I can't believe I got so immersed in a 14 book series. Probably close to 500 hours of listening (just a rough estimate) to this loooong but mostly enjoyable story. I'm sorry it's over! You hear terms like "Sweeping Saga" and "Epic Adventure", and they sound like over-used cliche's, but I'm gonna send those descriptions out again for this series. The readers are SO excellent- their commitment to this series is incredible...always an engaging and perfect character interpretation. I will now search out books narrated by them, knowing I will hear a wonderful performance. All in all, I will count the hundreds of hours I spent listening to this fantasy/adventure series as time well spent!
I have diligently listen to all the 14 books leading to the last battle. The series has been part of my life for the last 6 Months and I am now feeling a little sad and lost as too what to listen to now. As everyone seems to agree there were 2 or 3 books we could have lived without and I nearly gave up on the series after them, but they were necessary to get to the end and I am glad I didn't give up. The last 3 x books built up to the battle and the great ending.
I am sure Robert Jorden and then Brandon Sanderson actually partly lived in this world/age and they brought the reader into their world as well.
Sort of, it's the wheel of time so it never truly ends.
Really, enjoyed seeing how the story finally got to where it was going. I read through a lot to stop short and the book doesn't disappoint. The last battle is here.
Sad to see the conclusion of a much loved series. The series left you on the edge of your seat and has everything you would want from an epic fantasy genre. All good things must come to an end, I suppose.
The emotive style of fantasy writing that Robert Jordan is renowned for and Brandon Sanderson's skill in fast pace action writing. The much awaited final instalment is well worth the wait. Captivating, action packed and a must listen.
I will warn you - I found it hard getting up to work the next day!
I was beginning to feel like finishing the Wheel of Time series would end up on my bucket list. Then, here the conclusion was finally. Overall, I found this an excellent story with a fitting performance I enjoyed the varied voices which helped keep track of a difficult story with lots of characters. They made it easy to follow and very entertaining. This is one of the books I have enjoyed the most from Audible.
It's difficult to come up with comparisons. If probably have to compare it to the previous Wheel of Time books that I have listened to on audio book.
They gave each of the many characters a different personality. This helped make the story easier to follow and much more enjoyable. Having read many of the earlier books, I think it was easier to follow in an audio format.
Only in that the story was finally complete which was both saddening and pleasing.
one of a kind
You really notice the difference in quality from other audio books ,which makes shopping tough sometimes.
The death of key characters hit me hard.
Finally I have some completion! I loved the original books in this story, but got majorly fed up with the wandering and tangential story line as the series progressed. Jordan unfortunately ruined things. However, after investing so much time in reading all these books over the years, to not finish reading the series would have been a shame.
Major kudos to Brandon Sanderson for being able to finally bring the story line to conclusion. MAJOR contortions were necessary to bring together all the tangential story lines created by Jordan as he wandered from his original path.
Please pay attention George R R Martin! Don't take this path and ruin a fantastic story line.
The final book in the sries, and it does not disappoint. Same narrators as the previous books. Well written and well performed. A new classic fantasy series.
I did love this book and was very grateful to Robert, Harriet, and Brandon for working so hard to make it possible. There are so many great things about this book; we get to see our favorite characters resolve their story lines, we get to see who lives and who dies, we get to see how each of our heroes does their part to save the world and earn their place in legend.
It was obvious in this book more than the others written after Robert Jordan's death which chapters were Brandon's and which were Robert's. This was not due to any author being better than the other but due the fact that Robert wasn't able to finish the series himself. Brandon did a masterful job, it was the chapters that were written by Jordan that were a bit unpolished or unfinished. A good example of this is the final chapter that was written by Jordan before he died. It is out of place and doesn't seem to match the rest of the book, seeming rough or rushed somehow. Since this was impossible to avoid, I am unsure why I even mention it.
WoT is certainly one of the greatest epic stories ever told, thank you Robert and Harriet for the great adventure and thank you Brandon for helping us all hear the end of it.
I love a good story no matter what kind it is, and to me a good story is more that just good grammar, tight structure, colorful characters, or intricate plots. A good story makes a reader care about it.
A Memory of Light was everything a fan of the Wheel of TIme could hope it would be. For the last two decades I have been following this series and found, for the most part, each book to take these characters and move them one step closer to becoming the powerful and worthy heroes for the Light; heroes the world needs in order to survive. In this final installment, the heroes more than live up to the promise Robert Jordan made to us so many years ago.
The Last Battle has finally arrived and it is even more devastating than I imagined. Parts 3, 4, and 5 (maybe some of Part 2, also) was focused entirely on the battle. This was handled quite masterfully as the stakes seemingly rose with each successive engagement, yet everything was still clear and understandable. There were even some moments of respite, for the reader if not the characters, as Brandon Sanderson moved us from battlefront to battlefront. The best part was the number of twists and surprises that sprang up, strategies and accidents that occurred to keep the tension up. I particularly enjoyed the way the Forsaken Demandred was made into a terrifying force on the battlefield by the number of heroes that challenged him. Rand's struggle with the Dark One was also a pleasant surprise as it wasn't merely a test of skill against skill, it was truly a fight for the destiny of the Pattern.
Narrators Michael Kramer and Kate Reading deserve a special acknowledgement for their work on this entire series and this book in particular. I believe their performances were a big part of the tension and suspense, joy and humor that I felt during the Wheel of Time. I have read all of the books in print as well as listening so I have a good understanding of what emotions come through from the words of the authors and what comes from the narrators. These two added layers and nuances to the characters and made the whole thing better in my opinion.
There were a few instances of not liking the way something unfolded (the resolution of Padan Fain, for instance) but in the scheme of things those few barely stacked up against the pleasure and satisfaction I received from this. In the end, I laughed and cheered my way through the telling of this book and felt moments of true grief. And by the closing minutes I felt comfortable and ready to let the characters go. I was curious to know would happen next and I knew I would miss them, but I did't feel like I needed more. The tale of The Wheel of TIme was finished, the story complete. What more could a reader ask for?