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"Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)
I knew prior the cliches I would confront (as friends had warned me), but this was the worst kind of kiddie fantasy. Direct rip off of Tolkien, filled with characters and places with stupid names sounding like "Shanshahar" or "Bor-Ag Kel"...kind of like fantasy literature bingo was played by Jordan. What is worse are the characters who display a tedious lack of depth and commit the classic crime of poor fantasy: actions without consequences. The wizard in their party seems to be able to do almost anything with minimal drain.
After reading anything by George Martin you will quickly realize this Wheel Of Time rubbish belongs to another age....
Based off all the positive reviews for this book and the series in general I expected that I would be getting ready to drop 13 or 14 credits to finish the series. After spending 29 hours trudging my way through this slow and tedious book I've decided to get off of this train before I waste another credit and hour.
Brandon Sanderson please finish A Memory of Light and get back to the Stormlight Archive (The Way of The Kings) series.
The story telling is fantastic, choosing Michael and Kate to read the entire series was wise and I thank them for it! Great work guys!
Listen to ALL the books! They never drop the ball.
Exciting, Addicting, Mediocre
I have read the whole series.
Yes. I found myself walking around the house doing my chores, commuting to work, even lying in bed at night listening to this story.
The Eye of the World is a great story. It just isn't very well written. Alas, the poor writing quality is only more apparent with the great readers that narrate this audio version. It may not be apparent in this first book, but by the 8th part of The Wheel of Time, the characters (especially the women) have become caricatures of themselves. Fortunately, I think that Brandon Sanderson's continuing books are better written than the originals.
Nevertheless, I am a bit of a hypocrite, because despite my eye-rolling at the writing quality, I have listened to the whole series and look forward to the last volumes. The scope of these stories is astonishing, the world building is fantastic, and that is what you really end up coming back for.
Finally, let me compliment the quality of the narration once more. Michael Kramer is such a good reader, Kate Reading isn't bad, but she is unlucky in that she is a decent act following Kramer's fantastic one. In fact, listening to other actors will just sound sadly lacking after these two champions.
Just could not get interested enough to keep listening was disappointed usually am immersed quickly but not this time!
very very slow start
very boring tone of voice
I started to read this book (series) because I thought it had to do with dragons, well it doesn’t.... exactly. With that said I'm happy that I did. The book takes a while to develop into an interesting story but I didn't hold that against it. The first book always takes some time to introduce and develop characters but that is necessary in order for reader to connect in some way with the characters, whether they are antagonist or protagonist. I recommend listening to both “The Eye of the World” and “The Great Hunt” together. It's been awhile since I've listened to/read these books but I distinctly remember that “The Great Hunt” wrapped up “The Eye of the World” more fluently. I know this is going to sound convoluted but try thinking of “The Eye of the World” as a two part book but it would have been too big for one book so it was split it and rather than calling it “The Eye of the World: Part Two” it was called “The Great Hunt”. I applaud Michael Kramer as narrators for this series. He carries the voices between characters distinctively. Kate Reading took me a while to start liking (book six), either she’s improved or I’m just really used to her voice; I’d like to think she’s improved.
I downloaded this book after reading the glowing reviews and high ratings. While I did enjoy it, I could not help but notice that the majority of the book is pointless filler. I honestly believe that two-thirds or more of this book could have been cut without loosing anything, and I could have devoted those twenty extra hours to reading the second novel and third novel. From what I read, the books get better as the story progresses, so I can only hope that that the thirty-something hours I spent on this story turn out to be worth it.
It passed the time, but I wouldn't recommend it. Characters are dull and very two dimensional. Many, many plot similarities to Tolkien. It was well read however.
The story line of this book sounded good to me, but the drone of the narrator was almost unbearable. He sounded like the narrator for an old Dragnet show, not quite the tone needed for this style of writing... at least for me. I have yet to finish, and am hoping when Kate starts in it may have hope of improving, but for now I am setting it aside solely for the reason that the poor narration is not grabbing my attention.
I don't usually listen to audio books so I was worried that some of the "magic" of reading would be lost. It is not so with these audio books. The quality is superior. I loved it! As for the book, if you liked reading (or listening as it may be) Lord of the Rings or the Eragon Inheritance Cycle you will love The Wheel of Time!
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