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The Eye of the World Audiobook

The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

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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.

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©1990 Robert Jordan; (P)1996 Books on Tape, Inc.; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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    Kindle Customer 09-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Better Every Time"

    I still pick up new tidbits, foreshadowing, and nuances every time I hear this book. Over the years I've read most books in this series twice and have listened to them on CD twice more. The audio format further highlights Jordan's genius and the fan's enjoyment.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    iLoveMyPod 07-10-08
    iLoveMyPod 07-10-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful"

    A outstanding writer with a wonderful story to tell. I only wish he had lived to finish his final book.

    If you enjoy epic tales, then I highly recommend this whole series. He brings together, truly, a whole world. By the middle of the series it might as well be a soap opera because there are so many story lines and each character has their own motives.

    You can't wait to find out more with each line. Again, I highly recommend this whole series.

    Happy adventures

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Lewisburg, WV, United States 05-04-04
    Robert Lewisburg, WV, United States 05-04-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Hooked!"

    Awesome! One of the best series of books i've read/listened to and i've read quite a lot of fantasy & scifi. It is a must read for anyone even mildly interested in fantasy adventure.

    Pleasssse...don't listen to the abridged volumes you will regret it. Also please request to audible that they get the rest of the series in Unabridged versions. I'm on my second reading and it's as good as the first.

    Rob 37yrs old
    Cville, VA

    66 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    K Australia 11-05-09
    K Australia 11-05-09 Listener Since 2008

    Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.

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    "The original but by no means the best."

    Jordan's, 'The eye of the world' is the first in a classic series of the Wheel of Time. This was Jordan's first in the series and a great story in its own right, but as the series goes on Jordan's writing gets better and better.

    The first is brilliant the rest get better in a well thought out plot.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel R. Hall 01-23-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the time!"

    I was a little apprehensive at first. I tried to block out of my mind the Tolkien comparisons and that was hard at first. The beginning was very rough for me, as the narrator takes time getting used to. He is very bland and monotone at first (at first I stress). But, by the middle, you can feel the characters being fleshed out. And, as the book moved along and more characters started getting developed, I really started to enjoy it. The well written book has details in spades to its characters and landscape. Some might think it's too much, but I think exactly the opposite. The way the story is told really draws you in and makes you feel as if you were there (that's nerdy, but true). All in all, very well done, however the climax was a little meh for me.

    *** for the first 1/3
    ***** for the last 2/3

    Bottom line, give this book a chance and don't judge it by the first couple chapters. You won't regret it!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    So Fain Atlanta, GA 04-24-10
    So Fain Atlanta, GA 04-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "If you only knew what was coming...."

    This intro may seem slow to some, but it really is a great beginning to an amazing adventure. Not the best book in the series but it's one that will always be special to me simply because of the world that introduced me to.

    If you want to spend 6 months of commuting wishing that your drive was longer so that you could listen to more.... This is your series.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hutchins 07-11-09
    D. Hutchins 07-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Give it a chance"

    My kids and I love fantasy books and were excited about starting a long series that we had heard a lot about. I'm not really sure where everyone gets that Michael Kramer is a great narrator unless they have stuck it out and listened to more books in this series. Frankly, he starts out AWFUL. We almost stopped listening just because of him. His cadence is so predictable and completely got on my nerves for the first 2/3 of the book. The first part that Kate Reading read seriously saved this book for us and we kept listening.

    ... and then about 2/3 of the way through it get SO much better. We are now almost finished with the 2nd book in the series and it is wonderful. Yes, this book has a slow start. But as you continue with the story you understand why - it NEEDS a slow start. I'm rating it pretty high even though I never thought I would get through it. Give it a chance and you will have a great start on an epic series.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    James Austin, TX, USA 06-29-04
    James Austin, TX, USA 06-29-04 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderfully detailed fantasy adventure story"

    This book is a great fantasy adventure, but be prepared to have a desire to listen to them all. I started out by reading my son's copy of volume two and was so intrigued I decided to listen to volume one while I read volume three (confusing, but worth it to catch up).

    I have to say that I really enjoyed the narrator's voice characterizations. The range and diversity of voices for the various characters helped pull me into the story. I found it difficult to put away my Otis audio player after transits to/from work.

    The story itself is very richly detailed. It is not difficult to imagine yourself being there and seeing the grandeur of the country, the hustle and bustle of towns and cities, the customs of differing contries or even towns, hearing histories of people and places, the shock and sometimes fear of seeing different races for the first time, and the tension of living during hard times.

    The only detraction I fealt was the occaisional parallel references I would draw to other SciFi works such as Dune, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. These didn't occur often, but when they did, it was like ripping you out of one world and into another (particularly the Dune / Star Wars parallels). Usually, it was just when encountering, for the first time, names of people or places that sounded familiar.

    All in all, it's a good book almost on par with Tolkein.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie McMeekin Arlington Heights, IL, US 11-10-13
    Maggie McMeekin Arlington Heights, IL, US 11-10-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a 27 year old nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. My favorite book genres are: fantasy, science fiction, medicine and sociology

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    "Takes a bit of getting used to... But satisfies"
    Any additional comments?

    I write this review after having listened through the series up until the 8th book now, so I can say that the storylines have own on me and it makes for a fonder review of the first book.

    The world that The Wheel of Time series takes place in has a lot of gender-related issues, from which genders may use magic to what gender roles are or are not. It is hard to get used to from a feminist perspective, but after immersing myself in this world, I have come to think, "This is just how this world is, and this is what is normal in this society." Certainly it is nothing shocking if one looks at the history of the human race in real life, anyhow.

    There is a religious-like overtone surrounding the savior-like figure of the Dragon Reborn, reminiscent of several world faiths that have had or currently await a savior figure to be made flesh and turn the whole world around one way or another. The major divisions and organization of the religious/magic using order in this series is interesting and complicated, and we are introduced to it through the eyes of Rand, Perrin, Matrim, Egwane and Nynaeve. In this novel, we see that there is a lot of mystery, mysticism and distrust initially of the Aes Sedai.

    R. Jordan has his quirks as a writer. He does tend to immediately describe the breast size, poutiness of the lip, and clothing of introduced female characters, then revisits it frequently whenever the female character returns in and out of the storyline. He also tends to describe the size of the nose, the appearance of facial hair/ mustaches, height and clothing of male characters in the same fashion. It does get annoying at times, but it has never frustrated me to such an extent that I would consider putting the book series down and choosing another.

    The first book struggles with truly making us understand the unique characteristics and personalities of Rand and his village friends, and it isn't until later in the series that I realized that Perrin was my favorite, followed by Matrim as my second favorite. Their characteristics, thoughts, attitudes and behaviors are initially lost behind the likely necessary attention the author pays to fleshing out the world the story takes place in. It takes some getting used to in order to keep track of all characters and all the locations and the politics of the story, but it is not different from Song of Ice and Fire in that respect. It isn't too complicated, but it does take a bit of adjustment and getting used to.

    As for the performance, we do not hear much from Kate Reading in this book when compared to the other books. She has a pleasant, eloquent voice and I like her characterization of the characters. I also like Michael Kramer's performance, which dominates the majority of this book. He has narrated several audio books I have listened to, and I am used to his voice and enjoy it. He doesn't overact or get too crazy as he narrates, he is just a solid, steady voice and therefore has never been annoying or unpleasant to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reader 02-28-13
    Reader 02-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Glad I kept going"
    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of the World the most enjoyable?

    The book did a pretty good job of introducing a long story, while at the same time keeping it moving.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eye of the World?

    When I got to the end and decided it was worth going on to all of the rest.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Anette Flewers
    6/16/07
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    "Absorbing...."

    5 well deserved stars from me for this book - part one of the Wheel of Time series.

    After listening to the preview a few times I very nearly didn't bother to buy this book. I thought the narrators voice would grate on my nerves and stop me from enjoying the book.

    I was attracted by the length of the story, thinking that over 29 hours of 'read' time would keep me occupied for quite some time. Also the number of books available in the series on Audible means I'll not be short of a book to read for quite some time!

    I was quickly absorbed by the story and forgot the narrators American accent, although it was a bit of a 'jolt' when a female narrator cut in part way through the book! (Although she only reads a few chapters here and there before the male narrator returns)
    The 29 hours passed too quickly and I'm eager to 'read' the second book in the series.

    The Eye Of The World reminds me of the Lord of the Rings in lots of ways, strange names, battles, good against evil, a quest, all well told, well described and very enjoyable.

    A very good read which I'll probably return to in the fullness of time.



    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Fab"

    Epic fantasy at its best. Delighted there are so many books in the series as this will solve the commuting boredom problem for many weeks yet!



    Very much like Brandon Sanderson (or rather, Brandon Sanderson is very like Robert Jordan). Reminds me of Sanderson's Stormlight book - a very similar feel.



    The narration is good - perhaps not the best I have ever heard, but it doesn't detract from the story at all.



    Occasionally I would like the female characters to be slightly different from each other - they all seem to be cut from the same cloth, and therefore are a little predictable and perhaps a little boring, but the storyline itself is compelling, and you can't help but download the next book in the series immediately the current one finishes (I am about to download number 5 - still happily enjoying it all).

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    12/25/08
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    "Excellent series ... until book 8"

    I have been listening through this series for a few months now and really enjoying it. I would have given 5 starts to it apart from some of the slightly repetitive statements. Then I got to book 8 and it is not available (the other 10 are), having contacted Audible they informed me that they have not yet got the license for it. I have to say that has put the dampers on my listening pleasure.
    If you are thinking about starting this epic listening experience I would wait until it is available.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Dominic
    Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    11/29/10
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    "A Sizable Literary Feast"

    Years I ago I read this book as a very young 13 year old. It was daunting then (the sheer size of it, and the sequels) and I gave up half-way through. It's still daunting now, but in a way that I relish - it's massive. This book alone is 29 hours long, and there's currently 13 sequels out with another one on it's way. If you're looking for a series to sink your adventuring teeth into then look no further.

    I was initially weary of the American narrator, and I doubted I could listen to his accent for 29 hours, let alone the sequels. However my fears disappeared within the first chapter - he does an excellent job, and I honestly forget about the accent altogether.

    I shan't dwell on the book itself, since its continued success and legacy stands testament to its quality. You'll find a plethora of reviews of the Amazon site proper, but my advice is to just dive into this book - it's superb.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • John
    12/20/11
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    "It's a slog and it's due to the narrator"

    I'm loving the storyline behind this book. I write this review being 3 hours into the audiobook. However I am looking forward to having a break from Michael Kramer's droning voice. I really don't think I can stick it for 24 hours. I'd recommend this book but not in audio format sadly. Perhaps it will improve once Kate Reading starts.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    2/5/08
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    "Narrator grew on me"

    At first I was also afraid that the narrators voice and accent was going to make listening to this book a struggle, but am pleased to say that this is not the case. After a while the it all seems perfectly natural.

    The two narrators work well together with Michael reading the chapters revolving around the male characters and Kate reading those for for the female.

    These are unabridged versions of the book, so any Jordan fan will know what to expect in terms of content.

    I have now listened to the first three books and am waiting for my credits to arrive so I may download the next instalment.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Amesbury United Kingdom
    3/21/10
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    "Acceptable not classic delivery"

    While Jordan was American I am disappointed they used people with such heavy accents. It is okay but I would say when compared to Fry reading Harry Potter you will be hugely disappointed.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    3/1/15
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    "Read before sight loss, just listened"
    If you could sum up The Eye of the World in three words, what would they be?

    An amazing, imaginative, original concept.
    The Lord of the rings is just a short story in comparison.
    Now that I have to listen (due to sight loss), I was delighted to find the audible version didn't disappoint me.
    The first audio book that I felt almost enhanced the original text.
    Thank you for enabling me to enjoy good literature again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eye of the World?

    The acquisition of insight by Rand, yet instead of his destruction he retains hison sanity and innocence.


    What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

    Both excellent.
    only way to improve would be for them to both be reading sex related characters in each chapter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Although I doubt anyone can stay awake for more than a day and have that amount of free continuous time.
    wish I Had.


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to book 2. Which I Also read before sought loss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kayla
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    1/5/15
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    "is the narrator a fast talker..."

    ... or did someone hit 2x speed when it was recorded? I had to set my app to 0.5x speed to get it to sound right. Michael Kramer at double speed is odd.

    Otherwise it's a reasonably good epic fantasy, though a little slow to start. Young boys get thrown into a world they've always thought was only in fireside tales or far from their isolated village. As always, it's not so much how unique the story but how well it is told. This is very well told.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. Turner
    Scotland
    1/5/15
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    "It drew me in..."

    I have been a longtime fan of these books. Although as a child, books on tape were standard fare for car journeys or relaxation, I had never before listened to an audio book of something so long and intricate.

    I'm pleased to say that it mostly met my expectations. I'd have liked more of the female reader, just to break things up a bit more. And I disagree with some of the pronunciations, however I don't have my book copy to hand to check if they match Jordan's version or not!

    Overall an enjoyable experience, and I certainly got more out of listening than i expected. I am due a re-read of the series, but I feel I actually picked out more detail in listening this time than in reading the book again for the I-don't-know-how-many-nth time. The foreshadowing was much more apparent when you hear the words read aloud.

    I'd recommend this to anyone, whether it's your first foray into fantasy or not. Pre-existing Wheel of Time fans may find they get something new out of the experience, so don't be put off if you have already read the books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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