We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
New Spring Audiobook

New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

Regular Price:$31.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow. And Moiraine Damodred, a young Accepted soon to be raised to Aes Sedai, and Lan Mandragoran, a young soldier fighting in the battle, are set on paths that will bind their lives together. But those paths are filled with complications and dangers, for Moiraine is of the Royal House of Cairhien, whose King has just died, and Lan is considered the uncrowned king of a nation long dead, and the plots of those seeking power threaten their lives. The novella "New Spring" told a part of the story, in compressed form...the novel New Spring tells the whole story.

Listen to more books in The Wheel of Time series.

©2004 Robert Jordan; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC and Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)
"Written with all the skill that has made Jordan one of the grand masters of fantasy." (Publishers Weekly
"Both narrators handle complex roles with feeling and confidence, never losing the excitement and tension of the fast-moving story. The performers breathe emotion into their characters with an earnestness that holds listeners close and leaves them wanting more." (AudioFile)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (4247 )
5 star
 (2853)
4 star
 (1018)
3 star
 (294)
2 star
 (54)
1 star
 (28)
Overall
4.6 (3040 )
5 star
 (2075)
4 star
 (666)
3 star
 (243)
2 star
 (35)
1 star
 (21)
Story
4.7 (3028 )
5 star
 (2418)
4 star
 (474)
3 star
 (99)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (16)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Garry Leicester, N/A, United Kingdom 06-17-04
    Garry Leicester, N/A, United Kingdom 06-17-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "What an enjoyable Listen"

    Completely new to Robert Jordan and his works. Thouroughly recommend this as an engrossing and well written work. The narrators where excellent and enhanced the whole experience. I'm encouraged now to listen to the whole series....the whole unabridged series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 03-23-04
    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 03-23-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    192
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    81
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Much Better than Expected"

    At first, I was not too thrilled that Robert Jordan had deviated from the main series to write a prequel. I've been engulfing The <i>Wheel of Time</i> Series since discovering it by accident several years ago, yet the last two novels have been major disappointments. That being said, <i>New Spring</i> was like a breath of fresh air. The novel takes us back to the early days of Moiraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche when they were just Accepted, not full Aes Sedai. In addition, we get a better understanding of Lan Mandragoran's past and how he became warder to Moiraine. Take this novel for what it is; that is, a peak at the past of very important charcters and what motivated them to set in motion the return of the Dragon Reborn. As to the narration, as usual Kate Reading is fantastic, Michael Kramer is OK. Overall, this is a great audiobook.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-18-13
    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good one to read after book 6"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the narrators are fabulous.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Jordan before, how does this one compare?

    This one is a great back story allows you to see how some of the power players in the story got there.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Right on par with their excellent narrating, they bring the characters to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    See how it all began!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book to pop in right after book 6. Not going to spoil why but this is a great filler after that book. It also allows you to take a breather from the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anita Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-01-10
    Anita Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-01-10 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    344
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Glad I read it"

    I read all the series about two years ago, but never bought the prequel. When Gathering Storm came out, I bought it along with New Spring. I re-read the whole series starting with New Spring this time. For me, it made the whole series flow better than it did the first time I read WOT. I recommend it to all WOT fans and think new fans will enjoy the WOT series more by starting with New Spring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathryn 03-08-04
    Kathryn 03-08-04 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent"

    A very absorbing book. In addition to being a terrific story on it's own it really adds to the series. The narration is also excellent. I couldn't stop listening.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D. Grubbs 12-07-16
    D. Grubbs 12-07-16

    Phily Guy

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Glad I Listened to This After Book 4"

    The WOT is the first series I got caught up in listening to so I don't have a lot to compare it to. However, of all the audio books I have listened to these are the best books with the best readers I have yet heard. I personally dig Michael's reading more, great accents, dark friend characters, simple country folk. He really makes the characters come alive and captures the humor from the male perspective well. Lan especially here. That said this book is focused more on Maurain, and other Aies Sedai. Sorry if my spelling is off. Kate does a masterful job of capturing a younger Maurain and Suian Sanchez. It can be hard to endure her characters and it seems her reading can make them seem nastier than they are if I was reading it myself. I found that setting the play speed to 90 percent made her more comfortable to list to.

    I am 1/2 way finished listening to book 5 now and I keep thinking back to this younger time of their lives.
    I don't think there are spoilers here...
    I feel that my experience with this series was enhanced because I read some not so great reviews of book 5. I also feel like book 4 was a big intro to the Aeil and the waist and the ending of the Aeil war at the beginning fit in well with that. I also feel that this book gave me the background on the Tower and Suian Suanchez so I understood much better her and Maurain's lifelong personal crusades to prepair for the Dragon Reborn. It really helped me get through some of the slower sections and with more anticipation with these character's personal struggle especially than other book 5 reviewers had expressed.
    Also, it was great to read it first because book 5 kept alluding back to this story more than in any of the previous books so I personally think that Jordon had just started planning or was well into the writing of this story when he was writing book 5.
    Like Book 1 this book seemed to come to a sudden conclusion what seemed out of nowhere. I also was not able to understand Lan's previous relationships in this book. Okay.... Spoiler alert!!!



    His lover was trying to marry off her daughter to him??? Did I get that right??? And he proclaimed some kind of loyalty to the city because he had nowhere to go than this lady who wanted to him to marry her daughter that he did not seem interested in doing... His purpose in the city was very unclear and perhaps it all just came down to show us that he had no kingdom, no place to call home and he was searching for a place to be or a purpose for his life. Therefore, it all lead to how he become Maurain's warder.

    The end leaves us guessing how exactly Suain came to be the Amberlyn. Except her best friend just saved the day and Suain was stronger. It also left us guessing how Maurain ends up finding out about Rand beyond knowing what we knew in the beginning of the book, that he is out there somewhere. Who know when or if they ever found him or if Maurain just happened to come through Edmonds Field.
    So in a way, despite all the interesting background with a few characters in this book I felt that in the end that this was like a prequel to the prequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeanne Acker 04-29-09 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "New Spring--One Beginning"

    New Spring is the prequel to Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series. IT was added later after the success of the series.

    The Birth of the Dragon was foretold shortly before his birth on Mount Dragon By and Aes Sedai with Foretelling. Moraine and Suian are Aes Sedai in training and are, with others trainees, sent out to find the child prophesied to be born on the slopes of Dragon Mount.

    The White Tower knows of his birth but so do the Shadowfriends amongst the Aes Sedai. The lines have been drawn, but who would prevail.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sten Frederick, MD, USA 09-01-04
    Sten Frederick, MD, USA 09-01-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Finally something decent from Jordan"

    I, like many other readers have pained through the last few WoT books. New Spring is different and more like the first few WoT books. Great book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    04-28-17
    04-28-17 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ah. The Wheel of Time"

    In my opinion, the best of fantasy stories. Owning the whole set, and having read them repeatedly I feel this is a must read for fantasy readers. The feel of a very long story that doesn't have the dread of coming to an end, although it is complete by then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Y. 04-09-17
    John Y. 04-09-17 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "wonderful, great prequil, wish there were more."

    nice start to the wheel of time, wish there were more, would love to know the stories of all the Dragons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • L Segura
    Faro, Algarve Portugal
    12/16/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A beautiful prequel"

    A New Spring, for those familiar with WOT series, is a prequel for the main story and follows the story of Moraine, Siuan and Lan twenty years before the main events.

    Around this time Moraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche, both simple Accepted of the White Tower, become involved in the quest to find the Dragon Reborn, according to the Karaethon Cycle, just born on the slopes of Dragonmount. We get to know their first steps on the road that would lead them, one to be the Amyrlin Seat and the other to be the most pivotal Aes Sedai in Rand al'Thor's future.

    Also, al'Lan Mandragoran will be coming to the plot as Moraine's Warder and the book allows readers some rare insight on his feelings and thoughts prior to his ties with the Aes Sedai.

    All and all, a beautifully told story to entice us while sharing details previously ignored on some of the most beloved characters. Last, but with no doubts not the least, a masterful work by both Michael Kramer and Kate Reading as narrators; a plus on any audiobook - I'm sure you will all agree.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.