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"Amid all the Sturm und Drang...is a finely tuned comic strain that both leavens the story and adds to its development. This latest installment of a major fantasy epic definitely will not disappoint its fans." (Booklist)
I agree with the previous reviews that this was a good story linking great ones, but the wonderful narration by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer makes it as riveting as all the others. The narrators provide nuances to the numerous characters that is a wonder to listen to.
Since this is book 7 of the series, fans probably know what to expect from the story. They're right. What you want to know is, can these two narrators do it justice? Kate Reading and Michael Kramer narrate the entire series, so on the off chance this is the first of the books you are listening to, just know that they do it justice. Kramer reads the parts of the book that have a male viewpoint, and Reading reads the female perspective. This does not mean that they switch every time a different character speaks in dialogue, which would be jarring. They seem to hesitate before using words in the author's made-up language, but it's only enough to be noticeable, not irritating. For diehard fans, you should know that they occasionally use different pronunciations from those listed in the back of each book. As a diehard fan myself, this is sometimes annoying, but it's hard to blame them when so many words and names exist which are not part of our ordinary lives. Both narrators are good at what they do, and use slightly different voices for different characters' dialogue. Although I have read all the books several times, I believe this different format brings new entertainment and is worth it.
The story throughout these first 7 books is complex and compelling. They do keep my interest although I must say the detail of every dress, coat, room, blanket and expression is a bit tiresome and there are so many characters I find it difficult to remember who is who... where they are in this vast world, who is on who's side, etc. The first book or two where the main characters were introduced and where all were in the story at the same time made the story and plot cleaner for me. By book 7, I long for information about my favorite characters, wonder why... with the "One Power" and other advantages they have they can't seem to get together, or believe or even understand each other.
And I listened to the book "incredulously" over how many times the author uses the word "Incredulously". Can't they look at each other in disbelief... just once?
Perhaps you notice it more while listening to the book than reading it... particularly when you are listening to the series back to back but I would seriously like to find out how many times that word was used in this story... and to buy the author a thesaurus.
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I enjoy the scenes with the "lessor" characters... The scenes involving the main character are always so angry.
The quality of this audio is as always awesome, but this part of the story was definately not Jordan's best work of this series. Listen to get the jist, but know this is not the best part of the story.
I've come to really enjoy the wheel of time story, however, I come to find that, time and again, I struggle with the way women and, to a lesser degree therefore, men are treated in this series, let alone this series.
Issues arise in the way women and men are treated. For example, men are worthless, apparently. Rand (sp?), the dragon reborn, seems to think men are worthless because he doesn't give a bleep about a single one of them dying but, oh my, heaven forbid a woman dies. And, is it okay to hold a knife to someone's throat to get them to boogey in bed with you? No. But the writer seems to think it's okay because when it happens here to an individual not of the society in which it occurred, the writer makes a joke of how a man got raped by a woman. But, no, it must be okay because the man eventually develops stockholm syndrome. Further, apparently all women everywhere always sniff, slap, punch, and are otherwise violent for idiotic reasons, but it's okay because men are worthless and need to be hit, punched, slapped, etc.
This book is 3 stars in story because not all of the books fully annoy me for the above reasons. However, the way the rape was spoken of by the writer, Rand's constant need to care not at all about men yet put women on some weird pedestal, coupled with the many times a woman behaved with a sniff, slap, or punch when it was entirely not really necessary nor would that many women actually do that in the real world, just made this book slightly more annoying than the most of the books before this book.
I enjoy the variety of characters and societies that Jordan created. They make you happy, proud, excited, angry and disgusted. Fun to read.
You are reading the best epic fantasy series there is. period. It may take a while to get into it but you will. There are 2600 plus characters but don't get scared teenagers read this every day. You will know these peoples as "friends" and "enemies" and like your own family. Read by the dynamic duo of recitation kate reading and michael kramer... they pull it all together .. I switch genres just to listen to them... It [the series] is really one huge wonderful story broken into 14 too short books that nobody wants to see ended..I can not express how good these books are. I have started 16 different friends reading TWoT and they are all addicted. You think that maybe the books are enchanted some how???
If fantasy is your genre you have arrived....... paul t.
As with all of The Wheel of Time book, I enjoyed reading this one. But I wise that Jordan had made it more clear who the man was that help Rand in the end, but I think my juess is right. Just would like to know for sore that I have it right ( :
I have really enjoyed books 1-7 of this series. Yes, they are long, and in the case of this one, seem to end so abruptly, I'm left checking to see if somehow I missed a section... I love the characters, the world, the dialog, the narrators...and would recommend these books to everyone who likes good fantasy.
The world Jordan has created for this series is very complex. I really like the concepts of the wheel, the pattern, etc., and how the events could be taking place at any time - past or future - and how the age of legends may have even been recognizable to someone from present day earth. I also like how it makes me think about what could have come before us on this planet, and how maybe we've just "forgotten" about the "legends" of our creator and dark one...
It is very frustrating that Audible does not have book 8...but from what I understand, maybe enrolling in a 12 step program now is the right thing to do. I did go back and get New Spring - which is surprisingly entertaining so far, but I think after that I'll just be done with this series...
Although many new and exciting developments happen in this book, the key progression of the story takes place in Ebou Dar as Nynaeve al'Meara and Elaine Trakand search for the bowl of the winds, a new Ter'angreal that should help change weather (see book 8 to find out if it succeeds!).
The introduction of Cadsuane also adds to Rand's disgruntlement, and gives much stock into the history of Aes-Sedai, though the discovery of women who can channel in Ebou Dar also lends weight to Aes-Sedai history.
This book is full of excitement, like the others, but in many ways it is expositional, setting up things for the final swing through the remaining books to Tarmon Gai'Don. A fine step through the world of The Wheel of Time, and thoroughly gripping as with the others.
Lastly, Matt Cauthon again gets some great scenes, and really fleshes out as a character in this book, setting him and Perrin up for the rest of the books where they both become Rand's right and left hands.
From this book on, it gets even more exciting! But from book 11, Robert Jordan's final completed and published volume in the series, the Jordan-Sanderson team do a fine job tying it all together. Bring on Volume 12, Tor and Harriett! ;)
"Excellent, a compelling and addictive epic."
This is one of the best fantasy epics ever written, a series right up there with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien but be warned it is not one to be taken up lightly, this series is Huge!
The books have been kept together so one audio book will get you one book and many hours of happy listening.
Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 after publishing book 11, but with the help of Jordan’s wife/editor Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson has taken up the torch, using Jordan’s plentiful notes he is finishing off the series brilliantly, with book 14 being the final volume.
The series is voiced by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading throughout and their performances are exemplary, their narration brings the world to life in a way that simply reading it never had for me, they bring a unique voice and feeling to each of the characters that brings them to life and firmly embeds them in your heart.
The only negative I have to put in is that the audiobooks chapter division bears no relation to where the chapters start and end in the books making the chapter search and snooze modes on the app all but useless.
All in all a five star read. An absolute must for any fantasy epic fan.
Really good book but not a fan of the narrators voices. fans of the series get it
"Despicable women :-(("
Since I have the entire series, the answer to this question is yes.
Every female character in the series so far is hateful. They are, every one a shrew or a harridan. They make me ashamed to be female. How about some pleasant female characters, just to offset the clutch of harpies we have here.
I do like Rand, but my favorite character is Loial and I also like Perrin. I don't like Mat.
I don't know whether I dislike Robert Jordan for having a terrible opinion of women, or feel desperately sorry for him, if he knew women like the ones in this series. Over all I like the story, but Oh how I loathe the women.
"well read very enjoyable"
The book is am excellent part of this enormous saga. slow moving at times but we'll thought out for all that.
more great stuff from the wheel of time, matt is particularly amusing in this book
"Great story, but getting hard work"
I'm really enjoying the series but it is getting hard work! There is just so much and so many characters it can get hard to follow, particularly when passive listening.
Favourite character has to be Matt Coffin, though there are so many. Jumping though all the different plots does mean that it gets a little disjointed.
Kate and Michael are great, they really deliver the story well. Their use of pause and inflection does make me giggle every now and then.
Every now and then it does bring a smile to my face.
I listened to the first 7 books last year and had to put it down as they are such a mammoth task! I get back into them again this year and started listening again and got submersed all over again!
"It's all the same!"
No. The series goes on too long and I lost interest in the characters.
The performance is consistently good.
Stop listening to them.
Usually with a series like this I would at least listen to the last book to hear what happens to the protagonists. With this I couldn't be bothered.
Done it! Listened while working through the whole 14 books. Not bad - not brilliant either. Too much describing of what are people wearing, limited dictionary of dialogues and male-female relationships/interactions painfully similar, predictable -boring (Mr Freud would find it certainly interesting though :)
Maybe because English isn't my first language, maybe I'm spoiled by other writers or maybe Robert Jordan just isn't my type of author but haven't I been working at the time of listening I would considered it time wasted.
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