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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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    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
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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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    Amazon Customer GRESHAM, OR, United States 02-05-13
    Amazon Customer GRESHAM, OR, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, Great performance"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Hobart, Australia 02-04-13
    Sarah Hobart, Australia 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it. Great story well performed."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    Whenever I had the chance I turned it on.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sarahjane2323 St Croix USVI 02-01-13
    sarahjane2323 St Croix USVI 02-01-13

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    "best fantasy series ever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eye of the World to be better than the print version?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Cary, IL, United States 01-30-13
    Jeremy Cary, IL, United States 01-30-13
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    "Captivating!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve United States 01-27-13
    Steve United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sad it took me this long to get to it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eye of the World to be better than the print version?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-24-13
    Robert 01-24-13
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    "Still My Favorite R Jordan Book Of The Lot"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to other works BECAUSE of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading... Quite simply, they are the best in the biz!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    john Durango, CO, United States 01-22-13
    john Durango, CO, United States 01-22-13
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    "Great listen great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was an awesome listen one of the best I've heard


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rand of corse.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A new feeling for the story.


    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
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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.

    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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