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
Plunging into a world so detail grabs the listener and provides hours of pleasures.
So detailed you bond with so many characters.
3 million words it takes time.
Reaching a conclusion to a series like the "Wheel of Time" is wonderful. The entire set of stories was well crafted and the performances were excellent. Having a cast that you can follow throught all their changes and evolutions to a good ending is worth the wait.
The "Game of Thrones" is similar but I consider the "Wheel of Time" series more interesting as there is a set of characters through the entire series.
Michael and Kate did an excellent performance making a very long series interesting and soemthing you could enjoy more than once.
As one setting would have taken more than an entire day it was consumed as quickly as possible.
Yes. It was a good story with lots of action.
Lan. He's one tough guy.
Both do an excellent job, creating separate voices for each character.
The part when I was driving down the road yelling "Get him, Lan! Get him!"
Oddly enough, I found Rand's fight to be the least interesting of the three battle fronts. Guess it's difficult to relate something that is of the mind rather than a physical battle. I missed Nynaeve's spunk in this one. Her role was very small in comparison to the other books. I've looked forward to reading this since I started reading WOT. Overall it didn't disappoint. Some things seemed rushed and the way a few things turned out was quite shocking, but it was a satisfying ending to the series.
The audio edition is a great way to conclude the series if you are too busy to sit down and read over a thousand pages of the print version. However, the accent the narrators used does take sometime to get use to, especially if you read the print version of the other volumes!
The sword training session between Rand and Tam was very memorable as it showed that their father-son relationship still existed and sounded like what could be a really cool movie scene.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring an extra dimension to the characters especially in the portrayal of their accents which helped in depicting the cultural diversity of the WoT world.
I would say anyone who has followed the series will be very satisfied with this final book. Hard to believe it is the last book!
There were many clever twists and turns. I won't give any of it away with spoilers - it was all memorable-especially the ending!
Yes - all the books. They are fantastic.
It would be difficult - with over forty hours of listening - but, if it were possible? Yes!
For me, this was a special experience. I stumbled upon the Wheel of Time after several of the books had already been published. I fell in love with the vast amount of characters, settings, plot lines, and the writing. I was so dismay and sad when Jordan passed - and am so grateful that Sanderson took up the cause. My only hope, now is that he will continue to write future stories - there is a rich and vast world that is still waiting to be written. Here's to the end of a fantastic run - and hopefully, the beginning of a new age.
I've been reading this series for literally almost 20 years. It is altogether likely the longest story ever written. It spans 14 main books, plus a prequel (1/3 the length of one of the others). The print versions (each about 700-1000 pages depending on the format) each contain a 20+ page glossary to help people keep terms and people straight. It is an incredibly detailed world.
But, don't let that throw you off. If you have the patience to let yourself get immersed in the story, it will never seem to get old. The story is told from many different peoples' points of view, both male and female. Everyone seems to find their favorite characters and that really gets them into the story.
It contains the best of all storytelling concepts. It has fate and foreshadowing laced all through it -- but it also has people refusing to let fate guide them. It has heroism, politics, mystery, action, war, loyalty, failure, betrayal, guilt, death, mourning, love, jealousy, joy, and victory. Yet, it doesn't seem to be cheesy. The entire thing becomes a journey that will have you looking forward to the next volume with your guesses on what will happen next.
It literally took longer than the life of the original author to finish. But, he had enough time to sketch out what needed to happen to end the story. What was likely the best possible replacement author was brought in (who was also a fan of the series) to flesh out his remaining dream. That dream was finally realized and concluded in this volume.
Overall, this series was tremendous. While some parts in the middle volumes could have been shortened, I highly recommend it to everyone. As long as you have the attention span to give it, you will come away impressed.
In previous books, there was more interplay between the "minor" players (i.e. maidens and Dragon Reborn). Realize there was much to cover, but missed the levity this provided. Only one place in the entire book where this was somewhat brought out, but seemed "forced" - did not flow.
The book is interesting and brings a "finality" to the series. Don't understand some of the epilogue (lighting pipe with none of the powers, but I guess we can use our imaginations. Overall the book was well laid out and brought realism ti the final book.
Performances were good, but feel that the narrators tones were flat at times - no emotion.
Enjoyed the book. Minor negative comments.
Yes, because the story is compelling and the readers are very good.
It was a fitting end to a very long series of books, and a rip roaring story.
Yes, and this one is up to their usual standard: Superb.
Yes, but impossible to do, since it was very, very long.
Great book, Great readers. Great all around.
Fast paced, fly by the seat of your pants!
None, I have not had the fortune of reading another book as good as this one.
I am a big fan of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading's work. This is their best by far.
No, I listened to it to and from work in the span of a couple of weeks.
Buy this book! It's awesome!
This is the best last book I have ever heard in all the series that I have listen to over the years. I have probably listen about 50 series/trilogies and so forth
The whole book
They did a great job through out the whole series
The book made my emotion run the gambit
One of the top 5 books I have ever read or listen to over my 43 years
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.
"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.
"A first class series"
I've just re-listened to this entire series. I think it probably took me a good 3-4 months of solid listening! It really is a fabulous series. Some of the books around numbers 6-10 are slower than the others, but by that stage you know the characters so well it's like hanging out with good friends and it's not at all irritating (and funnily enough, the second time round I was even less irritated, as I could appreciate the world building, and the little references to things that were going to happen in later books.) Listening to the series for a second time was surprisingly enjoyable. There is a freedom in knowing how it's all going to end, so you can concentrate on the build up - and it's then that you realise just how well constructed and conceived this series is. (and in the second reading, Matt has become my favourite character! Love his take on things)
Brandon Sanderson's contribution to the last few books in the series is seamless. He remains true to the characters and the plot, with just a little Sanderson genius for good measure.
If you're a fan of the sword wielding - hero to the save the world -epic fantasy type series, then this is one not to be missed.
Am feeling slightly bereft at not having a book 15 to move on to......my most recent other listens all seem to be falling a little short. They've been good, but just don't quite seem to measure up.
If you're wanting an enjoyable distraction for a good few months, this is the one.......just be sure to start at the beginning with the Eye of the World so that you don't miss anything.
"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.
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