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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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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.

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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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    Mike 08-09-16
    Mike 08-09-16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Gi MacLennan 07-11-16 Member Since 2016

    I have a 2017 resolution to read at least 10 classic books!

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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mctaggard 04-25-16
    Mctaggard 04-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A very good story."

    It is a slow start but over all it is a very good story. The performance was a little disjointed with the two people reading only when certain characters were alone but not consistently. Strong finish though and a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Kilcher 03-29-16 Member Since 2017
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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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    TJ Diamond 04-15-15
    TJ Diamond 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid fantasy"

    Solid fantasy that got better and better as the story progressed. At times some of the extreme detail bogged me down.

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    Marcus Swift 01-03-15
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    "Good story"

    The performers voicing sounded like a 1950es radio program. They also decided to use two narrators - a practice I don't appreciate.

    The story lays the bones for the larger series. It manages to answer some mysteries while leaving enough to draw me into the next story. The character development is enough to make the actions of the characters plausible. I was not gripped by the world and characters as I have been in other series. Enjoyable nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 08-20-14
    Jason 08-20-14
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    "I really wanted to like this but..."
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    I really wanted to like this story. I was looking for a long story to get sucked into while waiting on the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire. The story has great potential but the writing style is very amateurish. Character development is lacking. So much so I could care less about any of the main characters. About a third of the way through it started to get on my nerves with all the braid pulling and lip biting. I can't put my finger on why exactly I didn't care for it other than like I mentioned it came across amateurish.

    I was hoping the writing style would improve as the story went along so I picked up book two. It turned out to be much more of the same. I really wanted to like this but I just can't get past the writing style. So it's off to search for something else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Devin 07-23-14
    Devin 07-23-14 Member Since 2011

    Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.

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    "Glad I Stopped Listening to the Dissenters"

    I'll keep this short since there are plenty of great in-depth reviews of this series already. I just want to share my experience procrastinating on this purchase in case someone else is in the same boat. For a few years I avoided buying into this series due to it's size as well as some poor reviews which seemed consistent in their criticisms. Well I broke down and decided to give it a shot. I now feel foolish for avoiding it so long.

    I've read up to book 4 and have been very impressed and entertained so far. I didn't find the authors ideas to be derivative as some reviews stated. There are some themes common to all fantasy, but the plot was original and well thought out. The setting and universe are familiar to fantasy fans, but in no way a rip off of any existing series. I've really enjoyed this series up to this point and would recommend it to any fantasy fans. Granted I have read from many people that the series has some low points, but improves in the end. I can forgive this considering how much I've enjoyed books 1-4.

    So if you're on the fence about diving into the Wheel of Time series, take my advice and just do it.


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    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 06-14-14
    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2005

    Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!

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    "Got Suckered"

    I LOVED ALL of Sanderson's books so far, so I decided to give WOT a try since Sanderson ends up writing the Series after something like book 11 or so...

    I kept waiting for Jordon to GET ON WITH IT, and you end up with about about 2 hours of action in EACH of his 20+ Hour books...

    "Well, the next one HAS to get better! The Reviews RAVE about the series"... Bought book 2, 2 hours of action mixed in with 20+ hours of "NOTHING" other then MORE descriptions about the ENDLESS, USELESS descriptive details that have ALREADY been ENDLESSLY described in tedious, long-winded, "Paid By The Word" Detail...

    "OK, OK, OK.. BUT 'RAVE REVIEWS'!!! Book 3 HAS to be SO much better..." Nope.

    "But, Book 4 HAS TO...." Nope..

    "Book 5? Maybe SOME action and LESS Cut and Paste, and LESS ENDLESS DRIVEL and 20 pages of POINTLESS 'descriptions' we've ALREADY HEARD OVER AND OVER AND OVER already?" Nope...

    In the first book you'll HEAR Gandalf Yell, "FOOL OF A TOOK", at Matt in your head... and it just DOES NOT get better... Lost ME after Book 5, and I should have stopped after this one... I REALLY TRIED to get into the series because "THE REVIEWERS RAVE" and you get "0 of 200 people liked this review" if you say ANYTHING bad about this Cult Series.... but I'll take the hits, maybe it'll save SOMEONE else some money and a LOAD of time that could be spent listening to BOOKS THAT ACTUALLY GO SOMEWHERE and have some ACTION in them... Sadly, Jordan just WAS NOT "Sanderson", and that's just a fact.

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    M. Dumas New Orleans, LA 03-06-14
    M. Dumas New Orleans, LA 03-06-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Slow Build, Just Like I Like It"
    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of the World the most enjoyable?

    I switch back and forth between the audio and ebook depending on what I'm doing. Treadmill, cleaning, driving? Audio. Sitting comfortably on my couch? Ebook. The characters are well developed even though, because of the genre, you know they are going to end up being more special than they appear at first. It's nice to watch their realizations unfold. Something about the cadence of Kramer's voice made me think of Captain Kirk at first, but within a few hours I was used to his rhythm and began to appreciate his delicate handling of female characters so that they do not seem cartoonish or falsetto-y. Reading's role was limited in this book, but I just started book 2 and she looks to figure more prominently there.


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  • Zoe Thorp
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    "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!

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  • lee
    1/13/16
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    "Very Good"

    It's a same that there are 2 narrators however it is a very good traditional fantasy. Alot to it though, good story and excellent characters. This series starts well on to the next one.

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  • Gareth
    12/20/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    A little slow to start, but had me gripped throughout. Even had me sat in my car until chapter finish long after my commute had finished!

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  • Roisin
    12/14/15
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    "An Epic begins..."

    I read The Wheel of Time - The Eye of tbe World many years ago and was swept up by the late author's writing style.

    From the start the world and characters appeared to have more dimension than other fantasy novels. This is because the late author incorporated aspects of our cultures and legends into the events, and personal traits of people into the characters.

    This makes the setting's culture and characters more believable and makes the story even more gripping.

    Vast distances in time. Complex cultures. And a small group of youths from Emond's Field trying to survive (and best) a very powerful supernatural enemy.

    It doesn't invert the Bible like other books but rather borrows from the theological concepts of many religions.

    Epic is an understatement.

    Now that the series is completed, I would recommend these Audio Books to any fan of The Wheel of Time.

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  • RichW
    12/5/15
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    "Fantastic to find another awesome series!"

    I will start with the voice actors. I found this series by looking for more Michael Kramer, he did such an amazing job as Felix (Fix) Castor. Kramer for me is a master reader he dies a great job of doing different voices & accents for characters and Kate is quite good too.

    The story follows essentially the story of a group of young friends who are found after an attack by monsters and is discovered that all of them are important for the future of the human race.

    The series is essentially a good V evil theme.

    I won't add anymore as I don't want to spoil it but it's a great fantasy, magic, swords, daggers story.

    Give it a go!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bob
    12/1/15
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    "Give it time..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - if they liked fantasy novels. This has some fairly standard fantasy themes: farm boys with a great destiny; a terrifying Dark Lord; mysterious strangers with complex pasts; lots of references to the myths and legends of the world in which the book is set. But it's all done very well.


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

    Eventually, Michael Kramer is excellent. I've listened to other books he's read (the outstanding Stormlight saga) and he can be brilliant. However, for some reason he's terrible for the first couple of hours of this: too fast, and incredibly monotone. By the end however he's back on form. Kate Reading doesn't get much to do in this one, but she's still as good as usual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • IJC
    11/4/15
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    "My return to The wheel of time"

    It has to be over 25 years since I read "The wheel of time". I have wanted to re-read the series for some time but such a huge series. Audible offered a new angle for me and I was just as enraptured as I was first time round.

    This now both an epic and a classic seriously if you want adventure this is for you. I'm heading for the next book now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Icke
    8/11/15
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    "phenomenal introduction to a vast and epic series."

    No praise is high enough for this book or its following brethren. It's a little disturbing hearing the author pronounce names and places differently to how you imagined when reading them but on a positive spin it's significantly easier picturing the story when it's being described by a professional story teller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jake
    7/22/15
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would absolutely recommend this to a friend as it was recommended to me and I love it. Brilliant story intresting concept of time.


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

    The narrators brilliantly manages to dramatise the reading and helps to draw you into a complex story revolving around 6 central characters, 3 Young men and 3 young women.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. W. Dowling
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    5/20/15
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    "Slow burner that grows on you."

    I found this book extremely hard to get into simply due to the vast amount of confusing information that gets thrown at you, the narration at the beginning doesn't help as it's spoken very quickly. However about half way through either the narrator slows down or you've adjusted to the speed of his narration.

    It also helps that at the halfway mark the story seems to pick up pace making the faster narration more appropriate and the ending is worth the slow build up and other faults.


    It's a book you'll get a lot more out of the second reading / listening as some information when you are given it is completely irrelevant at that point in the story as you have no idea what it means or the greater implications.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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