I've never been much to reading books, let alone an audio book. But the story just drove me along. In this book, the eye of the world, I was carried away to a very vivid land. Robert Jordan's detail to the setting really put me in this world.
First the underlying material -- the story itself. While much of the tale reminds me of just about every group fantasy role-playing game ever made, if one keeps in mind the date the book was first written it might better be said that many games tailored themselves after the book instead. Whatever the case, I have no problem with such a familiar, tried & true basic structure, as for me a book fails or succeeds on the details of its characters and the occasional surprise, even if certain structural aspects are familiar or predictable. In this case, it simply took a little longer for me to see where this book is its own story. The only parts I really never became fond of are scenes which to me imply a certain pointlessness to the characters; I hope those scenes become more relevant later in the series, because otherwise I generally found them distracting and they drew me away from the characters rather than towards them. Otherwise, as one spends more time with the characters and what they go through, they become increasingly interesting individuals. Fans of the genre are likely to be pleased with the content.
Second, the audio production. There are some errors in placement, as some chapters are in the wrong spot. It's initially difficult to identify them because it seems like you have simply jumped forward a bit in time, until the misplaced chapter turns up later. This doesn't at all seem like an intended arrangement (which I mention only because we're talking about a series titling itself "The Wheel of TIME"..); if the actual book reads like this then it's an original editing error, or just nonsensically dumb given the specific re-arrangements. Beyond that, while I really like Kate Reading in other productions, her use here is limited and questionable; she narrates only a very few chapters when the main point of view of the chapter is a female, but her pronunciations and style (including her own voices for characters Kramer had been doing) are notably different from that of Michael Kramer. And while it took a very long time to accept him as a narrator, as he sounds more like a 1950's news radio announcer than a nuanced voice actor/performer, mixing it up as they do just makes both of them sound worse to me. One can get used to just about any narrator, but mixing it up as they do here is jarring.
Overall still good, production quirks notwithstanding.
I never used an audio book before and, have to admit this was awesome! This was on a whim to see how they work. Now the whole series will be consumed again, as I have the hard copies.
I don't normally write full reviews, but hit the stars, and call it good.
But this one, I just had too! I've been a long time fantasy fan. Not so much of a "reader" per say, but I always enjoy a good fantasy story. Especially of the D&D style!
This book keep me wanting more, forgoing sleep, thinking about nothing more. Then what would happen next to the characters. And the action, at times I wished it would slow down, just so we could be back to the character development. I wanted to know more and more about, where they had been, what they had seen. And even more so, what long lost tales and fables molded their fates together!
I've spent alot of time getting my hands on any kind of fantasy I could find. Mainly film, TV, comics and games (video, tabletop and written). And this was one of the most complex and intriguing story I've found!
Best of all, since I have just started the series, I feel like someone waiting to pounce on an all weekend "Netflix multi-season binge"!
I cannot wait to get to the other books, just wanted to let everyone know how amazing thus book was...is, neigh, shall always be! For I know not, when I shall remove myself from this series, till it is complete most likely. At least I hope it keeps the tempo, that it has already set forth!
PS. Thanks Corey, for turning me onto this series!
The wheel of time is a wonderful book story to pick. While the books start off slow(nearly 1/4 is setting up) the rest is filled with on the edge of your seat amazement. Not only does it contain it's own unique magic that is intriguing in itself, the world is just as colorful, albeit grim. My only complaint about the audio book is they have a male and female reading but more often than not, the current reader speaks for everyone, man and woman.
It's like he's trying to speed read the entire text. All the villains sound the same. All the beloved characters sound one dimensional.
I sincerely wish Kate had been the sole narrator. She takes her time and brings much needed heart back into the story.
His books are so elaborately woven together. I don't normally read series but this one has continued to hold my interest. I've read the 1st book 4 times now. It's a great story, with rich characters & vivid scenery.
I love it for the differences from other epic stories fantasy stories. It is long and slow in the beginning of the series but it is well worth your investment of time. It is a 14 book series so be patient.