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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Entertaining and accurate

Would you listen to The Fires of Heaven again? Why?

The Fires of Heaven is entertaining and well paced. Having read the Wheel of Time series when each book originally came out, the Audible version was the best way to recall the story accurately and quickly.

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

The performances by Mr. Kramer and Ms. Reading continue to be superior. Having heard them read the previous books in the series, they deliver what can be considered performances more than simply reading text. Their pronunciations, character portrayals, and cultural accents are precisely what I envisioned when reading the books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Stanton, KY, United States
  • 08-20-12


Would you listen to The Fires of Heaven again? Why?

Yes. Great series to read and the delivery as an audio book is flawless.

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

Great use of their voice to bring uniqueness to each character.

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  • Kim
  • bakersfield, CA, United States
  • 02-17-12

Lets see how far we can drag this out.

I read the books way back when and the filler got old. The second time threw got so bad wanted to just rip pages out. I did really enjoy the story line of the books and the build to action. However when it takes a char. 1/2 to a full page just to enter a room because of all the needless descriptions of clothing and hair. Sorry but we know what the braid looks like it was covered in the first 4 books and the first 40 chapters of this book. Im sure every1 who is honest will admit to eyes glazing over and just scanning threw those parts, 1/2 the book, looking for some meat. The first 3 books were page burners with less filler and the story moved along twice as fast. I have not made up my mind if the audio version made the filler easer or harder to deal with yet.

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  • Zachary
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • 07-17-05

The Fires of Heaven (Unabridged)

Almost all of my critiques of this book have been touched on by other reviewers exept that I loved the Perin/Loyal story line, it was the oasis of the bickering and it was not even included in this book besides his name being mentioned a few times. I would not have made it through this book except for the fact I was looking forward to rejoining this story line; if I only had of known. I quit unless book five comes out in an abriged format. I wish I had quit at four.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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first 4 books great this one grating

Please get over the the women vs the men power struggle i cant take it any longer.You cant like hardly any main characters in this one they all seem so childish ( exept matt ) the shadow should win with everyone so willing to keep secrets from everyone else. And if good advice doesnt come from the appropriate sex its ignored?????????. I didnt make it through this series the first time but i shall try again because of the great potential

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  • Jared Hess
  • Mapleton, Utah United States
  • 05-20-05

Good stuff

Well, when I rate this book, I'm also rating the quality of the narration. I love the two narrators and think they do an execellent job! I also love Jordan's WOT world. I love losing myself in it. Plus I absolutely love UNABRIDGED! It's the only way to go, so here's hoping audbile gets his other books out in UNABRIDGED form! More bang for the buck that way. Of course, yes, I have to agree that Jordan's male vs female complex gets somewhat tiresome. Sometimes you think, "Geez, can't they just get along!" But hey, that's what fast forward is for!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Marie
  • Alexandia, VA, United States
  • 04-10-12

Bored to tears

What would have made The Fires of Heaven better?

Weak, boring, repetitive, this story is going no where fast.

Has The Fires of Heaven turned you off from other books in this genre?

The writer has nothing to say. I bought the books so far because I thought he would get to somewhere eventually. At this point I don't think I want to go any further. I am BORED!!

Did Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

They did the best they could with the weak material they had.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gary
  • Australia
  • 09-01-09


The first four books are quite good and exciting. This, the fifth is boring.
Too much uninteresting dross to fill up the gaps between the action.
Action that does not happen much. This book could have been an extension to the last book without the dross.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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What a Waste

This is probably my last listen to this series and I have listened to the four previous books.. Over and over throughout this book was the point made, men are stupid and incompetent, I soon tired of it. My opinion is that all the characters in this story are stupid and incompetent (sometimes it's hard to decide who is the most ridiculous). It's a shame, because the story is rather interesting, but repetition and silliness will bored me to tears. My suggestion is to find a series that that actually has characters that don't make you grind your teeth.

11 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Brewster, NY, United States
  • 07-25-07

Good but...

Good but god way too long..way too much filler. Do we really have to know what color everything in the world is every five seconds? Way too much detail sometimes. Also get over the boys vs the girls plot line, getting really old after 40 hrs of this book.

11 of 21 people found this review helpful