Regular price: $3.93

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

The complete version of The Gathering Storm will be available on October 27, 2009. This prologue is included in the complete version. However if you want to hear it early you can get it here now.

The prologue of the long-awaited conclusion to Robert Jordan's fantasy masterpiece. This selection features a bonus recording of Robert Jordan's widow and longtime editor, Harriet McDougal, discussing the process of continuing the Wheel of Time series after Jordan's death, and how they came to select Brandon Sanderson to carry the torch.

Listen to more books in The Wheel of Time series.
©2009 Robert Jordan; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings


  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
  • 4 Stars
  • 3 Stars
  • 2 Stars
  • 1 Stars


  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
  • 4 Stars
  • 3 Stars
  • 2 Stars
  • 1 Stars


  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
  • 4 Stars
  • 3 Stars
  • 2 Stars
  • 1 Stars
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • M.
  • Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • 09-17-09


The prologue was wonderful. The opening scene with the farmer was utterly chilling. Great to see Rand and the gang back in action.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Neil
  • St Petersburg, FL, USA
  • 09-18-09

The Dragon Reborn is back!

I have been waiting so long for this book. From the sounds of it Brandon Sanderson has done Mr. Jordan proud. If the rest of the book is written like this then I am hooked once again. Man I hate the forsaken. Go Rand!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Brent
  • Newport Beach, CA, Virgin Islands, U.S.
  • 09-24-09

Exactly what I expected, something extraordinary

First of, I have read a majority of the WoT books and finished the remaining of the series via these Audio tapes. The quality of the reading by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading is superb. It is so much, to the extent that I will be purchasing the Gathering Storm audio only once it is released, as I have become attached to their interpretations of the characters and narration. In regards to the prologue, Brian Sanderson has done RJ well. Any WoT reader and fan will be pleased to find out that it seems exactly like RJ has never left - or even that what guided RJ in his writing is in spirit, with Brian Sanderson. Also, the beautiful thing about the audio tapes is I didn't notice one difference in Brians writing vs RJ - since it's being read to you! I highly recommend this as well as the series to any fan of Fantasy or great story telling of what really to me, embodies more than the typical light vs dark themes. I've learned and applied much of this series to my life - the subtle themes and lessons to be learned are there like diamonds sparkling in the rough. The first time I ever cried for someone I did not know, was when I heard of the death of Robert Jordan. It moved me that much, and I know it will do the same for you. Please, read his books.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Prologue is included in The Gathering Storm

What would have made The Gathering Storm - Prologue better?

It should be free as an enticement to purchase The Gathering Storm

What was most disappointing about Robert Jordan’s story?

I thought this material was in addition to the book. It is not. The prologue is part of the full audiobook.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


Any additional comments?

If you intend to purchase the full audiobook of The Gathering Storm, then don't purchase this also. You're wasting your money.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Anita
  • Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 01-01-10

Good re-introduction to the WOT series.

Good re-introduction to the WOT series. I loved hearing Robert Jordan's wife explain the process of continuing this wonderful series. I am so relieved to know that Kate Reading and her husband Michael Kramer will continue to narrate all of the books in the series. They are the best!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

Great !

I cancelled my book pre-order and will be getting the Audio only. I love how this husband and wife team have brought the WOT to life! I will be online at midnight with the hopes it appears at 12:01 :)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

Wheel of Time lives on.

I am a huge wheel of time fan and was listening especially hard to see if I could spot any differences with Brandon Sanderson's writing and to tell the truth, other than a couple descriptions, I could not tell the difference. I am looking forward to the book release on the 27th and for those WoT fans who have not read any of Sanderson's work, I highly recommend his "Mistborn" trilogy which is also read by Michael Kramer who does the WoT audiobooks and is also available on

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Denise
  • Hickory, NC, USA
  • 10-09-09

The Gathering Storm

Wow I can't wait for the full book. I have been listening to the series over for the last 5 months at work and have just come to the end. 2 or 3 weeks is a long time to go without my fix of the Wheel. Hope to get the full version right here on Audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall


I have read every book in the Wheel of Time series, and recently re-read them before the upcoming book by Jordan/Sanderson. This prologue certainly is a great listen for everyone who is going to read the gathering storm. It's a great prologue and certainly brings back a lot of memories from the other books of the series. I would classify this - if not a "must" then certainly a "Should!" read/listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Ram
  • Aliso Veijo, CA, USA
  • 10-01-09


It is great to hear Robert Jordan's (and now Sanderson's) epic story again. The prologue was exciting and already had so much happen that it get me genuinely excited to read the rest of the book. Hopefully Sanderson will bring this to a reasonable conclusion in a way that both Jordan and WoT fans can appreciate!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • William Clements
  • 01-08-11

Prologue Separated? Don't do this...

After having listened to the Gathering Storm, and thoroughly enjoying the next enthralling episode in Jordan's Fantasy Epic series, I looked at this and thought it would be an interview with Brandon Sandersonand Harriett McDougal , similar but in more depth to the one on the main audiobook. It does say in the 'blurb' that it inlcudes a 'bonus recording...' of the 2 people. And so for some reason my mind thought it would be like a mini Audio Documentary about Brandon, Harriett, and of course Jordan, and where to next (the next couple of books).
Boy was I disappointed!! It is literally the 'Prologue' from the book!! The book I ALREADY have!! So this was a complete waste of money.
Okay, if you want to go out and purchase the first 50 pages of a book at Waterstones, and then return later to pay the full amount for the rest of the book (including the pages you have already purchased!) then this audio presentation is for you!! Whoever you are, please make a comment on this review as I am convinced you do not exist. Why would anyone want to do that???
Please do read my review of The Gathering Storm Though when I write it, as this is one of the most exciting of ALL the books in the series (though having just completed book 13, well lets just say that 11, 12 AND 13 are as good as each other!!).
My advice? DON'T BUY THIS!! Buy the real audio book instead. It is worth it, but if you haven't already, start at Book 1 (The Eye of The World), listen through Book 10 (Crossroads of Twilight). Then listen to New Spring (Prequel, but 11th book released by Jordan). Finally, Book 11 (Knife of Dreams) through Book 13 (Towers of Midnight), and the final book out later this year (2011).

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Jon
  • 09-23-09

Jon from Beverley

Worth the wait! A five star start to the conclusion of this masterly and fantastic epic. Adhering to the highest of standards set by the late lamented Robert Jordan. With something portentous on the horizon, it hooks the listener almost from the first sentence. Can't wait for the complete story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful