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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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    Christopher Chicago, IL, United States 01-06-17
    Christopher Chicago, IL, United States 01-06-17 Member Since 2014

    My name is Chris and I am an addict.

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    "The most EPIC fantasy."

    This is by far my favorite series I have ever read. The characters are not perfect, but you actually can see them grow throughout the whole series. Sometimes the descriptions are long and some characters do things like pull on their braids often, but it is an amazing series. I have read many of the notable epics and I still love this series best. If you read the whole thing there will be parts that put shivers down your back or a tear in your eye. This is a coming of age story and while some people think it has been overdone, this is an older series. It is very unique in it's own way. The narrators are good and if you are a lover of epic fantasy you should definitely try this out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amol 10-17-16
    Amol 10-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book but the Chapter numbers don't match"

    The story is amazing for any high fantasy fan introducing concepts and setting up stage for the wheels of time.

    However, with regards to this audiobook, there are a couple of issues, first, while Michael Kramer gives an outstanding performace, chapters with Kate Reading's narration feel lacklustre. Second, the chapter numbers of the book just don't match up with the audiobook, which is annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ezekiel 10-13-16
    Ezekiel 10-13-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    demosthenes California 09-27-16
    demosthenes California 09-27-16 Member Since 2013
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 09-13-16
    Scott 09-13-16 Member Since 2014
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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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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!

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    Wes 06-26-16
    Wes 06-26-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    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.

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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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  • 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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