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The Eye of the World Audiobook

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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    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
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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

    Cadman0508

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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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    neil 02-26-13
    neil 02-26-13
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    "WOT fan"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eye of the World to be better than the print version?

    I would say that I could go either way, yet audio version is easier on the eyes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matrim is my favorite through the series, but in the first book Rand is the my favorite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rand falling into the Palace grounds.


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

    Rand bringing his half dead father to Emonds Field.


    Any additional comments?

    Robert Jordan paints a vivid world. If loved JRR Tolkien's books and am a huge fan, Jordan will blow you away. Where Tolkien world is black and white(good/evil) with almost no middle ground, Jordan's world is shades of gray.

    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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    Amazon Customer GRESHAM, OR, United States 02-05-13
    Amazon Customer GRESHAM, OR, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2015
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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 02-04-13
    Sarah 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!


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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!


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    BELPER, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Pretty good"

    Its pretty good, perhaps a little bit drawn out in places but if you like the Brandon Sanderson books you will like this.

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  • Jonny
    NEWBURY, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Feeney
    Leeds, UK
    4/4/13
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    "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,

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  • N
    3/4/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frantisek
    Wallingford, United Kingdom
    3/1/13
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    "Average"

    Done it! Listened while working through the whole 14 books. Not bad - not brilliant either. Too much describing of what are people wearing, limited dictionary of dialogues and male-female relationships/interactions painfully similar, predictable -boring (Mr Freud would find it certainly interesting though :)

    Maybe because English isn't my first language, maybe I'm spoiled by other writers or maybe Robert Jordan just isn't my type of author but haven't I been working at the time of listening I would considered it time wasted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    2/1/13
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    "How does this narrator win awards???"

    Let me begin this review with the disclaimer that I have yet to read the work of Robert Jordan and so reserve judgement on his actual writing...I am specifically commenting on the audiobook, not on the book in general.



    With that said, I had been looking forward to beginning the Wheel of Time series for some time, knowing the content would be up my street and the overall run time over 400 hours (I chew through audiobooks at a hell of a rate these days)...however, I really should have listened to the preview before downloading this. I lasted all of ten minutes, during which I managed to take in precisely none of what was being said.



    Boring does not even begin to cover it. Simply put, Michael Kramer's voice is intolerable. He sounds like he's giving a lecture, not telling a story, and giving it badly at that. His delivery manages to be over-emphasised and monotone at the same time, which I didn't even think was possible, and I detected no change when he moved between third-person narration and the characters' voices. If I could mark down the narrator without seeming to smear the book itself, he'd be getting one star - I add an extra one only because it wouldn't seem fair to give the lowest possible rating to a recording of a book I've never read.



    In any case, no matter how good the book and the rest of its series may be, I no longer consider The Wheel of Time a viable option for listening to, and that is entirely down to Michael Kramer. Worse, he seems to be very prolific within this genre, despite what sounds to me like a total lack of interest in it. Every time I go browsing for Fantasy titles, I see his name and end up having to rule out still more of them...and yet after some swift research, I now know he has won actual *awards* for his narration. Is it really just me who can't fathom how?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Southcott
    1/31/13
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    "great book, narrator a bit annoying"

    As other reviewers have said the narrator takes a bit of getting used to. Apart from the accent he reads very fast and I get the feeling he is rushing to get through this long book.

    I have persevered, despite nearly giving up a few times.

    I got used to him eventually and then I was able to listen to the story without wishing he was not reading. The story develops nicely and it left me wanting to know more after each session of listening.

    I will probably buy some of the other books having enjoyed this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    1/22/13
    Overall
    "mostly excellent, let down by narration."

    The Eye of The World is an excellent series so far (currently starting book three.) The world, the characters and the story are all vivid and engaging.

    I would say however that the main narration is, so far at least, not up to the standard set by the other elements of this book. Its not unbearable by any means but whilst the bulk of Michael Kramer's reading is a little flat, some characters are gratingly overstated and a few accents seem to come and go which can make it a little hard to follow in places... Kate Reading is pretty good though, and Kramer's faults aren't too bad or too frequent.

    Definitely still worth 4* and at nearly 30hrs long its excellent value for a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • a
    Bath, United Kingdom
    12/26/12
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    "Excellent, a compelling and addictive epic."

    This is one of the best fantasy epics ever written, a series right up there with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien but be warned it is not one to be taken up lightly, this series is Huge!



    The books have been kept together so one audio book will get you one book and many hours of happy listening.



    Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 after publishing book 11, but with the help of Jordan’s wife/editor Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson has taken up the torch, using Jordan’s plentiful notes he is finishing off the series brilliantly, with book 14 being the final volume.



    The series is voiced by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading throughout and their performances are exemplary, their narration brings the world to life in a way that simply reading it never had for me, they bring a unique voice and feeling to each of the characters that brings them to life and firmly embeds them in your heart.



    The only negative I have to put in is that the audiobooks chapter division bears no relation to where the chapters start and end in the books making the chapter search and snooze modes on the app all but useless.



    All in all a five star read. An absolute must for any fantasy epic fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
    Overall
    "Perfect Read"

    For years I had put off reading Robert Jordans Wheel of Time books, due to the sheer size of the story, 13 books so far with one more to end the series out next year, but the audio books made it easy, for the past year I have listened to this wonderful story on the bus travelling to and from work and found myself looking forward to the journey so I could hear more of the story.



    Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are excellent narrators who's style complement the story and each other very well and now I look for books narrated by them.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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