I feel unsatisfied by this series ending...not that this was a bad end, but because any end would be bad...there is something too epic in Jordan's creation for this to end, it has felt like perhaps it should have branched into a series of linked, but independent novels to explore and tell the stories of a few of the many characters Jordan created...the work is just that rich with potential.
Many times during this series we leave favorite characters behind to follow another leaving untold much that would be of great interest in this epic world. I would see those tales told, by new authors of course, but in the rich tradition Jordan spoiled us all on.
This tale has been a part of three decades of my life...and though i'm not a part of the 'fandom nation' he garnered online, nor am i so well versed in the detail of each book as some, i suspect there is a great market for a few branches in the storyline and more material than even a handful of authors could handle.
Over these past decades i often wondered what would happen should, god forbid, Jordan should pass, and leave the tales untold...or would i go before he published them...neither were welcome possibilities, but i have read them all, and yet, i still feel there should have been more...Thom Merillon pondered in this book when to end the telling of a tale, and his answer was to leave town while you were still a novelty among the people...not in those words of course, but close enough. I feel like we were left wanting more, that much goes untold, and of course that makes for a great storybook ending...but Robert Jordan is lost to us now...there will be no 'next big thing' from him...I don't feel ready to move on, to not look forward to what's next in 'The Eye of the World' epic three decade long series...
My compliments to Brandon Sanderson for filling impossible to fill shoes...no one could be Robert Jordan but the man himself...it was brave to take this on.
There will always be those who claim the book was disappointing...those same people have said that about volumes when Jordan lived, and wrote them himself...don't allow anyones comments keep you from bearing witness to The Last Battle....
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This book exceeded my expectations. The performance is excellent and consistent. The story comes to the end the original author wanted. Anything else I write would contain a spoiler. Anyone who has read the other 13 does not need me to make a sales pitch. If you are considering starting with Book 1, by all means do so. Your questions will be answered in due time. This was a tremendous effort on the part of Brandon Sanderson, his editors, and Robert Jordan (the writer) can rest peacefully knowing his saga was completed. I think this Posthumous collaboration is a one of a kind event. It should give all long running series author’s pause to think. What if you do not live to write an ending? In this case the R.J. knew he would not, and cared enough about the work and his readers to find someone he knew could finish it. Thank you. I give very few 5 star ratings. I do so here knowing how hard it was just to make this book possible.
First of all thank you Brandon Sanderson, without you the series would not have been concluded. The wait is over and the conclusion has come after 25 years. I could be wrong but I do not know of a series that has lasted so long. I know that some have fallen before the end. Most saying that the later books dragged on and on, but it has finally come to its conclusion. The wait was worth it to read this book of perfection. I do not want to give away anything to those who have not read it, but it is probably the greatest single book I have ever read. Those who are like me and have read all of the books, go into this last one with an open mind. Do not bring any conclusions with you because you would not be right any way. I cannot say enough good about the book. Every character saw an ending to their own side plots. Brandon Sanderson even left room for other authors to write about the future exploits of some of the characters.
I hope the pattern is not done with the boys from Emonds Field
Narrators: Both Kramer and Reading did a lovely job again – I really do enjoy their work, more so when they work as a team for a book.
If you are a fan of the Wheel of Time, you won’t likely need a review to convince you to listen to this book; you likely already have it or at least the hard back of it.
This book is filled with so much, so many things going on it might take a couple of listens to really understand everything little detail of what is happening.
I like many would love to see an eBook on this, just because it’s far easier to search back in a book, even an eBook than it is on an audio book.
But, having the hardback too – I can say I do read faster than I listen, but there is no way I could have drug the hardback of this book along with me everywhere and read it. I love audio books for this reason.
There are no endings to the turning of the wheel of time, but this was an amazing ending to something that will live on for ages to come!
I know that this was the last battle, but I felt there was a bit too much battle. I felt like there was a failure to bring closure to the characters we had come to love. I wanted Elayne and Rand to hold their babies, and I wanted to see at least a tiny glimpse of the future they all gave up so much to ensure. It felt cut off too soon, and without much emotion. It seemed to be a book about the mechanics of battle, and not the scope of emotion you come to expect from these most loved characters. I understand the task that Brandon Sanderson took on was not an easy one, and no blame can be placed on him because given the circumstances I think he did a great job. In the end, I feel like things were wrapped up almost a little too neatly.
Its hard to give an honest review of a book that has reached its final "chapter". Being an incredible fan of the series for half of my life, I try to judge each part on its merits.
This book has an incredible amount of warfare in it. I know its the "final battle" but I felt that it all lead me to a very anti-climatic ending. The narration was good, but I did notice some of the accents they gave to the characters were not the same as used in previous books. It was mostly in minor characters but I did notice, so I mention it.
As another reviewer mentioned, I would have like a bit longer final chapter with some details of where everyone ended up.
I did not read the print version. The voice acting for me is synonymous with the characters they portray and so it speaks to the quality of the acting that I will not read the book until I have finished listening to the audio.
As to this I would say the book "MUST" be read it goes beyond the other greats in its line to the monolithic in its scope and grandeur.
Simply put, they bring life and rhythm to the book. I cannot read it without imagining the characters in their voices.
I am a dyslexic and at the age of 14 was not able to read even the simplest book. The wheel of time book one eye of the world was the first book I ever tried to read and since then I have accumulated an audio and paper book collection of over 400 novels
This series changed my life. Not because of its content but because of the world it opened to me from reading for pleasure into reading for study. I would not have gained my degree and would not be employed as I am currently if not for the wheel of time, it’s sad to see it end but the books have given me so much joy beyond their mere content I could not recommend them more highly
solid finish to an excellent series, but the ending sort of feels like it fell short, maybe too abrupt with all the 14 book lead up! some questions remain in unanswered but I believe the author indends this!