For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon....
In a war that makes no sense, ten armies fight separately against a single foe....
The prologue of the long-awaited conclusion to Robert Jordan's fantasy masterpiece....
Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection is the first audiobook of short fiction by New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson....
A milestone of storytelling set in the world of The Sword of Truth, Debt of Bones is the story of young Abby's struggle to win the aid of the wizard Zedd Zorander, the most important man alive....
From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson, comes the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series - Steelheart....
The Covenant mission is the most ambitious endeavor in the history of Weyland-Yutani....
A young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows....
A tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend....
To celebrate the book's 10th anniversary, Tor is reissuing Elantris in a special edition, a fresh chance to introduce it to the myriad listeners who have since become Sanderson fans....
Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm....
Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked....
From New York Times number-one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other....
It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict....
Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian....
When the familiar and seemingly safe turns lethal, therein danger lies. Amid a forest where the shades of the dead linger all around, every homesteader knows to follow the Simple Rules....
Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy has been fulfilled - or so it seems....
When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life....
For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.
And it is stolen.
"Jordan creates a lush, sprawling tapestry of a novel in the tradition of Tolkien and Eddings." (Library Journal)
The narration was great although the two readers do pronounce something differently. The switching off between the two was annoying to me at first but I quickly saw the merits of it. After finishing this book, I wouldn't have it read any other way!
The story really kicks off here. It's not the best ending but certainly not worth less than 4 stars. A great read and a faster pace than book one.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
It was a great read and just as fun listerning to is as a re-read! Good build up of characters and a smooth, gripping story.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I am overjoyed to find audible choose to carry this Unabridged series. It is pretty much the only place anywhere you can find this extraordinary Unabridged audio series. The abridged version of this series is horrible; however this version is a true and rare audio gem. I have listened to literally a few hundred audio books in my life, most of which were either sci-fi/ fantasy and this series stands out as one of the best I've heard. It has exquisite readers both Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are among the best audio readers I've ever heard. As anyone who has heard audio can probably relate to, the quality of the reader is vital to the experience of the book and these are simple two of the best in the business. They capture the characters perfectly and draw you in like few other readers can. Another great and fairly unique thing this audio reading does is when the books comes from the perspective of a female character Kate gives you the female voice to match, where as if you are in the head of a male character Michael reads to give you that male feel. This makes a big difference in the whole experience and how much the reading brings the character to life and draws you into their books world. Speaking of which, Robert Jordan's WOT world is one of the most vivid, complex and original world I have experienced in fantasy. The world's complexity continues to grow throughout the huge epic series. It makes you want to know what is going on in different lands almost as much as what is happening with different characters. In the first half of this series each book is better then the one before as the main characters, the world and the adventure expands. If you get a chance, please request that audible carry the rest of this Unabridged series. As of now they carry book one (The Eye of the World) and two (The Great Hunt). I guess that's about it. Enjoy, I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.
66 of 75 people found this review helpful
I'm adding my review as a pure review, and to encourage others. I've read the series four times and have just completed the first two audiobooks. Jordan has created a world that is similar to ours in many ways, in fact each 'major' nation is modeled after an actual nation, at some point in history. Jordan does borrow some ideas from other literary sources, but does a better job than other authors of actually explaining aspects of his world. The One Power, the Trollocs, Myyrdraal, Forsaken, and Aes Sedai; Jordan actually lets the reader in on how the Power works, as opposed to just saying, "These people are magicians. Deal with it."
To David in MA, who seemed a little bored with the series, I have one word of encouragement. Without going into specifics, Matt MUST be hated during the first two books, as you will find out in The Dragon Reborn. Things have happened to him, mostly self-induced, that you won't understand until Book 3, at which point he becomes one of the most interesting and likable characters in the series. If it helps, the first 3 books in the Wheel of Time are essentially foreshadowing the rest of the series. Every dream, side-remark, and ellipsis-ended comment really mean something. Having read the series as many times, I can tell you Jordan has woven so much into each book that I learn something new each time.
The Wheel of Time is long and not easy to read, but to date the most well thought-out and written series I've ever read. The Great Hunt has the best ending-sequence of any of the books, 1-10 so far. I hope this helps.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
Picking up where the first book in the series left off, The Great Hunt is a bit slower on the get-go than the first one was, with the pace only picking up about a third into the book.
The readers resurrect the characters from the first book seamlessly, with the same voices and characterisations used of returning characters meaning that it is easy to pick up and listen to this audio book without having to get used to all the voices all over again and find out which character each belongs to. Kate Reading in particular seems to have gotten into her stride a bit more, and her voice is less grating than it was in the first book. Her narrations of the sections of the book that deal with the Aes Sedai are now precisely how these powerful women themselves are described: calm, collected, cool, wise... She has also fleshed out the vocal characterisations she uses for each of the characters and they are more easily discernible than they were in the first book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I just finished this one in the series and it was more exciting that the first book. I can't wait to get started on the next and the next and the next. It is a great series.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Best narrator(s) I've encountered, amazing story and audiobook. A great experience listening in.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
Reading a novel like this I feel I should be kissing Jordan?s feet. How anyone can create such an immense intricate world filled with such deep, diverse characters is just mind blowing. I?ve listened to the first two books in this series and can?t wait for audible to come out with the rest. I was happy to find that this second book started right where the first left off with all the same characters to whom I had grown attached in the first book. Listen to The Eye of the World first.
After the incredible experience and the shattering end of the first book, Jordan expands on this world, having introduced many parts of the world in the first book which play a bigger part in this story. It makes the reader feel they have an intimate connection to the world as the stories that were introduced in the first book are explored in further detail here. New villains and old ones, betrayal and treachery, make you fear for the characters you feel close to.
Be forewarned that if you hate mental narratives, this book is probably not for you. You will spend long periods of time in minds of different characters, each giving you unique perspectives on the world and other characters. Like the first book, this book has some of the most thrilling action sequences I?ve encountered in my reading. In fact, there is a bit more action than in the first, though Jordan doesn?t neglect to continue developing the characters and world.
The readers are superb! There are two readers, a man for scenes where you?re following a male character and a woman for when you?re following a female. They capture perfectly the emotion of each character and scene. I?m relatively new to audio books, and these reader make a great case for how listening to a story is so far superior to reading one. Their voices paint the world with a clarity not possible when reading (written word is so primitive, huh?).
Great books! Can?t recommend highly enough.
21 of 25 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The characters sometimes appear a little too dumb, argumentative and mulish - I need to know what makes them so special.
Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Jordan? Why or why not?
Yes - I will buy book 3 because I need to know...
What three words best describe Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance?
I did not like Kate's voice.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
I do agree with some that this is a long drawn out series, and you have to really enjoin it to want to finish. But as I came late to it when there was already ten books out I did not have to wait as long as some for the conclusion. Even though the books are long, they are well written. Keeping your attention through out to the end. Jordan does a great job holding you in the story, if a bit long winded when sometimes describing things. After reading most of the series, I then read some of the reviews. Those that compared it to The Lord of the Rings stood out to me. I have read both series, and fine it funny that people think there wouldn't be simulates. All books have a common theme, good verse evil, but to compare the two is laughable. The stories are vastly different. The only thing similar about the two is that they are both fantasy books that are well written, and a good read.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
The Great Hunt takes up the reigns where the Eye Of The World leaves off, absorbing me into it's story and once again leaving me eager for more!
A story in it's own right, you could probably jump into this book without reading the first - but what a waste that would be!
Think 'Lord of the Rings' and you'll have an idea of the sort of book this is. Full of rich detail, complex, interesting, and exciting. The plot seems to twist and turn and unlike other books I've read the ending isn't transparent from the start.
Never a dull moment!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This 2nd book is where Jordan really starts to take the reins in this series. Much like Paolini does with his sequel to Eragon. The first Paolini book was written like a 16 year old, learning the craft of writing for the first time. In Jordan's case the first book had parts that were very much written as if an exercise in fantasy writing. With Paolini, the 2nd book read like it was written by a different author! So much better! In this case, you still know it is Jordan, but the ending of the first book could easily have been turned to stand on it's own, though clearly Jordan wanted the series to continue. One might be reminded of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on TV. The first series was only half a series, designed to play out as it was, and if it did not continue, then so be it. Clearly a beautiful forray into TV story arcing resulted, and here the 2nd book in Wheel of Time is where the story really starts moving.
Rand needs to accept he is the chosen one, but really struggles with this. Forced into helping Mat save his life, bound to the fate of the Horn of Valere and the Ruby Hilted Dagger from Shadar Logoth, we see forsaken rise into the story, and visit old friends thought lost in the first book. And the battle on Almouth Plain towards the end with the Seanchan weaves the crossover to book 3 perfectly. As with all Wheel of Time books, this one can surely be listened to separately, but you should do the obligatory context thing, and not lose out on such a brilliant series. Book 14 comes out this year in April (2012), and you should either read, listen or both all of the books through 13!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A fitting sequel to the Eye of the world, the Great Hunt carries the tale to new depths of imagination.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love Brandon Sanderson and song of ice and fire, and this is supposed to be somewhere in between, but I just don't connect to the characters, I lack overview of events, characters and places and I find myself listening merely with the purpose of getting to Sanderson's books at the end of the series. I think I might give up on this. The reading does not captivate me.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about The Great Hunt?
the underlying story is conceptually great and engaging, very impressive. I just find the character models very basic...the interplay between men and women can be frankly irritating and somewhat juvenile. That aside the books each drive forward well, with each book marking a distinct step towards the end.
Who was your favorite character and why?
i guess Matt, just because he's the gambler/rogue type. Perrin is too much the boyscout, and Rand too much the brooding hero. Matt seems able to have a little irreverent fun.
Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances? How does this one compare?
i have and they read them as well and professionally as others i've heard. I'm not particularly a fan of either's style, particularly Kate's to be honest...a little too stilted and dry, but that's a personal taste and isn't disliked enough to put me off.
Any additional comments?
these books are great, but let down a little by too many character threads that are never tied up and closed off, and poor female/male interplay/dialogue.<br/>I've read all the books and am just re-listening to them at work in the background, as i don't need to pay full attention, already knowing the story...the books leave me occasionally enthralled and sadly sometimes annoyed.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Done it! Listened while working through the whole 14 books. Not bad - not brilliant either. Too much describing of what are people wearing, limited dictionary of dialogues and male-female relationships/interactions painfully similar, predictable -boring (Mr Freud would find it certainly interesting though :)
Maybe because English isn't my first language, maybe I'm spoiled by other writers or maybe Robert Jordan just isn't my type of author but haven't I been working at the time of listening I would considered it time wasted.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I've read most of the books all are good only book 8 if I can remember is hard work the rest are amazing
I actually enjoy the story quite a bit but the narrative is so frustrating and repetitive. No wonder he took so many books and so long to write these things. I don't know how many times I've been told that the witches don't lie, what an Aiel man looks like, that Rand doesn't believe he's the dragon, that the 3 main boys don't like the witches, that this thing is evil, that that thing is bad. I can remember points from a few paragraphs ago and a few chapters ago, even a book ago. Alas the author doesn't think so.
Also the woman's voice is so samey. I can't tell who is meant to be speaking half the time.
Story is good, the 2 narrators could have communicated to each other before recording these books though, hearing the man pronounce stuff one way only for the woman to pronounce it another is ever so slightly jarring to the ears.
Is it More-ane? Is it Moi-rain? Please, between the 2 of you, choose!
The story continues, and some important reveals are made in this gripping installment. The performance feels natural and the story charges ahead at great pace, leaving you desperate to hear the next chapter.
I was thoroughly impressed with the second book in the Wheel of Time series, the first book was a lot of world building and this book really just knocked it out of the park my favourite moment was at the end the final battle without giving any spoilers was fantastic.
the narration was easy to listen to except for Kate reading how to pronounces a lot of names places and objects really irritated me. I was just so used to Michael Kramer in the way that he pronounces, I guess that's just my OCD
but on that I am about to start on The Dragon Reborn.
Loving this series and the way it's presented in audio. Looking forward to the rest.
The struggle any storyteller how to present such a story that encompasses not only the feelings of the characters, events of the world, but larger means. Those book does that; but I also feel it is foreshadowing much more to come.
If you've read these books you should definitely listen to them. the performance is amazing.
I read this series many years ago. Listening to the audio is proving just as enjoyable. I look forward to my long drive to and from work.
Exciting from page one until the end. Can't wait for the next book.
Keep them coming.
This book brings us new roles, situations and adventures for all our favoritw characters. Masterpiece.