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.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
Given the journey it was hugely important that the last stanza lived up to its billing. In my view it does. There will be those who are disappointed with the very end, but generally the threads are well woven together and the ultimate duel is a great revelation. I won't give it away, but it suffices to say that it is not Almoth Plain again, or Dumai Wells, but something deeper and more considered.
Sanderson is to be congratulated for rescuing this epic work that seemed on the verge of expiring with its erstwhile creator, prematurely. His rejuvenation is the hall mark of the series after its fantastic beginning with the WOT.
The Narration is steady and consistent. I still felt the doubling up of character voices was unnecessary (for example, Talmades might be read by Kramer or Reading, meaning that the character sounded different depending on who was narrating), but overall it enabled a long piece of narration to remain interesting.
Fans will be happy, I think.
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.
Just a guy that likes a good story.
The fact that no character was sacred. In war there is no guarantee of safety and that really came across which in turn kept you guessing until the end.
There are so many it is hard to pick just one. I think Thom Merrilin absently throwing a knife into the back of one of the black ajah and then stuffing her body into a crevas was definitely one of my favorites.
For Mr. Kramer it was definitely Perrin. For Ms. Reading it has to be Egwene.
Yes, though a forty hour listen in one sitting is unreasonable.
Even as I write this I am getting choked up thinking about this book, These characters became like old friends over the series and not all survive. On top of that the loss of a Master Storycrafter like Robert Jordan hits you hard as you read this. I loved this world, I loved these characters, and I loved this book. Hopefully there is truly no beginning or ending to the wheel of time because this is one reader who could do with a few more stories.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
I have been buying Robert Jordan books and reading them since the first 1 was published I've also we read them on audiobook and loved every 1 of them I was very afraid that after all these years at the end was going to be a letdown.
however this book had perfect narration and execution.
I was raised to the highest of heights and broke down to the lowest pits. I felt loss and joy.
this book made me hope and rethink what had come before. Sometimes it made me cry so hard I had to stop it to catch my breath. Then it would return with something to laugh about. in the end I felt satisfaction. I didn't feel left out left behind or unhappy and that says a lot for last book in the series. Those who have been fans of the series will not be disappointed.
The Audio edition is comparable to the Print version. It would be difficult to say which is better. I always believe that fantasy novels need maps and you lose that with audio books, but the narration really lends itself to Fantasy.
I loved that it ties up 90% of the story in depth. It may have been too much depth considering the last book was mostly filler to prepare you for this book.
Their reading was outstanding. I will look for them in the future
The ending was great and fit the characters.
Yes - but would recomend starting at the beginning
When Matt walked onto the battle field trading his clothes for armor then strolling back off the battle field and reclaiming his clothes.
Yes - Kate Reading is great - she makes every character come to life. She gives remarkable performance in every book I have listened to that she has narrated. I have only heard Michael Kramer in WOT - he and Kate Reading easily made visualizing the book.
Yes several times - I wanted to stand up and cheer several times - I laughed and cried.
It is sad that the series is at an end. I believe that Brandon Sanderson gave great honor to Robert Jordan. I wish there was more story to tell.
For many the ending of the Wheel of Time seems to leave a lot of loose ends. But, I think that was the point. My feelings at the end of this series are like those I feel at the sunset of a great day. I might become nostalgic for the light of the sun, but I look forward to creating a camaraderie with the stars.
The moral of this story is "choice" or "free will." You may choose to criticize this story. But, I ask you to open your minds to the uncertainty of life (whether it is in a wheel or not).
Thank you Michael Kramer and Kate Reading for sticking with this series for 20 years. Thank you Robert Jordan for giving me great books to listen to while I was young and struggling with dyslexia. Your love for audio books changed my life. Thank you Brandon Sanderson for finishing the series to give us all closure.
P.S. Brandon Sanderson, Way of Kings book 2 coming out anytime soon? I'd rather not wait another 20 years.
I would recommend this book to someone who had already read the rest of the series. It's nice to listen to at bedtime--I would also recommend it to insomniacs.
Nope. Kramer did okay, but Reading was not enjoyable to hear.
I'm glad this series is over. I'm glad someone read it to me while I did other things. To be fair, I'm not a fan of fighting/war scenes, and this was one long battle.
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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