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  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4725)
    Performance
    (4298)
    Story
    (4345)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Mike Koch says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Great Story but not entirely good."
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    So here we are at the end of all things and I am thankful for it.

    I was truly anticipating this story and I have read this series since its beginning way back in 1990 and was one of the first to snatch it off the shelves to rave about it before it was even cool to do so. Now seeing it come to an end is bittersweet but also necessary.

    The one thing I can say is that readers can be prepared for that they will get an ending, but certainly not "the" ending they may have hoped for. While most plot lines are shored up there is a big huge one that is left hanging out like yesterdays laundry and it is sure to annoy the light out of you. However, the overall ending itself is left to interpretation. I was expecting to see this ending that Robert Jordan had said he thought in his mind since he penned the first word of Eye of the World, yet maybe I missed it because I wasn't really sure which "ending" that was supposed to be. So be prepared to have a raised eyebrow like the ending to Dues Ex as opposed to the teary eyed, raise your hands in the air in praise like the LOTR books.

    Also be prepared to read allot of battle events since TG takes up most of the pages in the book. Rand's battle with the dark one almost takes a back seat to the entire affairs that happen around the world as this occurs nearly at the beginning of the book and goes in and out all throughout the novel right until the ending.

    Individual parts I liked. ( Some Spoiler warnings )
    I did like Perrin's role in this novel as he seemed to take on more character. I however, was disappointed with the way his character was wrapped up at the ending of the novel. Kind of anticlimactic and a bit cheesy.

    Some very big characters bite the dust which I was actually very happy for. I am one of those tragic hero type of people so I like to see the good guy making the ultimate sacrifice in the end for the greater good. However, some I feel were killed just so they could be and their deaths were a bit foolish or all together unnecessary. Others I felt a bit of a cliche for and one I was very disappointed in their end. While another I wish they would have been killed off but were stupidly spared.

    Mat, my absolute most favorite character unfortunately is limited to licking the Seanchen's boots which didn't make me very happy at all. I actually felt this part was pathetically stupid and liken it to a bad episode of the honeymooners between him an Tuon.

    Now for the truly bad part that ruined this whole novel ( Spoilers Galore you have been warned)

    The one faction I never really liked was the Seanchen, and throughout the novel you really felt that eventually this whole shenanigan of an empire would finally be brought to its merciful end. Unfortunately, they were spared from any real sacrifice and often felt they did absolutely nothing to take part in the last battle. Not only that, their ridiculous domani collar policy was never really resolved and even seems to still be in full effect.

    I really thought Jordan or Sanderson would have the decency to deal with this plot line. All through the previous books we are told over and over that the dirty little secret of the Sul Dam would bring down the empire. However, when it was revealed it was very anti climatic and everyone in the empire seemed to shrug as if it was no big deal. This part absolutely made my blood boil as that is not what the reader is lead to believe throughout the novel.
    Also Matt seems to have absolutely no influence on this whole deal and even seems to encourage it of all things.

    Of all the great things Jordan has done with his world I feel this is the major failure in his story series that to me, has ruined it entirely. The Seanchen are by far the absolute worst faction to have ever been written into a novel. In my view they are no better than the shadow spawn that Rand's army is fighting against. In reality this little band of egomaniacs should have been wiped out a long time ago, or not written into the novels in the first place. Not only that, Rand meets with Tuon and even though he had the power to burn her alive he backs down like a stupid kitten and bows fealty to her. He also leaves the Domani and Sul Dam in place. Dumb Dumb Dumb. No Hero in any story would allow a faction like them to continue to enslave an entire people and allow it to remain in place. To do so negates any thing Rand did.
    Now parse in that with Aviendah's little vision she had and you get the idea that Jordan maybe played a trick on his readers by fooling us into believe there would be a good nice ending to his novels.
    In my final word on this. You will probably like the novel as it has some very good parts to it, but the whole Seanchen plot line will ruin it in the end.

    Now as for the ending.
    Yeah you probably wont like it but basically Rand wins but Aviendah's vision is basically what will happen. The seanchen will rule the next age, The Aile will be utterly destroyed in a pathetic mutated way, none of the characters children will grow up to be anything but slaves of the Seanchen, and basically the whole point of this whole series is, the Seanchen win, they will live forever. Have a nice day thanks for reading the whole 14 book series to find that out.

    In retro spec I liked the book as a novel, however the ending left a really bad taste in my mouth because it is not a very good or happy one. The reason is that within 100 years every character will be wiped out, and the Seanchen will rule forever.

    Sucks but there you go.






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  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (2762)
    Story
    (2789)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    Timothy says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Excellent but not enough"
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    Would you listen to The Alloy of Law again? Why?

    Yes, if only to review certain parts.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brandon Sanderson before, how does this one compare?

    a bit shorter than I liked but it still along the same action packed line as other sanderson novels.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What doesn't he bring. Kramer is the best narrators of all time. His voices are great, his inflection is outstanding.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know


    Any additional comments?

    This story takes us into the future of the mistborn world and I like the setting. The biggest problem I have is the new limitations on the powers. Yes there are now twinborn but no mistborn? I like the tie ins and the different mentions of the past but I always have a problem with magic suddenly being burned out. I got so used to Min and her great powers, now seeing that basically gone takes allot out of the story.
    Still a great book on its own, but its not as good as the original trilogy. Its more of a detective mystery novel than a true "fantasy" novel.
    Worth a read and a pleasure to go through but just not as good as the original series.

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