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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.
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.
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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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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.
"A brilliant start to a series"
The wheel turns.
And it looks like I am going to keep coming back to these books again and again and again.
Absolutely brilliant, best fantasy since Tolkien. Plot is fast paced, and narrators bring everything to life.
Michael Kramer ahd Kate Reading nake a great combo.
"Fantastic but not captivating"
Really good and will definitely read the next 12 in the series but slightly lacks the quality required to make it best in class
And wonderfully gripping,
Full of character and life.
You feel like your there every
step of the story.
I am a fan of Brandon Sanderson but have finished most of his books so started on this series. Loved it.
"Glad I've listened"
This book was recommended to me by a Falklands War Veteran when first published but somehow I never got around to reading it. It was well worth the wait.
Clear narration and a gripping story, I couldn't stop myself from listening. I would highly recommend it to my friends.
What a fantastic start the series. it was engrossing and held me captivated throughout. ive already downloaded the next one and can't wait to get started.
"Immense, Brilliant and very, very long"
It's hard to write a review of one book having listened to all 14 of the Wheel of Time books. For nearly a year (of my listening time) the adventures of Rand, Matt and Perrin were a daily treat. I even decorated most of my house whilst listening to their story - most enjoyable DiY ever.
If you decide to take the journey then the total time of all the books ways in at 460 hours and 14 credits. I can only say it's the best value credits I've used on Audible so far.
To be honest it's easier to look at wiki for an overview of the story, if fantasy is your thing then take my word you won't be disappointed. The combination of two narrators works perfectly as they switch between the male / female orientated aspects of the stories - they both do an excellent job. Brandon Sandersons handling of the final three novels (using Robert Jordan's notes) is also perfectly handled leading to a very satisfying end.
My only suggestion is to think of this as one big story - the first book is just the very start and though good the satisfaction and enjoyment grow through all the books. You need to really get stuck into to the first 2 or 3 books for the larger story to come into focus and to realise just what is coming.
Good luck and enjoy!
"Took a while"
Took a while for the narrators to settle into their parts, but now, for me, they are great.
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