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

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    J. Hay Indiana 07-05-16
    J. Hay Indiana 07-05-16
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    "I'm finally tackling this epic series"

    I've been interested in this story for some time but was hesitant to begin due to the enormity of it. Now that I've begun and finished the first novel I'm eager to continue and I'm also glad to know the series will come to a proper close thanks to Brandon Sanderson. This first volume could be described as the misfit band on a long journey to save the world from evil. There is excellent character development of all the main players although some are more likable than others. I'm not sure it would be a satisfying ending if being read as a stand alone book, but I was happy with it knowing there is more to come.

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    Christopher 07-03-16
    Christopher 07-03-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Great"

    I highly recommend this series to anyone book 1 was and is amazing to say the least

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    S. Nielsen VT, USA 07-01-16
    S. Nielsen VT, USA 07-01-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Wonderful story!"

    I am a long time fan of the Wheel of Time series. I thought it would be interesting to listen to it, since you can sometimes get a different feel for the story by listening to it instead of reading. I enjoyed this version. I think the narrators will warm up as the series continues. It seemed a little stilted at first but was better as the book continued. And of course the story is AWESOME!

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    Rue 06-30-16
    Rue 06-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great read, highly recommend"

    great story, can't wait for the next one. good thing I've already got a saved credit for it!
    side note: reduce voice speed to 90%. guy talks a little fast and its easy to miss what he says.

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    Brendan Graham 06-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Two readers a little confusing"

    The two different readers switched between chapters somewhat randomly, which made things harder to follow.

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    Audrey 06-27-16
    Audrey 06-27-16
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    "Men seem to think women talk in this weird way..."

    The male narrator has a strange way of doing female character's lines that almost comes across as mocking most of the time. My irritation at the delivery occasionally completely distracted from the story, but overall it wasn't too unbearable. This series has been one of my favorites since I first read it over ten years ago, so I was perhaps overly invested in my own interpretations of characters... Still, though, the high-pitched ditsy whine that many men tend to use to deliver female lines? It's bizarre.

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    Chad Harris 06-27-16
    Chad Harris 06-27-16
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    "Fantastic"

    Perfect for long road trip listening. Never became boring. Loved it! Can't wait to listen to more!

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    Daniel 06-24-16
    Daniel 06-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "My First College Fantasy Addiction"

    Not only is this one of my favorite fantasy novel series of all time, but this audiobook production is the best I have heard in a long time. The parts featuring primarily female characters is read by a wonderful female narrator, while the rest is expertly done by the main reader. Also, the audio book features an exclusive interview with the author, a gem I had been unaware of when I purchased this product. One of the best modern fantasy series ever. Do yourself a favor and get hooked.

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    Chris Walker COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA, US 06-23-16
    Chris Walker COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA, US 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Must Read (or listen)"

    One of my favorite fantasy series...ever! Robert Jordan is a master of the genre and Rand Al Thor one of the greatest protagonists.

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    Michael Harbison 06-22-16
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    "So glad I finally started this series"
    What did you love best about The Eye of the World?

    The variety of characters. There were a large enough group of characters to have a large diversity of temperament, desires, and responses, but few enough that it never got confusing on who is doing what


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a bit of a slow start but the more I listened the better it got. I think the best part is how each character had his/her own strength, weakness, and their responses to those abilities


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to them before but they were both very good


    Any additional comments?

    I had been meaning to read this series for a long time. Everyone told me that it was great but I was always deep in a different series, Dresden, Riyira etc. But now, I'm going to be stuck listening to all 15 of these books before I go to anything else.

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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.



    25 of 26 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
  • 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
  • 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. <br/>The Lord of the rings is just a short story in comparison. <br/>Now that I have to listen (due to sight loss), I was delighted to find the audible version didn't disappoint me. <br/>The first audio book that I felt almost enhanced the original text.<br/>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.<br/>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.<br/>wish I Had.


    Any additional comments?

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

    2 of 2 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
  • 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 8 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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