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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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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 09-06-13
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 09-06-13 Member Since 2015

    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

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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 2007
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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

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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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    Zane Buckeye, AZ, United States 03-03-13
    Zane Buckeye, AZ, United States 03-03-13
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    "Not quite as good as the others but still good."
    Any additional comments?

    An interesting look into how Moiraine started her quest to find the Dragon Reborn. Well worth your time.

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    ML 02-17-13
    ML 02-17-13
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    "A good start for the series"
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    I read another review to not start with this book, to read the first three books first. I couldn't disagree more. This provides the backdrop for the series. I really enjoyed the story of early Moiraine and Lan. Kate Reading's and Michael Kramer's performances are excellent.

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    Melissa Ames, IA USA 02-06-13
    Melissa Ames, IA USA 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fills in the background nicely"

    I listened to this book after listening to the first 13 of the regular series, before the 14th and final book. I enjoyed hearing the backstory for the many characters I have devoted so much of my listening time to. Now that I'm listening to the last book, that extra background enriches my listening that much more.

    This book follows right with the other books in the series, so if you liked those, you'll like this one. One bonus: this book is as long as the others should have been! (In other words, it's shorter!)

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    Andrew 01-02-13
    Andrew 01-02-13
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    "good back story, but pretty boring"
    What did you like best about New Spring? What did you like least?

    I liked having some of Lan and Mouraine's backstory, but it could have been told at a faster pace with a little more excitement.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Jordan? Why or why not?

    Yes, the series as a whole is amazing.


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

    Name pronunciation, feeling to the words, etc


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 12-11-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    Best fantasy series ever written and he doesnt' even use foul languange to make the bad guys bad. Good clean fun. Try it you will get lost in the excitment of a well written epic.

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