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The Eye of the World Audiobook

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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    Cindy 11-26-14
    Cindy 11-26-14
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    "Narrator is over the top"
    What disappointed you about The Eye of the World?

    I couldn't get past the narrator and the over acting used for the characters voices. Turned the book off after maybe 40 minutes.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Jordan? Why or why not?

    Maybe with a different narrator


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance?

    Over the top. Did not like at all.


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    Mujercita 11-23-14
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    "Enjoyable story; narrator switch distracting"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story and the narration. Most of the narration was done by Michael Kramer, and he was a fantastic narrator. Occasionally, the narration switched to Kate Reading, who is also a fantastic narrator. However, I found it very distracting when the narrators switched, especially because so little of the book was narrated by Kate Reading. I also took issue with the fact that the different narrators pronounced character names and places differently- I felt that this should be consistent. Overall, I enjoyed the audiobook and will purchase the next ones in the series; however, I think the use of one narrator instead of two would have been preferable.

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    ashlinn kelly 11-07-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The story is amazing, the reader fantastic; all adding up to a wonderful listening experience! Such a vast and well-put-together world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail, characters, adventure. With so many twists and turns I have found myself constantly wondering what was going to happen next.


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    Lionel Saskatchewan, Canada 11-03-14
    Lionel Saskatchewan, Canada 11-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Epic Fantasy"
    What did you love best about The Eye of the World?

    That his characters were flawed, just like the rest of us. They weren't willing participants like alot of other fantasy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eye of the World?

    The Beggar pointing at Rand and screaming. I can totally picture that in my mind.


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

    I enjoyed both of them. it took a bit of getting used to them switching back and forth. But it was intentional and they switched at perfect moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to anyone. Glad there are so many books to go through. I originally heard of these books due to my favorite author Brandon Sanderson finishing this series. He cannot come out with new Stormlight archive books fast enough, so I figured I'd read everything he's written. I'm glad I have to read all the Jordan stuff first to get to when Sanderson finishes this series.

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    Louis Wolfson IV 09-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An EPIC among epics"

    The Wheel of Time series is a vast and detailed epic that begins here with a lot of action, a quick pace, and an introduction to immense plot. There's magic and swordplay, politics and history, mysteries and battles, and a bunch of great characters. The series is Long (which gives it weight as an epic's epic), but plot develops and memorable scenes are pervasive. The narration and story are amazing, so you are guaranteed to have fun with this Fantasy Masterpiece audiobook.

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    H. Eve Arizona 09-12-14
    H. Eve Arizona 09-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy Listen, Fantastic Epic Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eye of the World to be better than the print version?

    No, but only because I am partial to the cadence of my own reading speed, as well as my pronunciations of certain words.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In this particular book (no spoilers for the rest), I love Rand al Thor's character. Although he is the alleged protagonist throughout all of them anyway, in this one he is the most innocent and likeable that he will ever be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Since I've read the entire series a few times over, whenever I read/hear this book it is so obvious that there is foreshadowing throughout the entire thing. All of the parts where this happens are exciting for me, and I don't want to give any of them away to a first reader/listener. Just remember that the simplest things may come back up 8 or 9 or 10 books down the line...


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

    If pigs could fly, maybe. Realistically, however, I enjoyed listening to it in large chunks during my free time/quiet time at home. This way I could make it through several chapters at once (some action, some dull moments) instead of hearing just bits and pieces that might leave me confused about the whole storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason that I gave the narrator 4 stars (he--well, they--were actually very great with pace, rhythm, and annunciation) is because he pronounced many of Jordan's words in ways completely different than I ever did. At least one of these pronunciations was even completely off-mark to its spelling, which set my teeth on edge. Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable listen. Plus, there is a pleasant surprise at the end--especially if you are a Jordan fan!

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    Aaron Kynaston Provo, UT United States 08-21-14
    Aaron Kynaston Provo, UT United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent series starter"
    Where does The Eye of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Incredible massive story, and it starts very fun; albiet somewhat slowly. Michael Kramer and Kate Redding are fantastic readers.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Michael's Loial's voice (the Ogier) is dang near perfection - I think the slight change in his voice gives the character the perfect depth and I find I wait for Loial to talk more, so I can hear the performance!


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    Steven L Stringfellow 08-10-14

    Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.

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    "An interesting mythology."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was a good story. Not a super epic, but a good solid story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There were some elements in the final act that seemed to almost come out of nowhere. Also a lot of the characters seemed to have gotten off lucky. Maybe too lucky. The apparent "end" of the Dark One was not really disputed. You can't just kill the devil in book 1 of an epic. Uh . . . Can you?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    During the climax when Rand was running and he heard the screams of a particular main character behind him. I was dramatic because she seemed all but invincible up to that point and now I feared the worse for her. Of course, she was one of those that got off lucky. She even said as much.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't now if it's me, but I did not see the hint of romance that popped up. It seemed so random when the characters were proclaiming their love. I half expected one of them to say "What the heck are you talking about?" And I see no reason for two narrators. One of them, Kate Reading, only read two or three chapters (out of fifty!) What was the point? Her performance was fine, but she read characters that Michael Kramer had already read. Jordan's description are very spot as well as creative and beautifully written, but the overall story is needlessly long, given the events that happened. Maybe they are seeds, that will sprout in future books, others there seem to be a lot of diversions just to make it longer. (kinda like those Hobbit movies)

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    arvind 07-31-14
    arvind 07-31-14
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    "Amazing to Listen"
    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    The Narration quality brings out the story very well. Some of the emotions and changes in speed of reading are quite well done. However would have been more interesting if the female characters could have a feminine voice. That lets us relate slightly better


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Spoiler Alert - The green Man's view of the world and impact of his actions


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    Dor 07-16-14
    Dor 07-16-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great audiobook!"
    Where does The Eye of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my top 3 for sure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book gets you hooked from the first moments!


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Michael's Thom.


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

    I would If I could :)


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended for all fantasy lovers.

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