Listen to more books in The Wheel of Time series.
©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)
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.
Someone who has better english and perhaps someone who is willing to read through it.
A better narrator
I don't know if it's my level of english, or perhaps it really is the narrator, but I couldn't pay any attention to the story no matter how hard I tried for the entire first hour.
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.
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.
I would still read other books in this genre, but probably not from this author.
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.
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.
Very disappointing. Maybe I expect too much, but a 14-book series should be better written.
Everything kind of ran together, especially at the end.
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.
Possibly, so long as some of the unneeded details were left out.
Worth a listen, but your better off skipping it
Books are great! Audiobooks are better...Oh no he didn't!!
I have never read the print version. I really enjoyed the audio version.
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.
Yes, I'd recommend and have recommended this to many people.
The Shadar Logath scene.
There is a really good blend of the characters.
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.
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.
"Fantasy at it's best."
Imaginative, fascinating, memorable
The escape from Shadar Logoth is a breath taking scene which keeps the listener on edge throughout. Superb writing from Robert Jordan is brilliantly brought to life by Michael Kramer. I felt the tension and fright and was truly with them as they fled the horrors that lay in that ancient city of evil.
An interesting approach, sharing the narration dependant upon who is the focus of the chapter, which works well. Characters are clear and easily deciphered regardless of who is narrating. Kate Reading's Nyneave is excellent whilst Michael Kramers's Lan is full of stony strength.
The 'death' of Thom Merrillin and Rand and Mat's escape from the half man is particularly moving. The sense of loss and loneliness coupled with the prospect of a hopeless journey ahead was particularly moving and intense
An excellent start to a tremendous series. I can't wait to listen to the next instalment.
I have read the book a couple of times and really enjoyed listening to it this time. My partner hadn't read the book but I could not tell which of us loved it the most.
The story is complex enough to read again.
I waited to start this series until I was sure it would be finished, I was not disappionted
I Don't think he writes women as well as Men but overall it was still an excellent book.
"First audio book listened to and enjoyed it"
No because audio books basically give the speakers interpretation on accents and how things occurred rather than the readers imagination
There were many things that triggered memories from reading the book through the audiobook.
Not listened to anything else
No, mainly driving for work
It takes a little getting use to the American accents and the woman reminds me of someone that would do the telephone text messages but once past that they did a great job.
"A year well spent!"
I'm not going to review every book in the Wheel of Time series since if you read/listen to this one you'll probably listen to them all. Some of the books are certainly better than others, but on the whole the standard is high. It's a long story but I have to say the way it was written and performed was absolutely gripping. It used up over a years worth of Audible credits and when I finished the series I was left mourning for the characters. Well worth it.
"You won't be disappointed"
I was already a huge fan of the series and had read all the books before joining audible. When I saw the WOT books on here I was very excited to download them, but having first listened to the sample I almost didn't bother. I thought narrators voice sounded clipped, wooden and monotonous and I didn't think I'd enjoy sitting through that for hours.
Fortunately I had a extra credit going begging so I thought I would take a punt. I am so glad that I did. Kramer's narration really grew on me and Reading's too when she came in. I'm now half way through A Crown of Swords and am enjoying the series immensely.
If you are a fan of the books, please don't be put off by the sample or some critical reviews, I promise you will enjoy the performance. If you've never read the books then look forward to a fantastic story and hours of great entertainment!
Persevering with the agony of continuing to listen hoping that either the narration or the story will get better in vain. I was greatly disappointed by both the story and the performance. My worst book so far this year.
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