I’ll be honest the reason I bought this story was because I figured if it was bad, it was still cheaper than seeing a bad movie and the premise seemed rather intriguing too. Well, it didn’t disappoint; I enjoyed “The Alchemist” immensely and wanted to listen to it again right after I finishing it. However, I didn’t want to listen to “The Alchemist” again without listening to “The Executioness” story at least once, unfortunately I was dredging that part. The first part of the story mentions executions a lot and all I could think was “Great, now I have to listen to someone deal with all the killing they have done”. As you listen to “The Alchemist” you cannot imagine how one is supposed to be enthused for the upcoming story, but I continued to listen and to my astonishment the story turned out exceptional. I can’t say much about the story without ruining… things (that may not be the right wording for it, but naming it anything else would spoil it); if Audible will not tell you much then neither will I. Jonathan Davis and Katherine Kellgren do a fine job of narrating the story and I especially enjoyed Katherine Kellgren who seemed perfect for this narration. Both stories are wonderful in their own way and equally evocative.
This was a good story. The first book could be read on its own, but you get more of a conclusion if you read the entire series. One thing I will say about this story is that it's not vapid. I listened to this story mainly while driving to and from work, and I must say after working a 12 hour night shift, listening to an audio book may place one in a state of lethargy. However, this book (the entire series) kept me awake, regardless of my drowsiness. My one and only gripe are the pauses. When you listen to the story line and you get to a point where there is an obvious break in the story, not a new chapter, there is no discernible pause for the upcoming scene. This is not the fault of the story but more the fault of the recording company. Whit that said, this is still an engaging series and I will definitely listen to it again.
If I were ever to read this entire series again, I would skip this book entirely. It hardly becomes engaging near the end and ends abruptly. This book has brief main character interaction and just a passable amount of major secondary character interaction. This seems to be more about how the minor characters are evolving the story of the Wheel of Time series. Even with that mind set the book is odd (by that I mean, why did Jordan even bother), since some characters may be unfamiliar and random (maybe they have been mentioned before but I can’t remember all of them, Jordan has so many characters). One may want to care for these characters and what they are doing but since no rapport has been established and they aren’t doing anything remarkable, one is left thinking; “Okay, so when do we get to hear about Rand or Matt or…” and so on. Now with that said, this book has some material that furthers the story, especially the way it ends, but more than likely anything of major importance will be explained again in the next book.
“The Great Hunt” in general is a livelier read than “The Eye of the World” but it reads even better if you read the two books back to back. “The Eye of the World” could almost serve as a prequel but you wouldn’t get the same character development and connection if you read “The Great Hunt” on its own. Kramer does a wonderful job narrating, while Reading still needs to find her voice.
I started to read this book (series) because I thought it had to do with dragons, well it doesn’t.... exactly. With that said I'm happy that I did. The book takes a while to develop into an interesting story but I didn't hold that against it. The first book always takes some time to introduce and develop characters but that is necessary in order for reader to connect in some way with the characters, whether they are antagonist or protagonist. I recommend listening to both “The Eye of the World” and “The Great Hunt” together. It's been awhile since I've listened to/read these books but I distinctly remember that “The Great Hunt” wrapped up “The Eye of the World” more fluently. I know this is going to sound convoluted but try thinking of “The Eye of the World” as a two part book but it would have been too big for one book so it was split it and rather than calling it “The Eye of the World: Part Two” it was called “The Great Hunt”. I applaud Michael Kramer as narrators for this series. He carries the voices between characters distinctively. Kate Reading took me a while to start liking (book six), either she’s improved or I’m just really used to her voice; I’d like to think she’s improved.
To be honest this book was exhausting to indulge. The beginning was gradual in its development of characters and scenarios, which don't improve with some sustainable interest until about halfway through. Whit that said, I would still read this book since significant events transpire and at least one meaningful clue is given.
I have only listened from New Spring to this book, but so far, this book is the best of the series. Between Jordan's writing and Kramer's narration, the book becomes vivid, amusing and exciting. I’m not fond of Reading’s narration but she does seem a little better in this book, or I'm just getting numb to her voice.
I read this book a while back and it became one of my favorites, but now that I have listened to it, I don't remember why it was my favorite. Now that I think about it, I think it was Shadow Rising that has the good parts. I can say that the book does get better near the end. Michael Kramer does a fine job of narrating the book and I would have preferred if it was just him. Kate Reading narration is not bad but all her male parts sound odd and her female parts sound the same. None the less, listening to the book is still rather enjoyable.
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