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A Memory of Light Audiobook

A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Eve 03-16-14
    Eve 03-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Epic series comes to a close"
    Any additional comments?

    After spending months listening to the entire series, the question naturally arises: "What now?" The answer is obvious: listen to more books by Brandon Sanderson!

    The last volumes of The Wheel of Time written by Sanderson were, for me, the best. The writing remained true to Jordan's style to the extent that I wouldn't have suspected that another author was involved, if I hadn't known this before reading. But major flaws (in my opinion) in the series were missing. Jordan tended to describe in detail and name hundreds of minor characters. Some of these characters would appear much later on without explanation, so the only way to remember who they were was to look the character up on the Internet. Reading the books on a Kindle would have been easier than listening to the Audible version in these cases, because one could use the search function to find previous mentions of the character. Also, Jordan made the main female characters so obnoxious, that it was hard for me to get past the first couple of volumes. This wore off (or maybe the characters matured) in the course of the series, and in the volumes written by Sanderson the annoyance was gone. Jordan also tended to leave lots of loose ends that were never clarified. I didn't notice this happening in the volumes written by Sanderson.

    There was one thing about the entire series that did put me off: Rand loving and mating with three beautiful women who were willing to share him with each other. This was more of a (male) author's dream rather than a believable story plot. This was Jordan's doing, though, and not Sanderson's.

    I found the actual ending to be rather weird and less than satisfying, but that doesn't alter the enjoyment of reading the volumes written by Sanderson.

    Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were, as always, excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Donley Pekin, IL, United States 07-28-13
    Jacob Donley Pekin, IL, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Ending to a Great Series"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Scott Simons Central Ca. 05-12-13
    Scott Simons Central Ca. 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.

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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.

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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. 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.


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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.

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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.


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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


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  • John Carter
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    2/14/13
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    "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!!).

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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
  • Daniakall
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    "AN ending"

    And it was some book. I don't really know what to say. Just listen to it. If you've made it this far, this is the book you deserved.

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  • Mathew
    2/6/17
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    "Goodbye to an old friend. "

    Started listening to the Wheel of Time over a year and a half ago. When I first started the series I didn't realise how massive it was but having said that I wish there was more. An epic ending to an epic tale. The narrators Kate and Michael become like old friends and in a time where everything moves so fast it will be sad not to have the adventures of Matt, Perin and Rand to keep me company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. D. A. Burnell
    1/21/17
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    "wow!"

    what a series, and what an ending! why the wheel of time hasn't been made for the big screen is a wonder. thank you to the narrator's for doing such a good job, and thank you Brandon Sanderson for finishing Robert Jordan's jaw dropping work. recommended for all

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  • Joe
    11/19/16
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    "I cried."

    I am a 29 year old man. I have just finished listening to this series back to back over the last 6 months.
    I cried with passion, with desperation, with joy and with sorrow. The narrators bring this entire series to life and I have fallen in love with this world.
    Please experience this for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Uppington
    11/18/16
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    "Brilliant"

    This was a brilliant book to finish off a brilliant series. A little exhausted now x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne I
    11/2/16
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    "The perfect ending"

    In this last book Sanderson manages to sound more like Robert Jordan. Somehow the questions I had were answered and the ones that were not answered I understood that it was planned that way to keep readers thinking about this epic even after a few re-reads...

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  • Chris Alblas
    10/18/16
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    "The end of the best series of books ever written "

    Everyone should experience this magnificent tale. Perfect ending and best audio book series

    Perfectly narrated almost 20 days in the series. Not hours

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  • Martin
    10/11/16
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    "A fitting end to a beloved series"

    it's taken years to get here, but it was worth it. one of the best stories I've read. thoroughly enjoyed it, I only wish the late Robert Jordon was around for its conclusion.

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