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A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14 | [Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson]

A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

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.
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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. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were number-one New York Times hardcover best sellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of listeners.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, May yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

©2012 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 05-14-13
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2014

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Must have!"

    Those who are considering purchasing this book probably already know that the WOT series had it's highs and lows. Jordan started off brilliant, then slowly faded in the middle of the series. However, I believe that those works were essential to the series. No disrespect intended to the great storyteller Robert Jordan, but Brandon Sanderson completes this epic work with a skill and passion that equals, or exceeds, the early Jordan work. This is EASILY my favorite book of the series. If you are new to WOT, do yourself a huge favor, and start at the beginning. If you are a life-long friend, you will leave 'A Memory of Light' with many unanswered questions, but having really enjoyed the ride.

    Brilliantly conceived by Jordon, masterfully written by Sanderson, beautifully executed by Kramer and Reading.

    My HIGHEST recommendation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 05-12-13
    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "And so it comes to an end..."

    I had so many feelings about this book. Excitement that I was about to begin the last book of the Wheel Of Time. Riveted as the last battle played out. Regret as I grew closer to the end of the book. Sorrow as some of my favorite charterers fell. Joy as others became heroes, and ultimately shock that this is the end.

    I have to admit that I am a late comer to the Wheel Of Time. A while back I began this journey attempting to get through every audiobook in the series before this last book came out. I didn't quite make it, but it seems that the characters of the Wheel Of Time have been a part of my life every day for a long time. I have watched them grow from farmers to kings and queens, and from heroes to villains. It will be strange putting on my headphones and listening to something else.

    May Robert Jordan rest in peace knowing he brought such a masterpiece to the world, and many thanks to Brandon Sanderson who wrote three of the best books in the series including an awesome ending. A Memory Of Light was everything I hoped it would be.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CC 05-11-13
    CC 05-11-13
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    "Narration No-No's"
    Where does A Memory of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tieing up all the loose ends was very well done. I had trouble turning off my book to do other things.


    What three words best describe Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance?

    GOOD, FAMILIAR but LACKING continuity with prior books.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    When a new book comes out in a series, I try to relisten to at least some of the preceeding books. I am always amazed then to find that the same narrators suddenly have assigned different voices, pronunciations and accents to characters they have established so firmly in previous books. It seems that everytime I am totally entranced by the audiobook, one of those changed characters shows up and breaks the spell. Perhaps Kate and Michael should familiarize themselves with their own characterizations. All in all I enjoyed it but the change is a Narration NO-NO.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    noneya 04-13-13
    noneya 04-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hated to see it end"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Memory of Light to be better than the print version?

    No just as nice


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Memory of Light?

    That would be to big a spoiler to put in a review. The ending was and wasnt as expected.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Matt of course the scoundrel of the bunch.


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

    The Wheel weaves as the Wheel will


    Any additional comments?

    MORAINE!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rick's reviews. Woodinville, WA USA 04-10-13
    Rick's reviews. Woodinville, WA USA 04-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Memory of Light to be better than the print version?

    I have listed to several books now from the Voice Actors and they are fantastic. They actually have me enjoying the audible version more due to the color and emotion they project into their performances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent capstone to the series. Middle of the series was uneven and pandering. Probably could have gotten rid of 5 books. Took so long that I hardly remember the earlier books.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Elayne seemed to be the richest characterization and depth. Wish they had spent more on Lan's character.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon KATY, TX, United States 04-04-13
    Jon KATY, TX, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The Best Book of an Amazing Series"
    If you could sum up A Memory of Light in three words, what would they be?

    Cherry on top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Memory of Light?

    Too many. All of the loose ends were tied up.


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

    You can't fall in love with the characters, especially Matt, without their wonderful performance.


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

    It's too long...


    Any additional comments?

    I never expected book 14 to be the best, but it was, without question, the finest book of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Thompson, MB, Canada 04-04-13
    Terry Thompson, MB, Canada 04-04-13
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    "Sitting on the edge of my seat!!!"
    Would you listen to A Memory of Light again? Why?

    Yes, there are going to be things I missed the first time & I've listened to each of the other books in this series at least twice each :)
    Also there will come a time when I want to walk through this world again, from start to finish.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorites charactersssss! Naturally Rand Al Thor, as he is THE main character, but also Perrin, Mat & Avienda. Secondly Eqwene, Elaine, Nyneve & Lan.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, but this series is the one I'm most familiar with them. I enjoy their narration, although I found that the accents & tones they used with particular characters was not as constant in this book as it had been in past books. Also I would have liked to have them team up a little differently, I would have Kramer voice only & all the male thoughts (narrations) & Reading do the same for the females.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book was the final battle for the powers of good against evil, all the characters that I'd come to know & love would be in that fight. Therefore I knew that not everyone would make it through alive & so I sat on the edge of my seat, almost holding my breath, as time & time again one or another of them came close to death.


    Any additional comments?

    This entire book is the climax of the series & couldn't have been done better!
    It is a wonderful ending to The Wheel of Time series and has not left me wondering what will happen next. Nor has it left me wishing that another series will spring from this one.
    Kudos to Robert Jordan for leaving notes & instructions on how he wanted the final story(s) to work & to Brandon Sanderson for stepping in so well that you can't tell what parts are his additions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason B. Smith Mansfield, MA USA 04-02-13
    Jason B. Smith Mansfield, MA USA 04-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The greatest fantasy series ever written."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Memory of Light to be better than the print version?

    Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are hands down two of the best audio performers on the planet. They ARE the characters of the Wheel of Time and, although I stopped listening and read the last chapter in print before I listened to it just to savor the printed experience of such a monumental ending, it wasn't complete until I heard them finish it. I've started the Brandon Sanderson fantasy series just because they are the readers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a worthy finale to what is, without a doubt, the greatest fantasy series of all time. It wraps most of the story lines into a sensible, satisfying conclusion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It might be a stretch to say that it made me laugh or cry, but I did feel the weight of concluding a 14 volume, 8,000 page epic. One that I started reading more than 20 years ago. It also is sad to think that Robert Jordan is gone and that, for the first time in my entire adult life, there isn't going to be another Wheel of Time book coming down the road.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sterling Lamar, CO, United States 03-06-13
    Sterling Lamar, CO, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Light triumphs over the Shadow! There's a shocker"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found both narrators distracting during this whole series. The number of mispronounced words, the names and places that changed pronunciation during the same book and the sometimes distracting emphasis on the wrong words was inexcusable for both the narrators and the directors.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    That would depend on what the production value was. This is a book that could easily be turned into a horrid Z rated fantasy movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this kind of fizzled at the end. Nothing is really told about what happens after the final battle to all the friends. This is a common failing in most fantasy books. The hero wins the battle and that is the end, leaving many plot points dangling.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dwayne Callahan Gainesville, FL, US 02-20-13
    Dwayne Callahan Gainesville, FL, US 02-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The ending we all needed"
    What did you love best about A Memory of Light?

    An unexpected ending that keeps you on the hook till the very end. Unlike some of the WOT books, this final installments keeps the action going throughout. The multiple story lines are blended together smoothly.

    The ending sequence is not what I expected but exactly what was needed.


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    The Way of Kings


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

    As always the narrators were spectacular. You can expect the same quality you have experienced throughout the series


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

    Well worth the wait


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Matthew
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    3/5/13
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    "A fitting tribute to Robert Jordan."

    The triumphant finally to this much loved series.



    There were times throughout the series that I felt the books had become stretched but the fast paced action in this book is everything us die hard fans wanted from the series.



    Without giving anything away, there are more twists and turns in this book that keep the reader on its toes and causes you to question everyone's motives and actions.



    If you haven't already read this series please do if only to get the background infomation to read this book.



    A triumph for Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kevin brooker
    7/24/15
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    "Everything must end..... but I wish it hadn't!"

    I loved this series. The characters and story are amazing. Like the sword of truth series full of everything you could want in a fantasy saga. What to read / listen to now it's ended?

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  • Andy
    7/14/15
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    "fantastic end to the series"

    despite being written by someone else, the story flows just as well as all the others. it's good that Robert Jordan's work was completed by someone who had followed the story from start to his passing and helped it reach its perfect conclusion

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  • Karen
    6/26/15
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    "Wonderful !"

    so sorry it had to end :(

    can't wait to hear all 14 again. brightens my winter months listening to these over again along with a few others.

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  • Deepestlake
    5/21/15
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    "great books"

    I was grabbed from book one and couldn't wait for the next however the story is long and the story of many characters bought togeth so there is alot of threads to keep up with. book 14 written by someone else due to the authors death. it showed as it was long and tedious with a nice twist at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Pike
    5/16/15
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    "Well, after all that..."

    Maybe it wasn't the ending but it was an ending... and all in all it was not a bad one. AMOL has come in for some criticism from WOT fans, some of it justified, some niggling, yes there are unresolved plotlines, things we would have liked to have known, things that don't work in the timescale, lots of inconsistencies but Brandon Sanderson with the help of the late Mr Jordan has managed not only to bring the whole thing to a conclusion but do it in a manner which allows all but the most pedantic reader to suspend their misgivings and get carried along with the plot and the pace of the narrative. This is a long book but for me at least it didn't seem as interminable as some of the earlier volumes, I have still not read Crossroads of Twilight all the way through... Well worth getting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • steven
    4/30/15
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    "Epic"

    Very good and long story. A book for some one who's got the time to listen to a masterpiece. X

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    4/15/15
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    "One of the greats tell Peter Jackson...."

    I would love to see this series on the silver screen. Great characters, Laughter, tears and a epic story... what more is there. A true masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    4/10/15
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    "Magnificent"

    It took 11 years to get to the end of the wheel of time but it was all worth it, an amazing ending to an astonishing series. Now to go back to start and do it all again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Buchanan
    3/31/15
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    "Exceptional"

    Great book, Brandon has done a brilliant job bringing Roberts epic tale to a close. Truly wonderful, loved every minute of this. Kudos to the narrators too, excellent. Only thing now is... What do I do now I've not got the wheel of time to listen too!?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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