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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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.
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.
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
I own all of this series on audiobook. For some reason this one has a multitude of audio editing errors that most of the others do not. In at least a dozen places, a sentence is repeated in quick succession. This does not take away from the story, it is just an oddity when you hear it. It is excellent that the same audiobook talents/readers were hired for all of the books and this is one of the most exciting editions.
I don't know what happened to Robert Jordan during this period of his writing, but for some reason his writing style changed from verbs to mostly adjectives. He goes into great detail in describing a characters clothing and appearance,but the characters have very little action anymore. I feel cheated. Major event happens like this. Ten pages describing what the characters were wearing. Major event starts...major character passes out. When major character wakes up, major event is finished, but we get ten more pages on how disheveled his clothing is. I feel like Jordan took the last 25% of the series plot, divided in to five books, then filled the blank pages with adjectives so as to stretch it out to sell more books. Hopefully some day, someone will condense the last five books into one book that it should have been.
"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.
"Really good story"
As with all the previous books in the series, this one is brilliant. The storyline is engaging. The readers' performances are superb. A joy to have the books so well performed. My only 'but' is that the production of the recording falters, stops, and repeats itself in places. An annoyance, but not prohibitive.
excellent story, enjoyed the performance very much. can't think of anything bad to say at all
Once again, throughout the book barely any female escapes having her breasts described, and when women fold their arms, they can't just do so, it has to be mentioned that they are folded *under* the breasts. Editing a series like this is a huge undertaking, I think it could have been done with a more ruthless hand. Still a great tale though. I'm going to get book 10 right now because I really do want to know what happens to the central characters, some of whom I really like.
Both of the narrators do an excellent job (although sometimes American pronunciation bothers me, such as 'shone' being said as 'shown') but I would have used either one or the other reader, I don't understand why male and female were necessary. Oh yes, and quite often sentences are repeated, as other reviewers have mentioned. Whoever was dealing with continuity messed up, but fortunately the sentences being repeated aren't long.
if made it to book 9 you dont need review other than this one badly edited with multiple sentences repeated which grows annoying.
another great book in this truly remarkable series
couldn't stop listening, the 2 storytellers worked well with each other
Kate reading and Michael Kramer are a perfect combination and I am not able to see how it could have been narrated better
there are numerous miss edits where sentences are repeated I know others have pointed this out but I didn't realize how bad it was , if it had been a half a dozen times during the course of the narration I would have dismissed it but I lost count beyond 20 but it went way beyond that and after about a dozen times it became a real irritant and took me out of the story every time, thank goodness this is the only book like that, but if you have bought into the story so far its too late to turn back now and the story line and narration itself is just as good as the other 8 books I've listened too
"Brilliant, enjoyable story"
Brilliant, fantastic story. I am really enjoying the series. A good adventure but with a lot of humour as well, in spite of the dire times. Pity we cannot do our own 'travelling', would save a lot of traffic problems. Just a shame about Robert Jordan and that he wasn't around for the end of the series.
Nynaeve - very serious about herself, easy to wind up, quite funny but doesn't seem to realise it.
Make it quite easy to get into the characters.
The end of the world is nigh, unless.....
"What actually happened? :)"
I honestly have no idea what happened in this book, the ending is the most confusing part...a battle that went on for the better part of a day but was over with me not knowing what happened to anyone but Dashiva. The readers as always were spectacular, a pity they were let down by the author in this case.
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