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Publisher's Summary

In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.
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©1996 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Amid all the Sturm und Drang...is a finely tuned comic strain that both leavens the story and adds to its development. This latest installment of a major fantasy epic definitely will not disappoint its fans." (Booklist)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Narration

I agree with the previous reviews that this was a good story linking great ones, but the wonderful narration by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer makes it as riveting as all the others. The narrators provide nuances to the numerous characters that is a wonder to listen to.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Solid performance, and a good book.

Since this is book 7 of the series, fans probably know what to expect from the story. They're right. What you want to know is, can these two narrators do it justice? Kate Reading and Michael Kramer narrate the entire series, so on the off chance this is the first of the books you are listening to, just know that they do it justice. Kramer reads the parts of the book that have a male viewpoint, and Reading reads the female perspective. This does not mean that they switch every time a different character speaks in dialogue, which would be jarring. They seem to hesitate before using words in the author's made-up language, but it's only enough to be noticeable, not irritating. For diehard fans, you should know that they occasionally use different pronunciations from those listed in the back of each book. As a diehard fan myself, this is sometimes annoying, but it's hard to blame them when so many words and names exist which are not part of our ordinary lives. Both narrators are good at what they do, and use slightly different voices for different characters' dialogue. Although I have read all the books several times, I believe this different format brings new entertainment and is worth it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States
  • 03-19-13

Incredulously!

What did you love best about A Crown of Swords?

The story throughout these first 7 books is complex and compelling. They do keep my interest although I must say the detail of every dress, coat, room, blanket and expression is a bit tiresome and there are so many characters I find it difficult to remember who is who... where they are in this vast world, who is on who's side, etc. The first book or two where the main characters were introduced and where all were in the story at the same time made the story and plot cleaner for me. By book 7, I long for information about my favorite characters, wonder why... with the "One Power" and other advantages they have they can't seem to get together, or believe or even understand each other.

And I listened to the book "incredulously" over how many times the author uses the word "Incredulously". Can't they look at each other in disbelief... just once?
Perhaps you notice it more while listening to the book than reading it... particularly when you are listening to the series back to back but I would seriously like to find out how many times that word was used in this story... and to buy the author a thesaurus.

What other book might you compare A Crown of Swords to and why?

The rest of the series

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoy the scenes with the "lessor" characters... The scenes involving the main character are always so angry.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Story Poor Producing

I don’t know if it is simply my copy but there were so many production errors where sentences kept repeating it really impacted the immersion of the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Good but some issues with character behavior

I've come to really enjoy the wheel of time story, however, I come to find that, time and again, I struggle with the way women and, to a lesser degree therefore, men are treated in this series, let alone this series.

Issues arise in the way women and men are treated. For example, men are worthless, apparently. Rand (sp?), the dragon reborn, seems to think men are worthless because he doesn't give a bleep about a single one of them dying but, oh my, heaven forbid a woman dies. And, is it okay to hold a knife to someone's throat to get them to boogey in bed with you? No. But the writer seems to think it's okay because when it happens here to an individual not of the society in which it occurred, the writer makes a joke of how a man got raped by a woman. But, no, it must be okay because the man eventually develops stockholm syndrome. Further, apparently all women everywhere always sniff, slap, punch, and are otherwise violent for idiotic reasons, but it's okay because men are worthless and need to be hit, punched, slapped, etc.

This book is 3 stars in story because not all of the books fully annoy me for the above reasons. However, the way the rape was spoken of by the writer, Rand's constant need to care not at all about men yet put women on some weird pedestal, coupled with the many times a woman behaved with a sniff, slap, or punch when it was entirely not really necessary nor would that many women actually do that in the real world, just made this book slightly more annoying than the most of the books before this book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great series + Great narration = must read.

Great series + Great narration = must read

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Freeport, ME, United States
  • 03-07-11

getting annoyed

Ok, I have to say I began really liking the story but, I am beginning to realize that he if didn't continue to describe every stitch of clothing each woman wears, like 10 times each, or how low cut their dresses are, or say "ageless face" (in fact I am going to count how many times in the next book!) or letting me know how every incidental character is doing besides getting to the story, I could go no and on... It took him a whole book to really accomplish nothing. This series could easily have been wrapped up in 5-6 books.
In each book he spends so much time describing useless details, and wraps up each book very quickly in the last few minutes, spending very little time on climatic scenes. Any way, going to try get through the series because I started it, but beginning to think I could get more out of reading the synopsis on Wikipedia

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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deja vu central

randomly this book repeats like 6 seconds back. you'll think you're giving crazy. don't worry, you aren't. yet...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another great book, but...

The audio editing was poorly done. The narrators repeat them selves every now and then, which completely pulled me out of the story every time. The book is good, but i don't know why the audio hasn't been fixed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story and book but...

It's great but there are little repeats every chapter. It skips back like 2 sentences once per chapter. Not a huge deal but it's a little irritating. Still 5 stars!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • William Clements
  • 03-12-12

Ebou Dar

Although many new and exciting developments happen in this book, the key progression of the story takes place in Ebou Dar as Nynaeve al'Meara and Elaine Trakand search for the bowl of the winds, a new Ter'angreal that should help change weather (see book 8 to find out if it succeeds!).
The introduction of Cadsuane also adds to Rand's disgruntlement, and gives much stock into the history of Aes-Sedai, though the discovery of women who can channel in Ebou Dar also lends weight to Aes-Sedai history.
This book is full of excitement, like the others, but in many ways it is expositional, setting up things for the final swing through the remaining books to Tarmon Gai'Don. A fine step through the world of The Wheel of Time, and thoroughly gripping as with the others.
Lastly, Matt Cauthon again gets some great scenes, and really fleshes out as a character in this book, setting him and Perrin up for the rest of the books where they both become Rand's right and left hands.
From this book on, it gets even more exciting! But from book 11, Robert Jordan's final completed and published volume in the series, the Jordan-Sanderson team do a fine job tying it all together. Bring on Volume 12, Tor and Harriett! ;)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph Watkins
  • 04-04-15

Great book

Really good book but not a fan of the narrators voices. fans of the series get it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • A. May
  • 12-26-12

Excellent, a compelling and addictive epic.

This is one of the best fantasy epics ever written, a series right up there with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien but be warned it is not one to be taken up lightly, this series is Huge!



The books have been kept together so one audio book will get you one book and many hours of happy listening.



Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 after publishing book 11, but with the help of Jordan’s wife/editor Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson has taken up the torch, using Jordan’s plentiful notes he is finishing off the series brilliantly, with book 14 being the final volume.



The series is voiced by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading throughout and their performances are exemplary, their narration brings the world to life in a way that simply reading it never had for me, they bring a unique voice and feeling to each of the characters that brings them to life and firmly embeds them in your heart.



The only negative I have to put in is that the audiobooks chapter division bears no relation to where the chapters start and end in the books making the chapter search and snooze modes on the app all but useless.



All in all a five star read. An absolute must for any fantasy epic fan.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Alan D. Hardman
  • 04-15-18

Poor editing spiles a overall great audiobook

The general feel of the wheel of time series is usually very good the only problem this time is the repeated doubling of certain sentences that should've been edited out in final production

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-18

sentences repeated at section chang Varied volume

Sentences were repeated at section changes, and the volume changes from one section to the next

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  • C. Sexton
  • 02-18-18

Quality Control?

OK, so I’ve literally listened to 100’s of books now and you often find at least one or two slight errors such as duplicated sentences, but I’ve lost count how many this book has. It started to get to the point that it ruined the story. I even thought my phone was developing a fault!!
Apart from that the story is excellent and well told, I wish other audiobooks used more than one person - especially when some of the male readers try to impersonate a female character’s voice !!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 12-05-17

Love!!

This book and the narration is as captivating as all the books in this series.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • IoanaStoian
  • 10-06-17

Flat story

The series is getting flat and boring. Useless descriptions and battles too short. I really hope it recovers with the following books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-29-17

Excellent book

The prrformance was great, as usual. I can't wait to move onto the next book in the series.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-14-16

Narrators are fine once you get used to them

Story is fantastic, and the Narrators quite good once you're used to them. Worth reading.

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  • Travis
  • 02-11-15

A Crown of Swords

Awesome book as all WOT books are!!!

Robert Jordan is one of the greatest writers of his time and deserves to stand with the greats

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Buckhannon
  • 05-30-16

Best book in the series yet

I enjoyed this immensely. This book is far more rich in the details of the world and it's inhabitants than the preceeding 6 installments. No long winded battle scenes or irrelevant poltical intrigues; this book moves the storyline forward while allowing time to develop characters and add depth to their actions and motives. Matt features more in this book than in others and he is coming into his own; his humour is a welcome relief from the overall intensity of this series. The romance and humour will especially resonate with woman readers I think. I have read reviews that say book 7 marks a descent into a somewhat directionless wandering by author Robert Jordan; I disagree. This book quite strategically focuses on character building and weaving the details into the plot; a device that may be lost on readers who prefer the momentum of book 5, for instance. FYI, I almost stopped listening to this series after book 4, which was confusing and seemed like a filler. I'm glad I stuck with it as it has proven to be a masterpiece series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 11-25-15

A different Look

Loved this book. A lot more focos on Mat and a lot of small POV of many different characters. from Galina, Savanna, A shido Warrior, The forsaken, Morgase, and many more that give us a huge picture of how stories and understanding is different over distance and time

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Melinda
  • 01-01-18

Great book

Repeats & skips at time . There is some kind of glitch in the playing of the story

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-16-17

good narration but the editing was terrible

throughout the story many sentences were repeated as though the editing had not been done correctly. this spoiled some parts of the story

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  • Steve Honeyman
  • 10-05-17

The story gets better wirh each book.

I've loved every story so far and looking forward to the next. well written and well acted.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Kristopher
  • 02-15-15

Get on with it!!

This is most likely the last I will read of Robert Jordan. He had such a magnificent and creative mind where his ability to delve into great detail is amazing. However, this same attention to detail is often what makes me wanna stop. He spends entire chapters describing one thing which has at times already been described in another book. Also, nearly all his female characters are constantly complaining with few of them actually likeable..... I do still want to know what happens though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful