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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)
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.
The anti-climax allowed a real catharsis, I liked the way the book ended: simple and direct.
It is right up there with my favorites.
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!
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.
I am listening to the Robert Jordan series again. I prefer to listen to them rather than read them due to the lengthy descriptive paragraphs that felt tedious but well written. When I listen to those same descriptive paragraphs, I feel that they truly build a picture in my head.
I love the first book in the series because I get to meet the characters when they are sweet, young and trusting. I love reading how they change over time and how they become strong through trials but there is something wonderful about the innocence of the first half of the first book that I love.
Yep. It has everything a fantasy buff wants in it, and the voice acting is believable. Not so keen on the voice for Bahlzamon (not sure of spelling) but I like the rest.
Whenever I had the chance I turned it on.
I am on to the third one in the serious. I have read all but the last, and this is a great way to experience it all again before I get to the last one . . . finally.
nothing is better than print but its so nice to be able to sew and listen to a book at the same time! i also love to work out while listening to my books!
Michael Kramer and Kate Reading keep their audience well intreagued throughout the whole reading. The start of the adventures of Rand'al Thor is one for many to enjoy!
I have heard of this book and it's buzz for more than a decade. I liked Jordan's other works and decided to give it a listen. I was amazed. First off if you are looking for a casual book to follow this may not be for you. This world is tightly written, and even more thought out. so much is happening with so much detail, that you have to focus on it. Its worth the effort though, well worth it. The narrator is superb, and does a great job in seperating the characters. One of the best books of this genere I have ever listened too.
If you're looking for an epic fantasy series to get involved with, it doesn't get any bigger or more epic than it does with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time works.
I've listened to other works BECAUSE of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading... Quite simply, they are the best in the biz!
This was an awesome listen one of the best I've heard
Rand of corse.
A new feeling for the story.
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.
"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.
"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!
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
"Great story - once you get used to the narrators"
Haven't read the print version, so can't comment.
I found their accents very harsh and difficult to to listen to. I tried numerous times to start listening to this book over the period of a few years and couldn't get through the first chapter because I really didn't like the voice of the narrator. It took me a long time to try and 'ignore' the accent and get into the story.
By the 13th book, I was getting used to listening to the narrators, but would have enjoyed the books a lot more if the narrators weren't so prominent and if they were more integrated with the story.I expect this comment is pertinent only to non American listeners. I believe there is an argument here for using different narrators for different countries in the world. I'm Scottish, and would have preferred listening to a British voice reading the story - only because I wouldn't have been so focussed on the accent. I have noticed this with other books, but not to such a great extent.
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