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Ike Hayes

Laramie, WY
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  • Firebrand

  • By: Kristen Britain
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Zachary Davriel Hillander, High King of Sacoridia, rues how much he has had to give up to lead his realm, including the freedom to live and love as he chooses. When an embassy from Eletia arrives to propose a joint venture between their realms to seek out an old ally in the north, he is dismayed to learn that the one Sacoridian they have in mind to accompany their guide is the woman he truly loves but cannot have: Green Rider Karigan G'ladheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellen Archer is great, but has a rough start

  • By Scorch on 04-24-17

Fantastic Characters with a Strong Female Lead

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-18

The whole series is brilliant and a great example of a series with a strong female protagonist that wields the sword herself, doesn't need skimpy outfits to garner praise and attraction, and does what needs doing without whining. I love this series and want my daughter to read it someday.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of the World

  • Book One of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,175

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Your first step down a very long and winding road.

  • By Lore on 06-29-12

Epic Fantasy at its best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-12

The entire Wheel of Time series is a master work of the genre and deserves a read by anyone who likes or wants to try out Epic Fantasy. The world building is phenomenal and really brings to life the setting like few other authors can. The action and pace quickly rises and stays at a very high level throughout as the group of characters swiftly move through the world with danger in pursuit of them for the entirety of the book which leaves few if any down points for the listener to get bored. The series gets better and better as it goes on and this is the entry point that on its own is a tantalizing and engrossing story. The way in which the subtle foreshadowing is crafted in this book for the rest of the series is quite astounding.

As for the narrators, Michael Kramer does an absolutely fantastic job of giving each character their own subtle but distinctive voice that makes it easy to pick out who is speaking without being overbearing. I was quite amazed at how well he is able to switch between voices even while large numbers of characters are in conversation. Even his tempo is varied between characters.

Kate, the female reader who comes in for female Point of View chapters does an admirable job as well. Although her character voices are not nearly as dynamic as Michael's she still reads in such a way that is easy to pick out who is speaking.

Overall this is a masterfully read audio book and I would fully recommend to anyone not just for the amazing story that is second to none but also for the wonderful narration.