I'm64 years old and a retired design engineer. Rreading audio books since 1954...59 years. Strong interests are music and sf/fantasy, all of which I create myself and enjoy from others.
Couldn’t sleep, have to tell you about the new audible book I’m reading.
The 14th and last Wheel Of Time is very, very good. I'm only 1/2 way through the 41 hours, but it is superb. I keep falling asleep because I’m getting so much exercise taking long walks with Dixie each day. What a great dog, and what a nice way to listen to books. But even though at home sometimes I keep dozing off, I always rewind not to miss a single word. You only do that with really good books.
Of course, it is like any other volume in a series, in that it is horrendously, unbelievably exquisitely tied to the previous books. There is simply no way this book would be even mildly interesting and anything other than totally confusing and full of obscurity to someone who hadn't read all the others in the series first. It always amazes me that anyone might even try to read something like this out of order. That would just simply be... foolish. This is not bad for the publishing company, in fact it’s great for them. It just means smart people will make sure to start at the beginning and work their way up. As you know, I love lonnnnnnng books, and hearing about a good series is like finding a real treasure for me. That’s what Memory Of Light should be for anyone unfamiliar with the Wheel Of Time. They should just get the first book and get ready for hours and days and weeks (and probably even months) of fantastic listening.
If anyone could ever say that Sanderson hasn't done well by Jordan for these last couple books, they would have to be very unread. It is not only as good as the originals by Jordan, himself, but infinitely better in my opinion. What a great thing to do in not leaving this giant work unfinished. Still, it is not even close to Sanderson's own work in terms of richness and depth, but then again, how could it be? He is constricted by Jordan's existing mechanisms and characters. Still he makes it an amazing look into this world.. I'm sure all the Wheel Of Time enthusiasts will love it, and well, thank God for Brandon Sanderson for doing this so well.
As with the first 11, the amazing continuity and obvious effort of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer makes this book one of those great reads for audible listeners. I don’t think there are many other books with as many varied and truly different characterizations just in their voices alone. I’m pretty sure Robert Jordan loved their renditions and Mr. Sanderson has got to be exstatic that his additions are so faithfully rendered as well.
Oh well, don't know why I decided to send you a book review as an email, especially when I haven’t even finished it yet, but what else are daughters for if not listening to the ramblings of their wordy old fathers.
P.S. – Hell, I might as well clean this up a bit and put it up as an actual revue on audible. People need to know how good this book is.
So after many years it is over, the anxiety of wondering when the next volume is coming out, and what the Author is doing next, where the characters I love are going, and who will win in the end! But oh it has been worth the wait. The main and sub characters of import all get their individual moment in the final light of the sun. Some surprises, some endings I didn't quite like or approve of. That's how it should be though. And this volume was a hard to put down, answer to many questions, suspenseful chunk of enjoyment. Bella, Hopper, Horn sounders, and Tower dwellers can run fast and free at last. Get this book and enjoy it. A 14 volume series has come to a glorious end!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It is the only other series end, so widely and anxiously anticipated and awaited!
The constancy and delivery of their parts and characters.
They said we couldn't make it. Two and a half centuries later, we proved them wrong.
RIP R. J. Tyvm B. S.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
The story writing and the way it was all put together was great, however the warfare got a bit tedious and seemed to drag on and on. All the loose ends were tied up nicely however I thought with all the hype and excitement at how great it was going to be I felt the ending was a bit flat. Don't get me wrong it was a good ending, but a little let down. And I agree the epilogue should have extended to include where are they now. All in all the book was well written and made sense which can be hard to do with so much happening.
Just finished a marathon listening session...
I was so looking forward to this book and feel somewhat disappointed in the way this finished, almost like leaving room for yet another book.
The first half of the book is actually pretty good with the feel of a great epic story coming to an end, but then the battle starts and keeps on going and going and going and going.
So many hero's die that I start to think that somehow they all will wake from the dream in the end.
Then the end came suddenly and even though the epilog is almost an hour long things are not wrapped up properly, instead trying to become a massive tear jerker.
I think a lot of the exhausting battle time could have been used to clean up a lot of the threads that is left untied.
I know a lot of reviewers will give this book a 5 purely because the series has been that good, but there is no way this book should get anything above a 4.
What a thrilling end to a great series of books brandon sanderson does proud robert jordans memory. As usual micheal kramer and kate reading bring all our favourite characters to life
This is one of my favorites, out of hundreds. I would say it is probably so great because it is FINALLY an end to a long long series, but I enjoyed the whole thing.
I've listened to all of their depictions of the other Wheel of Time books. Some of the pronunciations are slightly different from time to time, but not as noticeably as in previous books.
We lost many treasured characters in this book...but in "The Last Battle" of course we will have losses. There are many memorable moments that tugged at the heart as we lost a favorite character, but each ending was a decent wrapping up of their part of the storyline.
At the 2nd segment of this book I started fretting about the fact that I only had 3 more to go...The book is long, but it is a culmination of so many story lines, it Had to be. Absolutely worth the read, but I suggest starting at the beginning. This would not be a good stand alone book.
I would recommend this book as well as any other book of the series because it is my favorite series in the genre. Robert Jordan spun a tale that encompassed so many plotlines I needed to keep a spreadsheet to remember them all.
There are too many to name. This series had a character base of strong and loveable major and minor characters.
They did them all well, they are two good narrators that went very well with the series.
I wouldn't want this book or any of the books in the series to be in a film because a film would not be able to capture the story and all the nuances of the characters. Too much would be lost in the translation and it would do a disservice to the series.
Well, what can I say this book has exceeded my expectations? Throughout its many pages I have experienced many emotions including joy, anger, angst, anticipation and sorrow. It has brought together all of the books of the series and culminated into the end of a journey which I have enjoyed partaking in for the last 23 years. I have felt joy at the loss of some who I was glad to see go, sorrow over those who I was saddened to lose and bewildered over those whose absence was inconspicuously missing. I have cried, laughed and cursed Jordan’s and Sanderson’s name throughout this book. But thankfully by the time I read the last word, I was happy I started this journey. I am sorry to see it go but what else can I say but WELL DONE TEAM JORDAN, THANK YOU FOR THE RIDE!!
EDIT: I would like to add something to this. I do not understand why there are some who are giving low ratings on the book based on the fact the ebook will not be released for 3 months. While I do not understand how that should impact the review of the book, I also do not understand how soon readers, those who started reading this series in the very beginning, are forgetting the 9 month to a year delay between the release of the hardback and the paperback volumes of the book. A 3 month delay is nothing to whine over. And yes I will be one who will be purchasing the ebook as a pre-order as soon as it is available.
More than twenty years in the making, Wheel of Time readers finally receive a long awaited resolution to the series. What we are given is well-written, fast paced blow-by-blow account of the Last Battle, strung out across nations as the fabric of reality itself trembles. Heroes and nations fall, and new and sometimes unexpected champions rise to take their place.
This book is very different than many in the series. There is a tangible ebb and flow to the story, at times with an almost frantic and desperate pace mirroring the events taking place in the book. So much needed to happen that there is not the same level of character interaction and exposition as we see in other books, with many things taking place behind the scenes or inferred. There were moments where I was left wondering, how did this character get here from where we last saw them, and why are they there now. Other moments stand out with a feel that the characters are almost addressing the audience directly to answer speculation on previous books.
Of the difference between the authors, the character that suffers the most is Mat. There are chapters where it feels like some other creature has taken control of him and is speaking with his voice, but it's not really him. Once he enters the fighting though, that feeling disappears.
By and large, these moments that don't quite fit are the minority, and overshadowed by the very visceral and emotional action. The bad guys are very bad, bringing a whole new level of deviousness and ferocity. The good guys falter and sometimes fall, but find new wells of determination to keep on fighting.
The very end felt abrupt and not all questions were answered. You're left wondering about what's next for many, or whether they will ever be brought together again. Sanderson was given an incredibly complex world and numerous unfinished storylines, with large gaps to fill to get to Jordan's ending. What he gives us back is imperfect, but still very good and likely the best we could have hoped for.
Brandon Sanderson did an excellent job stitching together the remainder of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy legacy. All of the major loose ends are tied up and you'll be left feeling satisfied. I thoroughly enjoyed Sanderson's influence in the clever use of gateways. It's reminiscent of the creativity seen in Mistborn, Elantris, Stormlight, etc.
Also, the performance of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer is outstanding as always. I've fallen asleep many nights listening to these two and their skill has lead me to search out their other narrations (Codex Alera and some Tom Clancy novels respectively).
In short, AMOL was the perfect ending to an amazing journey. :)
Thank you, Robert Jordan. You have changed my life for the better. I have journeyed with your words for 17 years of my life. This moment is both joyous and bittersweet, fulfilling and saddening. In a way you have ruined my ability to enjoy most books, because I compare everything I read to The Wheel of Time, and nothing even comes close.
I wish you had lived to see this day, that I could tell you personally how it has impacted me. But I know that you are in Paradise, amidst joys indescribable to which even this momentous feat cannot compare. Still I hope that this day may bring a bit more of a smile to your face, as we enjoy the amazing story that you have shared with us.
The Wheel of Time turns. Let the Dragon ride again on the Winds of Time.