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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)
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.
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!
"Good but not great"
I had high hopes for this book after all of the good reviews but although I found it a reasonable listen it lacked the scope, depth, tension and excitement I have experienced elsewhere. The pace of the story was pedestrian and I seriously doubt that I will purchase any more in this series. Some reviewers have put these short comings down to the narration but I found this reasonable with characterisations believable and varied. Typical American mis pronunciations abound - the H in herbs is not silent and never has been - and that becomes annoying not just in this book.
"For once the word "epic" is apt"
The first couple of chapters of this book can be misleading. Avid Lord of the Rings fans will despair that Jordan has stolen ideas, but actually a small farming village being visited by a "black rider" in a good versus evil storyline is where the similarities end.
The personalities in this book are so powerful that readers will find themselves comparing people in real life to these characters, rather than the other way around. Every reader can find their own favourites to love and hate too since no two are alike.
Warning: the story line is gripping; it will give you bags under your eyes.
Since the book is told from different characters' points of view, it is fittingly narrated by both a man and a woman, depending on whose perspective we are seeing things from and both narrators do an excellent job of portraying the humourous, emotional and exciting events.
Overall, this is a fantastic opening to what has to be the best fantasy series I have ever read. I hope they never ruin it with a film or TV series.
I was dubious at the prospect of an 'epic saga' of the length of this series and my fears were borne out. In order to pad it out every dreary detail is dragged out. Narration was irritating and the male/ female swap was pointless. The characters are cliched and not engaging. Won't be listening to the next 50 books in this saga.
"difficult to get into"
I struggled to get into this one.
It didn't seem to capture my imagination at all.
Possible that I just wasn't in the right mood. But I couldn't get excited by the story and the reader didn't captivate me as much as other readers have done.
I might try it again at a later date. Maybe when on a long train journey or a flight. But it would be to pass the time rather than because I can't wait to see what happens next.
As I say, I might not have been in the right frame of mind when started listening, so I will give it a second chance - I will update my review if opinions expressed change. (If I remember :-)).
"Ruined by the accent of the orator...."
What is a good story, with several plot lines all interesting and varied is ruined by a harsh and niggling accent. It completely distracts the listener. I only got about 2 hours into this and gave up. Nothing wrong with The American interpretation of English but this guys delivery is so staccato, its like someone banging on the front door shouting fire!
I started reading this series with my son around 8 years ago (he was 15 at the time) and we were both totally hooked from the start.
Most of the books had been published by the time we found them but each time a new book was released I had to start again from the beginning so I've now read them all about 3 - 4 times and I find fresh images and new things each time.
If you look past the story there are so many similarities to find between Robert Jordan's fantasy world and the real world we live in.
I have just started to listen on audio, only into part 2 of book 1 so far but loving it - the narrator is fine, there are always words in this type of book that you pronounce differently in your head but it doesn't detract from my enjoyment in any way.
If you are a fan of reading this series then I definitely recommend the audio books too - and a great bargain if you're a member of Audible!
Its pretty good, perhaps a little bit drawn out in places but if you like the Brandon Sanderson books you will like this.
"And so it begins..."
The saga starts here, an epic ride starts with a simple sheepherder. Robert Jordan captures you almost immediately in The Eye of the World and he doesn't let go. Great for new listeners, very good for returning fans who want to try the audio format. Kate Reading and especially Michael Kramer are excellent narrators who very much bring this tale alive. If you buy this series with your monthly credits you will also save an arm and a leg, excellent value for money.
"Great story, Terrible Delivery"
Robert Jordan book is fantastic, but Michael Kramer's deadpad emotionless delivery kills it stone dead. Somehow he's turns what should have been hours of bliss into complete tedium.
By the book and read it. Find something else for your listening time. No matter how good the book its not worth wasting time listening to this terrible delivery,
"Echos of Lord of the Rings"
An enjoyable listen , however nothing particularly innovative and it follows a pretty standard template for this type of tale. But I did enjoy it.
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