with us. But perhaps, Brandon Sanderson will pick up the crown that RJ left behind. I've read everything he has written and I like what I read. Thank you, Brandon Sanderson for finishing the Wheel of Time series. And, by the way, the wheel's still turning. Paul
Neko chan at heart =^.^=
The amazing way which everything was neatly tied together. All the complex threads and stories and lives that were entwined raveled and unraveled beautifully. You are left extremely satisfied after two decades of waiting for the final chapter.
As far as an epic story and adventures NOTHING compares. I'm sorry~ nothing. I am left with a small depression... a bitter sweet goodbye of a world that I will miss. My heart aches knowing that I will not be part of he fourth age. I will miss the struggle between the Seanchan and the Aes Sedai. I will not see the Black Tower grow in its rightful place. I will not be privy to the new and beautiful bond between men & women that can channel. I am left in agony over never knowing how the Aiel take their place in the world. I have SO much regret that the stories are over... I've never felt a sense of loss so keenly from a book or a series. I know there are no beginnings or endings to the turning of the wheel... but this is "an" ending. RIP Robert Jordan. And Thank you Brandon Sanderson for taking up the flag. Love you both.
As always~ Egwene's battles and fights enthrall me. Without spoilers I can say that any of the scenes where she faces off against her enemies make my heart beat faster. As her emotion and indignance at the shadow grows, her power climaxes. It's simply exhilarating
Gosh~ I don't know if words could convey... perhaps something simple: There are no beginnings or endings to the turning of the wheel of time.
NARRATION: Top notch. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading make this story come alive. I will miss their voices floating in my apartment living room.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I will once again repeat my horrible sense of loss. I can't believe it's over. Like a petulant, greedy child, I want more. I do not want to lose this world I've come to know so well. How does one let go of something so precious?
It was the culmination of 20 years of the best story ever recorded and it ends in an exceptionally satifying way.
Yes, this one is equally exceptional - although I think they forgot some of their own previous pronunciations....
Duty is as heavy as a mountain - death, as light as a feather.
I cannot tell you how satisfying this final book is. The waiting and then angst getting here was more than it should have been - but it was well worth it. In truth, I'm not ready for this series to be over. It was such as large part of my childhood - and now, in my adult life, I cannot wait to pass this series on to my children. It reminds us that it’s ok to believe that there is a right and a wrong, that Good will triumph over evil and that all men have the ability to chose Good. I cannot thank Robert Jordan enough for creating such an unbelievable world or Brandon Sanderson for finishing it. Its worth every minute and every dollar.
Correctly placing the WOT series into the proper place among the hierarchy of fantasy greats is complex. Setting aside the commercial success of the series, the quality of each book in the series varied widely. Starting off great with The Eye of the World, each subsequent novel got better than the one before it for quite some time. Robert Jordan hit his stride in the fourth and fifth books while the sixth, Lord of Chaos, is probably the finest book he ever wrote—these three books (4,5, and 6) are among the greatest in fantasy literature.
With the 7th book, Jordan began to slowly stumble. The trend for (7,8,9,10) was that each one was at least a bit worse than the one before it. The series began to ramble. Plot threads stalled, more and more characters entered the story line while old plot threads stayed unresolved. The story began to become convoluted where once elegance weaved the beautiful complexity. This culminated with the dreadfully dull, poorly edited tenth book. It may have been his health, or fatigue, or perhaps Jordan had just lost his way for a while, but there is no doubt that much of the early magic was gone. I kept reading--We kept reading—despite this in part because we knew the magic would come back and partly because in our extensive adventures with fantastically deep characters, we had grown to love them, and there was still joy in loving them walk nowhere fast. I am glad that Robert Jordan reversed this decline with his final book, (book 11) which was much better but still not at the pinnacle of his earlier work. We will never know if this redemptive trend would have continued had Robert Jordan not been taken from us so early.
What we do know is that Brandon Sanderson’—already on his way to becoming a legend for his own work—produced three contributions to the series that have all been magnificent. The have been brilliant not only because of Sanderson’s talent but because they were a labor of genuine love. He started reading the series as a teenager and loved the books and characters like we loved them. His work could not have been better. Here I will say what may be regarded as blasphemy among the Jordan die- hards: Brandon Sanderson not only helped save Robert Jordan’s legacy by finishing the series—he augmented it by concluding the series with stunning artistry and passion.
I am sad to see it end. I have lived so long with these characters that I can’t believe I will never see them grow or laugh or change again. It was worth it thought. This book is beautiful. This series is beautiful.
The reviews are by Mike.
I borrowed a copy of the Eye of the World from a schoolmate in the mid 90s. I have been waiting since then for this moment.
I was not disappointed.
More than once I found myself sitting at my desk crying.
I'm very satisfied.
On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through
As must be true for so many others listening to this book, it is the conclusion of a series I started two decades ago. Fantasy was a bit of a different place then, and the WoT series was, to my teenage sensibilities, amazing. Giant fantasy novels featuring prophecy and magic and hidden identities. It was like reading Tolkein again! Or the Belgariad! Awesome!
A lot has changed in those decades, however, and much of what defined WoT (including lots of "borrowing" from Tolkein and other sources) in epic fantasy is now either completely out of fashion (think the grimdark worlds of George RR Martin), or else has been reconfigured by other writers (JK Rowling's take on prophecy and evil). So, in some ways, it is nice to get back to the intricate world-building, humble farmboys-turned-saviors, hideous Trollocs, and other fantasy staples. Besides, I have invested so much time over the years, including in some of the truly awful books in the middle of the series, that I had to finish this.
Given this context, this is a very satisfying book. After reading various Wikis to get up to speed, I found myself thrilled to see the old characters again, and to see most (if not all) of the many threads of the immense plot brought to a reasonably satisfying conclusion. Sanderson deserves credit for somehow managing to deal with the thousands of plots, viewings, and minor characters that Robert Jordan introduced, and he does it impressively, switching between nearly 100 points of view in various chapters. He also manages to slightly tone down Jordan's somewhat upsetting take on gender politics. Both of these are no mean feat, and I have to admit that I got somewhat emotional as some of the characters I had known for 20+ years met their various fates.
All of this (plus excellent reading) makes this a really worthwhile conclusion to an epic fantasy series. Not the best series, mind you, but one that deserves praise for both its ambition and its satisfying ending. I wouldn't start WoT from scratch, at this stage, but I am happy I experienced it.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I'm not one of those who started reading this series in 1990, maybe (and thats just maybe) because i was 3 back then, but thats just a maybe.
I started reading this saga last year, and although i fell in love with it, I feel like I HAVE TO read the whole saga another couple of times to catch every single thing.
From the beginning of this book it was war, and I felt part of it, I was with Talmanes, Elayne, Egwene, Gawyn, Galad, Lan Mandragoran, Birgitte, Perrin, and Mat. I felt like I was with every soldier. Honestly I felt tired during this war, and when there was no hope, I really felt it, I was just staring at nothing when I was 75% through, couldn't focus at anything... elt like losing the will to live... I don't think I was ever emerged and engaged with any book as this one.
There were moments here that I felt like shouting saying NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! other times I wanted to dance. This book was packed with everything .
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer as always did a great job with this book, You can feel them loving what they have done, what I mean is these characters were not just characters, they were real people. Kate and Michael gave them life with there narration.
Brandon Sanderson did an amazing job, I'm a big fan of his books and he did a fantastic job with this one. I knew it was going to be a good and a great book, but it was truly an EPIC BOOK. Everything here was EPIC.
Thanks to Robert Jordan for his epic saga and thanks to Brandon Sanderson for doing a fantastic job for giving us a great end to this saga.
Seriously, this went on and on and on. True to Jordan's wordy style, but it was wrapped up nicely, and having read the entire series over the 10+ year cycle, I can say I am satisfied with the outcome.
I've had the pleasure of listening to all 14 books of this colossal series one after the other from start to finish with very little lag time between books. Unlike many long-time fans, I came late to the party, starting the first book just last summer. So I did not have to wait years for the conclusion. Taking it all in like this became so addictive that I think there may be a hole in my life now that it's all done. Hence, the second phrase of the title of my review.
This finale was incredibly intense. I would even describe it as exhausting. The final battle begins as the book opens and we are treated to one massive battle from beginning to end, scattered over multiple fronts. The forces of the Light are held teetering on the bring of complete failure and destruction, balancing on the edge of a knife everywhere at once. Unlike most novels, there is simply no downtime -- no breaks in the action. It is all taut suspense from start to finish. Hence the first phrase of the title of my review. I had to force myself to come up for air from time to time.
There were so many plot threads wrapped up in this final book that I feel like I need to go back to listen to the whole series again to make sure it was all concluded properly without cheating. Kudos to Sanderson for getting it all accomplished in what I felt was both a satisfactory and largely satisfying fashion. On the positive side, I was kept guessing and a number of my assumptions did not pan out as I expected. On the negative side, I was left feeling that some of the plot lines were resolved in a somewhat contrived manner. Nevertheless, the overall effect was satisfying. I was left wondering about some of methods by which certain results were achieved. In a series where every rule of the One Power and arcane implements employed was painstakingly explained, I found a few new concepts here that were barely explained at all. They just happened and I was left thinking, "Wow, okay, didn't know he or she could do that, but I guess that works."
As some other reviewers have opined, I was left wanting some more aftermath resolution. But I can't complain too much about this as it seems it's really just a side-effect of that fact that it is all over now and I'm left wishing it wasn't. So I guess this is really an indication of just how much I have enjoyed the series. My opinion of this series has only grown over the course of it and now that it is done, I would have to rank it among the best that fantasy has to offer. If you are someone who enjoys long, richly developed epics and never wants them to end, you can not do better than this series which will keep you fully invested for many, many hours and not leave you dissatisfied when it finally concludes.