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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 am not the type of person to trash something that people have worked hard on, especially regarding an acting performance since I was an actor for a few years myself. I can imagine that the amount of material alone must have been daunting, and kudos to these people for giving it a try.
That being said, this audio presentation of Robert Jordan's "The Eye of the World" is one of the most poorly performed I've ever heard. My point for saying this is not to insult the performers of this audiobook, but to caution readers from making any judgments about the series based on this audiobook.
What makes it so bad? The simplest way I can put it is that the performers (the male more so) seem to think that "fantasy" books have to sound EPIC and you have to O-VER PRO-NOUNCE everything. Listen to the sample and you'll know what I'm talking about. This is exactly the WRONG way to perform fantasy, which is in fact more effective when an actor doesn't "act" and instead tries to make it sound realistic and believable (this is what made the performances in the film version of THE LORD OF THE RINGS work so well).
I could go much more into detail, but then it would be a critique the actors of this audio version would find more useful than you, the reader. For you, my recommendation is to read the actual book and hope someday they try to remake this. This is too many hours of bad acting to waste your time with.
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A young man and his companions flee their backwater town after discovering that a terrible and mysterious dark spirit seeks them with demonic minions.
This book was just to long and to full of un-necessaries for my tastes. It was slow and i got sick of hearing about everyone's cloths described in all their glorious details. I purchased this back in 2011 and have tried several times, over that period, to get int the story with no success. It's just not for me....
I listened for two hours. Could not get into it. I listened to another book and came back. Listened for another hour. Bored to death. Narrator could not capture me nor could the characters. I will try again later but I cant imagine getting into this story.
I've read all of the Game of Thrones books and quite a few others, so given the reviews, I was ready for something really spectacular when I started this one.
Instead, the story, the characters, the bad guys and even the scenery are all pretty ordinary, which was a disappointment. Pretty much the entire book is just taken up with the main group of characters involved in one super long, extended "chase scene" -- first the characters need to get away from one group of bad guys (and they do), and then they need to get away from another group of bad guys (and they do), and so on and so on. There's no other plot to speak of but this one, and the only "surprise" each time is whether the characters choose to fight a group of bad guys or just run away.
In between each of these chases, there's brief 'breathers" where the main characters look around at each of the progressively bigger towns they are visiting, and in each case, the reaction is the same -- wow, this is a lot bigger than Emmon's Field, wow, I bet the whole town of Emmon's Field would fit inside this marketplace, wow, people in the big cities sure are rude, and so forth. On virtually every night, the characters have to stay at a roadside, country inn, and there they always meet a fat, kindly, accommodating innkeeper, pretty serving wenches who make eyes at the main characters, and one mysterious character who is either a bad guy or, somehow despite his looks, a good guy. In other words, reading this story was like spending two weeks at Ye Olde Courtyard Marriott!
Anyway, I was really hoping for this book to take a turn for the better, right up until the final scene. And it's a LONG book, so getting there is no easy task. In the end, I did finish the book, but I can't say that I am happy about it, and I'm not going to waste any more of my precious time and credits on this series. Here's the real mystery -- how can so many people rate this series so highly when it's so dang ordinary?! Maybe it's the influence of the Dark One, who broke the Seven Towers and stole the Nine Maidens from the Four Kings!!!!! Oh give me a break.
I've been an Audible member for over 5 years and listen to at least 24 books a year. This is the first book that I simply couldn't force myself to finish. I made it to about an hour into the third part and simply couldn't go on.
To me, the book was boring, drawn out, and pointless. I see that others that have written that later books in the series are better. I'll never know if that is true or not.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Certainly it needs a follow up, though I'm hard pressed to imagine how it needs thirteen of them!
"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.
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.
"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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