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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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    Shane Valparaiso, IN, USA 01-20-10
    Shane Valparaiso, IN, USA 01-20-10 Member Since 2017
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    "A change of opinion"

    Like many other fans of the series I used to reread every book whenever a new one was released. Once the series passed 4 or 5 books, however, I found it difficult to find that much time. Again, like many other fans as the length of the series increased so too did my aggravation at the apparent lack resolution. The characters had followed their disparate paths and sometimes their relationships with each other were tenuous at best. About a month before the release of The Gathering Storm I started to read (and sometimes listen to) the story again, from the beginning. With the gigantic scope and the story arcs of each character being distinct it was hard to see how they all drove towards the same goal. The time between the books was probably a factor in how I perceived the story. The reread gives me a new appreciation of the series.

    The Gathering Storm begins to weave all of the loose threads into a pattern that's beginning to make sense again. I once again enjoyed reading the sections with Egwene and I really haven't in quite some time. Some of the reviews that I've read have complained about how accurately Matt is portrayed. Personally, I thought he was pretty accurate. I'm also pleased with the shift in Rand's story. Typically I prefer my protagonists to be more likeable, unless they're being written as anti-heroes, and Rand is no Elric or Covenant, so the change was a welcome one.

    I recently read (or heard, I don't remember) Brandon Sanderson describing CoT as the perfect pitch; he just basically needed to square off and swing well. The ball has come away from the bat and it's headed for the fences. Now we just need to see where it lands.

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    Mike calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-19-10
    Mike calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-19-10
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    "The Wheel of Time"

    The first part was magnificent. Loved all Roberts books and I am VERY sad that he has past. We Will Miss You Robert Jordan.

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    Bill Inman, SC, United States 01-15-10
    Bill Inman, SC, United States 01-15-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Pleased with Sanderson"

    I was really quite upset when I heard the news of RJ's early death. I have followed the wheel of time for years and I have truly enjoyed it. While still saddened with the death of RJ, I think Brandon has done RJ's work proud. Thank you very very much. I'm so looking forward to the next two books in the series. Great Job!!!

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    Mat Champaign, IL, USA 01-15-10
    Mat Champaign, IL, USA 01-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome!"

    I am only halfway through, but the story is Amazing. Sanderson has done a great job!

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    Musashi 01-14-10
    Musashi 01-14-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Awesome!"

    I was in despair that i would never get to finish the series when i heard about the death of Robert Jordan a few years ago, so when i heard that it was going to be finished by someone picked by his wife, and editor, i was hopeful and i wasn't disappointed, other than having to wait two more years to finish the series. Naysayers aside, this is a wonderful book and it truly is well done, and while its not just like the other books in style its so close that it doesn't matter and Brandon Sanderson does such a good job at catching the characters that I didn't feel like i was reading someone else, that being said this isn't 100% Robert Jordan it can't be and while we all wish he were here to finish this series he is not.

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    papantoniou Athens, Greece 01-08-10
    papantoniou Athens, Greece 01-08-10
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    "At Last! Plot is moving on!"

    This is a great beginning to the concluding trilogy of the Wheel of Time. Brandon Sanderson is an awesome writer (I am a big fan of the Mistborn saga) and does an excellent job on this one, managing to remain objective and discreet, keeping Jordan's style intact. Additionally, he brings on lots of tension during the action scenes and he is very good at describing dark, ominous and ambient moments in the story. The plot is finally moving along and I come to really enjoy the series again (like I did in the past, reading the first 6 volumes).
    There is still a dozen of main characters, but somehow their stories seem to flow together, and that is something I really missed during the tiresome and boring 8th, 9nth and 10nth books of the series.
    The narrators are excellent and I highly recommend the enhanced version.
    I am looking anxiously forward for the next book!

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    Anita Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-01-10
    Anita Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-01-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth waiting for!"

    Thank goodness Robert Jordan's wife was the person choosing the writer to continue Mr. Jordan's WOT series. I was wary in the beginning, but soon forgot about it and just enjoyed Mr. Sanderson's WOT interpretation! I loved seeing loose ends tied up and clearly saw how the final battle is very close approaching. Also, a big thank you for continuing with Kate Reading and husband Michael Kramer as narrators. I am looking forward to the last two books.

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    Richard temecula, CA, USA 12-31-09
    Richard temecula, CA, USA 12-31-09 Member Since 2012
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    "nothing less than great"

    I was never a fantasy reader until I listened to book one of the wheel of Time. I'm hooked! Has everything one would want in any story. AS for narrators: Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are my favorites. While waiting for book 13 of the WOT series I've listened to new books and authors simply because of these narrators and have been very happy with thier styles

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    Mom 12-30-09
    Mom 12-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Thank you ... Mrs. Jordan and Mr. Sanderson"

    Wow ... Mr. Robert Jordan's voice lives on through the pen of Mr. Sanderson. I missed Rand and Nynaeve and all the beloved characters of this series and was overjoyed to be reengaged with them again. If you are a fan of the Wheel of Time series the only disappointment to be had in this book is that it ends. I can hardly wait for the next book. I may have to restart the series. Thank you Mrs. Jordan for your willingness and trust to see your husbands work in this series finished and thank you Mr. Sanderson for your soft touch and artful writing.

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    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 12-28-09
    Radish Bliss Holdenville, OK 12-28-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Bravo Brandon Sanderson"

    I can't imagine this book could be any better considering. Robert Jordan would be proud of it.

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