I have listened to 80 or so audiobooks and lots of different narrators. The hardest thing for a narrator to do is follow someone else who has started the series and already given the characters life. Though the female characters are a little rough and kind of sound the same, I think his pace is right on and a lot of the characters sound the same from the first book. I think he had an almost impossible task in matching the first narrator but he does an admirable job. Phil at least did his homework. I listened to one series where the second narrator did not even pronounce the main characters names the same. That will throw you WAY off.
In the back of my mind I kept telling myself, "how can someone else keep up the same level of writing and storytelling that RJ had throughout the last 11 books?". Well I was totally blown away by Brandon Sanderson. This is by far the best WOT book yet. He has done so well that I am starting the series over from book one. Very well done and I can't wait for "The Towers of Midnight". Keep up the good work Brandon. Also thanks to Kate Reading and Michael Kramer for staying with the series. It could never be the same without them.
I have been waiting so long for this book. From the sounds of it Brandon Sanderson has done Mr. Jordan proud. If the rest of the book is written like this then I am hooked once again. Man I hate the forsaken. Go Rand!
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