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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'm a fan of the Shanarra series and decided to give the Wheel of Time a go. It did not disappoint. I found the telling to be vivid and engaging. Would recommend to any fan of fantasy fiction.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started the novel. I mean the series is so long it's almost daunting. But I dove in and really enjoyed the story. The narration was superb, and the story was really strong. Look forward to my credits renewing to start the second novel
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
On the positive side, this book is entertaining, and at 30 hours of story for 1 credit, it is a bargain. I noticed that lots of people have given this story stellar reviews, and I hold back for a couple of reasons:
1) The woman narrator is not nearly as good as the male reader. She rushes through her portions and often seems kind of mechanical about it, missing the inflections that help a reader understand what's going on. She also fails to give different voices to the people in her chapters, unlike the male reader who is awesome. It's jarring going back and forth between a top-notch reader and a speed reader.
2) While the author is very talented, it seems like there is no substance to the story other than a supernatural battle between good and evil in an overly detailed (I mean does it really lend anything to the plot to spend a paragraph describing details of a clock that you never come back to again?) fantasy world where people are born with special powers and are forced by fate in spite of all their efforts to follow a path from which they cannot escape.
Much the same as Tolkien, Brooks , and Mcaffrey before, Jordan has created a vivid world full myths, legends, and the eternal struggle between good and evil. Jordan's grand story telling combined with excellent narration of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading make you feel as though you are actually there witnessing the story unfold. So for those who love fantasy, but are somehow not familiar with his works, the Wheel of Time series is a must have!
I wasn't sure if I wanted to start such a long series but I've heard about this series for some time and after reading the reviews decided to take the plunge and take it one book at a time. What an Awesome start! The world created is rich and the characters really draw you in to their journey. I'm a fan of the narrators having heard many of the books they read for Sanderson and others. I'm thrilled they will be reading the series. If you're deciding whether or not to begin this series, go for it!
A great book full of adventure and turns, Good and evil, dark and light. This book drives into the heart of the mythology that gave us the Rings and hobbits, but develops the characters and mythology in new and exciting ways. Worth the money and of course the time.
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