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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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    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."
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    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!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    "GRAVEY"

    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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    Chris Acworth, GA, United States 11-26-12
    Chris Acworth, GA, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Interesting..."

    The prequel to the famous Wheel of Time series is a good listen. I have always enjoyed Michael Kramer and Kate Reading as narrators. This book should be for those who have either read up to Towers of Midnight, book 13, or have not read any books.
    This book involves a inter-twinded Aes Sedai plot that unravelled even before book one of the Wheel of Time. A good read for those who are caught up and a good read for those who have not even started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 10-29-12
    Stephanie 10-29-12

    being dyslexic, I never read allot but I loved books...doesn't mix right? NOPE...wrong...Audible allows me to "read" at a pace that works for me and they have a great selection of books to keep me interested. I'm a fiction , sci-fi, and adventure books with strong female characters reader. I have been on a Vampire kick lately so female protags have been on my list.

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    "Boring!"
    What disappointed you about New Spring?

    The story is slow, the story was "bland" and did not seem to have an character to the reading.


    Has New Spring turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The boring story, slow, and tons of quotes that didn't make much sense as it relates to the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, some inflection in the story would be helpful. It seemed like the performer was a bored as I was to read it


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    Carmen 08-16-12
    Carmen 08-16-12

    Fantasy fanatic, sci fi dabbler

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    "Betrayal"

    This book was quite good in and of itself, but what I liked most about it was the different perspective it gave me on the main series.

    I listened to this just after finishing Towers of Midnight & wanting to fill the void while awaiting A Memory of Light.

    I loved seeing Moiraine and Siuan as Accepted and very young Sisters. It hurt to see Lan so lost even though I knew things would work out for him (well, they have so far. Time and AMOL will tell). The betrayals of the Black Ajah in the main series cut even deeper after seeing how close the Novices and Accepted usually are (as Elayne, Nynaeve and Egwene have always stood apart from the others in the Tower the betrayal doesn't cut them anywhere near as deep). Also seeing how the "normal" Aes Sedai had their beginnings emphasised just how remarkable N, E & E really are.

    Hint - if you haven't quite finished the existing books yet, read this before Towers of Midnight. It will really whet your appetite for the Towers of Ghenjei shenanigans (if you know what that means, you know enough not to be spoilered by the reference).

    Enjoy!

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