Kudos to Brandon Sanderson for finishing this series, which might have left us all wondering "what happened?" after the death of Robert Jordan. I could complain that there were liberties taken with the Universe by Sanderson, but ultimately I enjoyed the book greatly and am thrilled at the ending.
I would recommend this audio book to any reader of the Wheel of Time Saga
Any of the other bookks in WOT, except Crosroads of twilight and Winters Heart, my to least favorite of the series. As for the rest of the series, no way to choose a favorite, just epic.
Lan sheathing the sword to defeat one of the Forsaken, death is lighter than a feather
The final conflict between The Amrylin and the Shadow's forces. Moving, epic, leaves you in disbelief, wondering if the Horn of Valere will have a new hero.
I expected to be disapointed in this ending, after almost 15 years of reading and rereading while waiting for the conclusion. I could not fathom the ending satisfying me completely. I was so wrong. This ties everything neatly, while still leaving room for all readers to imagine and wonder. I could not have asked for a better conclusion. Brandon Sanderson has pulled off the impossible, and aptly sewn together Robert Jordan's vision to create a worthy conclusion to this saga. Well F-ing done.
I would totally recommend this book, this series. However, I had to buy the book and read it because it was very disconcerting to hear voices that sounded NOTHING like my mind had assumed all through the first 13 books. I suppose if you listened to the entire series this would not be an issue!
way too different from what my imagination had created.
It would be hard.....
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
I have reviewed book 1 in this series & a few of the books along the way so I'll try not to be too repetitive.
The series as a whole is the best I have ever read. It is a fantasy based novel that follows the path of the Dragon reborn & his companions as they fight evil & the influences of the Dark One. Each book in the series is extremely detailed & descriptive & book 14, A Memory of Light, is no exception. This book unfolds the Last Battle & determines whether the Light or the Dark prevails. As with books 11 & 12 written by Brandon Sanderson this installment starts slowly with lots of general detail that reintroduces the characters. I found this interesting but very slow to develop. It takes a third of the book to get the multiple plots moving. The battle scenes are very good & in-depth & yes they are long - after all this is the Last Battle. Good fights with lots of intrigue which I find interesting.
Many loose ties are resolved for some characters but not all questions are answered. It would be virtually impossible to cover everything in this last book. The last book is good & wraps up most of the main issues. I am saddened that this is the end of the story for the characters I have come to know over 23 years (book 1 was published in 1990). That said I will wait a while & listen to all the books back to back. Who knows - I may find something I don't remember from the first 5 or 6 times I've read or listened to ths series.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are excellent story tellers. They gave an amazing performance to an amazing tale.
The struggle of all the characters to pull their forces together overcome the shadow.
Their performance was awesome! I enjoyed listening to them throughout the series.
When Matt found accepted his destiny and commanded the war against DeamonDred
Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)
This was the first series I started listening to on audio some ten years ago. The writing of Robert Jordan and the narration by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading sealed my fate for loving audio books. This was also a shared thing between my two sons and myself as we listened together sometimes and compared notes other times. Good memories!
While Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite writers, his collaboration with Robert Jordan brought out the best in his writing and Mr. Jordan's ideas. Brandon Sanderson used the skill of a surgeon and the care of a curator in bringing these last books to life and I will be eternally grateful to him for that.
Thank you Robert Jordan for everything you did for the fantasy genre and for the imagination of nerds like me!
I am an Army Wife and full time student who loves to read. If I'm not reading a book I'm listening to one.
NO! There is so much jumping around in this book that it is very difficult to keep track of without the map in front of you. Things tend to blend together too easily.
No details but, what happens to Egwyne.
They are so good at bringing life to their characters! They were also very consistent in how they portrayed the characters.
There was so much blood! Okay, maybe not blood but fighting. I know, I can hear you. "It's the Last Battle! What did you expect?" I expected to be able to tell one battlefield from another. It is very easy to get lost in this book, and I don't mean that in a good way. I found myself drifting off for a few seconds and coming back to find that a different character was swinging a sword. I thought about going back to listen to the book again but that is so NOT gonna happen. It's entirely too long and easy to get lost in. I will stick with my hard copy for this book at least. There are just so many different battle fronts. Closing out most of the story lines was a bonus but this book definitely should be listened to with a hand hovering above the rewind button and a map.
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.