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The Eye of the World Audiobook

The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Rick 12-29-13
    Rick 12-29-13

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Political thrillers and conspiracies, what better to read?

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    "Great and Epic Story!"
    Would you listen to The Eye of the World again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Eye of the World to and why?

    Lord of the Rings. Unlikely heroes must journey on a quest that will probably result in them helping to save the world.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Dark One Stirs


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lesa from Bethel 11-21-13
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    "Essential fantasy!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of the World the most enjoyable?

    Immersing into this rich universe of extremely well developed characters and story lines.


    What other book might you compare The Eye of the World to and why?

    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!


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

    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!


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

    YES! Impossible, but yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    abdullah Khalifa A, United Arab Emirates 06-30-13
    abdullah Khalifa A, United Arab Emirates 06-30-13
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    "I couldn't get past the first hour"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has better english and perhaps someone who is willing to read through it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A better narrator


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Brown 04-10-13
    R. Brown 04-10-13
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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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    Phyllis Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-27-13
    Phyllis Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Overrated."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Has The Eye of the World turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I would still read other books in this genre, but probably not from this author.


    Did Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Could you see The Eye of the World being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing. Maybe I expect too much, but a 14-book series should be better written.

    5 of 7 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

    Books are great! Audiobooks are better...Oh no he didn't!!

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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 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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    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 2013
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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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  • Neil Henderson
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    1/30/15
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    "excellent"

    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.

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  • Marc H
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    1/25/15
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    8/2/14
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    "Took a while"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    Took a while for the narrators to settle into their parts, but now, for me, they are great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bob
    Sheffield
    7/24/14
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    "Fantasy at it's best."
    If you could sum up The Eye of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, fascinating, memorable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eye of the World?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favourite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent start to a tremendous series. I can't wait to listen to the next instalment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AuliNotOwly
    7/7/14
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    "Excellent series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eye of the World to be better than the print version?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shotgunchewy
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    6/18/14
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    "Excellent"
    Would you listen to The Eye of the World again? Why?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    I Don't think he writes women as well as Men but overall it was still an excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I 8 Binners
    Market rasen, Lincoln United Kingdom
    3/16/14
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    "First audio book listened to and enjoyed it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eye of the World to be better than the print version?

    No because audio books basically give the speakers interpretation on accents and how things occurred rather than the readers imagination


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eye of the World?

    There were many things that triggered memories from reading the book through the audiobook.


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

    Not listened to anything else


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

    No, mainly driving for work


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    West Sussex, United Kingdom
    3/1/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    12/18/13
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abdullmm
    London, United Kingdom
    9/26/13
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    "Below expectation"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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