The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel’aran’rhiod and find a way - at long last - to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.
Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways - the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn - have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men’s lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.
This penultimate novel of Robert Jordan’s number-one New York Times best-selling series - the second of three based on materials he left behind when he died in 2007 - brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the Pattern. The end draws near. Dovie’andi se tovya sagain. It’s time to toss the dice....
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This was a solid and action packed listen. As usual, Michael and Kate do an excellent job with the read. If Rand and Egwene are the primary characters in this series, they have only brief appearances in Towers of Midnight. Perrin and Mat's stories finally get moving and are almost resolved. I would say that anything unpredictable occurs in those story lines, but they are satisfying nonetheless. The flow and story is so tight I actually felt this book ended too abruptly. However, I look forward to the conclusion coming in the next book.
Brandon Sanderson really understands this wonderful world that Robert Jordan has created. I am saddened that we will only get one more book and then nothing but imagination. I have listened to all of the books in this series and I remain captivated by the charactors and the Narration. Kate Redding is really the best there is and there would be no Matt without Micheal Kramer. Mr. Sanderson has another loyal follower.
I really enjoyed the latest installment of the WoT. Sanderson has picked up the flag and continued this amazing story. I will tell you one thing this story keeps you guessing. You find yourself going through a myriad of emotions as this book unfolds and by the end I have to admit you do feel a bit like Sam the Hobbit at the Gates of Moridor trying to get in. There is a portion missing out of the recording which didn't make me too happy, but other than that I really loved it.
Sanderson has done an excellent job in continuing Jordan's rich storytelling in this second-to-last book in the Wheel of Time series. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Prologue gave us a glimpse of what was to come. The book , so far, lives up to the promise of the prologue. I am up to chapter 8 now and and really excited about what has happened thus far. Like pieces of a puzzle gradually coming together so that one can see more and more of the whole tapestry that this series truly is. A magnificent tapestry with plently of places to view in detail.
I have been a fan of these books for a long time now. I happened upon the audio versions of these books a couple of years ago and Kramer and Reading once again do a wonderful job. I have read the novel already and albeit that there are many grammatical errors and bad editing in the book, who cares? Once you come to terms with the bad editing and focus on what is important, the story itself, it is truly wonderful.
Overall, this is an excellent book and a worthy sequel in the Wheel of Time series.
BTW I did get the Prologue when I downloaded so bear that in mind. This is turning out to be as great as "The Gathering storm"! That, added to the great value of 48 hours for one credit, this is definitely worth the listen!
Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.
Without a single doubt, I consider this installment of the WOT series, the best yet. Brandon Sanderson can be very proud of his dedicated contribution, his interpretation of Robert Jordan's final outline, not merely good, but masterful, he has revitalized this epic fantasy.
And The Battle Begins .... Almost at the end of part 4 and can only say "Oh My GOD". I am still in complete "awe" at how one man's mind could concieve a world such as WoT. Thank you Brandon Sanderson for so effectively putting RJ's final vision on paper and bringing it to us. Thank you Michael and Kate for breathing true and such vivid LIFE into RJ's characters. NOW .... I WILL HAVE TO STILL MYSELF to patients for the conclusion. And believe me I will be on the edge of my seat until the last and final book is released next year.
Book does a great job of tying up all the plots that have come before, can't wait for the final installment.
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.
"A Towering Series"
As I listened to this book, and look forward to reading thepages of the printed version, I am reminded of Elaida in her stately office high atop the White Tower, overseeing her estranged developments. Lofty is the series of Wheel of Time, and this book is by far no disappointment. When I finally reached book 10 back in 2003 after my first reading of the series, I felt that my my world was less real, and like I was dreaming - only awake in Andor or one of the other kingdoms in WoT universe. I knew book 11 was coming, and couldn't wait. Then Mr. Jordon was taken from us with misfortune and my heart sank! How can we find out what will happen next? Who could spin this tale as masterfully as RJ? Well, you should know the answer to that if you're thinking on this book! I wouldn't recommend it read on it's own... you need to put it in context, though supposedly it should be okay stood on it's own.
Right, what's it about? The beginning is as many fo the other books, setting scenes and building threads to the unfoldings tory lines. Though I feel the prologue section was not as exciting as previous volumes in this series. The build up in the book towards Tai-mon Gaidon is fantastic, though, and the lead on from Egwene's new leadership in The now mended White Tower reads (or listens!) flawlessly. The build up of Perrin's leadership is also handled well, as he finally accepts his role of General elect, and come's face to face with past demons in corssing paths with the Whitecloaks. Mat's forray into the realm of Snakes and Fox's plays out well, and we finally get to find out what giving up half the light of the world to save the world means! Okay, I kinda guessed, but it was still very exciting! ;)
And as Rand becomes Lews Therrin, more and more, you read thinking why doesn't Tar-Mon Gaidon start already?!? But then you realise, it already has! And it is a battle that has raged since time began. I can't wait to see how Alludra's Dragons eat up trollocs on the front lines!!
"The Towers Of Midnight"
This book is the best in the series, so far. It has intrigue, action and suspense; keep the tissues handy. Michael Kramer & Kate Reading bring to life the characters that we think of as very dear friends, each character had their own voice and was instantly recognisable so you could follow the story with ease. Brandon Sanderson was an inspired choice of author by Robert Jordan's widow, to take up the challenge of finishing an immensely popular series. Excellent. Highly recommended.
Brandon Sanderson' writting is right to the point. Characters and plot develop at a steady pace and the story is as exciting as at any point in the series, as Mr. Sanderson carefully and skillfully takes us to the final stages. And, of course, the absolutelly fantastic Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring it all to life once more (no doubts there) - I'm always short of adjectives worth of their work.
"A good continuation"
When Robert Jordan died, I was saddened at the loss of a fine author and disappointed that I would never learn the end of the story. Brandon Sanderson continued the work and did a excellent job of keeping the feel of the world and the characterisation consistent with Jordan's original vision. Sanderson's writing style is pleasantly transparent and invites the reader to focus on the interweaving plot and detailed characters, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are some of the finest readers in the business and perform brilliantly here. I feel that the book could have been slightly more tightly written (which is true of the Jordan originals) but it was a true pleasure to have the story continued and torture to have to wait for the next book.
"Last of a long journey"
I read and listen to the wheel of time twice. A very long journey (many hours) and it all ends in this book. At last!. This ending is very good in some aspects, disappointing in others. Great ending to the major characters of the saga, but there are too many large battles that are described, I did not empathise with the large battle descriptions, I did not feel involved in them.
If you read / listen to the rest of the series you have to listen to this book. Enjoy it!
I'm so close to the finish and have the mixed emotions of excitement and dread. I am excited because very soon the last battle will truly be happening. Dread, because after 16 years with this story, I know it will soon be over. Bitter sweet!
"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.
The whole series is excellent I have been listening to The Wheel of Time for the last few months now and can't wait for the final instalment which I believe is January 2013. The last three have been written by Brandon Sanderson and he has done a great job keeping the style and flow that Robert Jordan started. I have enjoyed all the characters in the books and sort of grown up with them. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring the characters to life they are brilliant. If you enjoy a good lengthy tale the The Wheel of Time is a good listen and worth the couple months to listen to it all. Hurry up book 14 I need my fix.
"The Wheel of Time is back!"
I read Wheel of Time as a teenager, often re-reading when the next book came out. Sadly I think Robert Jordans last books before he died were pretty poor and I gave up on the series.
It was only as I bacame a new Audible member and I was browsing its titles I saw Gathering Storm with five stars, I was sceptical but tried the sample, I liked the Narator and thought the authors style might be good but what sold it to me was Value: 1 credit for 33 hours!!
I enjoyed Gathering Storm alot and Towers of Midnight was even better! It had me punching the air with enthusiasm and enjoying spending time with and really feeling for the characters that I knew in my teens.
My only slight gripe would be that some threads were a bit more interesting than others, which left me reading about one character while wanting to be reading about another.
Once you start its hard to stop :) Well done Brandon Sanderson!
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