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The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel’aran’rhiod and find a way - at long last - to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.

Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways - the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn - have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men’s lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.

This penultimate novel of Robert Jordan’s number-one New York Times best-selling series - the second of three based on materials he left behind when he died in 2007 - brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the Pattern. The end draws near. Dovie’andi se tovya sagain. It’s time to toss the dice....

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Channeling Jordan's Inability to Move A Plot Along

I should start by saying I LOVE Sanderson. Mistborn is my favorite fantasy series. I thought the previous WOT book (Sanderson's first WOT) was the first WOT in YEARS that was not painful to get through. The plot moved again!

The repetitive loop the Mr. Jordan had turned the series in to was finally clear of it's taint, so to speak. Unfortunately, with Towers of Midnight Sanderson has brought back Jordan's ablity to grind a plot to a halt. It starts off fine and for the first half of the book things seem to be moving OK, though a bit slow. The writing is "meh" but its not terrible. But then for the last half of the book you realize that you are listening to the exact same thing you listened to for the first half of the book. Each of the characters internal monologues are rehashed over and over. Perrin doesn't want to lose himself to the wolf. Lan doesn't want anyone to follow him. blah blah yea yea. It gets really tedious. It gets 42 hours tedious........

The story does get you somewhere (and likely farther than any 2 of Jordan's last 6 books), but it does so in twice the time it should have taken.

I only gave it 2 stars instead of 1 (very minor spoiler) since Rand finally tells nynaeve to get some new insults. Thank God. Hearing her call people Woolheaded was making my ears bleed.

(PS: despite my disparagement of WOT in the review, I really do/did like the series. I was very excited about sanderson's work on WOT until this installment which was mind-numbingly repetitive.)

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Great so far, but pronunciation?

So far I am digging the book. Sanderson is doing an amazing job. However, what is up with some of the pronunciations by Kramer and Reading? For example, since when is Byar pronounced "Be-ar" rather than "By-ar" the way he did it in the past. There were a few others as well.

I'll update my review when I finish the book.

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Please stop using the woman narrator

Why is she making all those exaggerated, strange noises, and why is she talking like that for Min? Oh, light, she is a bad narrator. Please for your own sake lady, do not try to make it oo much, keep a balance in visualizing voices, it is way too much, what a pity, such an amazing book, and that voices, what can I say, phaa

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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People act more real

Before Brandon Sanderson came along, all the people acted like great big stereotypes. Now those people act like real humans.

This book, and the one right before it are worth reading all the other books.

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I would count this to be one of the bes!!!!

Every book since Rand got more and more power, you feel him going less and less caring and more solid as a rock, but with the ending of the last bok this book gave more and more hope, Rand's changes will really give you hope.

In this book so many things happened, it felt like it could have been divided into 2 separate boks. actually it did come to a point where I thought I have finished the book but then i found out i still have more than 15 chapters to go :D

What can I say about Michael and Kate other than they were absolutely fantastic as usual.

Let me point out here that i started reading Brandon Sanderson's books first "The way of kings" & "Mist Born Trilogy" and through him I found out about this series, and i'm greatly thankful for that. This series is amazing and this book is amazing..

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Sanderson adds so much to the series!!

While I have to admit that I dozed thru much of this series--I made the mistake of non-stop listening over the past 8 weeks and I DON'T recommend that--Brandon Sanderson's stepping in to finish the series has brought the books into a new dimension.

The boys have actually matured and started to become and act like men instead of pouty sulky children. The girls have grown even more into intelligent young women with the world on their shoulders-dealing with it in a powerful manner like a woman should.

I thank Sanderson for bringing so much to this, at times, tedious series. I doubt I would have made my way thru it if not for my daughters promise that the last few episodes were a big improvement.

I'm almost done with Towers of Midnight and looking forward to the next 2 books to finish out the series. While I imagine that, sometime in the future, I'll listen to this again right now I'm going to hit Brandon Sanderson's library and see what he comes up with on his own.

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  • Sharon
  • Midland, MI, United States
  • 12-18-12

Best Yet in the Wheel of Time Series

Where does Towers of Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Wheel of Time Series started out a little slow for me -- I liked the storyline and charaters, but the actual writing style seemed a bit lacking. With each successive book it's gotten better and better and with this installment I could barely stop listening. I can't wait for the next and final book to see what happens.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the character development of all the different individuals, and following how each of them see the events that are happening in different ways.

What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

You really get the feeling of the personalities through the voices of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. I liked hearing a male voice when it is a man's point of view and a female one when it is coming from a woman. Each of them does an excellent job in changing their speaking style to suit the characters they are portraying.

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An amazing performance

If you could sum up Towers of Midnight in three words, what would they be?

A great listen

What did you like best about this story?

It is an amazing book; we finally start to see closure to some of the big questions over the series.

What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They ARE the voices of these characters. No one else could perform the story in the same way.

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A Brilliant Return to What Made This Series Great

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Brandon Sanderson has managed to restore this bloated series to the promise of the first half dozen books and set the series back on pace for what now promises to be an epic conclusion. Towers of Midnight is easily one of the best entries of the series. The endless exposition and dozens of overlapping plot lines have been at last pulled together and set back on pace with a novel that, despite its length, moves at a brisk pace with plenty of meaningful action and a great climax.

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Wonderful Series

I just spend the last year and two months listening to the 13 books of the WOT series for the first time. I stumbled upon this series from a recommendation by my son. This is a wonderful epic. I am so happy that Mr. Sanderson took upon the task of completing the series. It is obvious that he truly loves to characters and the roots of the series.

It has been mentioned by several reviewers that a few books in the dragged on. This is true. But the story lines all needed to be set up for the final books of the grand finale.

I wait until January to listen to the completion of this wonderful work.

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  • Mark
  • 04-13-13

A good continuation

When Robert Jordan died, I was saddened at the loss of a fine author and disappointed that I would never learn the end of the story. Brandon Sanderson continued the work and did a excellent job of keeping the feel of the world and the characterisation consistent with Jordan's original vision. Sanderson's writing style is pleasantly transparent and invites the reader to focus on the interweaving plot and detailed characters, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are some of the finest readers in the business and perform brilliantly here. I feel that the book could have been slightly more tightly written (which is true of the Jordan originals) but it was a true pleasure to have the story continued and torture to have to wait for the next book.

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  • 04-07-13

Last of a long journey

I read and listen to the wheel of time twice. A very long journey (many hours) and it all ends in this book. At last!. This ending is very good in some aspects, disappointing in others. Great ending to the major characters of the saga, but there are too many large battles that are described, I did not empathise with the large battle descriptions, I did not feel involved in them.

If you read / listen to the rest of the series you have to listen to this book. Enjoy it!

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  • Frantisek
  • 03-01-13

Average

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.

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  • Jules
  • 01-21-13

Thrilling!

I'm so close to the finish and have the mixed emotions of excitement and dread. I am excited because very soon the last battle will truly be happening. Dread, because after 16 years with this story, I know it will soon be over. Bitter sweet!

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  • Brian
  • 11-02-12

Epic series

The whole series is excellent I have been listening to The Wheel of Time for the last few months now and can't wait for the final instalment which I believe is January 2013. The last three have been written by Brandon Sanderson and he has done a great job keeping the style and flow that Robert Jordan started. I have enjoyed all the characters in the books and sort of grown up with them. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring the characters to life they are brilliant. If you enjoy a good lengthy tale the The Wheel of Time is a good listen and worth the couple months to listen to it all. Hurry up book 14 I need my fix.

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  • Max
  • 09-16-11

The Wheel of Time is back!

I read Wheel of Time as a teenager, often re-reading when the next book came out. Sadly I think Robert Jordans last books before he died were pretty poor and I gave up on the series.
It was only as I bacame a new Audible member and I was browsing its titles I saw Gathering Storm with five stars, I was sceptical but tried the sample, I liked the Narator and thought the authors style might be good but what sold it to me was Value: 1 credit for 33 hours!!
I enjoyed Gathering Storm alot and Towers of Midnight was even better! It had me punching the air with enthusiasm and enjoying spending time with and really feeling for the characters that I knew in my teens.
My only slight gripe would be that some threads were a bit more interesting than others, which left me reading about one character while wanting to be reading about another.
Once you start its hard to stop :) Well done Brandon Sanderson!

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  • Antony
  • 06-14-11

The Best Episode to date

I have read, re-read and listened to the series over the years and although thoroughly enjoying the series I have never felt the urge to write a review but after listening to this one I have the urge. It was absolutely gripping and the development of the storyline and closing of chapters is satisfying. It would have been easy to speed up the story and end it with one big battle but our man is doing Robert JORDON's story the justice it deserves. I thank you.