I began reading the Wheel of Time in 1991. I have been totally impressed by Sanderson's ability to actually finish this story and tie up all the various plot lines in such a seamless manner. I connected with these last three books in a way that hasn't happened since the beginning of the series.
Yes, To revisit all my friends from the past 20ish years... I will miss Mat's mischief.
The thought provoking dialog Rand had with himself while he was in his own reality, during the final confrontation with the Dark One.
Michael Kramer's Mat Cauthon, Michael nailed it.
For the first three quarters of this book I felt so dark and gloomy. But then, it was a dark and gloomy time in the book. I commend the author for pulling me into the story in this way. And then LIGHT, I was drawn out of the gloom as the hero's started to shine and the plots all came together. And in the end... Sad, sad to see this epic adventure come to a close.
I will miss Jorden's works, yet now have a new master to read.
Thank you Brandon.
Yes, because I can listen for longer than I can read for without needing a break. The voices/accents given by narrators also helps in remembering who is who in the vast array of characters.
Lan; no one power, but he never gave up. I loved his last accomplishment.
Excellent - very easy to listen to. Only criticism; I did not like the change in Birgitte's accent - felt wrong as it had changed.
Caution. You are about to be caught up in the wheel of time...
Thanks for not delaying the release of the audible version.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I finished it yesterday. I was actually at the opening night festivities where they were handed out at midnight with Brandon there. WOW!! So Exciting!! I have a signed #'d copy of the book and when I got home at 2 a.m., there in my Audible Library was A Memory of Light! I had a smile on my face and had it loaded on my ipod before I went to sleep!
I can't count the times I've read this series, tore my hair out over it, cursed it and LOVED it. I am so glad that it got finished. Is it perfect? No. Satisfying? YES Does everyone make it out alive.... well most of our best loved ones do.
It is stressful! I had to stop listening more than once. War, war war, is not my favorite thing in general, and this book had a lot of it. We have been expecting Tarmon Gaidon so long that I'm just grateful it finally came.
I thought the character developments with Perrin were long overdue. I thought the bits with Matt were GREAT!! I Love Matt. I especially loved the parts with Androl and Pavara and agree they were almost my favorites I loved Min and was pleased with her part in things. I was stunned in some parts, disbelieved some parts (I had to be convinced by my husband that some characters were really dead and weren't coming back.) and am still puzzled a little about a couple of things.
There is no doubt there were enough characters, enough plot, and enough to accomplish that it truthfully could have taken another 3 novels to complete. I'm glad it didn't though. I didn't think it could be done in one novel but they did. Should it have been done differently? Who knows. I'm not an author, but I have played enough video games to know that if you are building something it is easier to go from start to finish in one go, rather than having to patch and piece it together. Trying to get a roller coaster to meet in the middle of a curve is SOOO difficult. To me this is what Brandon had to do with Jordan's bits and pieces, his own desires, tons of fans, Harriet and all his other minders. I think overall it is the apex of the epic and I can't get some parts of it out of my head.
I finished re-reading WoT 3 months ago and now I'm thinking I might have to re-read it again, looking for answers to some of my puzzling bits. Oh well..... That's WoT.! I think I'm going to have to listen to A Memory of Light again. Much of it is extremely satisfying. Hurray! for Brandon & Robert Jordan and Harriet!! I'm just grateful that it got finished.... even if there is no Potter-esque epilogue.
Matt, he melded humor, valor, imagination, and kindness.
This is one of their best performances
in a series this long it's difficult to write an ending that fulfills expectations but remains honest, Brandon did this and it wasn't even his series, masterful job, I think Robert Jordan would love this book.
How do you end an epic; especially one like this? How many pages has this run? I've been reading it for so long it's just become a part of my life. From the speech Moraine made in the first book linking the three lads from Two Rivers to Manetheran, to the gathering of the armies in the thirteenth book, it all lead to this. And oh my goodness, what an ending!
I cannot say much without giving away key elements and spoiling things for you. Suffice it to say, you won't be disappointed. Well, I suppose I cannot predict that, can I? Let me say that I was not disappointed; not even a little. I was astounded, amazed, uplifted, dare I say... reborn?
If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.
What a wonderful job Brandon Sanderson did to end the Wheel of Time books. Couldn't be any better. He really managed to bring it all together.
Matt, his character is so much fun.
The best narrators period.
So many characters have to die in the last battle I mourned each one of them.
Even though this book was 41 hours long I did not wish it to end.
It was a fitting end to the most epic fantasy series ever. It makes me a little sad that this is Jordan's last work.
Yes. The book is pretty much non-stop action with some suprising twists and an end that left me wanting to start the wheel all over again.
Matrim has been my favorite character since the second book of the series and even though he became a little bit over-the-top when Sanderson took over, he was still a very fun character to listen to.
I enjoyed the fact that there were two separate people reading; where so many other audiobooks stick with just one.
when Olver blew the horn of valere my and Rand pointed out that Mat and Lan were still alive and fighting I was on the verge of tears. For that matter, my heart was in my throat for the majority of the book.
A wonderful book to listen to or read. The characters in it I have come to love over the last decade and I am sure I will listen to this series over and over for the rest of my life because I have yet to find any book or series that has drawn me into it so much as the wheel of time.
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.