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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 big fan of si-fi, but I'm finding that a love for mysteries budding up in me. I also like a lot of nonfiction.
This book is the beginning of a very long series called the "The Wheel of Time", and it has become one to the greatest collections of fantasy books in the world. I've heard it being compared to "Lord of the Rings" time and time again, and with good reason. These books are at the same level. "The Eye of the World" start out as a lot of typical books. That being, a mentor goes into a small town, go-no-where town and takes one of the boys there and basically says, "If you go with me, you will save the world." In this book; however, there are three boys, albeit, Rand Al'thor is more so than the other two. There is also the possibility that the world will be destroyed in stead of saved. In addition, there is no love between the mentor and the three boys like there would normally be in other stories. Two of the women also get caught up in the stories from the very beginning and they also become very important parts of the salvation/destruction of the world. Before the end of the book, all three boys end up being cursed in some form or fashion that actually helps them in their individual parts in later books. There are a lot of things that don't make scene in the story, but those things become clearer in later novels.
Switching off of narrators. 3 or 4 different scenarios going on at once. Great story.
All of it kept you rivited.
Gaming business traveler
The entire Wheel of Time series is a master work of the genre and deserves a read by anyone who likes or wants to try out Epic Fantasy. The world building is phenomenal and really brings to life the setting like few other authors can. The action and pace quickly rises and stays at a very high level throughout as the group of characters swiftly move through the world with danger in pursuit of them for the entirety of the book which leaves few if any down points for the listener to get bored. The series gets better and better as it goes on and this is the entry point that on its own is a tantalizing and engrossing story. The way in which the subtle foreshadowing is crafted in this book for the rest of the series is quite astounding.
As for the narrators, Michael Kramer does an absolutely fantastic job of giving each character their own subtle but distinctive voice that makes it easy to pick out who is speaking without being overbearing. I was quite amazed at how well he is able to switch between voices even while large numbers of characters are in conversation. Even his tempo is varied between characters.
Kate, the female reader who comes in for female Point of View chapters does an admirable job as well. Although her character voices are not nearly as dynamic as Michael's she still reads in such a way that is easy to pick out who is speaking.
Overall this is a masterfully read audio book and I would fully recommend to anyone not just for the amazing story that is second to none but also for the wonderful narration.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Absolutley the best in Fantasy, and Jordan does it without using bad language and explicit sex scenes. Very well voiced. This book drew me in and wouldn't let me go. The world drawn out is wonderous. The characters well developed.
Articulate, bold narrative.
Rand Al'Thor. He was the main character, and his character seemed to be the most developed out of the different personalities, most relatable.
The main advantage of these gifted narrators was the distinction they aptly gave to the characters. The names, places and personalities would have blended together and been confusing to some extent.
At first, I did, but as the story progressed, I grew to enjoy the length of this engaging narrative.
I will definitely listen to it again. I have read the book many times and am thoroughly enjoying the audible version. The main narrator does a good job creating distinctive voices for each of the characters that is easy to understand and a pleasure to hear.
I read this book for the first time as a teenager and have read it at least once a year since. It's the best fantasy epic since "Lord of the Rings". If you love a long, detailed story, set in a rich, full environment, this series is for you.
I like the all of the characters storylines. I probably like the Perrin storyline the best out of the entire series. My girlfriend is reading them also and she loves the Egwene story most.
Michael does great job with Perrin and Lan, none of the characters he reads is weak, Kate doesn't do as well with the central characters, but puts out a good effort.
It's hard to put this series down!
Held in a distant third to the century trilogy and the hunger games trilogy by the performers alone. Michael Kramer gets better as the series goes on, but for this book, he takes on a mocking tone everytime he reads a part from one of the main characters. It is meant to be a representation of the boy's young ages, but just comes if as grating.
I truly wish Michael Kramer would stop trying that "boy voice". His other voices are fine, but that one is truly annoying to listen to like someone trying to fake a lisp while reading.
I have been trying to read this book for years now and never could, the audio book was so good I couldn't put it down!
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.
"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.
"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.
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).
"Don't compare to Tolkein!"
Okay, on the cover of the book, it mentions that Robert Jordan takes up where Tolkein left off, or words to that effect. Clearly this is a sales pitch to try and draw Tolkein fans in. But to be honest, it doesn't work! I read this, and then the first page of the book and I nearly put it down. The only reason I bought the book in the end was because the sales person at Waterstones in Basingstoke was so animated about who brilliant the series was and how I would be mad to pass it up!
The biggest issue I had with Tolkein, is that there simply isn't any more! So the idea that I might be able to get into a new series was alluring. With Eddings, Feist, and some others I read and loved the beginning few books of many of their series', but have not been able to read all of them, due to feeling that I've been there. I may still read them one day, but for now what I've read of theirs has satisfied me.
Also, I am a pretty slow reader. I like to take my time, so the sizes of the books (average 700pp) also was daunting. But I read The Reality Dysfunction (another big tome) within 6 weeks because I couldn't put it down. So what to do? I'm on a trip the very next day to Beijing, and I need a book! I went for it.
I read the first 5-10 pages... and put it down in favour of another! It made me cringe. The cover comparison of Tolkein got me thinking it would be, well, like Tolkein! Or at least Eddings! No, it is written like a beginner writer with obvious 'techniques' to be used by Creative Writers. 6 months later, I finally restarted it to give it it a go... I did not put it down, and finished Book 9 within 6 months after that!!! OMG!!
Sure the first book conatins some cringy things, such as a tall plant with edible 'ears' called Zaime (Maize, rearranged - cringe), but it is awesome! The rest just get better!! I have now read each of the first 10 books 2 times, and listened to them 3 more times each - No exaggeration!! 12 listened twice, 13 twice by the time 14 is out this year.
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.
Fantastic book...loved the whole series when I read them......however I was very dissapointed with the audio version.....maybe just me, but the narrators voice makes me cringe.....very piercing and monotone......maybe just an Englishman not liking American accent so best to decide for youselves....listen first like I didn't.....
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