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©1990 Robert Jordan; (P)1996 Books on Tape, Inc.; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)
A outstanding writer with a wonderful story to tell. I only wish he had lived to finish his final book.
If you enjoy epic tales, then I highly recommend this whole series. He brings together, truly, a whole world. By the middle of the series it might as well be a soap opera because there are so many story lines and each character has their own motives.
You can't wait to find out more with each line. Again, I highly recommend this whole series.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
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.
This is the first book of 12 (13 if you count the prequel). As most first books, this introduces all of the main characters, concepts, and the basic quest. Still this was well written, the character development was progressive allowing the reader to adapt and adjust to the changes as the characters evolve as they must to become what they must be to fulfill the quest.
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.
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.
"Eye of the World review"
When I started reading this book, I thought it was going to be a self-consciously fantasy story. I soon changed my mind as I became gripped by the story and plots. It became a book that I could not put down, but didn't want to get to the end adn find there was no more.
A wonderful read, well written and brilliantly narrated. Gripping, exciting and thrilling. I'm off to read the rest of the series!
"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.
I love these books, i have read them time and again over the years, whilst awaiting the next installament.
The narrators do an excellent job, creating new voices and personas for each character, as they appear, and keeping the characterisation going throughout all four installaments.
I drive long distances for work, Australia being what it is, and this keeps we awake, alert and entertained
"Great story if you have the time to see it through"
This fast-paced first instalment sets high expectations for the rest of the epic Wheel of Time series, not to be undertaken lightly! The 11 books in the series so far run to well over 300 hours listening time, with a final 12th instalment due in print in 2009. Narration is quite good with the male and female narrators trading off on the story-telling as the view alternates between male and female characters. I found Michael Kramer's attempt at an English accent pretty appalling and he's certainly no Jim Dale, but it's a capable rendition and you quickly learn to ignore idiosyncracies of presentation in favour of a wonderful story. 4 out of 5 stars.
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.....
"Took a while"
Took a while for the narrators to settle into their parts, but now, for me, they are great.
"Fantasy at it's best."
Imaginative, fascinating, memorable
The escape from Shadar Logoth is a breath taking scene which keeps the listener on edge throughout. Superb writing from Robert Jordan is brilliantly brought to life by Michael Kramer. I felt the tension and fright and was truly with them as they fled the horrors that lay in that ancient city of evil.
An interesting approach, sharing the narration dependant upon who is the focus of the chapter, which works well. Characters are clear and easily deciphered regardless of who is narrating. Kate Reading's Nyneave is excellent whilst Michael Kramers's Lan is full of stony strength.
The 'death' of Thom Merrillin and Rand and Mat's escape from the half man is particularly moving. The sense of loss and loneliness coupled with the prospect of a hopeless journey ahead was particularly moving and intense
An excellent start to a tremendous series. I can't wait to listen to the next instalment.
I have read the book a couple of times and really enjoyed listening to it this time. My partner hadn't read the book but I could not tell which of us loved it the most.
The story is complex enough to read again.
I waited to start this series until I was sure it would be finished, I was not disappionted
I Don't think he writes women as well as Men but overall it was still an excellent book.
"First audio book listened to and enjoyed it"
No because audio books basically give the speakers interpretation on accents and how things occurred rather than the readers imagination
There were many things that triggered memories from reading the book through the audiobook.
Not listened to anything else
No, mainly driving for work
It takes a little getting use to the American accents and the woman reminds me of someone that would do the telephone text messages but once past that they did a great job.
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