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The Fires of Heaven Audiobook

The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time

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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world:

...Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al'Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine.

...Into the Amyrlin's study in the White Tower, where Amyrlin, Flaida do Avriny a 'Roihan, is weaving new plans.

...Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon.

...Into the Queen's court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril.

For once the Dragon walks the land, the fires of Heaven fall where they will, until all men's lives are ablaze. And in Shayol Ghul, the Dark One stirs.

©1993 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)1997 Books on Tape; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Jordan deftly weaves details from previous books into this narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fires of Heaven upholds the very high standards of this major fantasy epic, with battle scenes, comic interludes, and character development all reaching perhaps the highest point in a work that has lacked for none of these." (Booklist)
"Jordan's epic saga of a world threatened by evil incarnate builds steadily as separate strands of a complex plot begin to come together. Fans of this richly detailed and vividly imagined series will not be disappointed." (Library Journal)

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    Mikael Laholm, Sweden 08-20-12
    Mikael Laholm, Sweden 08-20-12
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    "Another great book in the Wheel of Times serie"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fires of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    After getting used to listen to two different narrators I have become to appreciate it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't really say what I think is best about the story since I appreciate everything in it. Robert Jordan was in my view a master when it came to writing fantasy. You can see the lands and characters before your eyes when reading/listening to his books.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    I'm sure I will listen to more books narrated by them, atleast in this serie.


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

    I would like to listen at it in one sitting but it's not really possible because of the lenght of it.


    Any additional comments?

    The Wheel of Times is a masterpiece that I would recommend to anyone that fancies fatasy. This is one of the best series out there in my opinion

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 08-13-12
    Richard 08-13-12
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    "One of the best series I have read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book is a great extention of the last book. I have listened to this series now 3 times and love it every time


    What other book might you compare The Fires of Heaven to and why?

    The whole series keeps you on your seat and wanting more.


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

    I love the way they read the book bringing different voices and life to each person.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Simons Central Ca. 07-13-12
    Scott Simons Central Ca. 07-13-12 Member Since 2008

    Scott S.

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    "Can't stop listening"

    This is my first review in the Wheel Of Time series. The first 4 books were procured from another source, and Audible doesn't let you review books you didn't buy here.

    I have been a reader of books for a long time now, but only a fan of epic fantasy for maybe five years or so. I have to admit that I have eyed the Wheel Of Time series on several occasions, but the number of books in the series scared me off. I wasn't sure I wanted to make a 14 to 15 book commitment, and not sure that any story could be interesting for that long. But while stuck in that place between the several series waiting for the next installment, and unsuccessful looking for a new one, I decided I would finally give this series a try.

    I am very glad I did. If you are like me, and wondering if you should take on this gargantuan series, I would say take the leap. I was engrossed in this story from the start, and have listened to the first five books now quickly. The story has never become boring to me so far, and I enjoy getting to really know the characters involved. Spending so much time with them, you begin to feel as if you really know them, and you can't wait to find out what happens to them next. I have read some reviews about how some of the characters are immature or annoying, but I think they are are real, and seem to grow as events happen around them. Much more enjoyable than in some books where the hero's never have any faults.

    If you are considering this series, but not sure if you should, I say go for it. You will not regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Barnett 04-10-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Keep them coming!"

    Unabridged is the only way to go! I cannot wait for the rest of the series to be released unabridged.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rand 02-22-11
    Rand 02-22-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Half And Half"

    To be honest this book was exhausting to indulge. The beginning was gradual in its development of characters and scenarios, which don't improve with some sustainable interest until about halfway through. Whit that said, I would still read this book since significant events transpire and at least one meaningful clue is given.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Josh South Haven, MN, USA 05-05-05
    Josh South Haven, MN, USA 05-05-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Sigh - are you sick of this stuff yet?"

    I have really tried to like these books, I had a hard time with the first one, but after plowing through it I was pleasantly surprised by books 2, 3 and 4 actually being pretty good. This 5th book unfortunately stalls and when not boring me to sleep it annoyed me back to listening to the radio for a while.

    OK, WE GET IT, the men think the women are stubborn and the women think the men are stubborn and stupid. Lay off it already and get back to the plot perhaps? Books 2-4 still had some of this pointless, childish, annoying and now extremely tiring battle of the sexes stuff, but at least it didn't detract from the main storyline. Every time this book switches to the female reader I groan because all Nineveh al'Meara does is annoy me. Jordan should take a lesson from George R.R. Martin and the Song of Fire and Ice series - make the good characters likeable, make the evil characters the annoying ones. This book does the exact opposite for most of the time. Considering that 98% of the point of view is from the good characters perspective it makes for a long read. Nineveh al'Meara finally gets served some humble pie in this book, but even that just makes her more frustrating to read about.

    My rating is a 3 instead of a 1 or 2 because there are a couple good, but short chapters from Matt's perspective. He's evolved into the most interesting character.

    One other complaint with the series as a whole - do you think it would have been too hard for the narrators to sit down for a coffee and agree on a set of pronunciations for such minor details as character names and geographic locations?

    I'll continue to read this series, assuming the rest come out unabridged. But I think a break and a few beers will be needed before reading 5 more books about how stubborn/stupid/arrogant/self-centered men/women are.

    39 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-19-13
    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Still going"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great narrators and awesome story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really am starting to like Matt. His is the dark hero of the story.


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

    They bring life to the book.


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

    Felt the pain that Rand has due to his destiny getting in the way of what he wants.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is awesome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "GREAT BATTLES"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fires of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    No, I think they are pretty well matched. I did read this book before listening to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt is always my favorite character when he is in the book.


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

    Reading is a more intense experience, at least for me. In an excellent book I find that at best a good narration can only be on par with the reading experience. Where good narrations excell is in a story not so well written. Not to take anything away from their excellent narrations (I own them all) but i don't think they bring anything to the story that can't be had by a person with a great imagination. The audio's do free you up so you can listen to the story while driving or other non brain activities. And this excellent narration allows you to experience the book as it should be. The narrotors become invisable and the characters come alive.


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

    The first time I read it, I really got into all the battle scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Onward to the Lord of Chaos

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul J. Wheeler Charlotte, NC USA 12-27-12
    Paul J. Wheeler Charlotte, NC USA 12-27-12 Listener Since 2009

    I love reading and I love Audible. Their fantasy and Sci-Fi selection is excellent!

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    "Love It"

    I'm re-reading all the Wheel of Time books before the final one is released. I love this fantasy series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Henry 11-10-12
    Henry 11-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wheel of Time Marathon"

    I've been doing a listening marathon through this series and am completely engrossed in this fantasy world. Great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Tiffany
    denbigh, United Kingdom
    5/1/14
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    "didnt grab me as i had hoped"
    What would have made The Fires of Heaven better?

    I had expected much more with all the rave reviews ,,,,but sadly I found the first five books totally uninspiring wish I had given up earlier but I had been hoping for an upturn .....loads of great reviews are not necessarily a guarantee ....this is not a bad review of the book as so many good reviews prove the book has appeal.... just not for me I am afraid ...


    What will your next listen be?

    93, victor hugo.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    narration was fine


    What character would you cut from The Fires of Heaven?

    all characterisation for me was fairly weak


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Bayford, United Kingdom
    8/3/13
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    "Finally finished!"

    I am a big fan of Robert Jordan, and began reading this book A few years ago. After several attempts, I couldn't seem to finish so I turned to the audio format and I am glad I did.
    Robert Jordan's books are perfectly suited for audiobooks allowing you to indulge in his descriptive narrative, which can be a bit much to read. I was concerned that the narrators would grate on me, but was pleasantly surprised by the end to be enjoying their style.
    Although not the most action packed of the series, the drama occurs right at the end, but continues the fantastic character development.
    I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoy listening while doing other things. It may be a bit much to only listen as is a fair length.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • William Clements
    Reading, UK
    1/11/12
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    "Return to the Wetlands"

    First of all I must ask forgiveness for my review of Book 6, which I wrote before writing this review. I stated therein that the battle at the end of Book 6 at Dumai's Wells was the first real battle since the taking of Tear at the end of Book 3. However, clearly this is not the case as in book 5 there is a major battle for Cairhien with the Shaido. Not to play this battle down, either as it is when Mat begins to command his own troops through loyalty and strategy gained through his forrays into the Aiel Waste in Book 4.
    There are several key battles, however, through the book which just take your breath away, and the battle for Cairhien was not one of them, though it is well presented and exciting enough to move the story along. The battle at Dumai's Wells was the next key battle in my opinion.
    However, the rest of the book far exceeds expectations as characters really develop, Elaine and Nynaeve running from Tanchico, trying to find the rebel Aes Sedai, and avoid Elaidas attempts to capture them. Egwene, learning the crafts of the wise women Aiel and developing as a dream-walker. One wonders if maybe Egwene is Taveren as well as Mat, Perrin and Rand!
    Rand finally finds a teacher of Saidin, though in the most unlikely of places, and he starts to really develop as Aes Sedai in his own right. And it is here that Lews Therrin starts to coalesce in Rand's mind.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    2/21/15
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    "Best narrators well done"

    love the way the narrators encapture each personality, even without description you can imagine each character of the book. well read with an even flow - before you realise just how long youve actually been listening youre half way thru :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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