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The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time | [Robert Jordan]

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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    Robert Hillsboro, OR, United States 12-20-11
    Robert Hillsboro, OR, United States 12-20-11
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    "awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I generally only read long adventures. It takes more then 6 or 7 Hours to portray the created world and develope the charactors. Jordon balances adventure a growth very well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action and adventure. True charactors. Twists of fate.mik


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mike is an awesome reader and Kate is close behind. They give great inflections without going overboard. I have read these books many years ago and enjoy hearing their tones for the charactors.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just enveloping/ engrossing.


    Any additional comments?

    You will be pleased.

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    Dana Garland, TX, United States 12-18-11
    Dana Garland, TX, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "It’s a really good listen"

    I really like epic novels and long drawn out tales, even thought I was a little reluctant to start on a series 13 books and counting. Reading all the reviews I was pretty sure I would like it, and was definitely impressed. The only problem with the book was four charters have similar names including the main charter and I got a little confused a few times. The other thing is the book felt like it spent so much time on developing the charters the ending was a little rushed. All in all I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next book.

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    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 12-01-11
    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent fantasy/adventure"

    This is the beginning of an excellent series of fantasy books, full of adventure and magic. There's a good bit of violence (although no sex) so it's not good for children, but otherwise it's great for a wide audience. The action moves quickly, the characters continue to develop through the different books, and you'll want to read the next book as soon as you finish the last.
    My criticism would be the single-dimensioned "father of lies", the evil figure that every good person is fighting against in the series. I've read Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Thomas Covenant chronicles (and Star Wars, too), and in every one the evil one is just a very mean person, always insulting and baiting the protagonist, expecting the heroes to join the "darkness" during the "final" battle. Yes, there's a "final battle" at the end of every book. In reality, I find evil comes dressed in nice clothes, with a friendly voice and confident and convincing manner (think Bernie Madoff), but I guess if I wanted to read about real evil, I'd look elsewhere.
    So enjoy this series, and don't expect any life's lessons. You'll be seeing the "one power" in your dreams before you're done.

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    Judy Westlake Village, CA, United States 10-30-11
    Judy Westlake Village, CA, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Long dog walks"

    Each night I set out with this book for a long walk with my golden retievers and it is a great adventure.

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    Sherry Port Saint Lucie, Florida, United States 10-21-11
    Sherry Port Saint Lucie, Florida, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding!"

    This is the first of the Wheel of Time Series.. This story is epic and I hope that someday I see the Pilot movie for the prime time TV series on Starz or HBO. It is rich with Characters ranging from teens to older in ages, many geographical lands and cultures. History, Prophecy, and the ultimate "good vs. evil". Tons of action, Battles, plots and subplots all of this mixed in with humor, love, sacrifice. Then there are the Magical factions and elements vs. Political Rule all leading up to the final battle. Very entertaining. This series is for hardcore fantasy lovers and for those who love to get their hands into the details. 13 books in all that will keep you entertained for years.

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    nahtan LUBBOCK, TX, United States 09-23-11
    nahtan LUBBOCK, TX, United States 09-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting story"

    I found all of the books of the wheel of time to be a great listen, with the exception of the banter about the differences between men and women. There is way to much of that at times in all of the books, however once you get past that the story is a great on. His ability to define and evolve his characters is probably one of the best jobs I have seen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Detsch Concord, NC, United States 09-18-11
    Detsch Concord, NC, United States 09-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Way To Read The Wheel Of Time"
    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of the World the most enjoyable?

    One of my favorite parts of listening to The Eye of the World and in the later novels of the series is that they change back and forth from Kramer to Reading based on who is the narrator at that part of the book, the male characters are done by Kramer and the female by Reading.


    What other book might you compare The Eye of the World to and why?

    The closest thing to The Wheel of Time story would probably be Terry Goodkind's novels though I am not sure if Goodkind didn't get alot of the premise for his story from WoT because his novels parallel this story in many ways.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading, and Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of the other performances by these readers but i expect that they are some of the best.


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

    There is no way to listen to this all in one sitting, its more than 29 hrs long and the later books are even longer i think the whole series took me several months.


    Any additional comments?

    As the Subject of my review indicates this is the best way to read Jordans works, he is a very long winded author and I had a bit of trouble holding attention to his book when reading, i find this is the easiest way to get the story without losing yourself in his lengthy descriptions of scenery and background information.

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    "unknown" MELBOURNE, Australia 09-10-11
    "unknown" MELBOURNE, Australia 09-10-11
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    "persist.."

    I am new to audible and started with the later releases in this series,as they were several years after these were recorded the voice talent has settled into the series nicely,here its like listening to yourself as a teenager,awkward,vocal irregularities etc,however get past that and the power of Jordan is revealed. Ive been reading this series for nearing 20 years and im immersed and in love with. The last book will bring to an end a massive part of my reading life,so I encourage anyone else who is seeking a long term commitment to start here.

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    PJ 09-05-11
    PJ 09-05-11
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    "Cadence is annoying"

    The narrator has an annoying habit of tilting the last work at the end of every other sentence up. Effect is like someone reading a police blotter. Also has a gravely voice that makes me want to clear my throat. It's so distracting I couldn't get past the 1st chapter to find out if the story is as great as everyone reports. Performance is rated high by users so maybe I'm the only one that has a problem with this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Calgary, Alberta, Canada 09-01-11
    Graham Calgary, Alberta, Canada 09-01-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Follows the standard fantasy formula"

    I would have really liked this book when I was 14. Not so much now, but I can understand how fantasy genre fans would really enjoy it. It never strays from the basic swords and creatures fantasy formula in any respect -- the characters are generic, the world is generic, the dilemmas and challenges are generic. Definitely nothing new or interesting here in my opinion, but fun nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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