Many years of following the wheel as it turned have now culminated in the conclusion of one of its cycles, what a simply fantastic journey it has been. The conclusion was epic, with many, if not all the questions answered and cycles completed. Thank Mr Jordon and Mr Sanderson, you have given me and others a great deal of enjoyment and filled our lives with a rich and inspiring world.
Could it have been better, like all things in life of course it could have been. As work of literary fiction though it is one of the greatest ever written.
So jump onto the wheel as it turns towards Rand, Matt and Perrrin, revel in it as it spins its path through many twists and turns and then enter a new age at its conclusion. You will laugh, cry, get highly irritated by bickering women, curse the forsaken, mourn lost battles and friends and feel elated at the victories. You will though be left feeling your life is slightly emptier as the wheel enters the fourth age and you close the final page on the third.
The narrators were excellent, I find that very important in an audio book. Some of the voices/accents were not the same in this book. Min, for example.
Seemed like one of the villains was an afterthought in this final book: "Oh what should I do with him? Ok, kill him." It could have been a memorable death because the villain was a memorable character. Unfortunately, instead of a huge explosion it was a weak puff. Was it a lack of time? I wonder if that was the case with some of the other deaths and killing them was the quicker option: What should I do? Kill."
I wasn't bothered about Rand or his three lovers. The other characters were so much more interesting to me.
I suppose, with this book/series, most if not all the fans would have been a little disappointed no matter what was written. There are so many of us and we each identify with different characters.
Still, what a ride it has been.
I really loved this series and Brandon Sanderson did a great job bringing it to a breath taking conclusion. When Robert Jordon passed away, I was so sad because having come so far with these great characters I wanted to reach the end. If you feel like I did that Tolkein's Lord of the rings was too short Robert Jordan gives you an Epic to keep you entertained for months. It has kept me entertained for the years I have waited for this finally. He has created a facinating world with many varied cultures and customs. The adventure moves across continents and worlds as teenagers from a country village are swept up in the titanic strugle between good and evil with the survival of the world in the balance. There is magic and mind control, plots and conspiracies, luck and madness, with danger lurking around every corner. Lost knowledge is rediscovered but is it enough and is it in time to save the world. This is a saga that you just can't aford to miss. Check out volume 1, The Eye of the world and see if you can put it down!
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I'm sad that Robert Jordan didn't live to finish the series himself. I'll be the first to admit I'm pretty critical of Sanderson. I think his writing tends to be too contemporary and juvenile compared to the pros Jordan. That said, I'm not sure I would take the risk to replace him with anyone else.
The book is epic. The battles are huge. It is a fitting ending to the series. I really enjoyed it.
I picked up the eye of the world back in 1991 because it was thick and I liked the cover. Through all the years I would take a week off just to read the novel when they came out. I probably reread the series a dozen times now. I love the fact that it is so easy to relate to Rand, Perrin and Mat. I loved to read about them struggling with everyday problems.
And yes I would listen to AMOL again.
How Mat became a great captain in his own right.
The drama and they made me sit back and enjoy the story, instead of rushing through the novel like I did the first time around with all the books.
When Egwene discoverd the answer to Balefire, and what it means to be the flame of Tar Valon.
I think both Kramer and Reading do a great job in this series. I have really enjoyed listening to them. They are two of my favorite readers and have truly made this an enjoyable series.
It may be hard to imagine, but this book could have been and probably should have been much longer. While this has been a great series and I did enjoy this listen, it seemed things were rushed in the final book (I know...kind of hard to imagine when it is 40+ hours). Again, not taking anything away from the book...I did enjoy it, but I felt cheated with certain characters and plot lines. I agree with other reviewers, certain story lines ended appropriately, others just seem to be thrown in at the last minute or as an afterthought. If you have listened to the series, you must listen to this. I was fine with the ending, but I wish there was more substance for some of the plot lines and characters.
This book was a worthy end to the Wheel of Time. The vision of Robert Jordan and written by Brandon Sanderson, this book sewed up all of the numerous threads that were everywhere in this story. The narration was great.
With this final book, all is down to the wire. Who lives and who dies and why is summed up and while there are loose ends, there were bound to be with 14 books and the original author gone. All in all, this was a good ending in my opinion. It will definitely be worth a re-read in a couple of years. Brandon Sanderson did a great job filling Robert Jordan's shoes and I am thankful he did. If you are looking for an excellent epic with characters who live and grow, The Wheel of Time is worth the read.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading give a superb performance as usual and my hat is off to them for sticking with the series for the duration. It is greatly appreciated.
Cant say would ruin it for the unread!
I would love someone to turn this series into movies,Game of thrones eat yur heart out!
Wonder if Robert Jordan hadn't died,would Memory of Light have been the last book in the series?
I have been reading these books for such a long time, loving each and every one!
It just doesn't seem right that there will be no more. All things must end. Thank you Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson!!!