Defender of fiction!
Bandon Sanderson did something that Robert Jordan just couldn't do; make the characters come to life. The series had a good story from the start but the characters drove me to distraction! I hated that the women were all horribly immature with feet stomping, diva dramatics and the guys were all stoic and long suffering. Women pitched fits constantly and men lived in fear of these fits. These people where two dimentional and all essentially the same. I almost stopped reading the series many times but I kept thinking, " this time he'll get it right". Well, Brandon has finally got it right. He took the story that was great from the beinging and gave it believable and realistic three dimensional characters. What a relief! To read this last book being secure in this knowledge has been a delight. The book ties up many loose ends and moves at a steady pace. I'm not quite done the book so I can't comment on the ending. The narrators did a great job. I found that they incorporated seamlessly into the story.
All in all I enjoyed this book but am relieved the story is FINALLY over. Part of the joy of reading this book was that I knew it was the last one and that the whole series is ending with a great book.
I have really enjoyed the Wheel of Time series. It's so complex and has so many characters that I, like many, have re-read (and listened) to the series many times to try to take it all in. This final book I think told a great story of the Last Battle. The reading performance was outstanding as always by Kate and Michael.
I have always liked Perrin a lot, he's the reluctant hero. Through the series he comes to know himself and his strengths and weaknesses, and he steadfastly supports and protects Rand.
Great emotion and varied voices and accents.
It's hard to realize I've been working my way through these books for over a decade. It was great to finally finish. The reading was top notch.
This is the book we've all been waiting for. There were a few books where it was tough going and I understand why some people left the series. I'd advise those people to just dig deep and get through it because this book makes it all worthwhile. I was gleeful reading this book as I read through payoff after payoff came my way. In the end I was incredibly happy with the way all the loose ends were tied up. A very satisfying end to a long long series.
I didn't read the print version, but the readers of the audio version are fantastic so I feel like it's an excellent substitute for reading print.
Several. Lan, probably.
How do you pick a favorite scene from a book that's tying together years of storyline? Besides, I don't want to give anything away.
Depends on what type of person you are
Matt is always my favorite
I can't remember
Plunging into a world so detail grabs the listener and provides hours of pleasures.
So detailed you bond with so many characters.
3 million words it takes time.
Reaching a conclusion to a series like the "Wheel of Time" is wonderful. The entire set of stories was well crafted and the performances were excellent. Having a cast that you can follow throught all their changes and evolutions to a good ending is worth the wait.
The "Game of Thrones" is similar but I consider the "Wheel of Time" series more interesting as there is a set of characters through the entire series.
Michael and Kate did an excellent performance making a very long series interesting and soemthing you could enjoy more than once.
As one setting would have taken more than an entire day it was consumed as quickly as possible.
Yes. It was a good story with lots of action.
Lan. He's one tough guy.
Both do an excellent job, creating separate voices for each character.
The part when I was driving down the road yelling "Get him, Lan! Get him!"
Oddly enough, I found Rand's fight to be the least interesting of the three battle fronts. Guess it's difficult to relate something that is of the mind rather than a physical battle. I missed Nynaeve's spunk in this one. Her role was very small in comparison to the other books. I've looked forward to reading this since I started reading WOT. Overall it didn't disappoint. Some things seemed rushed and the way a few things turned out was quite shocking, but it was a satisfying ending to the series.
The audio edition is a great way to conclude the series if you are too busy to sit down and read over a thousand pages of the print version. However, the accent the narrators used does take sometime to get use to, especially if you read the print version of the other volumes!
The sword training session between Rand and Tam was very memorable as it showed that their father-son relationship still existed and sounded like what could be a really cool movie scene.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring an extra dimension to the characters especially in the portrayal of their accents which helped in depicting the cultural diversity of the WoT world.