Millions of Robert Jordan fans will rejoice at the release of the ninth book in the phenomenally best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The sequel to the number-one New York Times best seller The Path of Daggers, which swept the nation like a firestorm, Winter's Heart continues a remarkable tale that is mesmerizing an entire generation of readers.
Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhein, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand's destination is, in fact, one she has never considered. Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. But what is he up to? Faile, with the Aiel Maidens, Bain and Chiad, and her companions, Queen Alliandre and Morgase, is prisoner of Savanna's sept.Perrin is desperately searching for Faile. With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet and a very mixed "army" of disparate forces, he is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan.
The Forsaken are ever more present, and united, and the man called Slayer stalks Tel'aran'rhiod and the wolfdream. In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives - and Mat, who had been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to her. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about? There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it is a beginning....
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maybe, someone needs to take the time to listen to the story and fix the 10+ errors where the story has repeating segments, as if someone took a taped copy of the story and just spliced it together without removing the overlapping segments from the many tape sides.
I would say, but it would be a story spoiler.
They both read aloud quit well, it would be nicer if Michael would read the guy arts and Kate read all the women parts. It is a bit confusing when they both read the same character different inflections and tones.
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
I love this book. I love this series. Mostly I like the 2 narrators; the format is great, but through the series they will often mispronounce names for many books and then change to the right name, and it can be confusing.
Anyway, I give this book 5 stars for the story, but the editing was all messed up. Over and over again chunks of the story will just loop back to repeat again. It's really irritating. That being said, I'd still 100% recommend the book - I just really hope at some point they fix the editing. It's a popular enough series that I think it's worth doing.
Female, Military Background, Mother, Wife. Enjoys Science, Medicine (in particular viruses and diseases).
I am highly non-plussed. Why the heck has this been a problem that has been NOTED for 5 years? That is unacceptable.
The editing was horrible. There are 253 "chapters" in this audio book. Some "chapter" breaks occur where they should while other occur mid conversation. The absolute worst part is that there are at least 15+ occurrences of repeated content (10-20 seconds each time) and it's not just within different "chapters". I hope the so called "editor" of the audiobook does his/her job better for the remaining books because this is beyond ridiculous!
I am committed to the series but will be calling audible for a partial reimbursement of money due to the DISTRACTING audio. repeated lines are what screw it up.... there is no way they had anybody listen to the recording because it repeats itself in certain chapters to the point of annoyance...
the reading was wonderful as always
the editing was worse then auful !!
an example "i cannot say what customs will be kept of abandoned.... i cannot say what customs will be kept or abandoned but..." and the thought continues finishing the sentence
The story and the performance were wonderful. As of 2016-07-23, the production quality was so bad that I am amazed that Audible continues to make it available for download. I think this must be a post-performance and pre-production copy that has not been cleaned. There are a lot of blank spaces that have not been trimmed out. And there are a lot of duplicate sections that have not been trimmed and rejoined properly. In these sections you hear the performers reading, then a long pause that has not been trimmed out, then a repeat of what you just listened to, finally followed by the continuation of the story. If you can put up with the terrible production quality, and you have enjoyed the other books, then you will likely enjoy this also. As for me, I am returning the book in hopes of drawing Audible's attention to the incomplete production of a good book.
This recording need to be edited. There are doubled parts throughout the book, most of them are short 15-20 seconds, and usually contained to there own track. Also, the tracks(chapters) are not divided up by chapter or even significant sections or where the narrators change, like they are in previous Wheel of Time books, they are just sections of time. Everything else about the book is fine, though the book does drag at a couple of points. Performances were very good.
Out of this world Teacher
I enjoyed the book overall. The audible version of the story seemed to have skips if possible. Around 10 to 20 times the audio track would replay the same minute of the story.
"Not a great recording"
Am loving the series - despite starting to lose track of all the characters (there seem to be new ones added each novel) and becoming slightly bored with the use of the word "woolhead". Unfortunately this recording is not so good - there are numerous occassions where lines are repeated and although one accepts the odd error, there are just too many in this book. One wonders why in this digital age they can't simply edit it out? Audible?
"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.
"Good story but one issue"
The recording had a couple of parts where the lines would repeat, not the worst but a little annoying
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.
Story great and well narrated but let down by frequently repeating sections of text. Still worth hearing however
"poorly spliced together with"
Is poorly spliced together with reepeat and silences otherwise great listening material, and highly recommend!
"Book is good - audiobook not so much"
The chapters in the book do no coincide with the audiobook chapters, which makes setting the sleep timer impossible. There are also repeated paragraphs between the end of one audiobook chapter and the next, in several places.
Wonderful book, let down by an annoying audiobook. A pity, cos the ones before were brilliantly done!
This as expected was an other great book, a bit more politics but still great!
"Too many unnecessary characters & awful production"
It builds on the original story but there was too much anecdotal content and focus on fringe character which distracts from the main storyline.The worst part was the awful production. There are many sections of the book where the audio is repeated twice. When you're paying £30+ for a book, you don't expect it to have the same 'pages' repeated several times.
The characterisation and quality of the reading is excellent, although maybe a hackneyed in places. However given the vast number of characters they are expected to voice I think they can be forgiven for that!
Sort out the production - it is totally unacceptable and ruins the flow of the book.
A lot of cool stuff happens in this book, and the voice actors are top notch as usual.
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