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 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.
A fitting end to the finest set of books I've ever read. all draws to a close and leaves you with a sense of wonderment and belief. masterfully crafted and wonderfully narrated. after reading this the characters will remain in your head and the lessons will remain in your heart.
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.
I found both narrators distracting during this whole series. The number of mispronounced words, the names and places that changed pronunciation during the same book and the sometimes distracting emphasis on the wrong words was inexcusable for both the narrators and the directors.
That would depend on what the production value was. This is a book that could easily be turned into a horrid Z rated fantasy movie.
I think this kind of fizzled at the end. Nothing is really told about what happens after the final battle to all the friends. This is a common failing in most fantasy books. The hero wins the battle and that is the end, leaving many plot points dangling.
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.
"fantastic end to the series"
despite being written by someone else, the story flows just as well as all the others. it's good that Robert Jordan's work was completed by someone who had followed the story from start to his passing and helped it reach its perfect conclusion
so sorry it had to end :(
can't wait to hear all 14 again. brightens my winter months listening to these over again along with a few others.
I was grabbed from book one and couldn't wait for the next however the story is long and the story of many characters bought togeth so there is alot of threads to keep up with. book 14 written by someone else due to the authors death. it showed as it was long and tedious with a nice twist at the end.
"Well, after all that..."
Maybe it wasn't the ending but it was an ending... and all in all it was not a bad one. AMOL has come in for some criticism from WOT fans, some of it justified, some niggling, yes there are unresolved plotlines, things we would have liked to have known, things that don't work in the timescale, lots of inconsistencies but Brandon Sanderson with the help of the late Mr Jordan has managed not only to bring the whole thing to a conclusion but do it in a manner which allows all but the most pedantic reader to suspend their misgivings and get carried along with the plot and the pace of the narrative. This is a long book but for me at least it didn't seem as interminable as some of the earlier volumes, I have still not read Crossroads of Twilight all the way through... Well worth getting.
Very good and long story. A book for some one who's got the time to listen to a masterpiece. X
"One of the greats tell Peter Jackson...."
I would love to see this series on the silver screen. Great characters, Laughter, tears and a epic story... what more is there. A true masterpiece.
It took 11 years to get to the end of the wheel of time but it was all worth it, an amazing ending to an astonishing series. Now to go back to start and do it all again!
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
"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.
Report Inappropriate Content