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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)
Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.
I'll keep this short since there are plenty of great in-depth reviews of this series already. I just want to share my experience procrastinating on this purchase in case someone else is in the same boat. For a few years I avoided buying into this series due to it's size as well as some poor reviews which seemed consistent in their criticisms. Well I broke down and decided to give it a shot. I now feel foolish for avoiding it so long.
I've read up to book 4 and have been very impressed and entertained so far. I didn't find the authors ideas to be derivative as some reviews stated. There are some themes common to all fantasy, but the plot was original and well thought out. The setting and universe are familiar to fantasy fans, but in no way a rip off of any existing series. I've really enjoyed this series up to this point and would recommend it to any fantasy fans. Granted I have read from many people that the series has some low points, but improves in the end. I can forgive this considering how much I've enjoyed books 1-4.
So if you're on the fence about diving into the Wheel of Time series, take my advice and just do it.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
I LOVED ALL of Sanderson's books so far, so I decided to give WOT a try since Sanderson ends up writing the Series after something like book 11 or so...
I kept waiting for Jordon to GET ON WITH IT, and you end up with about about 2 hours of action in EACH of his 20+ Hour books...
"Well, the next one HAS to get better! The Reviews RAVE about the series"... Bought book 2, 2 hours of action mixed in with 20+ hours of "NOTHING" other then MORE descriptions about the ENDLESS, USELESS descriptive details that have ALREADY been ENDLESSLY described in tedious, long-winded, "Paid By The Word" Detail...
"OK, OK, OK.. BUT 'RAVE REVIEWS'!!! Book 3 HAS to be SO much better..." Nope.
"But, Book 4 HAS TO...." Nope..
"Book 5? Maybe SOME action and LESS Cut and Paste, and LESS ENDLESS DRIVEL and 20 pages of POINTLESS 'descriptions' we've ALREADY HEARD OVER AND OVER AND OVER already?" Nope...
In the first book you'll HEAR Gandalf Yell, "FOOL OF A TOOK", at Matt in your head... and it just DOES NOT get better... Lost ME after Book 5, and I should have stopped after this one... I REALLY TRIED to get into the series because "THE REVIEWERS RAVE" and you get "0 of 200 people liked this review" if you say ANYTHING bad about this Cult Series.... but I'll take the hits, maybe it'll save SOMEONE else some money and a LOAD of time that could be spent listening to BOOKS THAT ACTUALLY GO SOMEWHERE and have some ACTION in them... Sadly, Jordan just WAS NOT "Sanderson", and that's just a fact.
Dancin' S'marti Pants
I switch back and forth between the audio and ebook depending on what I'm doing. Treadmill, cleaning, driving? Audio. Sitting comfortably on my couch? Ebook. The characters are well developed even though, because of the genre, you know they are going to end up being more special than they appear at first. It's nice to watch their realizations unfold. Something about the cadence of Kramer's voice made me think of Captain Kirk at first, but within a few hours I was used to his rhythm and began to appreciate his delicate handling of female characters so that they do not seem cartoonish or falsetto-y. Reading's role was limited in this book, but I just started book 2 and she looks to figure more prominently there.
This is the beginning of a very long literary journey, although it is not for everyone. Robert Jordan is verbose to say the least; a characteristic in his writing that may not be appreciated by all listeners. Personally, I greatly enjoy the extent of detail that he folds into this story and, when listening to it being read, it truly helps to paint a picture of each character and the world itself.
The only small complaint I had with this piece was the shared reading. I felt that the tone of the story changed between with the two readers and would have preferred that Michael Kramer handled the entirety himself, mostly for consistencies sake. Other than that, for a first time reader/listener I am truly excited for the story to continue!
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Political thrillers and conspiracies, what better to read?
Yes. Detailed and thriving/exciting characters that you want to continue to follow and understand. The environment really makes you want to immerse yourself in the story.
Lord of the Rings. Unlikely heroes must journey on a quest that will probably result in them helping to save the world.
I did not enjoy Kate Reading's performance at all. Her voice annoys me and I find it harder to focus when she reads. Michael Kramer is fantastic and is great at providing a wide range of voices. I think that Kramer is at his best when performing the characters of Rand al Thor and Thomdril Merrilin.
The Dark One Stirs
Immersing into this rich universe of extremely well developed characters and story lines.
While many may compare it to The Lord Of the Rings, I like this WOT series much better. The characters are richer, the story lines clearer and farther reaching, and the comedy here and there is the frosting on a delicious treat!
They give tone of voice and mannerisms to each character. Since they do a great job of creating new voices, they make it easier to learn and remember who each character is and their names without having to flip back pages to be sure...you KNOW that new character when you hear them!
YES! Impossible, but yes.
I am a busy super-mom, president of a successful business and occasional university instructor and I am on at least my 5th time of listening to this series. Years go by between, but no other fantasy series has ever been as good as coming back to these guys. I have saved the last book until I had time to start at the beginning and enjoy them all again. Each time I pick up some detail I missed. The characters are like old friends.
Someone who has better english and perhaps someone who is willing to read through it.
A better narrator
I don't know if it's my level of english, or perhaps it really is the narrator, but I couldn't pay any attention to the story no matter how hard I tried for the entire first hour.
This book takes descriptive writing to another level. Every room, every person, every article of clothing, how the bed feels, what is used for a pillow, the condition of the pathways, etc… While I like the story and characters I cannot help but wonder if an abridged version would be better. The excessive detail tempers the emotional impact when the author is trying to build excitement, tension and fear. In fact, I felt a little detached throughout the entire story. This book is a good candidate to try that 1.5x or 2.x speed option. I will try the next book in the series but am not yet willing to commit to 14 extremely long books. After reading series by Terry Brooks, David Eddings and Orson Scott Card I am used to more excitement and a greater attachment to characters.
I read the ratings and thought this would be a good "escape from reality" book. For me, it was not. The "darks" were too dark and evil without reason. The "lights" were also insinuated to be evil, so there was no real hero or heroine - only a bunch of characters with strange names and labels who tromped around a made-up world in a made-up universe for no apparent reason - other than to fight back against some evil force that attacked them. The book did not hold together; the narration was overly expressive at times, switching for no apparent reason to a female voice in the middle and one other time. I kept trying to make sense of it, and after about mid-way through part two spent most of my listening time wondering when it would be over. And, by the way, the end was not at all satisfying. I kept waiting for Harry Potter to come save the day! Too bad he didn't show up.
I would still read other books in this genre, but probably not from this author.
Kate Reading was ok after she started to pronounce the names correctly - or at least the same way as Michael Kramer. Michael Kramer was a bit over-expressive in his narration and at times quite annoying.
It should not be a movie - It would drag on and on without a major rewrite. As a TV series I give it one season at most.
Very disappointing. Maybe I expect too much, but a 14-book series should be better written.
Everything kind of ran together, especially at the end.
Multiple narrators spaced out at random intervals -changing the feel of the characters, really ruined parts of the story for me. If they would of stuck to a single narrator everything would of been fine.
Possibly, so long as some of the unneeded details were left out.
Worth a listen, but your better off skipping it
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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