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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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"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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    Sandi Ruston, LA, United States 01-15-15
    Sandi Ruston, LA, United States 01-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Could not find the storyline"
    What would have made New Spring better?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 01-02-15
    Anita 01-02-15

    Chaka

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    "OMG! Interestingly boring!"

    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.

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    suzy 07-09-14
    suzy 07-09-14
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    "a storry to get lost inn"
    Where does New Spring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of my favorites


    What was one of the most memorable moments of New Spring?

    maurine and swan and how mairune gets lan as awarder


    Which scene was your favorite?

    too many but lan and ants was funny


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes laugh and couldnt get enough


    Any additional comments?

    another great series loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Milford, Connecticut, United States 04-24-14
    Dave Milford, Connecticut, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Farmington, NY, United States 01-19-14
    Scott Farmington, NY, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting start to the series"

    I am just starting the Wheel of Time series and look forward to reading this series. The storyline of the prequel is enjoyable and it was an interesting read. I have no insight into the series so not sure yet how the prequel sets up the rest of the story. I am not a big fan of the two narrators, but they grow on you as the story moves along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 09-06-13
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 09-06-13 Member Since 2017

    I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Shadows of Self

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    "Nothing great revealed here"

    I picked this up after the fourth book. I assumed I would get to know more of he backstory but nothing new was revealed that you wouldn't have guessed. I do notthink this book should be read before the first. It could be kept for later in the series.

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    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 06-19-13
    Matteo Barcelona, Spain 06-19-13 Member Since 2013

    I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? The Power of Now, have a good listen!

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    "Read after books 8 to 10. But I didnt like it"

    I have read this book after book 10, which most here agree is one of the worst of the series, perhaps even possible to skip it without hindering the whole series.

    Although many have liked this book I found it to be almost exclusively the story of Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran. Although I like the caracteres, I was expecting many more interesting things to be added to the plot, for example I would love to know the story of Rand's father and mother, both biological and step father, this is a part of the story I was always missing and curious about.

    anyways, I'm not sure if there is much to this book, maybe it would be possible to skip it all together, read a sumarry somewhere and race to the new books by sanderson, which I've heard pick up the pace quite a bit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Sheboygan, WI, United States 05-18-13
    Joel Sheboygan, WI, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A lot of talk with a disapointing anti-climax"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book gave some good backround but much more could have been done in the way of story telling.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More action of course


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    Both readers great, as always.


    Did New Spring inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, avoid reading it again.


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    steves145 04-16-13
    steves145 04-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "very well done"
    Would you listen to New Spring again? Why?

    yes am going to check the next one of the series out


    What did you like best about this story?

    it flowed well


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    nothing comes to mind


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    nothing comes to mind


    Any additional comments?

    nicely done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelvin 03-04-13
    Kelvin 03-04-13
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    "Great prequel, a must before the saga"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it lays out the characters and the pre history of the rest of the saga


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hard to answer and this is the beginning.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    Easy to separate the characters... job well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for that.


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  • Rp Trelfa
    Teesside, England
    6/21/11
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Leicester, England, United Kingdom
    1/25/09
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    "Good"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • joedy
    6/19/16
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    "all round good"

    The women's reading is shaky at best at the start but gets better half way through

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna66
    New Haw, United Kingdom
    7/22/15
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    "A Prequel that can be read after the whole sequel"
    Where does New Spring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr J Elkin / Miss S Elkin
    5/5/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    4/2/15
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    "Nice context"

    A nice little short prequel. It's gives nice context to Moraine and her quest for Rand. Well read by the usual narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    West Sussex, United Kingdom
    5/8/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marleen Westli Johansen
    Grimstad, NO
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    uk
    4/13/13
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    "Background reading"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William Clements
    Reading, UK
    1/8/11
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    "Prequel Short"

    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

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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