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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)
Not as good as the other Wheel of Time audiobooks but definitely a must for fans. For people who haven't started the series yet, you'll want to read this later, maybe even last for the world is not introduced in this prequel like it is in the beginning of the Wheel of Time.
The foretelling of the Dragon's rebirth.
Yes, I've listened to all the other Wheel audiobooks. I'd say this is the worst of the Wheel's but that's like saying Henry V is the worst Shakespeare play. It's still very good but in the scope of the rest of the books it's not as good. The audio recording for this is from a tape, not cd, so you get the light scratchy-ness of tape sound and it's much shorter than the other Wheel books so there aren't as many characters that Kramer and Reading really get a chance to wow the listener with their breadth of mastery.
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are my favorite duo for all audiobooks. I wish every fantasy series used them for their recordings and they do not disappoint in this performance as well.
New Spring takes the story back about 20 years and tells us the story of how Lan became Warder to Moraine. Although not critical to the overall story, once completing the final book in the series, it was nice to finish off with a bit of background.
This is the first audio I've listened to but definitely not my last
difficult to choose a favourite
pronunciation of names and words and giving voices to the characters
looking forward to enjoying the entire series
A good, brisk story with lots of interest. Although I know now this is a prequel to the Wheel of Time, I haven't read any of that series and found that the book did stand on its own. I look forward to hearing it again after I read some of the other books of the series, however. The readers were very expressive and I liked the switch off between the two depending on the sex of the POV character.
I would find someone besides M. Kramer to be the male narrator.
Michael Kramer sounded completely bored and distracted, like he had much better things to do than narrate this book and was thinking ahead to his dinner and when to do his laundry. His nasal, weary voice was very annoying. I found myself not listening to the story, but wishing he would liven up and quit sighing between sentences so much. Kate Reading was very good, but not enough of the book was narrated by her to make it enjoyable.
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan was one of the best I'd ever read and I was looking forward to the prequel. I think the story itself is great, but it was badly narrated.
It was a nice book a little shorter than what I had anticipated, it was nice to see how it all started, except I was hoping they would have told Tam's story and how she came to know Rand was the Dragon, either way it was a nice book to fill the gaps
I really enjoyed this book. It was new from the original series and it was my first time in audio format. I thought it was very well written and filled in some good information that helped to make the next book even more enjoyable.
I very much enjoyed this prequel to the WOT series. I think Jordan got back to the style of writing that made me love the first few books in the series. It was also really great to see Moiraine again, one of my favourite characters. I wish she played a larger role in the other books. I thought this book did a great job of filling us in on the beginnings of Moiraine and Lan and how they came to start out on their quest to find the Dragon Reborn.
And as satisfying as it was to get all those extra details and see everything tied in so nicely to the WOT series, this book does well as a stand alone read. So if you're not sure you really want to read the other eleven or so books in the series this one would be a great way to see if you'd enjoy them without really feeling the need to go on just to see what happens if you don't like it. And a word of warning to those who do go on to read the rest...the series has no end, the author recently died and the final three book are being written by Brandon Sanderson.
This was also the first book I've done in audio and I have to say I'm a fan. It's the lazy man's way and I love that I can listen while I work!
The Wheel of Time series is awesome. It brings your imagination to life. I have listen to this book as well as book 1 in the series. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed books like Harry Potter.
This was the first Robert Jordan book I've listened to. Let me tell you, this set the stage for what looks to be a grand story in the Wheel of Time story series. Very well written and the narration was impeccable. I'm hooked!
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