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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 have read all of these books numerous times and they are excellent. I am a huge fan of the series. With that being said, I was very disappointed with the narration of these books. I feel it did the novels a disservice. My family and I have listened to Graphic Audio books on road trips that have numerous voice actors. Something like this should have been done for these books. You don't need to have all the sound effects but at least get different actors to portray the different people. After hearing Michael Kramer do every single voice, I stuck it out to see if they would at least do something different for the female characters. Nope! I turned the thing off when he started to do Moiraine. I was beside myself at how silly this was. How cheap can a company be that they can't get more people to portray the characters. As I said before, I absolutely love the books, but this audio book was a complete let down for such an amazing series.
I was surprised to know this book was written years ago. I will not purchase any sequels! The author obviously wanted to be a Tolkien contender... alas, he failed. Miserably. This story just doesn't invoke a movie in my mind. I bought it because it was long, and I dragged through it, bit by bit. Not on my list of recommendations. THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK I'VE REVIEWED FOR AUDIOBOOKS, an I've been a member for 6 years.
critic at large
Other than this being a very long book, I don't understand the reasoning behind splitting the narration between two readers. Even less do I understand why everyone wouldn't sit down beforehand and agree on the pronunciation of all the proper names. Kate Reading makes no attempt to differentiate the voices of the various characters (as does Michael Kramer), which makes her alternate pronunciations all the more jarring. I gave the book three starts simply because I read it in a paper version and enjoyed it. I cannot recommend the audio version at all.
The 4 Stars is just following the polls.
While I'm sure the story is..... "Well Prepared"; it's a little to "Fanciful" for my taste.
Still on Part 1, but I've had to rewind several times as my mind keeps wandering.
Pretty words and terminology just don't cut it, especially after such a striking opening chapter.
Hopefully, I'll revise my opinion.
THIS IS AN AWESOME ADVENTURE1 I COULOD NOT STOP MYSELF FROM LISTENING TO THE STORY THROUGHOUT THE PAST HOLIDAY! THE BOOK IS SO INTERESTING, WITH INTRIGUE, DARING ESCAPES, COLORFUL CHARACTERS WITH PERSONALITIES THAT SOON HAD ME BELIEVING THEY WERE REAL. THE STORY ITSELF KEPT MY IMAGINATION AT ITS PEAK FROM BEGINNING TO END. THE FLOW OF THE STORY KEPT ME IN THE ADVENTURE; CROSS WITH MATT FOR TALKING-S0-MUCH; AND FRUSTRATED WITH RYAN FOR QUESTIONING JUST ANYTHING! I BECAME SO MUCH INTO THE STORY THAT I FOUND MYSELF ALL BUT SHOUTING (ALOUD)TO MATT FOR HIM TO "LISTEN" OR HE WOULD GET OTHERS AND HIMSELF IN MORE DANGER!I WAS SWO MUCH INTOT HE STORY AS IT WENT ALONG, THAT IT SEEMED AS THOUGH I WERE ACTUALLY WITH CHARACTERS AND LOST WITH THE CHARACTERS AND ABLE TO HAVE THEM LISTEN TO ME!
THIS BOOK IS A GREAT BOOK THAT REVEALS SO VERY MUCH TURNS AND CURVES, SUSPENSE AND ENERGY THAT I TOO, WANTED TO REST WHEN THE CHARACTERS NEEDED TO REST. I BECAME ACGRY AND ANNOYED WITH MATT FOR TAKING THE KNIFE; ANXIOUS WITH RYAN FOR ASKING SO MANY QUESTIONS AND SAYING TOO MUCH WHEN ANSWEREING A QUESTION ASKED OF HIM. I FOUND MYSELF IN THE DARK, RUNNING FROM "FADES" AND OTHER DANGERS; CLIMBING, RIDING HORSES, BEING FEARFUL AND SLIPPING FROM DANGEROUS SITUATIONS.
THIS NOVEL IS SO WONDERFUL IT IS DIFFICULT TO WRITE A TRUS REVIEW OF IT.
MY ONLY NEGATIVE COMMENT WOULD BE THAT I WANTED THE STORY TO CONTINUEFOR ANOTHER 53 CHAPTERS. INSTEAD OF HEARING "THIS IS THE LAST CHAPTER", I HOPE THA AUTHOR WILL HAVE FUTURE CHAPTERS FOR THE MANY ADVENTURE OF THE 8 CHARACTERS. THERE APPEARS TO BE A WEALTH OF REASONS WHY "WHAT HAPPENS NEXT" COULD CONTINUE IN THIS CIRLCE OF LIFE..LIGHT AND DARKNESS...I DO HPE SO1
IN THE MEANTIME, I AM OFF TO PURCHASE THIS ADVENTURE IN THE HARDCOVER BOOK1..THANKS
This Book is one of many that I plan to listen to from start to finish. there are several books and the reading would be lone but worth it.
This was without a doubt the worst book I have D/L so far. Reading was HORRIBLE. Story was Horrible. I dont know who the people were who rated this a 5 star book but I have a feeling they are related to the author. The first 3hrs were about as enjoyable as chewing off your fingers.
This is a Kids Story. Adults Go "Seeker of Turth" Very Nice but still for the kids. They read it in High School!!!In "The Seeker of Turth" has more Science To the magic Vs. I THINK IT; AND IT WILL BE" like in this book. OMG the LOve Story. The love and passion of the 2 main Char will touch your life. There is no passion in "The wheel of time' And last,it is real to life behavior. Well real as it would be if you had people running around with sowrds. Sex Love Rape Touchier Passion Just all around more LIFE. So you want to get in to a 8-12 book long Story. For kids go with Wheel of Time for adults Go!! The Seeker of Turth
I'm not sure what age this book is written for, but I think even books for adolescents should have a certain timeless and universal quality about them. This booked felt much more like stereotypic teenagers who just happened to be thrust into a time and place of magic. I tried to place myself into this book, but time again was repulsed by the trivial nature of the characters.
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.
"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.
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.
"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).
"the eye of the world..."
I read this book years ago and only remember that i had skipped long pages of description about towns, cultures and history but that i had loved the story all the way to boon 7. I didn't think i would have the courage to re-read this one but i am really glad that i found it on audible. The strory is gripping and very complete. C'an't wait to lisen to the rest of this épic adventure
"great great great!!!!!!!!!!!!"
this is one of the best books ever written and Robert Jordan can tell a story. Both the narrators are great and have different voices for each character. I cant wait to start the next book in the wheel of time series. Robert Jordan will live on through his books. I am going to listen to all the wheel of time series. And i'm glad that Robert Jordan's widow found someone to finish the series. 5 stars from me.
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