For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.
And it is stolen.
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©1991 Robert Jordan; (P)1997 Books on Tape, Inc.; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"Jordan creates a lush, sprawling tapestry of a novel in the tradition of Tolkien and Eddings." (Library Journal)
I am overjoyed to find audible choose to carry this Unabridged series. It is pretty much the only place anywhere you can find this extraordinary Unabridged audio series. The abridged version of this series is horrible; however this version is a true and rare audio gem. I have listened to literally a few hundred audio books in my life, most of which were either sci-fi/ fantasy and this series stands out as one of the best I've heard. It has exquisite readers both Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are among the best audio readers I've ever heard. As anyone who has heard audio can probably relate to, the quality of the reader is vital to the experience of the book and these are simple two of the best in the business. They capture the characters perfectly and draw you in like few other readers can. Another great and fairly unique thing this audio reading does is when the books comes from the perspective of a female character Kate gives you the female voice to match, where as if you are in the head of a male character Michael reads to give you that male feel. This makes a big difference in the whole experience and how much the reading brings the character to life and draws you into their books world. Speaking of which, Robert Jordan's WOT world is one of the most vivid, complex and original world I have experienced in fantasy. The world's complexity continues to grow throughout the huge epic series. It makes you want to know what is going on in different lands almost as much as what is happening with different characters. In the first half of this series each book is better then the one before as the main characters, the world and the adventure expands. If you get a chance, please request that audible carry the rest of this Unabridged series. As of now they carry book one (The Eye of the World) and two (The Great Hunt). I guess that's about it. Enjoy, I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.
Not really I was fairly disappointed many people who's opinion i respect talk about Robert Jordan like another George RR Martin or Tolkein. It just seems somewhat predictable, cheesy and uninspired. It wasn't awful...the imagery is very good . Just felt like i had read everything here already in Tolkein or Frank Herbert and they both did it better.
I would not for the reasons i just stated.
I thought the vocal performance was probably the best part about this purchase
It has several but after giving Jordan 2 books to draw me in with an open mind i will bot be purchasing the third
I would instead recommend Joe Ambercrombie The First law series, The Black Company by Glen Cook, or The song of Ice and Fire George RR Martin
The narration was great although the two readers do pronounce something differently. The switching off between the two was annoying to me at first but I quickly saw the merits of it. After finishing this book, I wouldn't have it read any other way!
The story really kicks off here. It's not the best ending but certainly not worth less than 4 stars. A great read and a faster pace than book one.
Reading a novel like this I feel I should be kissing Jordan?s feet. How anyone can create such an immense intricate world filled with such deep, diverse characters is just mind blowing. I?ve listened to the first two books in this series and can?t wait for audible to come out with the rest. I was happy to find that this second book started right where the first left off with all the same characters to whom I had grown attached in the first book. Listen to The Eye of the World first.
After the incredible experience and the shattering end of the first book, Jordan expands on this world, having introduced many parts of the world in the first book which play a bigger part in this story. It makes the reader feel they have an intimate connection to the world as the stories that were introduced in the first book are explored in further detail here. New villains and old ones, betrayal and treachery, make you fear for the characters you feel close to.
Be forewarned that if you hate mental narratives, this book is probably not for you. You will spend long periods of time in minds of different characters, each giving you unique perspectives on the world and other characters. Like the first book, this book has some of the most thrilling action sequences I?ve encountered in my reading. In fact, there is a bit more action than in the first, though Jordan doesn?t neglect to continue developing the characters and world.
The readers are superb! There are two readers, a man for scenes where you?re following a male character and a woman for when you?re following a female. They capture perfectly the emotion of each character and scene. I?m relatively new to audio books, and these reader make a great case for how listening to a story is so far superior to reading one. Their voices paint the world with a clarity not possible when reading (written word is so primitive, huh?).
Great books! Can?t recommend highly enough.
I'm adding my review as a pure review, and to encourage others. I've read the series four times and have just completed the first two audiobooks. Jordan has created a world that is similar to ours in many ways, in fact each 'major' nation is modeled after an actual nation, at some point in history. Jordan does borrow some ideas from other literary sources, but does a better job than other authors of actually explaining aspects of his world. The One Power, the Trollocs, Myyrdraal, Forsaken, and Aes Sedai; Jordan actually lets the reader in on how the Power works, as opposed to just saying, "These people are magicians. Deal with it."
To David in MA, who seemed a little bored with the series, I have one word of encouragement. Without going into specifics, Matt MUST be hated during the first two books, as you will find out in The Dragon Reborn. Things have happened to him, mostly self-induced, that you won't understand until Book 3, at which point he becomes one of the most interesting and likable characters in the series. If it helps, the first 3 books in the Wheel of Time are essentially foreshadowing the rest of the series. Every dream, side-remark, and ellipsis-ended comment really mean something. Having read the series as many times, I can tell you Jordan has woven so much into each book that I learn something new each time.
The Wheel of Time is long and not easy to read, but to date the most well thought-out and written series I've ever read. The Great Hunt has the best ending-sequence of any of the books, 1-10 so far. I hope this helps.
I enjoyed this book as much as the first in the series. The two readers are very good and have distinguishable voices for the different characters. However, I think they could have collaborated and decided on pronounciations before recording. They each pronounce names of people and cities differently, which makes it confusing. I've also noticed places where one of the readers will actually pronounce one name two different ways in one sentence. It makes the book very distracting to listen to.
The tale of the Wheel of Time continues in this, the second, book of the series. It is as wonderful as the first, and furthers the story of our young hero, Rand. The readers, as before, are fantastic, and bring the vast world to life. A+ and highly recommended to all!
I do agree with some that this is a long drawn out series, and you have to really enjoin it to want to finish. But as I came late to it when there was already ten books out I did not have to wait as long as some for the conclusion. Even though the books are long, they are well written. Keeping your attention through out to the end. Jordan does a great job holding you in the story, if a bit long winded when sometimes describing things. After reading most of the series, I then read some of the reviews. Those that compared it to The Lord of the Rings stood out to me. I have read both series, and fine it funny that people think there wouldn't be simulates. All books have a common theme, good verse evil, but to compare the two is laughable. The stories are vastly different. The only thing similar about the two is that they are both fantasy books that are well written, and a good read.
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