We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Eye of the World Audiobook

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

Regular Price:$41.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

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.

Listen to more books in The Wheel of Time series.

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

What the Critics Say

"Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (23461 )
5 star
 (16393)
4 star
 (4776)
3 star
 (1448)
2 star
 (446)
1 star
 (398)
Overall
4.6 (18587 )
5 star
 (13494)
4 star
 (3481)
3 star
 (1084)
2 star
 (283)
1 star
 (245)
Story
4.6 (18555 )
5 star
 (13308)
4 star
 (3763)
3 star
 (1042)
2 star
 (244)
1 star
 (198)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Robert Lewisburg, WV, United States 05-04-04
    Robert Lewisburg, WV, United States 05-04-04 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    78
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    270
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "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

    68 of 78 people found this review helpful
  •  
    K Australia 11-05-09
    K Australia 11-05-09 Listener Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    39
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    67
    45
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel R. Hall 01-23-09 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    90
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    113
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "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!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 04-17-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1090
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    264
    209
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    123
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An epic fantasy classic"

    If you haven't read this one you should. That being said, Robert Jordan's work is highly polarizing. You either love his books or hate them. The books are all very long. His works read similar to historical fiction in that he can get deep, some say bogged down, in minute details of his world. That being said this is one of the most popular epic fantasy books of all time.

    The story isn't anything new, in fact it is the same old boy on the run from the bad guy finds himself and his power that every other book uses. He also borrows a lot from Dune, the Annals of the Black Company, Thomas Covenant and more. The difference is in the details. The world is so intricate and well designed you feel like you could go there. The heroes are likeable and the villians are really easy to hate. in short, you get sucked in and really start to care about the characters.

    This series is really long, 14 books long and each is the size of a dictionary .In fact the author died before the series was completed and Brandon Sanderson wrote the last 3 books using Robert Jordans notes. I started reading this series when I first started college and it just finished last year (I'm 43 now). The good news is that the series was originally written as a trilogy which expanded due to popularity. You could theoretically stop at 3 and have pretty good closure. Then again if you made it to the third book you are probably hooked. If you didn't like it you probably didn't make it that far anyway. If you do decide to continue with series be aware that the books hit a patch around the middle (3 books) that weren't that great. You have to get through these to continue on with the series.

    The narraration is done by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. They do an awesome job considering the unbelievable number of characters in this series (read so many I would have to go read up to remember who some folks were when the next book came out). The series sticks with the same narrators throughout so the continuity helps alot. All in all, you should try this one if nothing else so you can say you read it.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amy 01-28-14
    Amy 01-28-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    118
    55
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The series has a strong following for a reason!"
    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the whole series! Excellent read - no graphic violence, no gore, no rape, no sex, etc... Refreshing.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Maggie McMeekin Arlington Heights, IL, US 11-10-13
    Maggie McMeekin Arlington Heights, IL, US 11-10-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    49
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    81
    43
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    So Fain Atlanta, GA 04-24-10
    So Fain Atlanta, GA 04-24-10 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    79
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    73
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    "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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D. Hutchins 07-11-09
    D. Hutchins 07-11-09 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    32
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    113
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James Austin, TX, USA 06-29-04
    James Austin, TX, USA 06-29-04 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    93
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    545
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    That Guy 07-17-13
    That Guy 07-17-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well written, with a couple slight gripes."

    Overall the book was very good, with ever present dangers of imaginative varieties and a slight uncertainty over who exactly they were after. The characters were well written as well as the environments and I found myself actually feeling the occasional emotion. Now, occasional emotion might not be considered that great, but I feel I'm not a very empathetic / sympathetic person so something pulling any form of emotional response, to me at least, is noticeable. The emotions ran from excitement, to annoyance (with characters meant to draw such a response) to curiosity.

    Now, I consider myself an honest person (sometimes brutally so) and therefore I have the following things to say about the book.

    Pros:
    Well Written
    Great Characters
    Imaginative Creatures and Fantasy

    Cons:
    Sort of Weak Ending
    Female Narrator

    Now, you will notice that I mentioned the female narrator for this audiobook. There are a few things with this. At first when purchasing the audiobook I had thought the female narrator would be doing the female voices and the male narrator the male voices. This is not the case. The female narrator only chimes in a spare few chapters. My mistake, I misunderstood and I will admit as such.

    However, out of personal tastes, I did not enjoy the female narrator at all. She didn't seem to grasp the male voice all that well. Also, when her few chapters did come up, it felt too abrupt. It was almost jarring and took me out of the book noticeably. Now, they did her chapters at certain moments, so I can understand their thinking behind it. I just feel that it took away from the book in a small way. (I will continue listening to more of the series. It is that good for me.)

    Also noted above is I felt the ending was a bit anti-climactic, this however is balanced out with the set up of future books. I will relay what other friends who have read the books in the past have told me and which I hope is the truth. The endings and battles just get better and better, so keep with it. I did not need further push to keep going with the books however, as I already enjoyed it, but what the assured me is very good to hear.

    TL;DR:
    Very good audiobook with (in my opinion) an unnecessary second narrator (the female) and an "ok" ending. Everything before and leading up to the "ok" ending is more than worth checking this book out and keeping up with it if you do enjoy it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • L. Turner
    Scotland
    1/5/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • Megan
    st génies, France
    12/7/11
    Overall
    "the eye of the world..."

    I read this book years ago and only remember that i had skipped long pages of description about towns, cultures and history but that i had loved the story all the way to boon 7. I didn't think i would have the courage to re-read this one but i am really glad that i found it on audible. The strory is gripping and very complete. C'an't wait to lisen to the rest of this épic adventure

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    8/10/11
    Overall
    "great great great!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    this is one of the best books ever written and Robert Jordan can tell a story. Both the narrators are great and have different voices for each character. I cant wait to start the next book in the wheel of time series. Robert Jordan will live on through his books. I am going to listen to all the wheel of time series. And i'm glad that Robert Jordan's widow found someone to finish the series. 5 stars from me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rp Trelfa
    Teesside, England
    4/21/11
    Overall
    "Eye of the World review"

    When I started reading this book, I thought it was going to be a self-consciously fantasy story. I soon changed my mind as I became gripped by the story and plots. It became a book that I could not put down, but didn't want to get to the end adn find there was no more.

    A wonderful read, well written and brilliantly narrated. Gripping, exciting and thrilling. I'm off to read the rest of the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter W Nutt
    12/1/08
    Overall
    "Great entertainment"

    I love these books, i have read them time and again over the years, whilst awaiting the next installament.

    The narrators do an excellent job, creating new voices and personas for each character, as they appear, and keeping the characterisation going throughout all four installaments.

    I drive long distances for work, Australia being what it is, and this keeps we awake, alert and entertained

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    New MillsUnited Kingdom
    6/6/07
    Overall
    "Dissappointed"

    Fantastic book...loved the whole series when I read them......however I was very dissapointed with the audio version.....maybe just me, but the narrators voice makes me cringe.....very piercing and monotone......maybe just an Englishman not liking American accent so best to decide for youselves....listen first like I didn't.....

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    London, United Kingdom
    6/21/07
    Overall
    "Fantastic"

    Listening to The Eye of the World made me feel like I was experiencing it for the first time all over again. Robert Jordan is truly an exceptional voice in fantasy.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • William Clements
    Reading, UK
    1/8/11
    Overall
    "Don't compare to Tolkein!"

    Okay, on the cover of the book, it mentions that Robert Jordan takes up where Tolkein left off, or words to that effect. Clearly this is a sales pitch to try and draw Tolkein fans in. But to be honest, it doesn't work! I read this, and then the first page of the book and I nearly put it down. The only reason I bought the book in the end was because the sales person at Waterstones in Basingstoke was so animated about who brilliant the series was and how I would be mad to pass it up!
    The biggest issue I had with Tolkein, is that there simply isn't any more! So the idea that I might be able to get into a new series was alluring. With Eddings, Feist, and some others I read and loved the beginning few books of many of their series', but have not been able to read all of them, due to feeling that I've been there. I may still read them one day, but for now what I've read of theirs has satisfied me.
    Also, I am a pretty slow reader. I like to take my time, so the sizes of the books (average 700pp) also was daunting. But I read The Reality Dysfunction (another big tome) within 6 weeks because I couldn't put it down. So what to do? I'm on a trip the very next day to Beijing, and I need a book! I went for it.
    I read the first 5-10 pages... and put it down in favour of another! It made me cringe. The cover comparison of Tolkein got me thinking it would be, well, like Tolkein! Or at least Eddings! No, it is written like a beginner writer with obvious 'techniques' to be used by Creative Writers. 6 months later, I finally restarted it to give it it a go... I did not put it down, and finished Book 9 within 6 months after that!!! OMG!!
    Sure the first book conatins some cringy things, such as a tall plant with edible 'ears' called Zaime (Maize, rearranged - cringe), but it is awesome! The rest just get better!! I have now read each of the first 10 books 2 times, and listened to them 3 more times each - No exaggeration!! 12 listened twice, 13 twice by the time 14 is out this year.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ger
    11/12/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Epic"

    I won't be able to say how enjoyable it was but trust me and give it a try

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Myler
    11/1/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent story, narration too fast"

    An excellent story, but the narration is unusually fast. I found it easier to follow and more enjoyable to listen at .75 speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.