I listened to the old version. This doesn't add much. There's a free audio version out there of the old one with a better reader.
Nothing is as good as Patrick Tull reading Patrick O'Brian or Frank McCourt reading his own books. So, I cannot place this audiobook in the "masterpiece" category. However, being a Robert Jordan fan, I am grateful that the series ended. It was a very fitting ending for the series. The readers were very good and kept my interest. They were careful not to mispronounce the names. I will probably listen to it again.
Egwene's fight with Taim. She demonstrated the qualities of a true epic hero.
I was moved by Logain when he stopped searching for power and acted to save the children. That choice saved his sanity in the end.
There was a lack of certain leaders at the end of the book. I expected that the good guys would win and another Age of Legends begin right away, but they will need a lot of band-aids before that can happen. There was no real epilogue scene with Harry and Ginny sending their kids off to Hogwarts. Things are hopeful, but broken and sad.
At the very end of the book, I imagined hearing the theme song to the Marlboro Man.
Great writer produces mediocre plot with horrible dialog. It was torture to listen to the characters interact with each other. Nobody talks like that. Ther reader was good, I would listen to more books read by Tom Weiner.
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