I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
........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.
Summed up well.
It's finally OVER!! No more waiting for new books. I can MOVE on. I didn't think he would be able to tie all of the lose ends, but he did a good job of it.
Lan - Kramer
Egwene - Reading
Yes, but it was 40 hours long. I'm impressed that i finished it in a week.
I will have to listen to this a second or third time. There is so much action in this book that simply keeping up with the Butcher's Bill becomes daunting! Sanderson does a great job of giving us closure for each and every major character we have known to love over the years with this series! Kramer and Reading are the dynamic duo of audio! I never get tired of listening to their narration.
Each character to closed out in the story. Even small threads were tied off and there was just enough mystery left in the end to keep you thinking about it.
The narrators do a great job of giving voice to dozens of characters throughout the series. Even before the name of a character is announced in dialogue, I can often know who is speaking by the subtle inflection changes in the reader's voice.
Action Packed, Magic Wielding Frenzy!
It's one of the very best audiobooks in my library
Brandon Sanderson's - The Way of Kings
It's a tie between Matrim Cauthin, and Ibarra
I have read Jordan's 14 novels of course....some of those titles, multiple times.
I also liked Sanderson's Stormlight (Bridge 4) and Mistborn to a lesser degree.
To me, and I haven't had a chance to discuss this with others, this book was a rather unfulfilling experience.
Don't get me wrong, I am glad it is over.
I found there to be more eb than flow. The plot construction was rather predictable, and when it wasn't predictable.....it was prolonged.
No spoilers here....but I am completely disastisfied with the ending. Don't get me wrong, I am not looking for everyone to hold hands, and sing kumbaya. I like plot twists as much as the rest....but the ending to me just seemed silly. I wish I could say more.
No matter what I say, you will be reading / listening to this book anyway.
I hope your expereince is better than mine. Good bye Rand, Matt, Perrin et al. It was a slice!
I love Michael Kramer, any book he does (seems like all of Sanderson's books) is done well. I like the rumble to his voice.
Kate....not so fond of. I think it is her overpronounciation of so many words, and her inflection on some of the last syllables.
I think that Brandon Sanderson did a great job with finishing this book. I wasn't happy with the first book he finished for Robert Jordan. But with this last installment I think that he captured the spirit of Robert Jordan. I was worried about another author finishing a series that I have long loved. But I was happy with the end of this series. No regrets about the this book. Just a mention about the two narrators: I think one would of been better. Switching back and forth between the two was kind of annoying. They didn't try to even get the cadence of each others narrating style down. When I revisit this book again. I will be reading it, instead of listening to it.
A great book, was amazed how all the endings came together. This is by far the best book in the series and is in my top 5 favorite books of all time.
WOW Outstanding Performance by both Michael Kramer and Kate Reading.
Been a fan of this series from the begining however it was the last 3 books by Brandon Sanderson that were amazing. I believe Brandon Sanderson took a great series and made it into a legendary series.
I have always loved reading, helping people to find a passion for these amazing books lead me to work in a local bookstore.
I am writing this review with 3 hours left to go in the book. I wanted to write this to say to those who are reluctant to finish a series they may have spent upwards of two decades reading, it is OK to finish. I wrote this review without completing the last few hours so I could write this without my bias toward the ending showing up when I say, this is a good book. Many things are wrapped up, it does not feel overly hurried, which is good as this is the 14th book of a 20,000 page series.
The book is not without it's faults, sometimes the reading of some of the characters can sound a bit similar, but with such a large number of characters and only two readers I expect that was inevitable.
The story was exciting and I felt like most of what I needed from the final book has been delivered.
Sit back and enjoy and remember, there are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time, but this is an ending..... Sorry I could not help it.
Much better than some of the last books jordon wrote on his own
Matt of course
The series is like going sledding as a kid: the first few books are busy and fun excitement as you bundle up in clothes and then go running to the hill; the middle books are the climb up the hill when you still have lots of energy and the climb is still fun; the last few books Robert Jordan wrote before his death are when you are still trudging up the hill panting and just wanting the climb to be over and not really sure if you see the top yet; In the first of the three co-authored books with Sanderson that end the series, you reach the top and you breathe a sigh of relief as you know that the decent will begin soon, you get on your sled and begin down the hill; In the second to last book you pick up full speed and begin barreling down the slope, right before the book ends you see the giant jump waiting for you; The last book is the last few moments before you hit the jump and then you go flying through the air. The majority of the last book is your flight through the air, shifting in your seat grabbing hard onto the sled, trying to keep balance - all the while you know that you will eventually land... you won't just fly off into space... but you have no idea how painful the landing will be. You final crash down and it seems all good but then you realize that there is just a little bit left as you regain control over the last bumpy stretch and then slowly and peacefully coast to a rest. You hop back up, ready to start all over.
Like many other reviewers, I have been reading this series since the '90's. I love books 1-4. Like books 5-7. Hate books 8-10. Finally, with book 11, I started to think we would get back to the original genius of the books. Where each book was an epic story, set within the framework of an epic series.
After Sanderson took over at Jordan's death, I felt he did a good job. But, the storyline had been spread so thin, I could not help but wonder how he would tie it all up. I think Sanderson did as good as could be done. There are SO MANY loose ends. Some were bound to be left.
As for this book? There is a lot of battle. And Mat is laid on a bit heavy. But other than that, I thought it was great. The ending especially, was brilliant. Well worth the listen.