This is a very good story. It is well written and captivating. However, I have never heard a story told so poorly. When listening you'd never know the narrator wrote the book. At times he seems suprised that there was more to a sentence on the next line. The thought lines lose their power when they are not finished until the beginning of the next sentence. With the boon of audio books I think publishers need to emphasize the importance of a good narrator.
The narration is terrible. The material is lame. The interaction between the two main characters is absolutely unbelievable. I lost count of how many time I said to myself "This book s *&s!". I had to stop listening and erase it from my player.
The longer this series continues the worse the books become. One gets the impression that Jordan is just trying to run the series out to an even dozen. However, at the rate he is resolving the stories sub-plots and his penchant for resurrecting characters previously killed off, it is hard to see this series finishing before reaching 20 books.
This book is an example of how much prose an author can waste on the construction of stand lamps, the tailoring of clothing or which insignificant character is standing next to whom and still get paid for it.
The end of the last book detailed one of the most significant plot twists in the book, that of Rand cleansing the male half of the source, and it was barley mentioned in this episode.
This book was nothing more than a 24 hour prelude the the next book. I am so glad I only wasted an audio book subscription selection and didn't plunk down $30 plus dollars on the hardcover edition.
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