I have never read any of jordans work before starting this series , I love kate reading and micheal kramer , but the story is just not that good the characters are shallow and contrived , no suspense and way way too much magic , everyone has powers , too much third grade romance too, imo if you cant do sexual tention well better to leave it out. I dont see how it got so may good reviews.
I stopped reading the series after this book. The tragedy of this series is that the world, the back-history, and magic system are exquisitely developed, but the plot is repetetive and the characters are hollow. The pattern of the plot (no spoiler) is a less-than-brilliant move by (insert character), which leads to an emergency, which is resolved at the last second in a maddeningly convenient manner (usually either an unlooked-for rescue or a new manifestation of magic). The characters are fantasy stereotypes. However, the books are very suspenseful, and these are common issues in all but the best fantasy. All might be forgiven except for the sheer unnecessary length of the series. There are at least two major plot lines that a good editor would have axed altogether to bring focus to a badly meandering story arc and cut the size down a bit. I would recommend this series only to die-hard fantasy aficionados who will appreciate what was done well and forgive what was done poorly.
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.
One of my favorite parts of the series occurs in the Shadow Rising. Listening to the Audio made it much more an emotional experience for me. You could feel how much pain and anguish came from the choices people made.
I have already read the whole series except the last book, and before reading that one I wanted to go through it again so I got audible. I never knew how much I forgot or maybe skimmed over that first time through. But the story of the Aiel made me cry this time, so hard I have a headache. I guess i was paying more attention, or maybe Kramer read it to me better than I could read it to myself. It'd rare that a book can make me feel...greif. Excitement? Giddiness? Anger? Sure. Sometimes even fear. But to make me grieve for an entire poeple... Damn. I mourn the brave brave brave dai'shan.
For all that his individual characters can be annoying, Jordan is magnificent at painting people and the eras they endure. I'm glad the entire book isn't as emotionally intense as learning about the Aiel.
This isn't a series that happens to you. You've really got to pay attention if you want the whole experience. As only an adventure story it could be shortened to three or five books. But it isn't an adventure story. This is the history of the world; the ending of an age and maybe the beginning of a new one if the Light is willing. If people can be as brave as the dai'shan. If they can survive a second Breaking.