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New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel | [Robert Jordan]

New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

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.
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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.

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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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    Sten Frederick, MD, USA 09-01-04
    Sten Frederick, MD, USA 09-01-04
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    "Finally something decent from Jordan"

    I, like many other readers have pained through the last few WoT books. New Spring is different and more like the first few WoT books. Great book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Chelsfield, N/A, United Kingdom 03-29-04
    Barry Chelsfield, N/A, United Kingdom 03-29-04
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    "Excellent Intro"

    I've not read or listened to any other Wheel of Time books and if this prequel is any indication, I'll be reading the others.
    However, I will not be listening to them since it seems that Audible has no unabridged versions of the first 5 books. Abridgment is butchery and I will not buy ANY abridged versions of any book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S Jones 03-09-04
    S Jones 03-09-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Read first before the prior books!"

    Easy to listen to and follow- but will catch you up and take you along for the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gary Tecumseh, MI, United States 09-07-08
    gary Tecumseh, MI, United States 09-07-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Yawn"

    I'm a BIG fan of the Wheel of Time series... This book, on the other hand, was irrelevant in almost every way. No story lines are advanced or secrets or insights revealed. More of a novelette about Siuan and Moiraine's schoolgirl (Accepted) days, this book is worth a listen if you are a big fan, but don't expect too much. Only gets two stars because of it's ties with the Wheel of Time series proper.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lewis San Antonio, TX, United States 04-16-07
    Lewis San Antonio, TX, United States 04-16-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Poorly written"

    If the rest of the series is as hard to understand as this book, I won't be reading the rest. The writing is very hard to comprehend. It uses words that are foreign to us with no explanation. It's almost as if the book forgot to put the 1st 3 chapters in where everything is introduced. Characters, places, and phrases that make no sense are introduced with no explanation making it very difficult to follow the story. The story that is there moves VERY slowly and certainly will not have you coming back for more. I'll try the next book to see if it gets better but no further if it doesn't improve. Even the readers are sometimes difficult to understand, especially with the strang words they have to pronounce.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Wichita, KS, USA 12-01-04
    James Wichita, KS, USA 12-01-04
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    "Great Listen"

    Well done effort by Jordan and a good listen. Only one complaint - Michael Kramer should NOT do audio books, is voice is too unexpressive and dry.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Meridian, ID, USA 09-02-05
    Dawn Meridian, ID, USA 09-02-05
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    "A waste of a download"

    Keep in mind that I read most of the series before coming back to listen to the prequel. I don't feel that this book had much to do with the WOT series other than the fact that the characters are the same. It speaks mainly of Morraine and Suan as accepted and being raised to sisters. It gives some background on Lan, but not enough to make it worth listening to. (He reminds me a lot of Matt in this book; doing things that need to be done, not because he wants to do them.) The only valuable thing I got from this book is the insinuation that Cadsuane may be a dark friend. (She is in about 3 minutes of the book)There is not much adventure or sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the next move. With the rest of the series I found it hard to take off my headphones and go to sleep, but I was sorely disappointed with New Spring.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 05-15-13
    Barbara 05-15-13
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    "I did not like anything about this book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea.


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

    I do not like sience-fiction.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I would not matter who read it, I did not like anything about it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like a credit refund on this book, so that I can find one I will enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 07-02-07
    Chris 07-02-07
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    "Good but not great..."

    While the narration this book is as good as ever, the content is not as rich as in other volumes. The book fills in some detail that is nice to have, but really came to a head without really getting enough into the dynamic of Moraine and Lan and how their 'bond' is more than a just a Warder's bond. There are some more gaps that are glossed over and shold have more detail. A good read, but not as much info as I'd hoped for.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Riverside, CA, United States 11-09-13
    Steve Riverside, CA, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Game of Fabric"

    Robert Jordan had a very annoying tendency to constantly describe what people are wearing. This book takes that to new lows! We get to have characters arguing (or not daring to argue) with seamstresses about colors. Light blue or dark blue? Hip hugging or not? Cleavage? Wool or silk? Guess what? It does nothing for the plot! I think there are two hours in this book talking about clothing. Two hours I can never get back.

    Eventually the story gets going, but that's at 90% through. If you decide to listen to this one, just start skipping when fabric is mentioned!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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