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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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©1990 Robert Jordan; (P)1996 Books on Tape, Inc.; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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"Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)

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    Chameleon Consultant Arizona, USA 12-06-09
    Chameleon Consultant Arizona, USA 12-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Is combination of many truths."

    The story is well written. It holds true that a true hero does not seek glory. Determination and dedication to protect those around them the hero arises within. This story is a good adventure for any age.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 02-20-09
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 02-20-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Nice."

    Yes, there are Tolkien echoes. Yes, there are kinda grumpy chics (occassionally). Yes, there are things that are okay. BUT, there are also very nice things too. For me... excellent entertainment with very few logic jumps to get from here to there. Nice. Kinda interesting. I think...maybe, I'll check out #2 :) Not bad.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Tracyton, WA, USA 06-21-05
    Michael Tracyton, WA, USA 06-21-05
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    "Couldn't get past the first part."

    The start of this book was too much like the "Lord of the Rings"; I couln't even get through the first part; I found my self day dreaming about other things, the story could not keep my attention.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    James Ball 01-22-14
    James Ball 01-22-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.............."

    I love this book series but Michael Kramer is a total snooze fest! I can't get through the book! I've tried slowing the narration down and speeding it up and still finding my mind wondering to the point I have to restart the book! I've resorted to a paper copy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Tallahassee, FL, United States 03-01-13
    Kevin Tallahassee, FL, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Fantasy Entertainment"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend "Eye of the World" to all friends of fantasy who are looking for a fun and entertaining trek through a swords and sorcery world.


    Would you recommend The Eye of the World to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would happily recommend "Eye of the World" as entertainment for fans of the fantasy genre. This is good fantasy entertainment, but I would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone with only a passing interest in fantasy. Nothing here transcends the genre and would convince readers who might normally shy away from books on sword and sorcery. A very fun book and I'm on to "The Great Hunt" already.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a great job of performing Robert Jordan's work. I enjoyed both performances and appreciate the change between male and female perspectives, which represents the important plot distinction between saidin (male) and saidar (female), the twin sources of the One Power.

    The trouble with listening to any fantasy work is that when dozens of characters and places with otherworldly names are introduced, it can be difficult to keep track of them without the placeholder of a written name. In the first four hours I often mistook the name "Lan" for "Rand", in Michael Kramer's pronunciation and it took me momentarily out of the story each time.

    There are also more significant differences where Robert Jordan is having fun with his audience and his invented language variations: "Rand al'Thor" is taken for a lord in book one in some part because of the "al" in his name. Like Al'Lan Mandragoran, we are told the "al" implies Rand's place in the nobility. Without ever seeing the invented names, the listener doesn't know if this is accidental or intentional.

    This is a minor quibble and one that is no fault of Reading or Kramer, but having never read these books before coming to the audio I was surprised.


    Do you think The Eye of the World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Certainly it needs a follow up, though I'm hard pressed to imagine how it needs thirteen of them!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13
    Kristin Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow story line, horrible narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrators for a start


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Jordan again?

    No


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

    Never.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    If you have an extra credit, maybe if you're into it, listen to the preview first. Not worth the price if you're out of credits

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rachel AUSTIN, TX, United States 02-16-13
    rachel AUSTIN, TX, United States 02-16-13

    Interested in the sciences and maths. But also enjoy YA fantasy.

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    "Love the story, narrator is a bit sleep inducing."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eye of the World to be better than the print version?

    No. But only because when I read I have my own versions of what the characters sound like.The audio version isn't bad, it's just different than what I had in my head.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth and detail.


    Did Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Mostly.I found that the characters of the boys started to sound alike after a long period of listening.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I started having trouble distinguishing between the characters, they all started to sound alike.I need a break now and again to keep my ears fresh.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    maxine McKinney, TX, United States 01-30-13
    maxine McKinney, TX, United States 01-30-13
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    "Not what I expected"
    What disappointed you about The Eye of the World?

    I just could not stay interested in the story


    Has The Eye of the World turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love this type of book. I just could not stay interested in the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Eye of the World?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Rothwell, Australia 01-29-13
    Robert Rothwell, Australia 01-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "not the best book out there"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did not get in to this book it was hard going.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Jordan before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    not been so flat


    Could you see The Eye of the World being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darren 01-08-13
    Darren 01-08-13
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    "A Good Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eye of the World to be better than the print version?

    I have really enjoyed listening to this book. I have read many of the books in this series and just noticed Jordan had written another one I haven't read yet. Instead of re-reading the very long series I thought listening to the books would help me remember the finer details. Well read and a great story to read and or listen to. Highly recommend.


    What three words best describe Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s voice?

    Good characterization without distracting from the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fantasy/Action wagon ride!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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