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
Enjoy Scifi and select fantasy genre. Ender's Game is by far my all time favorite book.
For years I have read waiting for a story that would capture my interest so deeply I almost gave up. I am glad I found this series way after it was finished. I am not a patent person, I would have hated to wait each and every time for the new chapter.
The characters are rich and endearing. When I stood excited reading of the return of that loved Isidie I knew why I read/listen all 14 books.
As with many things that is enjoyable, it's sad to see it end, and Brandon Sanderson did an amazing job closing the story, with excellent narration from Kramer and Reading, who have only gotten better as the story progressed.
I appreciate what was began by another, but I truly am happy that it ended with this writer. I had begun to get annoyed with the lack of character development, with how every woman, at the basic level, all acted the same. But, I did not find this here. I found the women were actually becoming their own, and I found I enjoyed learning and seeing more development of other characters of all types. I found I truly was sad to have the story end so that I could no longer follow their journey.
If you were worried that Sanderson could not bring this epic journey to a glorious close, have no fear. You will not be disappointed with these last 3 books.
Jean M. Halsey
I bought the first book as soon as it hit the bookstores I am saddened that such a good series has come to an end Mr Sanderson did an excellent job finishing the stories Robert Jordan imagination will be missed in the science fiction world
I've listened to and read the Wheel of Time series many many times. This is without a doubt some of the finest story telling, character creation, plot development, fighting, suspense, and amazing writing there is.
To top it off the narrators do such an awesome job of bringing this series to life that I find myself wishing everything was narrated by them. As it is, I consider anything either of them narrate to be an automatic seal of approval of a well crafted book worth listening to.
The ending of an amazing story that has been part of my life for so long.
I honestly did not anticipate how it would end and yet it wasn't the anti-climatic disappointments you sometimes get. Neither is it the overly ideal climax where it shows the protagonists and supporting characters to be too good to be true and everything is exaggeratedly awesome.
Simply put, it was fulfilling. It made me feel happy, sad, angry, disgusted, proud, excited, nervous, anxious, and so many other things.
Characters I didn't like I fell in love with (except Gawyn, really don't like him from the start until the end) and those I loved before made me less fond of them. Not in a bad way but in a way that it balanced out.
In short, the final book was just RIGHT... It fit so well to how you can expect the characters to have played their parts. I mean I have speculated for years on how the "Last Battle" would play out yet none of it would have been fitting and natural as this.
This is the second time I have read this, it won't be the last time, and I feel like I am losing a life companion. How I wish I could join their world and see the wheel turns and how the pattern weaves on.
As for the performers, no one else could have done the Wheel of Time any justice except Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. They have a natural gift for bringing the characters to life.
Overall, this is a well written and well preformed epic spread over 14 books. The only downgrade is for the lack of consistency in the voicing of the characters from book to book. However, that annoyance typically only lasts for a chapter or so before the story absorbs you again.