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Millions of Robert Jordan fans will rejoice at the release of the ninth book in the phenomenally best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The sequel to the number-one New York Times best seller The Path of Daggers, which swept the nation like a firestorm, Winter's Heart continues a remarkable tale that is mesmerizing an entire generation of readers.

Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhein, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Rand's destination is, in fact, one she has never considered. Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. But what is he up to? Faile, with the Aiel Maidens, Bain and Chiad, and her companions, Queen Alliandre and Morgase, is prisoner of Savanna's sept.Perrin is desperately searching for Faile. With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet and a very mixed "army" of disparate forces, he is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan.

The Forsaken are ever more present, and united, and the man called Slayer stalks Tel'aran'rhiod and the wolfdream. In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives - and Mat, who had been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to her. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about? There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it is a beginning....

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  • Josh
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 10-02-12

Good story, Great Narration, Not so good editing.

It is a really good book. Grant it, some if it seemed a little slow, but most of it was fast paced and very entertaining.

There are several cases where sentences repeat. People have noted that it repeats chunks. I have only noticed a repeat sentence or two every few hours in it. It is annoying, but I don't think it is that extreme of a problem. Still, it seems like something easily fixed. I am paying for this audio-book, so I expect it to be top quality. Top quality is more than just audio that doesn't repeat at times; that really is just a part of the basics of a good audio book.
Now, if i have to settle, why should even bother paying for it when I could just as easily torrent it (possibly even a user fixed version)?

So fix it!

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Jordan has me hooked

No matter how verbose I feel he is, I just can't put down the series.

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Excellent Addition, questionable editing.

What did you like best about Winter's Heart? What did you like least?

My favorite part of this book is the interaction between Matt Cauthon and Tuon. What I like least is how the books ends so abruptly. I've noticed this occuring in the previous couple books too. It doesn't end on a cliff-hanger but it also has almost zero lead in for the next story, which is kind of odd in my opinion.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter's Heart?

The most memorable scene was learning how two unrelated women can become first-sisters in the Aiel way.

Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

Michael Kramer's portrayal of Perin Aybara always impresses me,the feeling of a quiet exterior around a strong and at times emotional core comes through perfectly.

Was Winter's Heart worth the listening time?

It is definitely worth the listening time, the main issues is the editing of this current version is very sub par. There are obvious cut points where text repeated, often enough to actually become bothersome and distracting while you listen.

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Great Performance, Good Story, HORRIBLE Production

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This could have easily been a 4 or 5 star review if the production value wasn't so bad. In this 9th entry to to Jordan's Wheel of Time, a new company took over production. This resulted in multiple times where the narration would repeat the previous 2 or 3 sentences. Additionally, there were numerous extended pauses that were just long enough that you wondered if the recording had stopped. Both of these production errors truly hampered the ability to get lost in the moment. Seeing as neither of these problems arose in the previous eight entries, also narrated by Reading and Kramer, the fault lies solely with the publisher.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Once again Kate Reading and Michael Kramer made Robert Jordan's world come alive. Despite the numerous voices and characters throughout the book, I always know who is speaking as their ability to bring life to each character is truly inspiring.

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horrible editing

many parts are repeated. fire your editors. great story as always from Jordan. best fantasy series ever.

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  • Phil
  • CASTRO VALLEY, CA, United States
  • 03-21-12

Great Story with poor audio editting

Unlike prior books in the series, little effort was made when converting this from CD to audio stream. There are long periods of silence in the dialog (chapter breaks?) that often occur in the midst of two characters talking. In addition, there are pauses followed by lines being repeated that occur throughout the narration. In CD format, I assume these occur when you change CDs so that you don't lose your place; However, in an audio stream, they break the flow in weird ways. These problems could easily be edited out and I wonder why they weren't.

That said the story continues to be great and Kate Reading and Michael Kramer's narration continues to be top notch. I'd recommend this title to a friend.

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Book is great, Recording is off at times

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this book, because despite the occasional repeated phrase or overly long pause, the two readers give a great performance. At it's worst, it is on par with your husband or wife reading to you on a car trip. At it's best, you feel as if you are watching a reading in person by the author himself. In front of a fireplace.

What did you like best about this story?

How much the other characters in the novel are brought into the main story. This book, so far, seems very much like a method to flesh out the other characters in the story and bring their parts ready to close. Some might not like it, but an epic like this should not be rushed, and I find this to be wonderful to listen to.

Which scene was your favorite?

Elayne being summoned to become Aviendha's near-sister. The political mess she was dealing with at the time was enough to confuse anyone, but to see that it all came to a stop when this intimate matter came up was heart-warming.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A great deal of chuckling, and feelings of pride at the actions of some of the characters. Trying to understand how Perrin feels about Faile, particularly when he decides to treat her more firmly, is quite touching.

Any additional comments?

Great book, I just wish the recording was a bit cleaner. Overall I love the readers, and the occasional repeated phrases do get my attention, but it doesn't break my enjoyment.

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  • Catra121
  • Wauconda, IL, United States
  • 03-11-12

Decent book but editing problems...

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed listening to this book...much more than I remember liking it reading it when it first came out. But there are some serious editing problems with this audiobook. The readers are excellent but many times throughout the book, several lines will repeat and it really takes you out of the story. I've listened to books that had an occassional glitch and you just move on but with the number of times this happened it just got annoying after a while.

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  • Carl
  • Rainier, OR, United States
  • 03-09-12

book and story is great but recording is screwy

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have enjoyed this story thus far and i am sure to like the rest. plenty going to keep you interested. although ocationaly when they jump to different characters and their story line i get a little messed up for a bit.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

not sure

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

yes

Any additional comments?

recording seems to be messed up. breaks and pauses thru the whole book. and every now and then it loops back a line or 2.

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On and ON and ON --will it never end?

MY personal opinion---you can skip both books 9 and 10 and miss very little. I'm seriously thinking of looking for an abridged version because I kept falling asleep during these 2 books (and had really weird dreams too) and just didn't go back and play it again,Sam.

I got so confused that I wrote a review for this book but posted it to Book 10 and it didn't really make any difference.

A few high points aren't worth the never ending taverns, battles and trite writing.

By this time, one would thing the main characters had developed-theres been the space to do it, but I feel I know more about -for example-Thom than Rand- and Avendah (sorry I don't have the books so I don't know the spellings) than Elayne.

My daughter just finished the last book and says the wait is worth the pain-but she read/listened to the books over 15 years and not in one fell swoop,like I am.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful