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The Eye of the World Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Tammy 10-15-15
    Tammy 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent in every aspect!! :)"

    so much depth in this one, I had to listen to it twice. great series!

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    ali merhi 10-14-15
    ali merhi 10-14-15
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    "very good reading by Michael and Kate"

    there were some parts of the history of this world that made me feel like a child listening to campfire story all around very well put together

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    mogreturns 10-10-15
    mogreturns 10-10-15
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    "fantastic"

    love it awesome. series ten outta ten would read again can't wait to finish again

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    Bethany 10-09-15
    Bethany 10-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Tolkien"

    I have avoided the Wheel of time series for a long time, thinking it would be Tolkien but watered down. A good friend told me he likes Jordan better than Tolkien. I listened to this book to decide for myself. I enjoyed it and I will listen to the next book in the series, but the prose itself does not move me like Tolkien does. My friend was wrong.

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    Ennvyy 10-08-15
    Ennvyy 10-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Michael and Kate"

    I got into this book because I enjoy Sanderson's writing was a little skeptical because Sanderson didn't write the whole series but I enjoyed a few of his other books so much that I thought I would give this series a try when I saw that it was read by Michael Kramer and Kate reading that was what pushed me over the edge to try this series I thoroughly enjoyed this book and intend to listen to the entire series

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    Murph 10-08-15
    Murph 10-08-15
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    "Top Notch"
    What did you love best about The Eye of the World?

    One of the best fantasy series and the first book sets the epic tone for this adventure.


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

    Big fan of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading does a superb job as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ElChangoPelon 10-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very cool"

    If you like fantasy novels, this series will definitely catch your interest. I'm fascinated by the world Mr. Jordan created in this series. It's cohesive and feels so true to human myth and longing. I majored in Anthropology in college and have read lots of creation beliefs and legends from many different cultures, and the Wheel of Time series universe is very convincing. The story itself has action and fighting but stays clear of racy scenes or vulgar language if you're wondering about its appropriateness for children. My 11 year old son is reading it too, and can't put it down. I admit that stories that portray the struggle between good and evil really draw me in, and this is one of those epic stories about the struggle between good and evil, specifically between forces trying to destroy mankind and forces working to preserve it. Characters are hard-working, moral, yet imperfect and relatable. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. I can't believe I hadn't heard of this series until now. Where have I been?

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    Cat USA 10-06-15
    Cat USA 10-06-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Great start to the series"
    What other book might you compare The Eye of the World to and why?

    Lord of The Rings, which is the obvious comparison that everyone uses. I enjoy it more than LOTR though.


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

    Their voices really brought the dialogue alive. I loved how Michael Kramer's voice intensified and sped up during action-filled sequences.


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    Big Family 10-04-15
    Big Family 10-04-15

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    "25 years late!"

    I finally got around to starting this series, boy am I happy I did! Fantastic story on so many levels and highly recommend the book!

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    Carla H 10-03-15
    Carla H 10-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "meh"

    I found it quite boring. My mind kept drifting off to other things and I found myself listening to some passages multiple times just to go forward. I hate not finishing a book so I pushed myself to finish it. Even when I reached the last 10 minutes, my mind wandered so much I had to keep going back a few seconds over and over because I thought I had missed something. As it turned out, I hadn't - there was just something new and never before mentioned in the last few minutes. Just not enough to make me want to buy the next book.

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  • Anette Flewers
    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.



    24 of 25 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.

    17 of 18 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.

    11 of 12 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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