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The Fires of Heaven Audiobook

The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time

In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world.
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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world:

...Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al'Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine.

...Into the Amyrlin's study in the White Tower, where Amyrlin, Flaida do Avriny a 'Roihan, is weaving new plans.

...Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon.

...Into the Queen's court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril.

For once the Dragon walks the land, the fires of Heaven fall where they will, until all men's lives are ablaze. And in Shayol Ghul, the Dark One stirs.

©1993 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)1997 Books on Tape; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Jordan deftly weaves details from previous books into this narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fires of Heaven upholds the very high standards of this major fantasy epic, with battle scenes, comic interludes, and character development all reaching perhaps the highest point in a work that has lacked for none of these." (Booklist)
"Jordan's epic saga of a world threatened by evil incarnate builds steadily as separate strands of a complex plot begin to come together. Fans of this richly detailed and vividly imagined series will not be disappointed." (Library Journal)

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    Ben 11-26-08
    Ben 11-26-08 Member Since 2010
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    "first 4 books great this one grating"

    Please get over the the women vs the men power struggle i cant take it any longer.You cant like hardly any main characters in this one they all seem so childish ( exept matt ) the shadow should win with everyone so willing to keep secrets from everyone else. And if good advice doesnt come from the appropriate sex its ignored?????????. I didnt make it through this series the first time but i shall try again because of the great potential

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Josh South Haven, MN, USA 05-05-05
    Josh South Haven, MN, USA 05-05-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Sigh - are you sick of this stuff yet?"

    I have really tried to like these books, I had a hard time with the first one, but after plowing through it I was pleasantly surprised by books 2, 3 and 4 actually being pretty good. This 5th book unfortunately stalls and when not boring me to sleep it annoyed me back to listening to the radio for a while.

    OK, WE GET IT, the men think the women are stubborn and the women think the men are stubborn and stupid. Lay off it already and get back to the plot perhaps? Books 2-4 still had some of this pointless, childish, annoying and now extremely tiring battle of the sexes stuff, but at least it didn't detract from the main storyline. Every time this book switches to the female reader I groan because all Nineveh al'Meara does is annoy me. Jordan should take a lesson from George R.R. Martin and the Song of Fire and Ice series - make the good characters likeable, make the evil characters the annoying ones. This book does the exact opposite for most of the time. Considering that 98% of the point of view is from the good characters perspective it makes for a long read. Nineveh al'Meara finally gets served some humble pie in this book, but even that just makes her more frustrating to read about.

    My rating is a 3 instead of a 1 or 2 because there are a couple good, but short chapters from Matt's perspective. He's evolved into the most interesting character.

    One other complaint with the series as a whole - do you think it would have been too hard for the narrators to sit down for a coffee and agree on a set of pronunciations for such minor details as character names and geographic locations?

    I'll continue to read this series, assuming the rest come out unabridged. But I think a break and a few beers will be needed before reading 5 more books about how stubborn/stupid/arrogant/self-centered men/women are.

    31 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Alexandia, VA, United States 04-10-12
    Marie Alexandia, VA, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2011

    I don't mind getting stuck in traffic...as long as I have an audio book playing.

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    "Bored to tears"
    What would have made The Fires of Heaven better?

    Weak, boring, repetitive, this story is going no where fast.


    Has The Fires of Heaven turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The writer has nothing to say. I bought the books so far because I thought he would get to somewhere eventually. At this point I don't think I want to go any further. I am BORED!!


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

    They did the best they could with the weak material they had.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Barker Australia 09-01-09
    Gary Barker Australia 09-01-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Dross"

    The first four books are quite good and exciting. This, the fifth is boring.
    Too much uninteresting dross to fill up the gaps between the action.
    Action that does not happen much. This book could have been an extension to the last book without the dross.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Barnett 04-10-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Keep them coming!"

    Unabridged is the only way to go! I cannot wait for the rest of the series to be released unabridged.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 05-07-11
    Charles 05-07-11
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    "What a Waste"

    This is probably my last listen to this series and I have listened to the four previous books.. Over and over throughout this book was the point made, men are stupid and incompetent, I soon tired of it. My opinion is that all the characters in this story are stupid and incompetent (sometimes it's hard to decide who is the most ridiculous). It's a shame, because the story is rather interesting, but repetition and silliness will bored me to tears. My suggestion is to find a series that that actually has characters that don't make you grind your teeth.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-19-13
    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Still going"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great narrators and awesome story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really am starting to like Matt. His is the dark hero of the story.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    They bring life to the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Felt the pain that Rand has due to his destiny getting in the way of what he wants.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is awesome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Arvada, Co, United States 08-03-13
    Susan Arvada, Co, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2015

    I love to listen while I work, it makes working that much easier. I love gardening, walking, fishing, & just plain enjoying life.

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    "Too Good to Put Down"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fires of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    The Narration is great on this book and I don't think the narrators could have done a better job. The characters and the plot great from beginning to end. If you like Fiction and Fantasy you will love it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fires of Heaven?

    There were so many memorable moments I laughed at or worried about or just got totally involved in. But the strongest moment for the main character of the book "Rand" was to me the last chapter where he finally showed he was the Leader he was meant to be and able to make the tough decisions. I think he really became a man at that moment to me.


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

    Oh, they bring so much enjoyment and character to the book. I get to the point I look for hearing their voice. I listened to a short book waiting for my credit to purchase the next book and listening to a completely different style of narrator made me really appreciate Kate & Michael much more. They are perfect with the narration as well as the voices they come up with for different characters.


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

    You bet! I did not but if I could have I would have!


    Any additional comments?

    I promised myself I would only listen to this series of books while I exercised and it was not long before I first caught myself working out more just to keep listening to the book, and then I finally threw that promise away because I enjoyed the book so much. I think you will see what I mean.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott P. Baltimore, MD 06-24-13
    Scott P. Baltimore, MD 06-24-13
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    "Can't get enough of "The Wheel of Time""

    I'm actually a late bloomer when it comes to Robert Jordan's world. I didn't hear about this series until a few years ago when I picked up Eye of the World. From that moment on, no other book could compare to this series of books. If you're like me, then you don't need me to tell you how critical this book is to the series. Hell, any of the books are critical because they contain more of that sweet sweet nectar we call Robert Jordan's words (or if you are listening to the audiobook - and you should - the sweet sweet nectar of Kate Reading and Mike Kramer's voices!)

    In all seriousness though, this is a great book. A lot of people complain that not a lot happens which is true, but not in the way many people think. People are traveling and the wheel is being turned and events are being set in motion that will be unraveled over the course of the next couple books.

    If you are a fan, this is a must read, if you aren't and thought the previous book wasn't very good then this one won't do much to change your mind. As for myself, on to the next Wheel of Time novel!

    ...I already had it downloaded and the audio book loaded up on my device for a seamless jump from one to another!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "GREAT BATTLES"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fires of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    No, I think they are pretty well matched. I did read this book before listening to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt is always my favorite character when he is in the book.


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

    Reading is a more intense experience, at least for me. In an excellent book I find that at best a good narration can only be on par with the reading experience. Where good narrations excell is in a story not so well written. Not to take anything away from their excellent narrations (I own them all) but i don't think they bring anything to the story that can't be had by a person with a great imagination. The audio's do free you up so you can listen to the story while driving or other non brain activities. And this excellent narration allows you to experience the book as it should be. The narrotors become invisable and the characters come alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The first time I read it, I really got into all the battle scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Onward to the Lord of Chaos

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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