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
Wow! Just, Wow!
Matt has always been my favorite character throughout the series. While the final 3 books brought other characters from the "I can't stand them anymore" (Nyneave) to "I actually like this character", Matt still has the Laugh Out Loud moments. While Brandon had trouble capturing Matt in TGS, he got stronger in ToM, and nailed it in AMOL.
Both readers have always been wonderful, but Michael's voices have always stood out as amazing. Michael's voices bring a depth and warmth to the series. I loved the addition of the Dark One in this book
The epic conclusion to the most epic fantasy series in history.
One of the best.
Matt was my favorite. I liked the way his humor and cunning in battle added to the story
Their character voices add to the story and help in the character development.
No due to its length. Listened to it to and from work. Made a long drive enjoyable.
I felt this was no where near as good as the others in the series. I didn't care for the redundancy of words, some of the interactions, several of the fights, the rapid end. All in all, very disappointed.
This book is the last of the Jordan/Sanderson combination, and reading the series backwards would be even more confusing than forwards - so no to the first part of the question. As for Kramer, I struggled with epic nature of every spoken sentence and needed a change in the intensity. Reading was easier to handle, although some of her 'male' character voices made me giggle.
It was a mammoth task, nigh on impossible, to weave a finish out of so many careening strands. Well done!
ADVERSARY, intense, relief
Yes, had to be. It is the final book of the mammoth series, I had already made the commitment to read/listen to the past stories, the choice to ignore the final one was unthinkable. I wonder if anyone wandered into a bookstore, had a sneaky-peak at the epilogue, and walked off satisfied...
At times frustrating, always massive, and in the end rewarding.
To be honest, i knew all the characters so well, i didn't really like any of them, or dislike any of them. Throughout the series, Lan was probably my least disliked character but i'm a Rand fan overall.
Pronunciation. I haven't read any of these books, i've listened to the entire series twice in the last year and all my friends who have read the books (most for the last 10+ years) come to me to ask for pronunciation of names and places. Not knowing how to say 'odd' names/places is often a roadblock for fantasy books for me. Aside from Lord of the Rings, i don't think i've 'read' any other fantasy books (scifi fan at heart), but i've listened to dozens.
Throughout the entire series, i hated the way RJ wrote his female characters, he made me hate all of them. Sanderson redeemed some of them but i wasn't sad to see that others got what they deserved. I think the way Sanderson choreographed the events in this book was ingenious and i expected nothing less after reading his other books. If you can make it through the middle part of the series, the last few books are worth it.
Clearly this is a book for extreme fans of the series....
Not sure... I will start searching now.
Steven Pacey maybe.. I am sure there are many readers who would have done a better job.
None of them are memorable
I read the first 8 books and my interest in the series began to lag.. I was still curious how the whole thing would end though... I thought perhaps that Sanderson would bring some new life to the story.... But no..
Fantastic ending to an enormous story. My only complaint is that Sanderson hijacked the character Mat Cauthon and turned his dialogue into that of an annoying 15-year-old boy. It was a major character change and the editors should have kept him on a shorter leash. It doesn't ruin the end of the series, but it sours it quite a lot for fans of Mat.
Adding to the plethora of crazy "I love this book" reviews seems like overkill, but I loved this series, and I loved this book. My favorite characters were back for the Last Battle! Since Sanderson took over, May Robert Jordan rest in peace the series picked up some new vitality as it cruised to the Last Battle. 100's of characters, dozens of story lines come together here. The psycho struggle in Rand's mind has been cleared, he is on a mission and as only the Dragon Reborn can do he has to execute it. There is a lot of battles in Memory of Light, and while some of the plot lines with certain characters I would have enjoyed having more ultimately the story was Rand's and it was the culmination of years of audio listening, as well as struggle against the Dark Lord and the Forsaken.
I love Matt and we got more of him, and Peron was well done as the complex person that he is.
I would encourage anyone looking at this book to get it, as well as with the series. I did skip one book, 9th or 10th, as it was really dragging. But the last three were awesome.
And now as we know "the wheel weaves as the wheel wills"
I've not read the print for some years. The audible rendition is so satisfying.
Brandon Sanderson carried the characters forward seamlessly. I'm so impressed.
There are so many it is hard to comment. I love Egwene's adventures - very relevant to women of today
WHAT? Individuality meets commonality
I've enjoyed this series for almost 20 years! A generation. Congratulations to all. Hope there is something to take it's place. Sanderson has given so much to the project, but others could carry the stories of Elaine, Perryn, Min, Rand, etc. forward. RIPE!!!!!
The closure. It was nice to see the all of the parts fitting into the last battle.
I don't really have a favorite character in this series as the characters don't really think their way through anything.
My favorite part was where Rand didn't die after all and came back with the power of the pattern.
No. If it could be listened to in one sitting, it would be too short.
Brandon Sanderson added more intellect and depth to the characters which I thought was SORELY needed. I believe if he hadn't stepped in to finish the books, I would not have been interested in listening to the last ones.
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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