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
Seriously, this went on and on and on. True to Jordan's wordy style, but it was wrapped up nicely, and having read the entire series over the 10+ year cycle, I can say I am satisfied with the outcome.
I've had the pleasure of listening to all 14 books of this colossal series one after the other from start to finish with very little lag time between books. Unlike many long-time fans, I came late to the party, starting the first book just last summer. So I did not have to wait years for the conclusion. Taking it all in like this became so addictive that I think there may be a hole in my life now that it's all done. Hence, the second phrase of the title of my review.
This finale was incredibly intense. I would even describe it as exhausting. The final battle begins as the book opens and we are treated to one massive battle from beginning to end, scattered over multiple fronts. The forces of the Light are held teetering on the bring of complete failure and destruction, balancing on the edge of a knife everywhere at once. Unlike most novels, there is simply no downtime -- no breaks in the action. It is all taut suspense from start to finish. Hence the first phrase of the title of my review. I had to force myself to come up for air from time to time.
There were so many plot threads wrapped up in this final book that I feel like I need to go back to listen to the whole series again to make sure it was all concluded properly without cheating. Kudos to Sanderson for getting it all accomplished in what I felt was both a satisfactory and largely satisfying fashion. On the positive side, I was kept guessing and a number of my assumptions did not pan out as I expected. On the negative side, I was left feeling that some of the plot lines were resolved in a somewhat contrived manner. Nevertheless, the overall effect was satisfying. I was left wondering about some of methods by which certain results were achieved. In a series where every rule of the One Power and arcane implements employed was painstakingly explained, I found a few new concepts here that were barely explained at all. They just happened and I was left thinking, "Wow, okay, didn't know he or she could do that, but I guess that works."
As some other reviewers have opined, I was left wanting some more aftermath resolution. But I can't complain too much about this as it seems it's really just a side-effect of that fact that it is all over now and I'm left wishing it wasn't. So I guess this is really an indication of just how much I have enjoyed the series. My opinion of this series has only grown over the course of it and now that it is done, I would have to rank it among the best that fantasy has to offer. If you are someone who enjoys long, richly developed epics and never wants them to end, you can not do better than this series which will keep you fully invested for many, many hours and not leave you dissatisfied when it finally concludes.
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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.
Brandon Sanderson did an amazing job picking up the series and telling Jordan's story. The narration was wonderful! I highly advise this series to any lover of great fantasy.
i really liked this story and i'm talking about the series, and on the whole, these narrators are some of the best. i also believe that Brandon Sanderson was the best choice to complete it after the death of Robert Jordan.
that being said, i'm having a hard time figuring out how to say what i want to without giving away too much of the book. so,there will be SPOILERS......so be forewarned..... i will try to keep them at a minimum.
i will start with the narration, which although wonderful as it is, i must say i was disappointed when the voices of characters did not maintain from book to book towards the last few in the series. ( had i not listened to these books back to back, one right after the other, i probably wouldn't have noticed.) some of the characters seemed to take on the sound of previous characters, and others just didn't sound the same at all.
there were subtle differences when Brandon Sanderson took over the writing, which became stronger as the books progressed. the writing was a bit darker than Robert Jordan's...seemingly more detailed and lengthy when describing the more gory aspects.
this last book was difficult for me to get through the longer i listened. i no longer wanted to immediately get back to it as i had in the books before it. ( i had many a sleepless night enjoying these books.) but this last one was different. maybe you'll understand as you go through this last book.
i was unprepared for deaths or maiming of some of the main characters. i realize that life has it's many undesirable aspects, but this is fantasy. so to my way of thinking, all the characters you love in a book should remain happy, and whole... and alive.
believe it or not, Matt became my favorite character. i never cared for Nineave who gave harpies a run for their money. i also did not like the ending given to Rand... it seemed like a short cut and left too much untold.
there are less spoilers than anticipated, more like indications of things going to happen, which i'm happy about as i dislike knowing details before i get to them as they happen.
this book ends a series that i truly enjoyed and am sorry to see end. i would hope that Brandon Sanderson would be allowed to continue this epic series so that we might know what happens to the characters after the final battle of the Dragon Reborn. there are so many unknowns to this series. so many possibilities. his children were as yet unborn. Logane was viewed by Mim to wear a crown... so many things left out... i feel as though the series just stalled before it was completed.
after listening to so much story to end so abrupt with so many questions not answered I was more than a little let down. I know finishing a series for another auther must be very difficult but I was hopping for more conclution to this one. fourteen credits? not worth it in my opinion it made me weary of starting other long series
I loved the series but the battles were so drawn out that it became confusing. I guess a person with more time and patience may enjoy it more.
Not at all
The performance was excellent as always.
I don't believe that Robert Jordan would have dragged out the final book. Possibly he would have finalized the series prior. It was such a marvelous series that deserved a marvelous ending.
I think if there was one more book to help get all the plot points resolved. This book seemed very rushed.
This contains spoilers so please don't read on unless you don't mind or have completed the book. My suggestion would be to make this into two books and flesh everything out properly. I am about to post spoilers to explain my annoyances. If you haven't read the book then do not read on. Let's start with the main irk I had about this book. Pawdon Fane, his side story was just given at the last five minutes and did nothing to advance the plot at all. Here was a character who was a major plot point in multiple books. Why was he given such a short finale? Perrin's side story was going very well and followed with the previous books but close to the end he just become a super saiyan out of no where. All that was missing was three days worth of screaming and golden hair. The last battle...the last battle was not the issue, the length of the last battle was. It took up the entire novel. Now I understand that the last battle was supposed to be the biggest thing ever but Demandred side just dragged on and on and on. There were pointless character deaths that did nothing to advance the story. Egwene's passing was pointless. She learned the anti-balefire weave and then died. She didn't pass it on and no one else will ever know it so what was the point? The Shar army.....where did they come from? There were 13 previous books and not a single one touched on this army but, literally, out of no where comes this massive army that no one has ever heard of. Morraine's character appeared for a few minutes and then did nothing worth mentioning for the rest of the story. There are other issues I had with the book that go past these main items.
I liked the first fight between Perrin and Slayer before Perrin became a super saiyan. I liked the battle of creation with Rand and the Dark One as well.
Disappointment, I loved the entire series and this book left me feeling very saddened that a wonderful series ended so terribly.
It ranks very highly. I have to say that I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is probably number 2 or 3 behind the KingKiller chronicles.
There are no other books to compare A Memory of Light to. It stands completely alone with it's incredibly rich and diverse world, interesting and complex characters, and tunneling depths and soaring highs. They did a fantastic job of making the reader feel like the world was doomed and then saving it.
I enjoyed both of their reading performances, Kramer's because he manages to capture the different voices and emotions very well, and because he doesn't sound robotic. Reading's because he captured both the sternness of the Aes Sedai and the softness of them as well. Of course, it was hard for me at first because I kept expecting her to talk about her water elemental Rill. (That is from another set of books called Calderon's Furys).
This book at times made me feel like crying, hopeless, and completely empty, then it would twist the other direction and lift you in the complete opposite direction.
This was much better than I expected, and I did expect a great deal. There were a few minor annoyances with characters, but they couldn't be helped as their trajectory had been set long ago. Still, my first statement stands. Thank you Mat for all the laughs, and thanks Mr. Sanderson.
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!?
"Brilliant ending loved it all"
Fantastic story of light and darkness. Loved it, can't recommend it enough. Creates a whole new world in your imagination
"Great ending to a fantastic saga"
Despite the change in author the story reads true and ends well.
A great tribute to Robert Jordan and one I'm sure his fans appreciate.
"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
"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.
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