Rand Al-Thor is the Dragon Reborn, able to touch the One Power, but unable to control it. Rand knows only that he must face the Dark One in a battle to the death. Ahead of him lies the next great test for the Dragon Reborn.
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"Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)
"Large and splendid. The saga reaches a new level of emotional impact." (Chicago Sun-Times)
Kate Reading and Michael Kramer have achieved a feat of extraordinary ability. They have managed deliver a reading of the book with no sound effects or music that is both engaging and entertaining.
Well worth your time
Since starting this series late last year, I have been pacing myself. This book, however, was so captivating that I downloaded the next book as soon as I finished this one. The story lines are becoming quite rich and enjoyable. Of course, the readers are still doing a great job.
I love to read. With two kids and a full time job in management, audio books have emerged as my only chance to leverage this love.
I definately agree with everyone who said slow...The book doesn't even start in the first half which is surprising considering this is one of the shorter stories in the series. The second half definately got better but that even took a while. The ending was once again superb however. I got goosebumps at the end but the build up to it could have been shortened without loosing much. Great book for anyone with a little patience but if you are looking for action from start to finish (like the first two books) go ahead and pass.
I found this book the slowest of the series so far, but still enjoyed it and will buy the next one in the series. Great series, love it. I'm also getting used to the switching between the two narrators who are both brilliant.
Favorite books are Mystery & Thrillers followed close by SciFi & Fantasy.
great story, great reading, what a pleasure. i'm hooked! Once you start you can't stop reading these adventures.
I really like the way Jordan plays off the reluctant hero. His insights into men and women's views of the opposite sex are often funny and help relieve the seriousness of the story, which is, as always, incredibly original and well written.
The Dragon Reborn is captivating from beginning to end! Robert Jordan does a wonderful job bringing many elements together at the end of this novel, and producing a very climatic ending. Though some might argue otherwise, the plot is moderately convoluted and will keep most readers riveted until the last page. It is well worth the listening!
I just can't help thinking that the 14,000 plus pages of this series could have been condensed into a trilogy. SHOULD have been condensed into a trilogy. It's just too repetitive and not compelling enough to devote the time necessary to finish this whole thing. My brother skipped the middle six books, and said he didn't feel like he missed anything, so I think I will do the same. I want to get to the Sanderson books, but I don't want to have to read the Jordan ones to do so. I think I will give it one more book and, if it doesn't get better, read summaries of books 5-11.
"Short but Sweet"
This is the shortest of the volumes so far, but has a very fast pace, unlike some of the later books. It is a journey, and building upon existing characters, while beginning to introduce a few more side characters, including Aes Sedai, and some new major characters too. Culminating in one of the best battles in the series (until Book 11 - Knife of Dreams, chapter 18), as the Dragon tries to seize the Stone of Tear, and we are introduced to the People of the Dragon - the awesome Aiel from the baked, arid wastes beyond the Dragon Wall. The battle of wills and of the one power shakes the STone to it's core as the Dragon attempts to put Forsaken in their places - well until the mistress of the night intervenes... well, you have to listen to find out now, don't you! Best series ever!!
I have read pretty much every major fantasy novel and so reckon I can give a fair judgement. So far, I am enjoying the Wheel of Time saga more than any other fantasy I have ever read.
Don't waste your time with sword of truth saga - its just a copy of wheel of time apart from not as good.
I would recommend this saga to anyone who likes Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, golden compass, sword of truth etc. Once you get to know the characters in this saga they are more lovable than all of the above mentioned.
This book ranks very high among all of the audio books I've listened to. Although, that's for the story rather than the readers. I find Michael Kramer to be a bit flat in his retelling and I just can't warm to Kate Reading
My favourite character is Rand. Nobody ever picks the protagonist, but I think he's great and I love when the books go to his POV.
Yes! I wanted to listen to the entire series in one sitting!!
"Entertaining if a little predictable"
This basically carries on from the previous two installments and as such has lost some of its freshness.
The ending was slightly disappointing as it appeared that the series was coming to an end with this book this book but a twist at the end makes it clear that more are to come.
Probably a mistake!!!
"Wheel of time 3"
just about getting in to the american accent now and wanting to know what happens next...
"The plot thickens..."
The epic storytelling abilities shown in The Wheel of Time really come apparent in the third novel. The focus leaves the protagonist for much of the book which allows the audience to have a more in depth view of others in the steadily growing band of characters, namely the development of Perrin. Narrators excel as always.
Audible is a great way to spend hours with your favourite story, while still managing to get on with the everyday tasks you have to do. I love this story.
"Excellent, a compelling and addictive epic."
This is one of the best fantasy epics ever written, a series right up there with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien but be warned it is not one to be taken up lightly, this series is Huge!
The books have been kept together so one audio book will get you one book and many hours of happy listening.
Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 after publishing book 11, but with the help of Jordan’s wife/editor Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson has taken up the torch, using Jordan’s plentiful notes he is finishing off the series brilliantly, with book 14 being the final volume.
The series is voiced by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading throughout and their performances are exemplary, their narration brings the world to life in a way that simply reading it never had for me, they bring a unique voice and feeling to each of the characters that brings them to life and firmly embeds them in your heart.
The only negative I have to put in is that the audiobooks chapter division bears no relation to where the chapters start and end in the books making the chapter search and snooze modes on the app all but useless.
All in all a five star read. An absolute must for any fantasy epic fan.
"The end or the beginning"
This is the third book in the series and as with the last one it seems a little fragmented but it builds very well to an excellent conclusion. The only reason I haven't given it a five star rating is that I was very disappointed with the enhanced format version. I have just listened to Dune, an old book, but the enhanced format transforms it into a totally new experience.
Done it! Listened while working through the whole 14 books. Not bad - not brilliant either. Too much describing of what are people wearing, limited dictionary of dialogues and male-female relationships/interactions painfully similar, predictable -boring (Mr Freud would find it certainly interesting though :)
Maybe because English isn't my first language, maybe I'm spoiled by other writers or maybe Robert Jordan just isn't my type of author but haven't I been working at the time of listening I would considered it time wasted.
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