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The Gathering Storm Audiobook

The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.
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Publisher's Summary

Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan's editor - his wife, Harriet McDougal - to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so Tor proudly presents The Gathering Storm as the first of three novels that will make up A Memory of Light. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost 20 years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era. In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international best-selling series begins its dramatic conclusion.

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower - and possibly the world itself.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Listen to more books in The Wheel of Time series.

©2009 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc.; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"The Wheel of Time...is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil - but what strikes me as most pleasurable...is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world." (Orson Scott Card on The Wheel of Time)

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    canadad 11-19-09
    canadad 11-19-09 Member Since 2007
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    "What a world to travel back to."

    I just finished it and it was great. Brandon Sanderson was indeed the right choice. I am so happy there is more to come.

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    Jeremy S. Wanamaker Dallas, TX 11-18-09
    Jeremy S. Wanamaker Dallas, TX 11-18-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic"

    I was skeptical at first, but have since decided this was my favorite volume to date. The only negative I can conceive is that I'm still waiting for more, although more anxiously than I have been in the past. Sanderson does a great job with continuity and I found the readers to be good.

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    Susie Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 11-17-09
    Susie Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 11-17-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Sanderson got it right!"

    Unfamiliar with Sanderson's work I was concerned that he would be up to the task, but he nailed it. The character action and humor were perfect and as usual the ending left me wishing for the next book. For others who are new to the series I would encourage you to start at the beginning of the Wheel of Time series by the time you are finished not only will you be a fan of WOT but also will know how great an accomplishment this work is.

    And as always Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading are outstanding.

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    Philip Minneapolis 11-17-09
    Philip Minneapolis 11-17-09 Member Since 2006
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    "yes it is true"

    If you scroll below you will notice like I did all
    5 stars.. Rightfully so. This story has become taut. Sanderson is great on his own, The Myst books were wonderful; and I believe he has embraced this task with love and competence. I can not
    wait for the next book..

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    Gal avichail Israel 11-17-09
    Gal avichail Israel 11-17-09
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    "the best book in the series!"

    no doubt this is the best book in the series!

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    Crystal 11-17-09
    Crystal 11-17-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Seemless"

    If your holding off on this thinking that it won't be the same then don't. This book was excellent. I was worried even though all the reviews were good. I am glad I downloaded it. Brandon Sanderson has my full attention now. He did a masterful job. Thank you Brandon for not letting this be a half hearted job. It must have been difficult.

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    Peter Greve, Denmark 11-17-09
    Peter Greve, Denmark 11-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Here we go again, excellent continuation"

    I only learned of the WoT series after Roberts died. I have heard and loved the 11 first books, and I was not disapointed with this one. Great to have the same narrators in on the book, and great to revisit all the characters. Excellent work and I could not put it down while listening.

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    jonathan atlanta, GA, United States 11-17-09
    jonathan atlanta, GA, United States 11-17-09 Member Since 2011
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    "great book"

    brandon sanderson did a remarkable job filling in for robert jordan. what a great story and the two people the chose to do the audio were great. cant wait til the next one.

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    Steve 11-16-09
    Steve 11-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the Best in this Series"

    I read all of the previous books in the series again to prepare for this book. I was not disappointed at all. All of us know that some of the books tended to drag but this one did not. many things happened in the book and loose ends were tied up. The whole White Tower/Egwene thing reached a satifying conclusion and we had some movement on all of the fronts. I was overall very satisfied with this book and would recommend it highly.

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    Chris Columbia, MO, USA 11-16-09
    Chris Columbia, MO, USA 11-16-09
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    "Way better than expected!"

    Well, I have to say that I went into this book with major skepticism. When I finished, however, I was exceedingly surprised and happy!

    Of course, Brandon Sanderson is not Robert Jordan...and it shows in certain parts. Nevertheless, that's something that we all expected...and to be honest, Mr. Sanderson did a very very good job with it! I was expecting there to be huge differences but there really wasn't.

    Sanderson had said that he left in as much of Robert Jordans original material as he could. And I think you can tell when you read those parts...it's subtle...but you can tell when it's Mr. Jordan's words. In my opinion, that's a nice treat.

    There are some things that I didn't like...but, hey, there were some things in Robert Jordan's previous books that I didn't like too. Besides, the good WAY out-weighed the bad!

    In fact, I think this was one of the more exciting of the last 6 or 7 books! And there are some heart-wrenching scenes in here that I'll never forget! Really good!

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