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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)
The narrators gave life to the characters. Each characters voice was different, matching the characters' personalities. Details were expansive, without getting too convoluted and confusing.
As vivid a world as David Eddings "Belgariad" series.
I have continued the series, with both narrators reading.
The struggle between good and evil.
I've read these books when they were first released many years ago.....
I'm actually impressed with the audiobook. It doesn't seem to drag as much as some of the text did. I've already bought the second and third one of the series and I reckon I'll eventually complete the series.
If you're a fan of the print books, then you'll like the audiobooks.
Both of the narrators do a great job of putting on different accents for different characters, which makes it an enjoyable listen.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
I am just starting the series and am impressed by the depth of backstory involved in the world presented. The over all story had a good pace and picked up as the book was reaching a climax. Over all the piece of work was a bit more complete than what I expected from a section of a multi-book series. A true mark of a good story teller (even a section of the over all tale is complete and interesting). Definitly a worhtwhile read.
Being the first audiobook I've ever owned, and considering the love of the print version that I have, it's hard for me to compare the two. I don't think that one is better that the other - they are the same story, after all - but I can say that the audio version certainly didn't take anything away from the original.
Jordan's level of detail in his world is amazing to the point of obsession. While nothing is mind-blowingly original in terms of modern fantasy, the way the world is laid out makes you believe that such a place could exist, as fantastical as it is.
Both readers are proficient enough, and manage to seem genuinely engaged in the reading. Some of the characterizations differ from how I imagined them, but when all of them are done by the same person, it's difficult to provide an unlimited range.
Jordan's characters have often been described as one-dimensional, but I think most people are. Even if that dimension changes, for the most part, people get wrapped up in thier own lives to exclusion of all else, and growth comes slowly, if at all. I enjoy the characters at least as much as the story.
Best fantasy series.
I would compare it to Lord of the Rings because of the extreme number of characters and the number of plots happening at the same time and is of the same genre.
This is my first audio book.
Eye of the World, the first of the Wheel of Time series, is YOUR beginning to a world of adventure in a battle of good versus evil where light battles shadow.
I bought this to experience Immersion Reading with my Kindle Fire. I love that I can read and be read to. The plot of the book is complicated and the fictitious names difficult to pronounce. Having it narrated while reading is the best way to grasp the plot and identify the characters. I am disappointed that not all WoT books are offered for Immersion Reading. I also noted that there were errors in the dialog when compared to the actual text...some sentences were only changed slightly while others were totally omitted. One might think the narrators were given a different script rather than the actual book to read aloud. But those discrepancies were minor compared to the overall Immersion Reading experience.
Although long, and in some parts predictable, Robert Jordan does an amazing job of not only creating another world, but of implanting the reader within it so thoroughly as to replace their reality with his own.
Readers will feel a deep connection with each character in turn, even many of the minor characters. The inherent complexity of each personality incites an instant reaction, a first impression that sometimes is shifted, and other times reinforced, throughout development. You do not only see the good or the bad, the righteous or the evil, but a strange mix of all that leaves you wondering who you should really be rooting for.
While Rand is the center of the story, I felt that Egwene, one of the more fascinating characters to follow. As a character, Egwene is constantly shifting and growing. Each situation that she faces becomes a lesson, and her growth and strength are present, if not quite obvious.
You could compare this book to any hero's quest-fantasy-magic book, but this one stands out in that it alludes to easily grasped concepts in a number of current religions. I enjoyed the journey with the reluctant heros from the Two Rivers and look forward to continuing the saga with interest.
The anti-climax allowed a real catharsis, I liked the way the book ended: simple and direct.
excellent adventure fantasy
paron. not sure how to spell.. I love things about wolves.
I loved it when Paron went crazy and killed a few children of the light because they slew one of his wolf companions.
no, there was some laughter but I don't think it was extreme.
I can't wait and have already started listening to the second book.
The resonating feeling that nobody can be trusted. The collision between the first naive world view of the young heros an the complex web of interests and political groups.
I would have compared it with "The Hobbit" because of the way the hero is chased and forced to a part of a "game"he has no wish to play.
1. Kate Reading gives the female POV more creadability
2. Increase the scene of drama
The plot of this book engulfed me and forced me to spend sleepless nights listening
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
Fantastic book...loved the whole series when I read them......however I was very dissapointed with the audio version.....maybe just me, but the narrators voice makes me cringe.....very piercing and monotone......maybe just an Englishman not liking American accent so best to decide for youselves....listen first like I didn't.....
"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.
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