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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)
Much the same as Tolkien, Brooks , and Mcaffrey before, Jordan has created a vivid world full myths, legends, and the eternal struggle between good and evil. Jordan's grand story telling combined with excellent narration of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading make you feel as though you are actually there witnessing the story unfold. So for those who love fantasy, but are somehow not familiar with his works, the Wheel of Time series is a must have!
I wasn't sure if I wanted to start such a long series but I've heard about this series for some time and after reading the reviews decided to take the plunge and take it one book at a time. What an Awesome start! The world created is rich and the characters really draw you in to their journey. I'm a fan of the narrators having heard many of the books they read for Sanderson and others. I'm thrilled they will be reading the series. If you're deciding whether or not to begin this series, go for it!
A great book full of adventure and turns, Good and evil, dark and light. This book drives into the heart of the mythology that gave us the Rings and hobbits, but develops the characters and mythology in new and exciting ways. Worth the money and of course the time.
This is the beginning book in the greatest series of all time. I've read six times and Michael Kramer and Kate Redding do a masterful job of narrating that brings the characters to life. I've been reading science fiction and fantasy for four decades and this is a must read for fans of any genre.
I read some of the books, but couldn't finish, because the rest were not written yet. now i don't have the time to read anymore, but I can listen in the car, and at work. maybe now I can finish .... :)
I liked it a lot. I was worried that after all the hype it wouldn't hold up, but for me at least, it did. And it held up well. Male narrator has a unique style, and it feels right for this story. He has a way of adding to the story in a subtle way. He sets the tone for a scene, whether intense or calming, without drawing attention to himself. Masterful, IMHO. The female narrator had only a couple of scenes so can't judge her yet, but she seems equally good so far...? It's a little distracting that the two narrators have different pronunciations for some character names, wish the director would have caught that. So overall a great "read," only a few criticisms. Some elements feel excessively familiar, maybe borrowed, in an unsubtle way. And certain parts dragged on unnecessarily. The main plot seems to be its own, but it's interesting how Tolkienesque some parts feel, coming from an author who, in the afterword by Jordan himself, tries to contrast his work against Tolkien's. But these gripes are not enough to hinder a five star review. Left me wanting more, more, more!
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.
"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.
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).
"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.
"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.
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.
"Read before sight loss, just listened"
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.
The acquisition of insight by Rand, yet instead of his destruction he retains hison sanity and innocence.
only way to improve would be for them to both be reading sex related characters in each chapter.
Yes. Although I doubt anyone can stay awake for more than a day and have that amount of free continuous time.
wish I Had.
Look forward to book 2. Which I Also read before sought loss.
"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.
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