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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 book was engaging enough, but I felt like it was rather unsophisticated in its plot. Maybe the next books solve that and the author hits his stride. We'll see.
although it did take about 13 chapters for me to really get into it, but i usually take a bit of time when going from one series to another. very realistic characters, they must be or i wouldn't have wanted to slap the 'younglings' upside the head so often!!!
makes me wonder if Mr. Jordan had kids that stubborn and immature or if he had no kids of his own to use as reference.
there were many times i felt like shaking the 3 boys and Egwain as well as the Wisdom, then i felt like shaking the author for not writing their characters with a little common sense and less stupidity! all the bickering and mulishness when such danger was stalking them! then acting like grade schoolers instead of young adults of 20 years or so, throughout the whole book was often enough for me to want to yell at them to 'GROW UP'!
i'm still upset that Mr. Jordan wrote their characters to be so childish for so long... but i listened to the whole book, for hours at a time as they went from one crisis to another. the story is that compelling that you don't want to quit listening, regardless of the annoying childishness. that tells me that Mr. Jordan is quite the story teller.
and you can't do better than Michael Kramer and Kate Reading for narrators !!! they can turn a so so book into a winner as they are stellar voice actors.
so i am certain that if i can enjoy this book, for i am not who suffers brattish children who don't do as their told well, anybody will enjoy this story and have the next one in their cart ready to be bought.
History, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
This was my second time tackling this series starter, but this time on audible.
Just prior to starting WOT, I had listened to Tolkiens LOTR masterpiece and was longing to recover that engrossed feeling that series provided.
Happily, I was somewhat surprised to find that this book did capture that longing for me.
I hope that as I now proceed to "The Great Hunt" that it will provide the magic again.
Narration and characterizations were very very well done and the descriptions of fantastic cities, vistas and even dreams were vivid and thought provoking. Fun stuff. Go for it. The first book is a winner despite the borrowing of much in the Tolkien Middle Earth ecyclopedia of fantasy story lines.
i couldn't finish this book about nothing substantial---I stopped five chapters short. It's as if RJ took his worst childhood cross-country vacation and wrote a book about it mile for mile, line by line; only adding magic and monsters to "spice" things up a bit. That is if adding dry flour to wilted lettuce is your idea of spice. He even included the countless heat induced dreams one has daily riding in the back of the non-air-conditioned family wagon. Just dull, uneventful belaboring diatribe that ends in the middle of no where.
Then the narration doesn't help. He narrates as though he's a 1963 tv beat reporter accentuating his latest scoop; which is disappointing as i did like his actual character work/voices. But as the book is mainly comprised of narration, this didn't bode well.
Im sorry, but quantity does not equate to quality, especially here.
I heard about this book from a stranger. Thought I would give it a try. Best decision on what to read I've made in a long time. I am loathe to press pause when I go to bed.
Classic tale, a basis for many iterations by others but still stands well on its own legs. Recommend for any fan of the fantasy epic who enjoys both detail and realistic plot development.
Ender narrators so much better. Story compelling if not dated in a Harry Potter Guardian of Galaxy world. Still you see where all of that came from. Will read next one
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