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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)
The main problem I have with this book is how completely derivative of Lord of the Rings it is. There are way too many characters and themes that are ripped straight out of Tolkien. There's even a place called the misty mountains!
The other problem with the story is how utterly stupid the characters are. They have no personalities and have no personal desires or motivation. So you're hiding in a dark castle after running from monsters for weeks, but when a man pops out of the shadows whose name sounds like MURDER, you happily follow him into a dark dungeon at the promise of treasure? Give me a break. There is no part of this book that is grounded in reality.
I know a lot of people love Michael Kramer, but I'm not one of them. I had the same problem with the Sanderson books. His voice is gritty and monotone, he doesn't bring characters to life. Also, the switching between narrators is confusing and jarring. There doesn't seem to be any reason for a male and a female narrator, since they both do voices of female and male characters.
The sound of the narrators is a bit off in this book, but is corrected later in the series. It is a wonderful start to an amazing series. Great magic system, lots of detail, good character development.
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