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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A magnificent story and top notch narration. I highly recommend this series to anyone. The depth of the characters and the immense nature of the world will draw in your entire imagination.
Not sure if it is the production of this recording or my player but this one had numerous repeated sentences etc.. at times rather annoying.
For the first time with the Wheel of Time, I'm not sure. As other reviewers have stated, there are plenty of audio editing issues that hinder the enjoyment of the book and (if you're like me) if you enjoy switching between the book and the audiobook, it's pretty much impossible here. Instead of putting the break points at the end of each chapter, they're scattered randomly throughout the text, and there's no way to find your place.
Without any spoilers, there are numerous major events that happen that have been foreshadowed since the beginning of the series, and it's great to see it all line up. The climax is tense and earth-shattering. The Wheel keeps turning, but in this book it's turning a bit faster.
Reading and Kramer are in fine form once again as the "voices" of Wheel of Time, and they continue to impress with their nuanced performances.
Once I made it to about page 200, everything kicked into a higher gear, and it was hard to tear myself away. That said, it would take more than a full 24-hour day to listen to it, so I had to be satisfied with spreading it out a little.
Audible, fix the formatting, and you've got another winner.
I've really enjoyed working through this story. in this book I was annoyed by the editing of the audio. A number of times the story skipped back a few sentences and repeated itself. other than that I enjoyed it a lot and can't wait to finish the series
"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.
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.
"too much trifle"
too much unnecessary nonsense, while major events get crammed in, too much repetition & the less said about Kate reading the better, this could be a great series but I believe it could easily have been completed in a more exciting manner in half the books
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.....
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