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The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time | [Robert Jordan]

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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    L 05-19-13
    L 05-19-13
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    "Robert Jordan Eye of the world"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was alright, I can tell it is going to be a LONG series and that many times throughout I am going to wish it would hurry up and end already. The phrase about the Wheel of time is going to get VERY old! If I can't make it through the next one I am going to give up.


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

    It was very confusing I am not sure what happened.


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

    I like the inflections in their voices they did a good job reading it. I could feel the sentiments of the characters in their tone of voice and they gave it just the right touch.


    Do you think The Eye of the World needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It definitely has a follow up book, and yes it needs it, the end was confusing and there is more that needs to be explained.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RKR Georgia 05-13-13
    RKR Georgia 05-13-13 Member Since 2007

    Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan

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    "Kept me occupied in middle school"

    I was thankfully introduced to Robert Jordan's WHEEL OF TIME series while in middle school. These books helped me through many classes as I read and re-read them. The narrative is extremely detailed, full of colorful characters, cinematic dialogue, and squirm-inducing action.

    My criticisms are that every character seems to have a "special ability." I just wanted to meet someone who was an interesting character rather than their ability to this or that. This particular novel introduces readers to a world where a young man discovers he's one of the few men who can wield The One Source and the toll it takes on those around him. It's an epic fantasy that spans more books than I think were necessary, but this is still one of the most accessible 1000+ page books for people who "don't read fantasy." During the 90's, it was easy to find people who read these books despite their length and genre.

    Michael Kramer reads the majority of the novel since most of the books focus on the boys. For the moments that the female characters are in the limelight, Kate Reading picks up. I'm not sure this is the best choice for the production, but it didn't bother me to much. The dialogue is so good, however, that a full cast recording would be really interesting.

    These books are a good gateway to larger (and richer) works like THE SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. Whereas those books are for adults, I would recommend this book -- and hence the entire series -- to mature young readers willing to jump into a fantasy world full of adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Brown 04-10-13
    R. Brown 04-10-13
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    "If you like an extremely descriptive style..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-04-13
    Aaron Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Mother of All Editing Fails"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not unless they had a few spare years and $100.00+ they didn't mind wasting.


    What could Robert Jordan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hire a real editor who had the balls to tell him the truth about how redundant >90% of his descriptions and character's exclamations were. Seriously, it felt like more than half of the novel was descriptions of fireplaces and stonework, characters smoothing their dress/tunic, characters licking their lips, characters sweating in a most detailed manner, characters wiping away said sweat in a most detailed manner, characters exclaiming: "Blood and Ashes!"... You get the point, it was more akin to the director's personal copy of the screenplay than a novel.


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

    The performances were truly great, but the characters and the decisions they made were borderline retarded, which prevented me from identifying with them enough to have a "favorite".


    Did The Eye of the World inspire you to do anything?

    Pity the people who spent all that money and time reading these awful books and rejoice that I had only purchased/read the one.


    Any additional comments?

    Bottom line: This could have been one of, if not the, best epic fantasy series ever. However, it was really only enough plot to fill 4-6 books and all the filler just overwhelmed the intentionally ignorant characters and the story into which they were woven.
    (Quick, somebody, queue the Price is Right loosing horn!)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-27-13
    Phyllis Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Overrated."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Has The Eye of the World turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I would still read other books in this genre, but probably not from this author.


    Did Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Could you see The Eye of the World being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing. Maybe I expect too much, but a 14-book series should be better written.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel winchester, VA, United States 03-23-13
    Daniel winchester, VA, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Story but..."
    Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    No


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

    Everything kind of ran together, especially at the end.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


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

    Possibly, so long as some of the unneeded details were left out.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen, but your better off skipping it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Wexford, Ireland 03-01-13
    Gary Wexford, Ireland 03-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story. Well read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eye of the World to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version. I really enjoyed the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are lots of great characters. I am new to this series so I am just getting into it but so far Lan and Nynaeve are standing out. I would also love to find out more about Lews Therin Telamon.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reader 02-28-13
    Reader 02-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Glad I kept going"
    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of the World the most enjoyable?

    The book did a pretty good job of introducing a long story, while at the same time keeping it moving.


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

    When I got to the end and decided it was worth going on to all of the rest.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Schneider 02-28-13 Member Since 2011

    Cadman0508

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    "This is book one of a great series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend and have recommended this to many people.


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

    The Shadar Logath scene.


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

    There is a really good blend of the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    neil 02-26-13
    neil 02-26-13
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    "WOT fan"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eye of the World to be better than the print version?

    I would say that I could go either way, yet audio version is easier on the eyes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matrim is my favorite through the series, but in the first book Rand is the my favorite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rand falling into the Palace grounds.


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

    Rand bringing his half dead father to Emonds Field.


    Any additional comments?

    Robert Jordan paints a vivid world. If loved JRR Tolkien's books and am a huge fan, Jordan will blow you away. Where Tolkien world is black and white(good/evil) with almost no middle ground, Jordan's world is shades of gray.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Anette
    Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    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.



    20 of 21 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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • john
    Clydebank, United Kingdom
    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.

    5 of 5 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.

    5 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 4 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Amesbury United Kingdom
    3/21/10
    Overall
    "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.

    3 of 3 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).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Megan
    st génies, France
    12/7/11
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    "the eye of the world..."

    I read this book years ago and only remember that i had skipped long pages of description about towns, cultures and history but that i had loved the story all the way to boon 7. I didn't think i would have the courage to re-read this one but i am really glad that i found it on audible. The strory is gripping and very complete. C'an't wait to lisen to the rest of this épic adventure

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    8/10/11
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    "great great great!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    this is one of the best books ever written and Robert Jordan can tell a story. Both the narrators are great and have different voices for each character. I cant wait to start the next book in the wheel of time series. Robert Jordan will live on through his books. I am going to listen to all the wheel of time series. And i'm glad that Robert Jordan's widow found someone to finish the series. 5 stars from me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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