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The Gathering Storm Audiobook

The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

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Publisher's Summary

Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan's editor - his wife, Harriet McDougal - to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so Tor proudly presents The Gathering Storm as the first of three novels that will make up A Memory of Light. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost 20 years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era. In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international best-selling series begins its dramatic conclusion.

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower - and possibly the world itself.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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©2009 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc.; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"The Wheel of Time...is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil - but what strikes me as most pleasurable...is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world." (Orson Scott Card on The Wheel of Time)

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    eViLj GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, US 06-28-10
    eViLj GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, US 06-28-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Impressive"

    Sanderson has done a beautiful job carrying on the story Jordan hooked me on. I was prepared to be disappointed but was thrilled instead. The characters are still vivid and maintain their integrity and personality. This book is one of my favorite in the series.

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    06-18-10
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    "Same good reading ..."

    I had never read a book by Brandon Sanderson, but since I've finished The Gathering Storm I've not only become an instant fan but also feel very happy that Robert Jordan's estate has chosen such a good author to finish his dream.

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    "Best Narrators Ever"

    The narrators, Michael Kramer and Kate Redding, read this book (and really every book in the wheel of time) so well that I almost feel as though I am in this world. The narration is really fantastic and I have never listened to any other book that had this much depth and quality.

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    Charles Albany, OR, United States 05-21-10
    Charles Albany, OR, United States 05-21-10
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    "It's not RJ, but pretty close."

    This book really speeds up the pacing, which has stagnated over the last few books. I had no trouble being transported back into this universe. Several parts of this book had me on the edge of my seat, or yelling and cheering, which to me is the measure of a good story.

    Really enjoyed it, definitely worth it if you are a fan of WoT, which, let's be honest, you obviously are. If you aren't, why are you interested in book *twelve*? Most people can't even get through the 12 days of Christmas without giving up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zed 05-02-10
    Zed 05-02-10

    Slinger of code. Eater of sushi.

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    "New life in an already amazing story"

    I have enjoyed the WOT series, but honestly, I felt it was starting to drag in the last few. However, this latest one was amazing. Without question a WOT book, but with wall to wall action, insights, and ever building action (with less ramble). This was my first audiobook of the series and it was excellently read. One of the top books of them all.

    The series had started to wear me out, but this book re-engergized me, I can't wait for the next ones. Brandon Sanderson is the man.

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    Joe W TX 03-10-10
    Joe W TX 03-10-10 Listener Since 2005

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    "The Gathering Storm"

    An excellent attempt to bring closure to this series. The storyline is great the readers are like old friends. I would find myself driving slower just to be able to listen longer.

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    Carl Twilley 02-25-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Just as good"

    Sanderson does a great job of taking up where Jordan left off. The characters seem just as real if anything, more compassionate. I may even like Sanderson's style better but it's a close match.

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    Dennis Fredericksburg, VA, USA 02-24-10
    Dennis Fredericksburg, VA, USA 02-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Robert Jordan"

    Overall, well written, and the narrators did a great job. Will miss Jordan.

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    Robert J. Donato 02-07-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent"

    One of the best of the series.

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    Scott 02-05-10
    Scott 02-05-10 Member Since 2013
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    "The Best Yet!"

    When I heard that Brandan Sanderson was finishing the series, I listened to his mistborn series and found that I had confidence in his ability. After listening to The Gathering Storm twice over I am completely blown away. I love how the story focuses more centrally on Rand throughout it. Amazing, thank you Brandon for bringing us the ending to the best fantasy series ever written.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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