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
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.
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.
Cherry on top
Too many. All of the loose ends were tied up.
You can't fall in love with the characters, especially Matt, without their wonderful performance.
It's too long...
I never expected book 14 to be the best, but it was, without question, the finest book of the series.
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.
Favorites charactersssss! Naturally Rand Al Thor, as he is THE main character, but also Perrin, Mat & Avienda. Secondly Eqwene, Elaine, Nyneve & Lan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The last one.
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.
"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.
"A Perfect End"
There are so many good, well developed characters, it's almost impossible to choose. Easier to pick my least favourite. Many people will disagree, but I HATED Perrin.
These two narrators are brilliant.
I loved the way Kate Reading played Nynaeve throughout the series.
The epilogue was very moving. I don't know if that was more because I had been on this fantastic journey watching these characters develop and live their lives, and it was all about to be over. I started the series in January, rarely did I stop listening.
Sanderson did a brilliant job, he was the reason I got round to WoT. The series did seem to have gone a bit stale after KoD, but Sanderson picked it right back up again.
"perfect ending to an incredible series"
Brandon Sanderson kept his promise to Robert Jordon's request . He retained all the characters in their natural state of play as pre-written by by Robert Jordon.
ABSOLUTELY, the entire series gave me many many hours of great listening. This has to be one of the best series i have ever listened to
The Eye of the World was one of the first fantasy books I read, so I have some significant emotional attachment to this series and cannot convey how excited I was to complete it.I absolutely loved the books that Brandon wrote and so I went into this book with very high hopes, but while it was fast paced and resolved the big plot points, I didn't find many of the resolutions very satisfying at all. I think I would have been happier not ever reading Robert Jordans ending and just sticking with my own imagination about what could have happened. It felt like someone just shouting at me 'THIS IS SO EPIC', while not being that epic. Characters that had been carefully nurtured for books and books were just thrown away for minor reasons and story arcs that had been building since the start of the book were just...ended.I think the two least satisfying resolutions were those of Padan Fain, who was built up through the entire series it seems for no reason, and Demandred who just came off as an idiotic nutter who just didn't know what was going on, again after being built up for about half the series.The book long battle scene also got a bit dull by the end.So yeah, if you've read the rest you're obviously going to want to finish it so whatever anyone puts is not going to make any difference, but at the same time...I wouldn't recommend bothering.
"So sad it had to end"
Epic, Involved, Awesome
Its like a bigger version of any fantasy book
Mat Cauthon and Cadsuan (maybe mispelt)
Towards the end of the final book i found myself thinking that maybe I shouldn't listen to it for a while as once its over its over. I found myself wondering what will fill the void left behind. I need to find something to listen too which will pull me in me as much as the Wheel of Time has done. Its almost like wondering if I will ever love again. Sounds stupid but that is how much I have enjoyed the Wheel of Time.
"Satisfying conclusion to an epic journey"
I signed up for an Audible account just so that I could listen to this audio book. This is the first of the series I have listened to before reading the book.
Michael Kramer, as always, puts in a fantastic performance. His voice sounds a bit gravellier these days (understandable given the length of time taken to finish the series) but is still a joy to listen to. Unfortunately Kate Reading still puts in the occasional wooden performance as if she’s reading word by word from an autocue. After 14 audiobooks I’m still not sure if this is her way of differentiating certain characters (if so, it doesn’t work) but it’s only noticeable for short stretches.
Brandon Sanderson has does a fine job of concluding Robert Jordan’s masterwork. There are plenty of satisfying plot twists. The action proceeds at pace (frenetic in the second half) and yet manages to weave the main character threads into a satisfying conclusion.
At times the battle scenes seemed a bit exhausting: fitting for ‘The Last Battle’ perhaps, but not as enjoyable as the mix of intrigue and action played out in the best of earlier books. However, that’s a minor quibble – if you’ve listened or read the other books, what are you waiting for?
If you’ve just discovered the Wheel of Time then start at the beginning: you’re in for an epic journey!
"Great ending to the fantastic wheel of time series"
It's in the top 10, with most of the other wheel of time books
I can't really compare this book with any other unless it was to compare it to one of the other wheel of time books. Sanderson has done a great job of completing this series on behalf of Robert Jordan
I've listened to all the wheel of time books & Michael Kramer & Kate Reading always bring the books & characters to life. I always enjoy listening to their narration after I've read the book, to see how much more life they bring to the characters than I had in my own reading.
They've made the wheel of time books some of the few books I enjoy more in audio format than in the original book format.
I often laugh & cry with the wheel of time books, especially when a main character died in this book.
The wheel of time should be in all fantasy fans collection
"The end was not what I expected"
I think the series became darker near the finish. I don't complane I knew that same of the people need to die (sense it was the last battle) but I would have left some of the dead alive anyway...
The end was a pit strange but can't say more so I won't give to much spoilers.
Hated the fact that the serie ended.
I spent in a car more than 2 hours per day and this serie has kept me awake in the mornings:)
I was hesitant, I have to admit it, but frankly I think that Brandon Sanderson has done a wonderful job, and his denouement is excellent, satisfying and tying together all the threads.
He did not shirk from allowing significant characters to die, but he also found ways to make them meaningful for those who find it difficult to accept the loss of a major character.
I have thoroughly enjoyed his interpretation of the end of this wonderful saga, and would have to admit that he sidesteps all of the niggling irritations that I worked hard to ignore in earlier books, such as the tendency to repeat things over and over.
Ranks in my top 5 audio books of all time
I love Rand for his suffering and his love. I think he encompasses all the best of human emotion and potential.
I enjoyed how well the readers voiced each character in the story. I could easily distinguish each one.
If it weren't for the fact that everyday life intruded, I would not press the pause button at all!
I am sad to see the end of The Wheel Of Time.
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