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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 was drawn to this book based on reputation. Although I found it a good book, I wouldn't call it compelling like Brandon Sanderson (Way of Kings). It's a book you want to keep (hearing) but I certainly had no problem putting it down. My biggest criticism is lack of definition to certain aspects of the world as the story is told, and a style of writing that drags. A few times I found myself frustrated thinking "get on with it already!". I also did not like the direction the Author took with the characters on many occasions which I cannot say to avoid spoilers. . But overall I probably will continue the series, mainly because I know in later books he collaborates with Sanderson who's style I find brilliant!!
I didn't much care for the shifting of narrators, but it happened only a few times. Otherwise this tale made my daily commutes quite tolerable.
Rand, a simple sheep herder, is being followed, then attacked, by a Fade and his troop of Trollocs. Why? Perhaps the Aes Sedai know answers...but it looks like a new war. Is the Dragon reborn? The land is full of danger once again, as well as magical wonders. It looks like Rand will never see his father's farm again...
This fantasy world is not as hardcore as ' The Song of Ice and Fire' series, but it is a fun adult listen. The narrator is very good.
I love fantasy series but this one is long. I rate all fantasy novels against Game of Thrones. If Game of Thrones is a 10, this is a six. If you are a Fantasy Fanatic you will love it. If you are an occasional fantasy reader, it is ok. Save it for a long car ride.
Been a long time since I read this book and listening to it was a different experience. There was so much more that I caught from listening to the story than I could have reading it and the story telling with the different voices for the characters was very well done; even if the Shienarans sounded like Santarans from Dr Who =)
The characters are well defined and brilliantly developed. The world Robert Jordan creates is mystical and majestic. The reader is always looking forward to see what is going to happen.
Story seems a little too familiar, a little too archetypal, a little too...been there, done that, BUT that journey was never a bad one & there is enough in it to be interested in how THIS author interprets the adventurer genre. I will give the next book a try, though this (in my opinion) can stand alone. Most things wrapped up with a tidy bow. But alas, I have yard work & dishes to do & need something to occupy my head.
Having read a number of fantasy series I decided to try the wheel of time and oh man this is a great start. It's a rich dense world that is so deep it feels real. Onto book two to see where this series goes!
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