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The Eye of the World Audiobook

The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
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When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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©1990 Robert Jordan; (P)1996 Books on Tape, Inc.; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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"Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)

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    Corina 02-12-15
    Corina 02-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome in every sense of the word"

    I am already a big fan of the WoT series and Robert Jordan. I am happy to say that apart from a few pronunciations of words or people's names, I was happy to listen to this audio version. The main narrator did a wonderful job is creating separate and unique voices for each character. I did have a hard time with the female narrator as she did a poor job at pronunciation and convincing me of the emotions being experienced by her characters. I have always read Nyneave as having a very forceful attitude and confident yet adolescent way of speech. Unfortunately the female narrator left her too plane Jane for me to be convinced of Nyneave's authority as a woman much less a Wisdom. So one star for that. I would have preferred the main narrator be the only narrator.

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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 02-11-15
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 02-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "well it started"

    now I have started the epic tale of the wheel of time. I hope that I will like it as mutch as my friends.

    good book if you like epic fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Willis 02-11-15
    Josh Willis 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    I love the book and the narration was very well done. I would recommend this book to all my friends.

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    Adam 02-07-15
    Adam 02-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "the rain that makes a river"

    I love these books because you can see the events coalescing to create some larger story than any of its individual characters. also the narrators did a fine job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Will R. 02-05-15
    Will R. 02-05-15
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    "best fantasy series I've ever read."

    I love this series. every time a new book was released I'd re-read the entire series. now I'm buying and listening to the audible versions. I'm impressed with narrators so far. I sincerely recommend this series.

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    J. Christie 02-04-15
    J. Christie 02-04-15

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    "Interesting story"

    The build up was slow but necessary. Another persons review complained about the overly descriptive nature of the book. What an interesting story!
    I can't wait until the next one!

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    Joshua R Hebebrand 02-01-15 Member Since 2010
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    "best epic fantasy I have read"

    Robert Jordan is an awesome writer. he has so many story threads it is amazing.

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    robert f francis 01-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book."

    I didnt like that the narrators changed. The man was a better narrator. By far.

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    Kathryn 01-31-15
    Kathryn 01-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic story"

    Robert Jordan in his prime! A well written and even better read introduction to The Wheel of Time. New reader and old fans alike will be thrilled by the excellent performance and gripping story that Mr. Jordan tells here.

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    Sandy Fox 01-24-15
    Sandy Fox 01-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good solid story and characters"

    I enjoyed this story, while there were times it dragged a bit much. Great ending though. On to the next book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Anette
    Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    6/16/07
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    "Absorbing...."

    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.



    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    12/25/08
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    "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.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Fab"

    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).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dominic
    Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    11/29/10
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    "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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • John
    12/20/11
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    "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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    2/5/08
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    "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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Amesbury United Kingdom
    3/21/10
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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    London, United Kingdom
    6/21/07
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    3/1/15
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    "Read before sight loss, just listened"
    If you could sum up The Eye of the World in three words, what would they be?

    An amazing, imaginative, original concept.
    The Lord of the rings is just a short story in comparison.
    Now that I have to listen (due to sight loss), I was delighted to find the audible version didn't disappoint me.
    The first audio book that I felt almost enhanced the original text.
    Thank you for enabling me to enjoy good literature again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eye of the World?

    The acquisition of insight by Rand, yet instead of his destruction he retains hison sanity and innocence.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    Both excellent.
    only way to improve would be for them to both be reading sex related characters in each chapter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Although I doubt anyone can stay awake for more than a day and have that amount of free continuous time.
    wish I Had.


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to book 2. Which I Also read before sought loss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kayla
    Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
    1/5/15
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    "is the narrator a fast talker..."

    ... or did someone hit 2x speed when it was recorded? I had to set my app to 0.5x speed to get it to sound right. Michael Kramer at double speed is odd.

    Otherwise it's a reasonably good epic fantasy, though a little slow to start. Young boys get thrown into a world they've always thought was only in fireside tales or far from their isolated village. As always, it's not so much how unique the story but how well it is told. This is very well told.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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