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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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    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 Kentucky 04-10-13
    R. Brown Kentucky 04-10-13 Member Since 2008
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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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    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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    M. Schneider California 02-28-13
    M. Schneider California 02-28-13 Member Since 2011

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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 WEST DES MOINES, IA, United States 02-26-13
    neil WEST DES MOINES, IA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2013
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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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    Paul Madrid, Spain 02-12-13
    Paul Madrid, Spain 02-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Well-woven story about a weaving wheel..."
    What other book might you compare The Eye of the World to and why?

    You could compare this book to any hero's quest-fantasy-magic book, but this one stands out in that it alludes to easily grasped concepts in a number of current religions. I enjoyed the journey with the reluctant heros from the Two Rivers and look forward to continuing the saga with interest.


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

    Definitely...


    Any additional comments?

    The anti-climax allowed a real catharsis, I liked the way the book ended: simple and direct.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Lansing, MI, United States 02-10-13
    Kurt Lansing, MI, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This series of books was recommended by a friend."
    Where does The Eye of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right up there with my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters became my acquaintances as the story progressed, I got to know them and I cared about them. Although, when I first started listening to the book, I thought "I don't know about this...", it caught me up and I wanted to keep on listening. When it ended I was sad to be done,... ...now I need to get the next one!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ariellah Knoxville, TN, United States 02-07-13
    Ariellah Knoxville, TN, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK"

    I just love a long well written book with lots of details to get a feeling of the surroundings, clothing, and body attitudes. This book definitely did not disappoint me. This is my second listen as I wanted to refresh my memory before listening the the last book of the series that just came out.

    I bought this book when I was between books waiting for the next book of a series to come out. Just wanted something to hold me over. Lol – I still haven't read the last book I was waiting for.
    It'll have to wait until I listen to this series again and finally get to listen to the last 14th book of the Wheel of Time. Yes, this series is that good. The characters are well developed and the world very believable.

    It has a slow start but the foundation and character line up needs it for the listener to get a feel for their personalities, way of life, and to understand whats going on. Once the reader wraps their mind around whats in the first 3 hours of the book, the very beginning of the book starts to make sense of how it fits in . The listener starts feeling the bond between the three innocent childhood friends. The trio of male youths Rand, Mattrim, and Perrin, and the trio being intrigued into leaving Emond's Field of the Two Rivers, the isolated small town they grew up in. This starts their journey into magic, dark forces with malicious goals, secret societies, and rich fantasy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Sean
    Newar-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
    3/28/11
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    "Marvellous series of books."

    The Wheel of Time is an excellent fantasy series. I have been listening to it almost exclusively for months. Then I finished book 8 and discovered that book 9 is not available (all the others are). I contacted Audible they informed me that they have not yet got the license for it. How they could have the license for all the other books including book 10 onwards and not book 9 I don't know.
    Anyway I would recommend that you wait to start this most excellent series of books until book 9 becomes available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Germoe, Cornwall, United Kingdom
    3/19/11
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    "Loved the book, hated the readers voice"

    This series is one of my all time favourites, I have read all of the books 2 or 3 times, but I really did not like the readers voice, which is really flat and monotone and some of his attempts at different accents are perculiar, for some reason the bad guys all sound like Scottie from Star Trek. This is the only reason why this is 4 stars instead of 5.

    The story is the standard average guys are picked to conquer the bad guys and how they go about it, involving fights, disputes,love and death and family heartache this is a great story to loose your self in and with the many characters you find yourself wondering what will happen next.

    Have already purchased book two and looking forward to working my way through the series.

    This is my first audio download and I am now hooked, I take it everywhere and listen whenever I can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    3/17/11
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    "Great audio book"

    I first read this book many years ago, and decided recently after finishing reading the latest novel in the series that I'd like to revisit the entire series. Rather than read through them all again, I decided to take the plunge and get them in audio book format.

    I've not been disappointed - the story is compelling, with excellent characters that draw you into the story.

    Apart from the narrator pronouncing some of the places and names a little differently to how I'd spelled them out in my head, I've found the narration to be excellent. The one slight grumble is that the "chapters" listed when I'm playing the audio book on my iPhone don't correspond with the actual book chapters.

    On the whole though, this is a great audio book, and well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    TOTNES, United Kingdom
    1/12/11
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    "Eye of the world"

    The narration was good but all in all I expected more from the story than I got. There were too many times when I thought 'hmm yes he nicked that idea from Tolkien but didn't do it as well' so all in all I may try the next book one day but I am not in a rush.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    northamptonUnited Kingdom
    8/31/10
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    "Great but LONG audio book"

    This a great epic tale of magic and fantasy and if you dont mind the fact that Robert Jordan has stolen ideas from nearly all the great fantasy writers its a great listen.

    As an audiobook it is also really well done. The two readers bring all the characters to life. I had read this book before listening to it and I have to say I feel the readers got the tone just right.

    Overall a great book if you dont mind a long story that takes another 12 books to end and one that kept me wanting to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    11/24/09
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    "Great story, slightly tiresome reading"

    Fantastic work by Robert Jordan... The person reading it gets a bit annoying, but it's easy to look past that with the amazing scenes that RJ manages to create.

    Well worth the 28 hours invested :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. Wright
    UK
    8/14/09
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    "Disappointed"

    I really did try my best to like this. At first I thought maybe it was the narrator, but when I borrowed the paperback from a colleague this didn't turn out to be the case, so I persevered with the audiobook.

    I found many of the characters unsympathetic, and the narrative driven on occasions by the characters inability to carry out simple instructions, such as 'let me do the talking' followed by two morons snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for the umpteenth time. "So what if the bad guys got them, at least it would put me out of their misery", was often my attitude.

    I appreciate the late author and the series have quite a following, and I did see it through to the end, but to be honest it left me stone cold. As Lincoln once remarked, "People who like this sort of thing, will find this the sort of thing they like". But count me out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Brandon, Durham, United Kingdom
    11/9/08
    Overall
    "Excellent book, shaky narration"

    The Wheel of Time series is one of my favourites in the fantasy genre. The Eye of the World is an excellent book, well worth purchasing if you're interested in high fantasy. Although Robert Jordan's writing is perhaps not as technically skilled as Tolkien or Goodkind, he creates a vibrant world with as enthralling and dynamic a story as anything else I've read.

    I found the narration to be a little lacking in this audiobook. Perhaps my expectations were too high but the narrator's style almost put me off. From the beginning I felt he placed too much over-the-top dramatic emphasis into mundane descriptive sentences and dulled some of the more significant writing as a result. That said, I got used to it, have thoroughly enjoyed the book and will certainly be continuing through the rest of the Wheel of Time series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frances
    Shipham, United Kingdom
    1/4/08
    Overall
    "Pity about the narrator's voice!"

    This is truly a five star book, but the grating, monotone voice of Michael Kramer really doesn't do it justice.

    Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you listen to the sample play and think you can live with that voice then go for it. You will certainly be missing a ripping yarn if you don't and you DO get used to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    Marden, Kent, United Kingdom
    7/3/09
    Overall
    "Narrator"

    I specifically searched audible for this book and intended to buy it as I anticipated following the series .. I loved reading the books. After reading a review about the narrator I listened to the sample as suggested. Unfortunately I have to agree with the reviewer; much as I loved the book I think the narrator would grate on me and it appears he has narrated the entire series online .. what a pity

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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