I have been lukewarm at best about most of the series so far, as Jordan's penchant for exhaustive repetition is nothing short of maddening, but in this book he manages to drop it (along with the omnipresent adolescent angst that manages to overshadow every significant event by burying it under a mountain of triviality) long enough to achieve a few moments with some genuine emotional resonance. To avoid posting any spoilers, I will refrain from specifics, but the most poignant are the moments of history that Rand views, and they succeed where so many other efforts by Jordan fail because he--probably unintentionally--drops his usual writing devices and gets out of the way to simply narrate the events for us. The contrast between this part and most of the rest of the series is really amazing, and shows just how strongly we can feel the emotions of the moment without having to have it spelled out repeatedly for us both before and afterward. It's unfortunate that Jordan seems to trust the intelligence of his readers so little.
So kudos to the author for some really great moments in this book (there are one or two more, but I cannot describe them without giving things away). I wish there were more like them throughout the rest of the series.
This is a review of the audiobook version, not the book itself. I don't know whether Audio Renaissance or Audible are responsible, but the chapter breaks in this recording do not correspond with the chapters in the book. This makes the audio virtually unusable if you are reading parts as well as you go.
Good listen but some things were very annoying. First off Mr. Jordon seems to love to jump from one plot to the other with no other warning then you being confused. A couple times I though I had hit the forward button on my Ipod on accident. Took me five min to figure out where I was in the story a couple times. Also lots of filler in this book..God strike me down for saying this but maybe Ill look into the abridged versions of the next book..He describes WAY too many things that dont need to be discussed.
Jordan has successfully created an interesting new fantasy world, but the strength in his characters, the hardships they go through, the obligations that pull them so many ways you never know which way they'll choose, makes it something more. The story divisions are becoming a little hard to follow though--I think it splits to at least 4 different locations, not to mention points of view.
I love audio books. I never read much as a kid, but now I could go through a book a week easy. Me and my wife are full time RVers and we love it. Seeyou on the road.
This is Great
I did not realize when I purchased this audiobook that it had a female and a male narrator. This was new to me. Although it seemed a little strange to be switching back and forth it actually goes with the theme of Jordan's books. I did like both narrators and thought they did a good job. I am only disappointed not all 10 books are in audible's collection.
I can't express enough, how successful this series is. Robert Jordan was truly a master at his craft. The gradual character development in the books leaves you chomping at the bit to find out exactly how they're going to emerge. The rich and intricate histories and cultures of each nation have been thoroughly thought out and designed. Nothing is left to be desired in these books.