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Charles

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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
    (5389)
    Performance
    (4886)
    Story
    (4950)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "A great ending to a long and epic series."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Memory of Light to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure. I have some issues with the readers, and sometimes feel that they don;t quite bring enough passion to the story. But overall I liked them and must appreciate the mammoth task they have done in maintaining a consistently satisfactory standard over the entire series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matrim Coffin. He brings some much needed humor and levity into the saga.


    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    I felt they did their best job so far on the series with this one, managing to put some life and personality in the many different characters in the book


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

    The epic conclusion to an epic saga


    Any additional comments?

    OK, I've had my ups and downs with this series. At first I felt it was just another Lord of the Rings knock off, but it held my intretest, and there was just enough in the first book to make me curious as to what happened next. I kept going for a while, never quite sure where the story was going, but I found myself really losing interest after about the 4th book. It just never really felt like it was going anywhere. But after quite a long break, I found myself feeling more accepting of the story's slow, meandering nature, so I decided to pick it up again, determined to plough on through to the end. However, by around the 10th book, the whole thing seemed to have slowed to a complete stop. It felt like the series had gotten so overloaded with characters and plots, that each book could now only devote about 1 chapter to a character and almost nothing seemed to be happening at all! I mean this entire series only covers about a total of two years in the lives of the characters.

    Then Robert Jordan died, and it looked like the whole series was just going to be left hanging out there and without an ending. It all felt totally pointless. Then Brandon Sanderson came along, and in my opinion he has totally saved the whole thing.I don't want to be too damning of Robert Jordan's writing, as I did I like the series enough to keep coming back to it, but I really hadn't felt that it was particularly original and didn't really care all that much about many of the characters.

    I don't know how much of the ending was actually planned by Robert Jordan, but the last 3 books are by far the best in the series. Suddenly things begin to happen. The story actually starts moving forward. All the characters' story arcs are brought to emotionally satisfying, conclusions. Interesting, exciting and surprising things start happeing quite frequently and the whole story suddenly seems to have a point. Brandon Sanderson manages to treat each character and storyline in just the right was as to make me see just why exactly I was supposed to have found them interesting previously!

    Yes, this book, as an ending to such a long series, is so good that it casts a positive light on all the previous material. So much so that I think actually want to go back and listen to the whole thing over again!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (599)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "Essential Listening"
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    If you could sum up Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries in three words, what would they be?

    Amusing, astounding, enlightening


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am interested in the same things that Jon Ronson is obsessed with.


    Which character – as performed by Jon Ronson – was your favorite?

    John Ronson is an excellent reader of his own work, and since the central character in this book is himself, I'd have to say John Ronson is my favorite character in the book. Although I also loved hearing about Stanley Kubrik!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I did it in two.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd highly recommend this audiobook to anyone. It's a great listen. Ronson is an excellent journalist and this collection of insightful short pieces gets right to the heart of what is going on in the world today.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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