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"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)
Listening to these in publishing order, the two before this one were full of audio glitches where they repeated about 20 seconds of audio over again a number of time throughout the book. This one was flawless.
Robert Jordan is on the very top of my list of favorite authors and I can't wait until I see a movie series on the Wheel of Time
I'd suggest reading the first handful of books first but it's not necessary. I read this after finishing the full series over a year ago and it brought back good memories
I love this series. I'm on my 4th or 5th go through in audio, and have read the books in paper and digital format several more times. For those that haven't read any of the wheel of time series, feel free to start with this one. It'll give you some important back-story for some of the best characters in the series. I love it, and wish there were more of these books.
I tried three times to like this book and just cannot find myself associating with the characters nor finding a reason to care about what happens to them. It's like listening to someone buy groceries.
This is actually good background information on a few of the main WOT characters, but I found myself becoming distracted from the story repeatedly. I had to keep restarting chapters, because I would realize I didn't know what was going on in the story, and Kate Reading's voice was just noise in my ear. I literally had to force myself to concentrate on listening! For this reason I recommend this book with reservations.
one of my favorites
maurine and swan and how mairune gets lan as awarder
too many but lan and ants was funny
yes laugh and couldnt get enough
another great series loved it
If you are a fan of WoT than you'll probably end up reading this at some point. Personally, I would recommend waiting until you are well into the main series before indulging, as there are a few Easter eggs present for the careful reader and I felt like some things were explained more thoroughly in the main series. While the overall story is good, I felt like the quality of the writing didn't live up to the caliber present in the rest of the series. But I guess this could be expected given this book is more of a stand-alone prequel to the series itself.
"The beginning of the wheel's turn"
This is a great book, just as you would expect from the pen of Robert Jordan. It tells the tale of how two of the characters that play such a vital role in subsequent adventures first met. Although an excellent and compelling read, I would say that it is not necessary to read this book before embarking on the rest of the series. Rather, it is a book to read for interest: it does not add anything to the overall story line of the series. In fact, I would read this book after reading book 1 and not before.
Im now on book 7 in the wheel of time series and looking back on this one, it was slow to start with but and some very funny parts and a exciting ending which made me continue.4/5 cuz it was slow and a bit hard to understand at times.
"all round good"
The women's reading is shaky at best at the start but gets better half way through
"A Prequel that can be read after the whole sequel"
I love listening to Jordan's world just one last time after listening to all of his books. rarely have a I been submerged so intensely by an invented world of fantasy . Every character gets his worth.
"Fills in the gaps"
A nice story that fills in some of the gaps and questions asked as the wheel of time progresses. Mostly building the story of the Aes Sedai, discovery of the black ajas revival, how moraine and lab met and how the hunt for the dragon reborn began.
A nice little short prequel. It's gives nice context to Moraine and her quest for Rand. Well read by the usual narrators.
"One for the fans"
I listened to this audiobook after finishing the Wheel of Time books. The story centres around how Moiraine and Lan meet each other.
My problem with it is that I thought some of the weakest aspects of the Wheel of Time is when the mystique of the Aes Sedai was spoilt when I realised they only have four characters: Moiraine; Siuan Sanche; the giggling/crying novices; and the rest are stern overbearing Nuns from a 1950's Irish convent school that try to defeat their enemies through the power a harsh glare. This book really wallows in this, but worst is that Moiraine gets reduced to the giggly/crying novice character. I'd always assumed see was born tough but this book spoilt that illusion.
It was interesting enough to get back into the WoT world and I did liked Moirain's storyline. It's just I I found myself getting annoyed with the execution of it.
"A Prelude to an Epic Story"
This is the story of how Lan and Moiraine meet. We will see them forge a bond made stronger by their common goal. Fighting the Dark. The war between Good and Evil started long before they came to the Two Rivers and in this book we will have a look, at their beginning. This is were these two start their journey towards A Memory of Light. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.
I listened to this book whilst waiting for the final book to be published. It added some very interesting background material about Moraine, Lan and Siuan. It gave much more depth and explaination of events that are referred to only in passing in the other books. This is a definite must read for those who have read a few of the wheel of time books, although I don't think it should be read first. I have recently gone back to start of the series and so have been glad to know more of the background to these 3 intergral characters.
I really enjoy the character of Lan, so any story with more of him can't be bad!
I often imagine the Wheel of Time series as a 7 Season, 24 episode TV Fantasy series (which would work!!). In fact have taken notes each time I've listened to the books, waiting for the next release, and hope to put together a script for the first double-episode of Season 1 (which will cover Books 1 and 2) 'Beltine'. This along with notes for each episode thereafter (S01E03: Journey to Baerlon; S01E04: Aridhol; S01E05: Voyage to Whitebridge; S01E06: Whitecloaks; S01E07: Suspicion; S01E08: Four Kings; S01E09: Caemlyn; S01E10: The Ways; S01E11: Tar Valon; S01E12: The Borderlands; S01E13: The Green Man (part 1); S01E14: The Green Man (part 2).
Okay - so I've thought a lot about this!! Now, while I was waiting patiently for Knife of Dreams to come out (Book 11), New Spring was released and confused m, as I thought at first it was book 11, and wondered why book 11 would be a Prequel!?! Turns out this is just because it was the 11th book Jordan released, but it wasn't 'Book 11'!!
So, fascinated I picked it up.
First of all, it is written as by the commanding style of Jordan by Book 11, which is very different to his style during Book 1, which reminds me of his Conan books. So if you listn to this first, and then read Book 1, it just doesn't feel right. Kind of like watching Episode 1 of Star Wars before A New Hope (Ep 4). So my first advice, is if you plan to re-read any of the books before you get to the next one (which actually is a good idea as the series is VERY complex!!), don't read this first. In fact in my TV Episode plan, this would come out at the cinema as a stand-alone movie between seasons 5 and 6.
It is great! It explores the relationship between Moiraine and Lan, and really gives you a sense of understanding that could only really be guessed at previously. As a Prequel it works great, but as stand-alone, not so much. You see the story it follows tends to be in the way. It is rushed, and feels like it is there simply to 'try' to stand alone. Overall okay
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