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.
I have never been a fan of these narrators. I do, however, appreciate that they read the entire series. I have been an audio book reader for all my life and over the years, consistency has proven to be extremely important.
A Memory of Light is a traditional massive fantasy series. It could be compared to tons of books as Robert Jordan has been incredibly influential in the genre. He made many literary mistakes over the years, but the things he did right, he did better than anyone else. This is a series writers could learn from for years to come, and readers will be inspired by.
Michael and Kate both have an odd cadence to their voice, and Michael tends to sound extremely monotone; those combined with the fact that they both read at a glacial pace drives me insane and has me reaching for the speed up button on my iPhone app.
A Memory of Light, being the last book in a massive series, had many moments that moved me, made me cry, and made me smile. Letting go of these characters, letting go of a series that has spanned over half my life was hard, but in the end, the journey was worth it. These books changed my life.
I would have to admit that in terms of wording, narrative pacing, etc that AMoL is not the strongest book in the series. However, the content more than makes up for it. Not everything is spoon-fed to the reader and some threads don't get tied off. I could see how for a certain subset of readers, those facts could be frustrating, but for readers like me, who like messy, bitter-sweet, not simple endings, you'll have a blast.
Well this book is everything you have come to expect from Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson the narration is great and all the questions that you had from the series have been answered. I don't know what else to tell you in regards to this book so as not to give any part of the story away other than it was an excellent conclusion to the wheels of time.
This was a great ending to the seriors it make me wirh for more. Like after the great battle
The detail the Robert Jordan had put in to the book seriors
I really enjoyed the splitting of the part. and the voice both of them had for every one
One of the best
I really like the readers
Excellent story & battle covered all the correctors.
But for one of the greatest series written the end really was a let down.
He just rides away in a new body. What a let down.
I've been a fan of this series for a long time.Finally getting to the last one was bitter sweet , sad to see it end and excited to listen to it. I hope everyone enjoys this one as much as i did