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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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Don't judge a book by it's cover!

So.. I have a negative habit of avoiding books with cheesy fantasy covers like this one. I love fantasy novels, but if they look like dime store novels I find it hard to pick them up. After YEARS of being told to listen to this series, I finally gave in to my friend and coworker. And wow.. am I glad I did.

I first listened to the prequel, which I think was a nice intro into a world that I would have otherwise been unsure about it. I was excited when I recognized ideas that I learned in the prequel. I think had I been introduced the way others had, with this book first, I would have felt a little blindsided.

Michael Kramer does a great job narrating this novel. I enjoyed Kate Reading most of the time, but I found it annoying when some names were pronounced differently from moment to moment. Like how you sometimes say 'sale' when I meant 'sell'.

I love the universe that Jordan created in this series. It's completely self-sustaining. The political parties and the way time changes the beliefs and morals of humanity... it's just plain realistic.

All in all, this is a great read and I'm looking forward to hearing more.

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Better than Lord of the Rings!

The story, the characters, and the writing are absolutely amazing! I should have read this years ago. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are human and relatable. Every new place and every new character, no matter how minor, are brought to life in striking and vivid detail. I finished the first book in less than a week, and will definitely get the rest of the series before summer is over.

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best series of all time

What made the experience of listening to The Eye of the World the most enjoyable?

i heard things that i missed or didnt remember from the 3 times i read the series and back then i was waiting for each book from 6 on

What did you like best about this story?

the story line is top notch

What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

just by there tone of voice i can tell what character they are just great

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the relationships between men and women how it is so different from the forsaken to the tinkers and the different areas just awsome

Any additional comments?

if you have never heard this i beg you try book one. i listen a work all day. i almost want to keep working to keep listening. some time there are other people in the area and most of the time they are asking me what i am listening to

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Worth the wait, and the read!

So I knew that this was going to be a long series and a commitment to begin and see thru. And I waited as I read a few other series to start this one. I'm so glad I have begun now. And I'm excited for the next books! This one showed me many characters so different from each other and revealed info little by little. Now I love them all and can't wait to see what happens.

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a strong first to a great series

Where does The Eye of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

i've listened and read a fair amount and I have to say this series (i'm on book 5/14) ranks 2nd or 3rd of my all time favorites.

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

when the main character finds the eye of the world and pulls it into himself, I don't want to say too much because it'll spoil a great book.

What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

they're better than most of the narrators I've heard so far from audiobooks,

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

there were a few funny points in the series but the story is written well enough that it's easy to listen to and keeps a general level of excitement throughout the book.

Any additional comments?

I've read long series where each books add to the world however in most series not all the books have a great climax that progresses the world without becoming monotonous, this is one of the few series where every book adds to the long adventure of the Dragon reborn, each one makes you feel like the world really does hinge on the events of each book.

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Great Start! Although it felt a little rushed.

Where does The Eye of the World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

4th or 5th

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Jordan? Why or why not?

Yes, I intend to listen to the entire wheel of time series.

Any additional comments?

I have read mixed reviews on this series as a whole, as well as mixed reviews on this particular book. I found that this story moved a little too quickly. There were too many locations which were not described in-depth. It felt like Jordan set up some interesting places then all of the sudden the characters were racing away, leaving the area almost entirely unexplored and only partially described. At first glance, it seemed some scenes were entirely unnecessary and could have been left out altogether to make room for more engrossing descriptive text. Or (as i'm sure the reason for including these scenes will reveal itself sometime over the next 13 novels) perhaps the book could have just been a little longer? I am not sure if it was just description that was lacking, but I never felt "transported" to any of the places in the book.

That being said, this book was apparently 800 pages long as well, and if it took another dozen or so novels to get the whole story out then perhaps some restraint regarding whimsically lengthy prose was due. Also once the story wraps up, it is clear that the ending of this book was where the story needed to end.

Alternatively, this book did very much succeed in setting the stage for the series. Perhaps part of my critique stems from the fact that the entire book is an explosion of new information. Not only is the fantasy world being unveiled, but it has both a pre- and post-cataclysmic face, and the two are vastly different. The overwhelming success (and the reason I will be continuing on in the series) in this book was the development of the four main characters. Positive series reviews tell me that the journey's of the four main characters is really where this series shines.

Although the pace of the book was not quite satisfactory, the characters are very intriguing. My interest is enhanced by the knowledge that the characters are very young in these books and that the series spans their whole lives. One down, 13 to go.

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Loved it!

Fastest I have ever gone through a book. Like most fantasy novels the first couple chapters a sluggish to get through. But once you do the book takes hold and doesn't let go.

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Fantastically narrated start to a proper Epic

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I have been promising to start the Wheel of Time series for too long now and am so very glad that I did. It is brilliantly narrated and at times I would sit up for hours listening to the gripping story. I absolutely cant wait to start the next book in the series given how much the characters have grown and developed in this book. Best book I've heard on Audible so far!

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great story!

I read this book several years ago. .. took me nearly a year to push through all the details.. but loved the story. we decided to try it audiobook on a road trip and became addicted! We finished it in 3 weeks!!!

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Great book

The only thing I didn't like was that the readers pronounced the same words differently.

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  • jon
  • 07-03-16

Awesome start!

really really really awesome, only 430 ish hours to go! kramer is great as usual!

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  • joedy
  • 07-01-16

give it a go

A fantastic tale of adventures with all the horrors true adventures come with. Thank you Robert Jordan and rest in peace till the wheel turns and weaves you back in

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  • Christopher
  • 06-22-16

A start to a great series!

Robert Jordan wrote an epic masterpiece of fantasy! In the end 14 books all start with a sheep herder from the two rivers.

If you like myth and magic, a battle for the very fate of the world and some excellent Tolkienesk fantasy then you'll love the wheel of time!

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  • Pamela Bramall
  • 06-07-16

an incredible set of stories

I really enjoyed this presentation of the book and am looking forward to listening to the rest. Fantasy novels are my absolute favourites and this is superbly thought out and written. The characters are fully formed and believable and the plotting too makes sense. I particularly like the language used which does not descend into 21st century changes which I find very distressing. Well done Robert Jordan and well done Audible.

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  • Mark Davies
  • 06-02-16

good book and short interview with author

good book and interesting short interview with author at end. interested to see how the series proceeds

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  • Edward C Gordon
  • 05-23-16

Good story, great narration

classic fantasy story well performed by narrators. Book has a relatively weak ending but sets up the world for later books well.

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  • joe
  • 05-21-16

very enjoyable

very good really got drawn in wanna know what happens next

more should read this series

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  • Alex
  • 04-06-16

Blood and ashes! Dark One take this audiobook!

What disappointed you about The Eye of the World?

The sample used to lure you into buying this audiobook is the most interesting part of it. This is one of those fantasy tales that gives the genre a bad name

What was most disappointing about Robert Jordan’s story?

It is riddled with cliches and features a tediously virtuous band of friends plodding around the place but never really in any danger.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration's fine (I just wish the reader was narrating something else).

What character would you cut from The Eye of the World?

I don't know where to begin.

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  • Katrina
  • 03-28-16

love it!

two parts seem to be put in the wrong order towards the middle of the book. ..

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  • Zoe Thorp
  • 01-22-16

Fantastic!

Absolutely amazing storytelling with a wide range of believable lifelike characters. Really good voice acting too (although it took a while for me to get used to the mans voice- sounded like zap brannigan at first!). Already bought the next one in anticipation! Highly recommended!