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New Spring Audiobook

New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

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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.

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©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)

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    Daniel 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 02-20-08
    Daniel 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 02-20-08 Member Since 2015
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    "All good"

    Good addidition to the wheel of time series. I really enjoyed adding depth to two of the more mysterious characters of the series. Was a little confusing at times with the way some names were pronounced, but I wouldn't say that was a point against it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Leicester, N/A, United Kingdom 06-17-04
    Garry Leicester, N/A, United Kingdom 06-17-04
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    "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
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    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-18-13
    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "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
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    Anita Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-01-10
    Anita Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-01-10 Member Since 2015
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    "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
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    Kathryn 03-08-04
    Kathryn 03-08-04 Member Since 2015
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    "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
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    Jeanne Acker 04-29-09 Member Since 2015
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    "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
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    Sten Frederick, MD, USA 09-01-04
    Sten Frederick, MD, USA 09-01-04
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    "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
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    Christopher 06-23-16
    Christopher 06-23-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Wheel of Time"

    By far one of the best book series ever written.. I recommend it to anyone and you can pick up New Spring as first book or after you've read a few in the serise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 06-08-16
    David 06-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow pacing. Good history."

    i appreciate the inner look on these characters' history, however the pacing was a bit slow throughout. A few good action scenes keep you hooked. 4/5.

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    Jman 05-24-16
    Jman 05-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Greatness"

    I've gone through every single book in the wheel of time and this is the last for me. I did all 14 books in 4 months. They are amazing, and this one is no different. The only problem with this book is that it left me wanting more!!!!

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  • L Segura
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    "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

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