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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)
I would love to write a page long review on this book but I lack writing skill and would not be able to do it justice truly shaping up to be the greatest series I have every touched on
Its been over 15 years since i first read them, and i gotta say i still love em. better as audio books in some ways, but i do seem to miss out on certain details at my mind wanders, so i may follow the text for book 2
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! As you get deeper and deeper into it, you see how the characters take on their "roles" that will likely continue throughout this journey. Can't wait to start the second book.
Immersive, wonderful, great world, great concepts. I loved the characters, I loved the story, and I can't wait to get the next one. My wallet'll feel this by the time I'm done grabbing them all, haha!
I've never been much to reading books, let alone an audio book. But the story just drove me along. In this book, the eye of the world, I was carried away to a very vivid land. Robert Jordan's detail to the setting really put me in this world.
First the underlying material -- the story itself. While much of the tale reminds me of just about every group fantasy role-playing game ever made, if one keeps in mind the date the book was first written it might better be said that many games tailored themselves after the book instead. Whatever the case, I have no problem with such a familiar, tried & true basic structure, as for me a book fails or succeeds on the details of its characters and the occasional surprise, even if certain structural aspects are familiar or predictable. In this case, it simply took a little longer for me to see where this book is its own story. The only parts I really never became fond of are scenes which to me imply a certain pointlessness to the characters; I hope those scenes become more relevant later in the series, because otherwise I generally found them distracting and they drew me away from the characters rather than towards them. Otherwise, as one spends more time with the characters and what they go through, they become increasingly interesting individuals. Fans of the genre are likely to be pleased with the content.
Second, the audio production. There are some errors in placement, as some chapters are in the wrong spot. It's initially difficult to identify them because it seems like you have simply jumped forward a bit in time, until the misplaced chapter turns up later. This doesn't at all seem like an intended arrangement (which I mention only because we're talking about a series titling itself "The Wheel of TIME"..); if the actual book reads like this then it's an original editing error, or just nonsensically dumb given the specific re-arrangements. Beyond that, while I really like Kate Reading in other productions, her use here is limited and questionable; she narrates only a very few chapters when the main point of view of the chapter is a female, but her pronunciations and style (including her own voices for characters Kramer had been doing) are notably different from that of Michael Kramer. And while it took a very long time to accept him as a narrator, as he sounds more like a 1950's news radio announcer than a nuanced voice actor/performer, mixing it up as they do just makes both of them sound worse to me. One can get used to just about any narrator, but mixing it up as they do here is jarring.
Overall still good, production quirks notwithstanding.
I never used an audio book before and, have to admit this was awesome! This was on a whim to see how they work. Now the whole series will be consumed again, as I have the hard copies.
I don't normally write full reviews, but hit the stars, and call it good.
But this one, I just had too! I've been a long time fantasy fan. Not so much of a "reader" per say, but I always enjoy a good fantasy story. Especially of the D&D style!
This book keep me wanting more, forgoing sleep, thinking about nothing more. Then what would happen next to the characters. And the action, at times I wished it would slow down, just so we could be back to the character development. I wanted to know more and more about, where they had been, what they had seen. And even more so, what long lost tales and fables molded their fates together!
I've spent alot of time getting my hands on any kind of fantasy I could find. Mainly film, TV, comics and games (video, tabletop and written). And this was one of the most complex and intriguing story I've found!
Best of all, since I have just started the series, I feel like someone waiting to pounce on an all weekend "Netflix multi-season binge"!
I cannot wait to get to the other books, just wanted to let everyone know how amazing thus book was...is, neigh, shall always be! For I know not, when I shall remove myself from this series, till it is complete most likely. At least I hope it keeps the tempo, that it has already set forth!
PS. Thanks Corey, for turning me onto this series!
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.
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).
"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.
"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.
"Read before sight loss, just listened"
An amazing, imaginative, original concept.
The Lord of the rings is just a short story in comparison.
Now that I have to listen (due to sight loss), I was delighted to find the audible version didn't disappoint me.
The first audio book that I felt almost enhanced the original text.
Thank you for enabling me to enjoy good literature again.
The acquisition of insight by Rand, yet instead of his destruction he retains hison sanity and innocence.
only way to improve would be for them to both be reading sex related characters in each chapter.
Yes. Although I doubt anyone can stay awake for more than a day and have that amount of free continuous time.
wish I Had.
Look forward to book 2. Which I Also read before sought loss.
"is the narrator a fast talker..."
... or did someone hit 2x speed when it was recorded? I had to set my app to 0.5x speed to get it to sound right. Michael Kramer at double speed is odd.
Otherwise it's a reasonably good epic fantasy, though a little slow to start. Young boys get thrown into a world they've always thought was only in fireside tales or far from their isolated village. As always, it's not so much how unique the story but how well it is told. This is very well told.
"It drew me in..."
I have been a longtime fan of these books. Although as a child, books on tape were standard fare for car journeys or relaxation, I had never before listened to an audio book of something so long and intricate.
I'm pleased to say that it mostly met my expectations. I'd have liked more of the female reader, just to break things up a bit more. And I disagree with some of the pronunciations, however I don't have my book copy to hand to check if they match Jordan's version or not!
Overall an enjoyable experience, and I certainly got more out of listening than i expected. I am due a re-read of the series, but I feel I actually picked out more detail in listening this time than in reading the book again for the I-don't-know-how-many-nth time. The foreshadowing was much more apparent when you hear the words read aloud.
I'd recommend this to anyone, whether it's your first foray into fantasy or not. Pre-existing Wheel of Time fans may find they get something new out of the experience, so don't be put off if you have already read the books
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