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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 usually love a good fantasy fiction book and was looking forward to a meaty series....but this story is not it! I've tried to read it several times in book form - and thought I'd try the audio-book....but, alas, I just can't get into it! To make it worse - the narrator truly is awful - soooo overdone!
Good story buy well and truely let down by the terrible narration. The readers' intonation grates. I had hoped that the story would captivate me to such an extent that I would ignor the sound of the author, but sadly no. I have since read the book, and enjoyed it. It is sad therefore that I was unable to get past the voice of the author and loose myself in the story.
The bad reviews didn't say enough. If a third-grader copied LOR paragraphs and it would be better than this. I can't imagine that anyone would like this story. Tired and painfully drawn out would be a complimentary.
You may as well listen to Lord of the Rings with the names changed. I did not like the voice of the narrator I found his accent painful to listen to. There are so may other better books.
I read the print version of this series up until the 5th or 6th book and then got tired of waiting for each new chapter in the story. As I listened to the first book I was struck again with the thought that I'd read this book a hundred times before...but then I realized that no, I've read the Lord Of The Rings a hundred times. There are so many plot elements, enemy types, trials of the soul etc that evoke LOTR that there should be a prize to spot them all. THAT SAID, LOTR is an archetypal work such that all future fantasy writers are doomed to live in the shadow of that towering edifice. WoT, while comprised of many familiar elements, has its own flavor and unique take on the genre. Robert Jordan writes with extreme attention to detail so if back story isn't for you, look elsewhere, but if you love an author who can weave a rich tapestry of images and impressions, give him a try.
This Audio series is well read and both readers are skilled at voicing different characters and a generally dramatic reading. I love having different readers for the different parts of this series -- male and female parts. Yeah, I'll keep listening to this audio series.
The first thing I noticed is that they seem to have removed the grammatical errors from the books. Anyone who has read the series, I have multiple times, has probably noticed the books are rife with written errors and omissions. I can read the books in less time it took to listen, but I did this while doing other things I would normally have been doing while listening to music and found it very enjoyable. The voices used were excellent and so is the story. I look forward to listening to the other 13 books.
A good story. As Stephen King would say....we read (and write) this stuff because we miss Bilbo, Frodo, and the journey of The One Ring. Certainly less LotR than Brooks ever managed...and even so, Brooks wrote a good story.
Good readers, they perform well. As perspectives shift, so do the readers. A running motif is the split between male/female, so the female perspective has Reading narrating their side(s) of things, and Kramer narrating the male side(s) of things. The author is a bit adverb happy in his writing style, but it works all the same.
Interesting fantasy--future, far distant past??? Continuity fair. Plot fair to good. Characters somewhat superficial. Use of language fair.
I actually enjoyed it, but there appeared to be a fair amount of padding.
The characters are so stupid as to be hard to sympathize with. My ex had a list of people too dumb to live. Matt and Rand should be on it. Perrien is slightly smarter and can occasionally find two thoughts to rub together, but then can't find words to express them. The rest? Some is inventive, but really is just a tired old coming of age story with characters that never do really develop with a lot of bad monsters and other nonsense. What's all the fuss about? I'm glad it's not the first fantasy book I ever read, that's for sure.
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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