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The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time | [Robert Jordan]

The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
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When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 04-17-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2015

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "An epic fantasy classic"

    If you haven't read this one you should. That being said, Robert Jordan's work is highly polarizing. You either love his books or hate them. The books are all very long. His works read similar to historical fiction in that he can get deep, some say bogged down, in minute details of his world. That being said this is one of the most popular epic fantasy books of all time.

    The story isn't anything new, in fact it is the same old boy on the run from the bad guy finds himself and his power that every other book uses. He also borrows a lot from Dune, the Annals of the Black Company, Thomas Covenant and more. The difference is in the details. The world is so intricate and well designed you feel like you could go there. The heroes are likeable and the villians are really easy to hate. in short, you get sucked in and really start to care about the characters.

    This series is really long, 14 books long and each is the size of a dictionary .In fact the author died before the series was completed and Brandon Sanderson wrote the last 3 books using Robert Jordans notes. I started reading this series when I first started college and it just finished last year (I'm 43 now). The good news is that the series was originally written as a trilogy which expanded due to popularity. You could theoretically stop at 3 and have pretty good closure. Then again if you made it to the third book you are probably hooked. If you didn't like it you probably didn't make it that far anyway. If you do decide to continue with series be aware that the books hit a patch around the middle (3 books) that weren't that great. You have to get through these to continue on with the series.

    The narraration is done by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. They do an awesome job considering the unbelievable number of characters in this series (read so many I would have to go read up to remember who some folks were when the next book came out). The series sticks with the same narrators throughout so the continuity helps alot. All in all, you should try this one if nothing else so you can say you read it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Binghamton, NY, United States 01-02-13
    John Binghamton, NY, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story but..."
    Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    Good story but VERY slow as the author found it necessary to describe everyones wardrobe down to the color of every tassle (and there are a lot of tassles) in the room whenever anyone interacts with a main character.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performances?

    Michael Kramer sounds like his niche would have been reading the 1930s news to a captivating audience sitting around there home radios'. Kate is above average.

    I have read reviews that the narrators get better...I truly hope.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 03-21-10
    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 03-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "i LOVE the narrators"

    this is what lord of the rings could have been. i personally didn't like LOTR (though i adore the movies).

    the only problem with the narration for me is that the two narrators seem to have never gotten together to decide how to pronounce some of the proper nouns. they even change their own minds from book to book. a bit humorous to me actually. but you have to listen to the whole saga to hear the 20 odd discrepencies. apart from that i find their pacing to be very good. i have no trouble telling one character from another, and i'm tone deaf! and hearing the spin the two different narrators give to a particular character really helps to show how robert jordan understood people so well, and was able to put that into the story to make it feel so real.

    this book is the begining of a huge saga. this particular book's only drawback is that the author had to take some editing decisions to make the book stand on it's own since the publishers didn't know if it would sell. book two also has some of these imperfections. but by book three, the saga had legs and the author was able to set his own pace and the story really began to shine. i suggest you listen to the prequil, "a new spring" to really get ahandle on what's coming, and get a feel for the world robert jordan created.

    to put it metaphorically, this saga is like a locomotive... a bit ungamely as it gets rolling. but once it's up to speed it's elegant, majestic, and unforgetable. the books are long, but like a train ride, once your out of the city and rolling through the countryside, you realize you never want the journy to end!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K Australia 11-05-09
    K Australia 11-05-09 Member Since 2009

    Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.

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    "The original but by no means the best."

    Jordan's, 'The eye of the world' is the first in a classic series of the Wheel of Time. This was Jordan's first in the series and a great story in its own right, but as the series goes on Jordan's writing gets better and better.

    The first is brilliant the rest get better in a well thought out plot.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    James D. Lee 09-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Better Every Time"

    I still pick up new tidbits, foreshadowing, and nuances every time I hear this book. Over the years I've read most books in this series twice and have listened to them on CD twice more. The audio format further highlights Jordan's genius and the fan's enjoyment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Austin, TX, USA 06-29-04
    James Austin, TX, USA 06-29-04 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderfully detailed fantasy adventure story"

    This book is a great fantasy adventure, but be prepared to have a desire to listen to them all. I started out by reading my son's copy of volume two and was so intrigued I decided to listen to volume one while I read volume three (confusing, but worth it to catch up).

    I have to say that I really enjoyed the narrator's voice characterizations. The range and diversity of voices for the various characters helped pull me into the story. I found it difficult to put away my Otis audio player after transits to/from work.

    The story itself is very richly detailed. It is not difficult to imagine yourself being there and seeing the grandeur of the country, the hustle and bustle of towns and cities, the customs of differing contries or even towns, hearing histories of people and places, the shock and sometimes fear of seeing different races for the first time, and the tension of living during hard times.

    The only detraction I fealt was the occaisional parallel references I would draw to other SciFi works such as Dune, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. These didn't occur often, but when they did, it was like ripping you out of one world and into another (particularly the Dune / Star Wars parallels). Usually, it was just when encountering, for the first time, names of people or places that sounded familiar.

    All in all, it's a good book almost on par with Tolkein.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    So Fain Atlanta, GA 04-24-10
    So Fain Atlanta, GA 04-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "If you only knew what was coming...."

    This intro may seem slow to some, but it really is a great beginning to an amazing adventure. Not the best book in the series but it's one that will always be special to me simply because of the world that introduced me to.

    If you want to spend 6 months of commuting wishing that your drive was longer so that you could listen to more.... This is your series.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hutchins 07-11-09
    D. Hutchins 07-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Give it a chance"

    My kids and I love fantasy books and were excited about starting a long series that we had heard a lot about. I'm not really sure where everyone gets that Michael Kramer is a great narrator unless they have stuck it out and listened to more books in this series. Frankly, he starts out AWFUL. We almost stopped listening just because of him. His cadence is so predictable and completely got on my nerves for the first 2/3 of the book. The first part that Kate Reading read seriously saved this book for us and we kept listening.

    ... and then about 2/3 of the way through it get SO much better. We are now almost finished with the 2nd book in the series and it is wonderful. Yes, this book has a slow start. But as you continue with the story you understand why - it NEEDS a slow start. I'm rating it pretty high even though I never thought I would get through it. Give it a chance and you will have a great start on an epic series.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Tacoma, WA, USA 01-23-09
    Daniel Tacoma, WA, USA 01-23-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the time!"

    I was a little apprehensive at first. I tried to block out of my mind the Tolkien comparisons and that was hard at first. The beginning was very rough for me, as the narrator takes time getting used to. He is very bland and monotone at first (at first I stress). But, by the middle, you can feel the characters being fleshed out. And, as the book moved along and more characters started getting developed, I really started to enjoy it. The well written book has details in spades to its characters and landscape. Some might think it's too much, but I think exactly the opposite. The way the story is told really draws you in and makes you feel as if you were there (that's nerdy, but true). All in all, very well done, however the climax was a little meh for me.

    *** for the first 1/3
    ***** for the last 2/3

    Bottom line, give this book a chance and don't judge it by the first couple chapters. You won't regret it!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    abdullah Khalifa A, United Arab Emirates 06-30-13
    abdullah Khalifa A, United Arab Emirates 06-30-13
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    "I couldn't get past the first hour"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has better english and perhaps someone who is willing to read through it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A better narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if it's my level of english, or perhaps it really is the narrator, but I couldn't pay any attention to the story no matter how hard I tried for the entire first hour.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Anette
    Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    6/16/07
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    "Absorbing...."

    5 well deserved stars from me for this book - part one of the Wheel of Time series.

    After listening to the preview a few times I very nearly didn't bother to buy this book. I thought the narrators voice would grate on my nerves and stop me from enjoying the book.

    I was attracted by the length of the story, thinking that over 29 hours of 'read' time would keep me occupied for quite some time. Also the number of books available in the series on Audible means I'll not be short of a book to read for quite some time!

    I was quickly absorbed by the story and forgot the narrators American accent, although it was a bit of a 'jolt' when a female narrator cut in part way through the book! (Although she only reads a few chapters here and there before the male narrator returns)
    The 29 hours passed too quickly and I'm eager to 'read' the second book in the series.

    The Eye Of The World reminds me of the Lord of the Rings in lots of ways, strange names, battles, good against evil, a quest, all well told, well described and very enjoyable.

    A very good read which I'll probably return to in the fullness of time.



    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Dominic
    Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    11/29/10
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    "A Sizable Literary Feast"

    Years I ago I read this book as a very young 13 year old. It was daunting then (the sheer size of it, and the sequels) and I gave up half-way through. It's still daunting now, but in a way that I relish - it's massive. This book alone is 29 hours long, and there's currently 13 sequels out with another one on it's way. If you're looking for a series to sink your adventuring teeth into then look no further.

    I was initially weary of the American narrator, and I doubted I could listen to his accent for 29 hours, let alone the sequels. However my fears disappeared within the first chapter - he does an excellent job, and I honestly forget about the accent altogether.

    I shan't dwell on the book itself, since its continued success and legacy stands testament to its quality. You'll find a plethora of reviews of the Amazon site proper, but my advice is to just dive into this book - it's superb.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    12/25/08
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    "Excellent series ... until book 8"

    I have been listening through this series for a few months now and really enjoying it. I would have given 5 starts to it apart from some of the slightly repetitive statements. Then I got to book 8 and it is not available (the other 10 are), having contacted Audible they informed me that they have not yet got the license for it. I have to say that has put the dampers on my listening pleasure.
    If you are thinking about starting this epic listening experience I would wait until it is available.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • john
    Clydebank, United Kingdom
    12/20/11
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    "It's a slog and it's due to the narrator"

    I'm loving the storyline behind this book. I write this review being 3 hours into the audiobook. However I am looking forward to having a break from Michael Kramer's droning voice. I really don't think I can stick it for 24 hours. I'd recommend this book but not in audio format sadly. Perhaps it will improve once Kate Reading starts.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    2/5/08
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    "Narrator grew on me"

    At first I was also afraid that the narrators voice and accent was going to make listening to this book a struggle, but am pleased to say that this is not the case. After a while the it all seems perfectly natural.

    The two narrators work well together with Michael reading the chapters revolving around the male characters and Kate reading those for for the female.

    These are unabridged versions of the book, so any Jordan fan will know what to expect in terms of content.

    I have now listened to the first three books and am waiting for my credits to arrive so I may download the next instalment.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Amesbury United Kingdom
    3/21/10
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    "Acceptable not classic delivery"

    While Jordan was American I am disappointed they used people with such heavy accents. It is okay but I would say when compared to Fry reading Harry Potter you will be hugely disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Fab"

    Epic fantasy at its best. Delighted there are so many books in the series as this will solve the commuting boredom problem for many weeks yet!



    Very much like Brandon Sanderson (or rather, Brandon Sanderson is very like Robert Jordan). Reminds me of Sanderson's Stormlight book - a very similar feel.



    The narration is good - perhaps not the best I have ever heard, but it doesn't detract from the story at all.



    Occasionally I would like the female characters to be slightly different from each other - they all seem to be cut from the same cloth, and therefore are a little predictable and perhaps a little boring, but the storyline itself is compelling, and you can't help but download the next book in the series immediately the current one finishes (I am about to download number 5 - still happily enjoying it all).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • William Clements
    Reading, UK
    1/8/11
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    "Don't compare to Tolkein!"

    Okay, on the cover of the book, it mentions that Robert Jordan takes up where Tolkein left off, or words to that effect. Clearly this is a sales pitch to try and draw Tolkein fans in. But to be honest, it doesn't work! I read this, and then the first page of the book and I nearly put it down. The only reason I bought the book in the end was because the sales person at Waterstones in Basingstoke was so animated about who brilliant the series was and how I would be mad to pass it up!
    The biggest issue I had with Tolkein, is that there simply isn't any more! So the idea that I might be able to get into a new series was alluring. With Eddings, Feist, and some others I read and loved the beginning few books of many of their series', but have not been able to read all of them, due to feeling that I've been there. I may still read them one day, but for now what I've read of theirs has satisfied me.
    Also, I am a pretty slow reader. I like to take my time, so the sizes of the books (average 700pp) also was daunting. But I read The Reality Dysfunction (another big tome) within 6 weeks because I couldn't put it down. So what to do? I'm on a trip the very next day to Beijing, and I need a book! I went for it.
    I read the first 5-10 pages... and put it down in favour of another! It made me cringe. The cover comparison of Tolkein got me thinking it would be, well, like Tolkein! Or at least Eddings! No, it is written like a beginner writer with obvious 'techniques' to be used by Creative Writers. 6 months later, I finally restarted it to give it it a go... I did not put it down, and finished Book 9 within 6 months after that!!! OMG!!
    Sure the first book conatins some cringy things, such as a tall plant with edible 'ears' called Zaime (Maize, rearranged - cringe), but it is awesome! The rest just get better!! I have now read each of the first 10 books 2 times, and listened to them 3 more times each - No exaggeration!! 12 listened twice, 13 twice by the time 14 is out this year.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    London, United Kingdom
    6/21/07
    Overall
    "Fantastic"

    Listening to The Eye of the World made me feel like I was experiencing it for the first time all over again. Robert Jordan is truly an exceptional voice in fantasy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    New MillsUnited Kingdom
    6/6/07
    Overall
    "Dissappointed"

    Fantastic book...loved the whole series when I read them......however I was very dissapointed with the audio version.....maybe just me, but the narrators voice makes me cringe.....very piercing and monotone......maybe just an Englishman not liking American accent so best to decide for youselves....listen first like I didn't.....

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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