If you have listened to the Wheel of Time series , this is an absolute must listen to conclusion.
Many memorable moments had sad endings but I really enjoyed the triumphant conclusion.
I have listened to the entire audio book seies of the Wheel of Time by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, and I will purchase other books read by them. They did a fantastic job.
All of the Main characters had very moving moments that showed their true character , hero nature, and their willingess to sacrifice for the good of the world. That is what I hope for in a book of this nature.
I have waited a long time for the Memory of Light, and I was not disappointed. The Wheel of Time was long and at times tedious, but I do not regret having taken this listening journey. The concluding Book was satisfying. It was not the perfect conclusion as some critics expect, but it worked. However, there are some loose ends that need answered, but were well beyond this scope of A Memory of Light such as what happens to the Seanchan? If Brandon Sanderson wants to answer that and other questions in a followup "short" series, I would buy it.
I have only read a few pages of the print version and must say I do like the print better but with audible I am able to listen to books which is very convenient.
I might compare this book so other works from Brandon Sanderson. A lot of the works a detailed and action packed much like A Memory of Light.
My favorite scene was when Demon Dread was surprised at the forces of lights army general (Matt) and was impressed because he states, only a general who has lived hundreds of years can compete with me.
I particularly liked the action parts of the book but overall the ending was very moving because it was unlike other Fantasy type books where the good guy destroys evil, the end... It was a twist at the end.
Overall I have read the entire series and believed the ending 3 books in the series should have been condensed down into perhaps 2 books as much of the books were overloaded with detail in some parts and some books had very little action and moved the story line along very slowly. Overall I am happy Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan were able to complete the series because it is a very good series with several unique twists at the end.
Contrary to the naysayers who have envisioned this book for 20+ years in their mind's eye, A Memory of Light is here and it brings an Ending to Jordan's saga--a tale that grew in the telling, as all would agree. And while the series has meandered through plot lines and characters, all converge for at the Last Battle at the ending of the Third Age--a conflict as expansive as one would expect from The Wheel of Time. Sanderson hit a pitch-perfect tone throughout, and Reading and Kramer provide their perfect narration, and as you listen to the last minutes of the series, I defy you not to be moved by the ending of this staggering and important series.
This was the ending I was hoping for. It completed everything in the first 13 books. Very few loose ends and I am satisfied with the entire read.
Great series with only a few boring books the ones in the middle. This ones good not great but worth reading all the same.
This book was very good in that it wrapped up so many threads, and brought the reader to the end of a series that has lasted for many,many years.
Some of the conclusions to the various story arks were less than satisfying. At times I thought the writing wasn't up my expectations, but admittedly I had Very high expectations, and the writer had been able to satisfy most of them in the last few books.
Mostly good. Some excellent story telling, that was able to keep me wanting to know what would happen next.
Excellent! These two are some of Audio's very best!
Yes, although I can't see how they could do it under 20 hours.
For me, this was one of the most anticipated audio books in the last 2 years, and I was mostly satisfied.
It ranks very highly. I have to say that I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is probably number 2 or 3 behind the KingKiller chronicles.
There are no other books to compare A Memory of Light to. It stands completely alone with it's incredibly rich and diverse world, interesting and complex characters, and tunneling depths and soaring highs. They did a fantastic job of making the reader feel like the world was doomed and then saving it.
I enjoyed both of their reading performances, Kramer's because he manages to capture the different voices and emotions very well, and because he doesn't sound robotic. Reading's because he captured both the sternness of the Aes Sedai and the softness of them as well. Of course, it was hard for me at first because I kept expecting her to talk about her water elemental Rill. (That is from another set of books called Calderon's Furys).
This book at times made me feel like crying, hopeless, and completely empty, then it would twist the other direction and lift you in the complete opposite direction.
The story line was flawless, flowed smoothly and you were left with a conclusion to each major character. One of the better "final" books I have read. Brandon Sanderson must have become Robert Jordan as the story lines and characters remained consistant and exciting. Well Done! This is a series worthy of a 2nd listen.
I thought when I was listening to the 13th book, I was listening to the end of the series. I got to the end of the book and was shocked that that was how the series ended. I found out, with great relief that there was another book being edited and eagerly looked forward to its release. I was not disappointed! Brandon Sanderson is a master and did a superb job of finishing Robert Jordan's work. What a finish!
"The Wheel of Time" is the only "high fantasy" series that has truly hooked me. Fifteen books, and over 20 years later, it has come to a fully satisfying conclusion. Of course, "The Last Battle" is not a trivial affair, and lasts for almost the entire 41+ hours of narrative.
What I most enjoyed about this book, however, was all of the main characters "coming into their own", so to speak. Each character had fully matured and had his or her own voice. (I credit Brandon Sanderson with this wonderful development. It may be blasphemous to say so, but, while I'm sorry that Robert Jordan did not live to see the conclusion of his masterwork, I think Brandon Sanderson was much better with characterization - starting with "The Gathering Storm", the main characters did not seem so "cardboardy" and two-dimensional. Of course, Robert Jordan may have accomplished this as well, but he hadn't done so in the 11 preceding books.)
All of the "loose ends" were also neatly wrapped up in a masterly way (I didn't think that would ever happen!), and I enjoyed some of the surprising developments. I felt incredibly attached to all of the main characters.
I will also miss Michael Kramer and Kate Reading - I feel like I have been living with them for the past 20 years!
Also, having the narrative in "bits and pieces" fully captured the feeling of ongoing battles occurring in a number of places, but I can understand that some people might find it disconcerting.
Some people may not like the ending, but I do not see any "better" way for the book to end.
The only problem with the whole series? I do not think I would re-read it or re-listen to it. So much of the series was plot-driven, and now that I know the plot and know "what is going to happen next", the series has lost its magic for me. Maybe in another 20 years...