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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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    Mike 08-09-16
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    "Loved it!"

    Fastest I have ever gone through a book. Like most fantasy novels the first couple chapters a sluggish to get through. But once you do the book takes hold and doesn't let go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Gi MacLennan 07-11-16

    I have a 2017 resolution to read at least 10 classic books!

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    "Fantastically narrated start to a proper Epic"
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    I have been promising to start the Wheel of Time series for too long now and am so very glad that I did. It is brilliantly narrated and at times I would sit up for hours listening to the gripping story. I absolutely cant wait to start the next book in the series given how much the characters have grown and developed in this book. Best book I've heard on Audible so far!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mctaggard 04-25-16
    Mctaggard 04-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A very good story."

    It is a slow start but over all it is a very good story. The performance was a little disjointed with the two people reading only when certain characters were alone but not consistently. Strong finish though and a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Kilcher 03-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    The only thing I didn't like was that the readers pronounced the same words differently.

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    TJ Diamond 04-15-15
    TJ Diamond 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid fantasy"

    Solid fantasy that got better and better as the story progressed. At times some of the extreme detail bogged me down.

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    Marcus Swift 01-03-15
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    "Good story"

    The performers voicing sounded like a 1950es radio program. They also decided to use two narrators - a practice I don't appreciate.

    The story lays the bones for the larger series. It manages to answer some mysteries while leaving enough to draw me into the next story. The character development is enough to make the actions of the characters plausible. I was not gripped by the world and characters as I have been in other series. Enjoyable nonetheless.

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    Jason 08-20-14
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    "I really wanted to like this but..."
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    I really wanted to like this story. I was looking for a long story to get sucked into while waiting on the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire. The story has great potential but the writing style is very amateurish. Character development is lacking. So much so I could care less about any of the main characters. About a third of the way through it started to get on my nerves with all the braid pulling and lip biting. I can't put my finger on why exactly I didn't care for it other than like I mentioned it came across amateurish.

    I was hoping the writing style would improve as the story went along so I picked up book two. It turned out to be much more of the same. I really wanted to like this but I just can't get past the writing style. So it's off to search for something else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Devin 07-23-14
    Devin 07-23-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Glad I Stopped Listening to the Dissenters"

    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.


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    M. Dumas New Orleans, LA 03-06-14
    M. Dumas New Orleans, LA 03-06-14 Member Since 2014

    Dancin' S'marti Pants

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    "Slow Build, Just Like I Like It"
    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of the World the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Dave Milford, Connecticut, United States 01-15-14
    Dave Milford, Connecticut, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The Beginning..."
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    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!

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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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