This was a great way to finish the series. I love the way Jordan/Sanderson wrapped everything up, especially at the very end (don't worry, no spoilers). Sanderson is a master writer and his ability to finish this series for Jordan and basically write it in the same style/voice/etc. that Jordan wrote the other books is highly impressive. The only thing that kind of irked me about this book was how long the battle went on. Yes, we know it's the last battle, we know it's horrible, we know people are dying by the thousands, but after a while, the battle seemed to drag on and on. In contrast, Rand's battle with the Dark One was very well written (not that the final battle wasn't), but seemed to be of appropriate length. Overall, great book!
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading's performance was very good in this book, as it was in all the previous books in this series.
It is difficult to point to this last volume as the flaw runs through the hole series, as I see it.
No i would not recommend this last volume in "The wheel of time" as it would imply that you should read the previous volumes as well.
No, though they are the best i have listen to.
All, but the three main Perin/Mat/Rand.
The worst thing is that I started this journey as a fan back in 2003, after the first book i was hooked, but as i progressed through the volumes i lost the passion for this tale.The main flaw in the Wheel of time series is that there is not enough substance to give 14 volumes, it should have been half of its size and it would have been great.The sideplots (Aes sedai plots) are simply put boring and dreadfully long, at some point you simply want the dark one to kill em all.I know that some of you love this series but as I see it. when you cant wait for the story to come to an end. (ANY END will do) then something is wrong. There are so many awesome tales out there (Lord of the rings, Tolkien / The Malazan tale, Erikson / The Black Tower, King / Memory,Sorrow and Thorn, Williams) on every listed title here i felt sad at the end, because the story had come to an end. For those that still want to go for this, I wish you enjoy it far more than I did...
This series is just a stunning adventure from beginning to end. I would highly recommend this listen to anyone.
Fact and Fiction Lover, History, Theology and Sci-Fi mostly.
I haven't read the printed version.
The reconnecting of Rand and his father.
I have listened to all the other Wheel of Time books.
That's very likely impossible, can't do forty hours in one sitting at my age. However, though quite good, the book has some heavy moments that I needed to take breathers for.
This is a very good ending to an enduring series that had its ups and downs, there were a couple things that felt phoned in or extraneous, but it's a big series to finish. All in all, I was satisfied with the book and it's ending of this great series. That being said, either the text that the readers used, especially Kate Reading, was faulty, or both the producer and the reader were not paying attention, she often misplaces the names, Thom, Tam, and Taim, causing one to be forced out of the experience of the story to assess who is actually being talked about. Thus was the most glaring area of faulty production but not the only one. The pronunciation of names is inconsistent, both within the book and definitely within the series, I know it's been a long time from start to finish, but surely a quick review of how one said names a book or two back would be in order. However, the emotion and tone conveyed by both readers is exemplary, and I found the book as a whole enjoyable. Well done Jordan, Sanderson, Reading and Kramer, I know for me personally, the Dragon will be born again on the winds of time, and the ones and zeros of my Audible app. Peace favour your sword.
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Finally it ended.
Nothing it just years to end. The ending was good, just the last book seem to draw out the battles a little too long. I loved the series just as Sanderson took over it seemed like watching a few seasons of Dragonball Z with long combat scenes.
Do television, a movie would suck.
This is the best Wheel of Time Book since Jordan passed away. Outstanding ending to a well thought out fantasy world. As there are no real beginnings or endings...This was a superior effort on Brandon Sanderson's part. Well done! Adults rejoice for a kind of fantasy experience that outdoes its children's Harry Potter counterpart.
I would compare this book to the first three installments of the wheel of time. Brandon finally got that good. I would also compare this to the Dune series in the depth and breathe of development of characters, however, it stands alone.
I would have rushed the ending if I was reading this as a book in my hands. As R. Dahl says "the suspense is terrible . . . I hope it lasts!"
It made me cheer! Yea for Rand's sacrifice. The Christ-like comparisons between this story and the new testament are there for everyone to see. Just like John Coffey in Stephen King's The Green Mile. It makes you happy and sad at the same time. You really feel for the characters...just like they are old friends you have missed for a long time.
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No. Although engaging but the battle with the Dark One does not bring inspiring idea.
The final battle
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I read many of the other Wheel of Time books, but this one only listened to the audio version, so I cannot compare.
Yes, this was the finale to a wonderful series by Robert Jordan. I felt that the end was rushed and am awaiting a sequel...lol
They did an outstanding job, so many characters and what a big time commitment.
Impossible, as are all of Jordan's books.
I thought for all the details and drawn out characters and sub-plots the wrap up at the end was rushed. What happens to all the characters who live on...I think an epilogue would have been appropriate unless Mrs. Jordan wishes to have a series of sequels published. That would be disappointing as I have journeyed so long with this series and wish the ending was more thought out. Sad....
A fun but cliched fantasy epic.
Tying an epic story 13 books in length into a single book final ending is a huge challenge and a massive task. So therefore it is understandable, if still disappointing, that this book didn't do that effectively. The only one of the 14 books in this series that could have been a stand alone novel was the 14th and last.
However, it was very entertaining and now the series is over I can comfortably move on.
The performances were great and very entertaining.
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE LAST 3 BOOKS OF THE WOT SERIES:
I've been reading the Wheel of Time Series since I got the Eye of the World and the Great Hunt for a Christmas gift in Middle School. Robert Jordan's ability to paint vivid pictures with his words along the depth of personality he gives all of the characters made it a very easy series to get attached to.
The strength of his writing made it a difficult transition for me when the torch was passed to Brandon Sanderson to finish the series. It just seemed to me that Sanderson had a tough time capturing all the nuances of the characters that Jordan had developed over the years, and the result was a sort of caricature where each major character only possessed the strongest or most pronounced of their personality traits (e.g. Mat’s tendency to shy away from responsibility and his womanizing) and lacked all of the depth that made them real and relatable. Because of that, I stopped reading The Gathering Storm about a third of the way through and didn’t intend to finish the series for fear of being disappointed by the ending after being such a fan of the series for years.
NOTE: This is in no way a criticism of Brandon Sanderson as an author. He took on the incredibly difficult task of finishing a very deep and complex series using only the notes of the original author. I think it would be nearly impossible for anyone to duplicate someone else’s writing style and thought process, no matter how detailed the notes. He did an admirable job finishing an incredible fantasy epic which I, along with the many fans of the series, am grateful for.
When I started my Audible membership a few years later, one of my first purchases was The Gathering Storm. I wasn’t willing to invest time in sitting down and reading it, but I was naturally curious about how the series ended so I decided to give it a shot. I was extremely happy I did. The performances by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading gave color to the characters that I thought had been missing after the author transition, and I immediately dove back into the series, listening all the way through the last three books over a couple months.
I would recommend to anyone who may have not have enjoyed reading the last three books as much as the rest of the series to give the audio versions a shot. Kramer and Reading were able to capture the personalities of the characters through the way they read the story.
Like many of the fans who have reviewed these books, I grew up reading the Wheel of Time series, and was extremely satisfied with the way it ended. A big thanks to Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson for the experience, and for creating something that even someone who is not a hard-core fan of the fantasy genre can love and appreciate.