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The Gathering Storm Audiobook

The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

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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.

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©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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    Joseph Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-30-09
    Joseph Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-30-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Small differences, but still amazing."

    Like most fans of the series, I was a little nervous that my favorite book series was going to be finished by some one other than the original author, and I couldn't help but ready myself to listen for differences as I first hit play. Once the way through the prologue was over and the meat of the story grabbed hold of me though, Sanderson's pacing and skill at weaving a tale that he obviously loves kept me from doing anything but being pulled back into the lives of the characters.

    As the last book started to do, The Gathering Storm is refocusing on the main characters and cutting out a lot of the side stories that expanded the world. You can feel the tension building as the last battle draws closer and the characters know that there is still so much left to do, and the very end of the book makes you groan even as you listen to it because you know it will be another year before you can find out where it goes. And you will want to know.

    My only real complaint is in some of the writing for Mat. He was always a little bit comical, but still felt like a real person who wasn't trying to be a fool. When the story was from his perspective you could tell that he usually wasn't. It felt like Sanderson played up the comical side in Mat a bit too much, to the point where it drew me out of the story a few times and had me thinking that the character I've read for years wouldn't have said/thought/did that. It was a shame, because after Rand got more and more settled into his role as the Dragon Reborn and had less written about him in the later books, Mat really stepped into the spotlight for me. Still, it's not so bad that it's worth knocking a star off. The story is still fantastic and it has me salivating to hear how the rest ends.

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    Michael Roswell, GA, United States 11-28-09
    Michael Roswell, GA, United States 11-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "The Gathering Storm"

    If not the best, then one of the best books in the series. It read very "Jordanesque" without the minutia of detail on what people were wearing as in earlier episodes.

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    Arthur Gyldenege Seattle., WA United States 11-25-09
    Arthur Gyldenege Seattle., WA United States 11-25-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Loving the Series Again"

    This is a fantastic book, it made me fall in love with the series again.

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    Joseph Tipton, IN, USA 11-23-09
    Joseph Tipton, IN, USA 11-23-09 Member Since 2016
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    "More Please!"

    Let me get this out of the way first. I didn't notice Brandon Sanderson at all and that's a good thing.

    The narrators are among my favorites and their stellar work continues flawlessly.

    Can't wait for the next one. Jordan said it would be a big book, he was not kidding.

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    A Texan 2 11-20-09
    A Texan 2 11-20-09 Member Since 2014
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    "The series is in good hands."

    I've been a fan (though, not a fanatic) of this series for some fifteen years now, getting into the series sometime after the first three books were in print. It's been an interesting ride, to say the least. I had vowed to myself that I wasn't going to go through the investment of time to reread any of the series until it was complete. This latest book has forced me to reconsider that position. Sanderson does an admirable job of bringing Jordan's world back to life. He suffers from many of the foibles in Jordan's style that tend to make his novels into fluffy monsters of novels (excessive descriptions, almost every character, no matter how minor or briefly on stage, gets a name and likely some kind of history, etc). But, for the first time in a while, this book really puts the series back in motion and it finally feels like it is drawing to a conclusion. The action around the main characters is intense and there are majors changes that happen over the course of this book. I've been with these characters for a long time now and I'd missed hearing from them for so long. I think the finale is in good hands and, while it will be hard to say goodbye, I look forward to seeing how this grand tale will end.

    Now, this is the first time I've "read" a WoT novel as an audiobook. I do think that Jordan/Sanderson's excessive descriptions and details work better in a spoken presentation like this. I think the two readers did an excellent job bringing the characters alive and giving the presentation the weight it deserves. I do think Mr. Kramer needs a better recording setup, however. It often sounds like I'm listening to him through a tube, with some odd background echo. It wasn't enough to compromise my understanding, and I probably wouldn't have picked up on it so much if it were for Ms. Reading's audio quality being so much better. Still, this is an excellent story and presentation and deserves the full five stars.

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    F4Thing Rochester Hills, MI United States 11-20-09
    F4Thing Rochester Hills, MI United States 11-20-09

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    "A Pleasant Surprise"

    I have always enjoyed the Wheel of Time books. This book is the product of a wonderfull colaboration. The ideas and direction which Robert Jordan constructed. Then we have Brandon Sanderson who does not have to work so hard on the overall book as Mr Jordan has laid the ground work. Mr Sanderson puts his skills into refining the prose into a more polished literary jewel. This was a very enjoyable listen.

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    Brian Charleston, SC, United States 11-20-09
    Brian Charleston, SC, United States 11-20-09
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    "Brandon has done an outstanding job"

    I was somewhat skeptical when I found out Robert Jordan's WOT series would be finished by someone else, but I've already listened to The Gathering Storm twice in the past 2 weeks and feel that Brandon Sanderson has succeeded in creating a seamless transition. I am eagerly awaiting the final two books.

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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 Dixie GA 11-17-09
    Susie Dixie GA 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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