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
I found this to be a satisfying ending point to a great series. Everything was wrapped up by the end but I would have liked to see the epilogue extended out a few years to see where they all ended up. I thought Brandon Sanderson did a great job bringing Robert Jordan's vision to life. I am glad that he elected to finish out this series so that we all could see this circle completed. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading delivered a performance that you have come to expect form them.
I only review the best and the worst. Mediocre is left to the listener.. Follow me on my quest of the best epic series and narrators!
I love Robert Jordon and Brandon Sanderson too. But how can people be giving the audio book reviews, when it's 45.5 hours long and it's been out around 10 hours?
Please.. Read it first then review it.
On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through
As must be true for so many others listening to this book, it is the conclusion of a series I started two decades ago. Fantasy was a bit of a different place then, and the WoT series was, to my teenage sensibilities, amazing. Giant fantasy novels featuring prophecy and magic and hidden identities. It was like reading Tolkein again! Or the Belgariad! Awesome!
A lot has changed in those decades, however, and much of what defined WoT (including lots of "borrowing" from Tolkein and other sources) in epic fantasy is now either completely out of fashion (think the grimdark worlds of George RR Martin), or else has been reconfigured by other writers (JK Rowling's take on prophecy and evil). So, in some ways, it is nice to get back to the intricate world-building, humble farmboys-turned-saviors, hideous Trollocs, and other fantasy staples. Besides, I have invested so much time over the years, including in some of the truly awful books in the middle of the series, that I had to finish this.
Given this context, this is a very satisfying book. After reading various Wikis to get up to speed, I found myself thrilled to see the old characters again, and to see most (if not all) of the many threads of the immense plot brought to a reasonably satisfying conclusion. Sanderson deserves credit for somehow managing to deal with the thousands of plots, viewings, and minor characters that Robert Jordan introduced, and he does it impressively, switching between nearly 100 points of view in various chapters. He also manages to slightly tone down Jordan's somewhat upsetting take on gender politics. Both of these are no mean feat, and I have to admit that I got somewhat emotional as some of the characters I had known for 20+ years met their various fates.
All of this (plus excellent reading) makes this a really worthwhile conclusion to an epic fantasy series. Not the best series, mind you, but one that deserves praise for both its ambition and its satisfying ending. I wouldn't start WoT from scratch, at this stage, but I am happy I experienced it.
The reviews are by Mike.
I borrowed a copy of the Eye of the World from a schoolmate in the mid 90s. I have been waiting since then for this moment.
I was not disappointed.
More than once I found myself sitting at my desk crying.
I'm very satisfied.
Robert Jordan’s final installment of The Wheel of Time series, written by Brand Sanderson, was released back in January. It was the culmination of his epic saga that finished with a bang, thanks to the help of Brandon Sanderson. A MEMORY OF LIGHT successfully concluded the series with tears of joy and sadness. The endings for all the characters that we have followed for years were all wrapped up nice and tight. The book was drawn together in a neat bundle with exciting plot lines, characters, and paths that took unexpected and rewarding turns throughout. A MEMORY OF LIGHT was all that I could have expected for the ending of an epic so massive that it took twenty years to finish.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
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.
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.
Tieing up all the loose ends was very well done. I had trouble turning off my book to do other things.
GOOD, FAMILIAR but LACKING continuity with prior books.
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.
No just as nice
That would be to big a spoiler to put in a review. The ending was and wasnt as expected.
Matt of course the scoundrel of the bunch.
The Wheel weaves as the Wheel will
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.
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.
Elayne seemed to be the richest characterization and depth. Wish they had spent more on Lan's character.
I’m not going to spoil the book for anyone by giving away the plot.
I just wanted to say it finishes of a true epic written by two master story tellers. RIP Robert Jordan thank you for something very special and Brandon I can’t wait for you next book.
A fitting end to a remarkable journey which I finally finished at 4:45 this morning, today will not be fun but it was worth it.
Thank you Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, it's been a pleasure.
"Oh Nooo It's all over :("
I cannot believe it’s all over I have invested a massive amount of time over a week of my life listening to this series for it all to end well after 14 books and the death of its original author it was ready to come to a close. I must take my hat off to Brandon Sanderson he pulled it out of the bag bringing one of the longest fantasy series to and so well it must of been hell with soooo many characters stories to tie up. All in all it is an exhilarating and tense read and as always fantastically read by Michael Kramer, Kate Reading.
"The 'Money' book"
I'm one of the people who used to re-read the series each time a new book came out, I then had a break of a few years after book 9 came out - I was distraught at the news of Roberts illness and the tragedy of an unfinished masterpiece. At the prompting of a friend, who was singing the praises of the last book, I used up my credits and bought the last 5 books on audible a few weeks ago and have been gorging my myself stupid on the Wheel of Time until finishing the last one a couple of hours ago. Pound for word (or any other measure you care to use) this is easily the best money I've ever spent. A series that I hope to read a number of times again in the future (Light willing!). Right now I'm feeling like an Aes Sedai who's just lost their Warder...but thank you Robert (and Brandon!!).
"A fitting conclusion"
What a brilliant conclusion to the epic! The characters we have come to know so well fulfilled their destinies with passion, humour, bravery and humility. All credit to Robert Jordan for his amazing imagination in creating the world of the Dragon Reborn, and due credit and thanks to Brandon Sanderson for adapting his style and weaving the final threads so that the wheel turned as RJ had willed.
I often listen in my car and there were times I had to pull over to get through some particularly nerve-wracking episodes such as Perrin vs Slayer, Egwene vs M'Hael, Olver vs Trollocs and of course Rand vs Moridin. I cried for the 'friends' who died, revelled in the humour of reluctant hero Mat and almost felt sorry for the Forsaken as their diabolical schemes unravelled.
Final credit to Kate Redding and Michael Kramer for their reading and characterization - it made listening such a pleasure and added depth to the characters: thank you.
Really enjoyed this book. The choice of Brandon Sanderson to complete the series is a masterstroke as he's been able to do a splendid job. Narration is also very good, which adds to the experience.
"the last book"
What a fitting end to a fantastic series you will not be disappointed if you loved robert Jordan's books then you will love this too
"Epic finish to a Epic Fantasy series"
Such a great story and with some suspense moments and some sad ones too. The whole book is a series of scenes in the last battle. A lot of OMG OMG moments. Excellent narration throughout the series.
Sad to have an ending to this epic, but it was good ending, some people die, some people live, some are damaged, and we are all entertained by the adventures of the various characters in the Wheel of Time.
"What a series!"
I feel utterly drained and bereft, NO MORE WHEEL OF TIME! But what an ending.... Well done to Brandon Sanderson for completing what must have been an enormous task, to get inside someone else's fantasy and write the seamless end to a classic is a bit special to say the least. Wonderful.
"end of an era"
Not many end of era books finish in this style worth.Every penny i've spent on these books for the last 23 years.
RIP Robert your work will live forever.
thank you brandon for finishing his work as true jordan.
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