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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)
Based on the reviews here, I downloaded this book and I must say this is an utterly awful book compounded by an utterly awful reading. The book and writing itself is simplistic, utterly derivative, plodding, juvenile...just plain bad, how I can state it clearer? The reading is bombastic and rushed. Avoid this trash like the plague.
The story was gripping, and honest as the would be heroes spent a long time grappling with the need for the, to do aught but run away. This sets the stage for a series with rich and realistic character development.
I found the narration seemed to fast, almost accelerated faster then was spoken this was distracting to the story.
Can't recommend it.
Well, I like Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Fever Series, Hunter Games, Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel, Dune, and other "fantasy" books but this was like a poorly narrated Shakespeare sci-fi drama. Couldn't listen past a few minutes.
The whole thing. It's irredeemable dreck.
This is the most derivative, unoriginal, unimaginative, predictable and boring piece of... fiction I've ever encountered. I had to listen for five or six hours to make sure I wasn't just missing something based on the many glowing reviews. I couldn't stand it any longer past that point and abandoned it. What a total waste of time.
The narration is fine.
I would consider my audience before recommending this book.
The story starts with three young men who are forced to venture away from their farming village by an evil force that is hunting them. There's magic and an over-arching theme of growing into a legend/prophecy.
One of the main things that is keeping me from listening to the rest of this series is the continual anti-men feel of the book. Nearly every single woman throughout this story complains about men in the same trite "what are we going to do about these dummies" manner. Men who are able to wield magic are systematically eliminated by the female wizards of that society; which makes sense given the context, but leaves a bad taste given how men are portrayed in the rest of the story.
Less blatant characterization of male and female interplay. I don't think this guy ever had a relationship with a woman. It was so extremely repetitive so that I was cringing with comments like blood and ashes and ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh she stared him down or he crawled beneath her gaze or she was so angry. This guy had so strange ideas about women.
All this crap about the Ishedie or however it is spelt - remember I am listening. It is such an artificial attempt by a man to invade female culture, and it totally fails. Can I say that again. It totally fails. I am not sure this guy has ever spent a day with a woman. He sounds like an ignorant fool. That is probably the main problem I feel like I am listening to a man that is on an island and has been there all of his adult life reading Vogue magazines and trying to talk about woman. It is just stupid. I don't think the guy ever spent a weekend with a woman or he would know all that stuff is a fabrication from a non-hetro grab bag.
What is to be added to. I was a fool to buy three books of this stuff. I was impress by Sanderson. But want be again.
If Tolkien were still alive, I'm not sure if he would consider this work as plagiarism or as the highest form of flattery. At about 20% into the story, the amount of influence that Tolkien had on Jordan became very distracting and annoying. Needless to say, there is little creativity here. There were a few things of which I was already tired, especially the number of times that the title "Aes Sedai" is used... I mean, come on, make up a thesaurus in this world or be more descriptive about what an "Aes Sedai" is or does rather than continually using the title.
I was also tired of the characters not trusting Moiraine and alluding to her as an Aes Sedai and how untrustworthy all Aes Sedai are -how many times does one have to save another person's life before earning a little respect? I think Jordan should have made the Two Rivers folks on the quest a little less dense. It is not that they just lack experience and are naive, they're pretty dumb. By the middle, I felt that they had better wake up soon and realize the gravity of the situation, otherwise I was going to start rooting for their enemy.
In the end... I didn't find any characters worthy of admiration. I found it rather tedious and boring following characters from town to town to town to town to town without any plot or character development. I can't believe that there are eleven more books following this one, but Jordan obviously had a following. Perhaps Brandon Sanderson was able to add something to the ending of the series worth reading...?
I had to stop listening after about 3 hours. This in when I realized that I was reading a book written for 12 year olds.
Terrible book. Let's put it this way - 5 country bumpkins manage to outwit and outfight over 1000 "trolics" in the first part of this book. Heck, they outright attack a line of 100 trolics and get away scot free while killing a large number of the bad guys.
Add to that the author loves metaphores and similies - he must be the king of em! I mean a few are interesting and add color to the tale but he is just excessive.
The readers are 'ok' at best. I have listened to a large number of books and these two just don't cut it.
Anyway - terrible book and storyline that is not very well read. Try "A Game of Thrones" (and that whole series) if you want a good fantasy tale that is exceptionally well read.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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).
"the eye of the world..."
I read this book years ago and only remember that i had skipped long pages of description about towns, cultures and history but that i had loved the story all the way to boon 7. I didn't think i would have the courage to re-read this one but i am really glad that i found it on audible. The strory is gripping and very complete. C'an't wait to lisen to the rest of this épic adventure
"great great great!!!!!!!!!!!!"
this is one of the best books ever written and Robert Jordan can tell a story. Both the narrators are great and have different voices for each character. I cant wait to start the next book in the wheel of time series. Robert Jordan will live on through his books. I am going to listen to all the wheel of time series. And i'm glad that Robert Jordan's widow found someone to finish the series. 5 stars from me.
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