The Dragon Reborn

Book Three of The Wheel of Time
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 3
Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23,997 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Wheel of Time is a PBS Great American Read Selection!

Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. 

Winter has stopped the war - almost - yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he? In the Heart of the Stone lies the next great test of the Dragon reborn. 

TV series update: "Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, and the NBC series Chuck. Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer." (Variety)

The Wheel of Time New Spring: The Novel

The Eye of the World

The Great Hunt

The Dragon Reborn

The Shadow Rising

The Fires of Heaven

Lord of Chaos

A Crown of Swords

The Path of Daggers

Winter's Heart

Crossroads of Twilight

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

The Gathering Storm

Towers of Midnight

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan

Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson 

The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons 

The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk 

Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time

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Critic Reviews

"Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)
"Large and splendid. The saga reaches a new level of emotional impact." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Top Quality Audio Entertainment

Kate Reading and Michael Kramer have achieved a feat of extraordinary ability. They have managed deliver a reading of the book with no sound effects or music that is both engaging and entertaining.

Well worth your time

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Getting Better

I feel 4 stars is being generous but overall the series is improving a lot. I have never been frustrated by a series characters more so than the ones in the WoT & it does feel like a struggle at times but I very much like the premise of the story & as I stated every book is improving. I'm going to continue with hopes that the character development improves also.

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An outstanding novel in the Wheel of Time series!!

The Dragon Reborn is captivating from beginning to end! Robert Jordan does a wonderful job bringing many elements together at the end of this novel, and producing a very climatic ending. Though some might argue otherwise, the plot is moderately convoluted and will keep most readers riveted until the last page. It is well worth the listening!
Tai'shar Manetheren!

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absolutely fantastic

great story, great reading, what a pleasure. i'm hooked! Once you start you can't stop reading these adventures.

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Would you listen to The Dragon Reborn again? Why?

No, it's extremely long and there are still a lot of books left in the series to finish.

What did you like best about this story?

The climax at the end, and the way Mat finally became a whole character.

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

Yes. They are my two favorite narators. I hear so many people talking about Michael Kramer in a negative way and I don't understand why. He has so many different voices for all the characters. He pauses in the correct places and his voice inflections are perfectly timed. My only knock on both of them is that they read a little slower than I do, but that is no big deal at all. I think they both have a good idea of what Robert Jordan intended his books to be percieved as.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO WAY!! This book is LOOONNGG.

Any additional comments?

This book is hard to rate because overall it is a fantastic story with deep characters. The world is alive with politics, good, evil, and everything in between. It has another fantastic climatic ending that really starts to get rolling from 2/3 of the book on. I do have 2 gripes about this series as a whole. First is the fact that a rediculous amount of time is spent talking about stuff in past books and explaining them for someone that might not have read the previous ones. This becomes really annoying. My second gripe is the "in between" stuff. You could read 30 pages in this book and not have a single thing happen. This is however what makes the world so intricate, and the characters so deep. Would I trade it for a shorter version? Probably, but I'll take it like it is for now and move on to the next book with the same excitement that got me this far.

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Good not Great

I found this book the slowest of the series so far, but still enjoyed it and will buy the next one in the series. Great series, love it. I'm also getting used to the switching between the two narrators who are both brilliant.

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Just fabulous!

This was very well done on a series that I absolutely love! What a great story!

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Definately worth reading

I really like the way Jordan plays off the reluctant hero. His insights into men and women's views of the opposite sex are often funny and help relieve the seriousness of the story, which is, as always, incredibly original and well written.

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Great ending. skip the body

I definately agree with everyone who said slow...The book doesn't even start in the first half which is surprising considering this is one of the shorter stories in the series. The second half definately got better but that even took a while. The ending was once again superb however. I got goosebumps at the end but the build up to it could have been shortened without loosing much. Great book for anyone with a little patience but if you are looking for action from start to finish (like the first two books) go ahead and pass.

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not much really happens

Michael Kramer's parts rock, however half the book isn't narratored by him so there's that.

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  • Al
  • 02-23-11

fantastic

I have read pretty much every major fantasy novel and so reckon I can give a fair judgement. So far, I am enjoying the Wheel of Time saga more than any other fantasy I have ever read.

Don't waste your time with sword of truth saga - its just a copy of wheel of time apart from not as good.

I would recommend this saga to anyone who likes Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, golden compass, sword of truth etc. Once you get to know the characters in this saga they are more lovable than all of the above mentioned.


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  • William Clements
  • 02-14-11

Short but Sweet

This is the shortest of the volumes so far, but has a very fast pace, unlike some of the later books. It is a journey, and building upon existing characters, while beginning to introduce a few more side characters, including Aes Sedai, and some new major characters too. Culminating in one of the best battles in the series (until Book 11 - Knife of Dreams, chapter 18), as the Dragon tries to seize the Stone of Tear, and we are introduced to the People of the Dragon - the awesome Aiel from the baked, arid wastes beyond the Dragon Wall. The battle of wills and of the one power shakes the STone to it's core as the Dragon attempts to put Forsaken in their places - well until the mistress of the night intervenes... well, you have to listen to find out now, don't you! Best series ever!!

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  • Wendy Salmon
  • 08-06-19

favorite saga

I loved this whole series when i first read it. To listen to it read to me is even better. It is the first books i choose when i need a story Usually get through all 14 books once a year

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  • Paul Halson
  • 06-15-15

Fantastic

Fantasy genre at its best. An enthralling epic in which you find yourself immersed irresistibly.

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  • Jonny
  • 04-07-13

The plot thickens...

The epic storytelling abilities shown in The Wheel of Time really come apparent in the third novel. The focus leaves the protagonist for much of the book which allows the audience to have a more in depth view of others in the steadily growing band of characters, namely the development of Perrin. Narrators excel as always.

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  • A. May
  • 12-26-12

Excellent, a compelling and addictive epic.

This is one of the best fantasy epics ever written, a series right up there with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien but be warned it is not one to be taken up lightly, this series is Huge!



The books have been kept together so one audio book will get you one book and many hours of happy listening.



Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 after publishing book 11, but with the help of Jordan’s wife/editor Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson has taken up the torch, using Jordan’s plentiful notes he is finishing off the series brilliantly, with book 14 being the final volume.



The series is voiced by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading throughout and their performances are exemplary, their narration brings the world to life in a way that simply reading it never had for me, they bring a unique voice and feeling to each of the characters that brings them to life and firmly embeds them in your heart.



The only negative I have to put in is that the audiobooks chapter division bears no relation to where the chapters start and end in the books making the chapter search and snooze modes on the app all but useless.



All in all a five star read. An absolute must for any fantasy epic fan.

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  • Domsa
  • 09-04-20

Excellent Book

This book is amazing. I love the series. The narrators have very calm and relaxing voices.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-20

Fantastic even better on second listen

Loved this book the most out of the first three! Bring on the next one!

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  • MR LEWIS-GEORGE NASH
  • 06-29-20

another great book in this epic tale.

Another immersion into this world with wonderful narration, awesome action, great character development and a real sense of grandeur. This is a story that effects the world.

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  • James Ungar-Atherton
  • 12-12-19

Great read

A magical mystery tour from beginning to end. I've found a new reality with this series

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  • M. Owens
  • 10-25-19

Old school fantasy

I'm rereading this series that I first read in my early 20s. 30 years on the books are a little tired but still good fun. Theyre very obviously written by an old white man - definitely a 50s view of social morès.
women are often portrayed as devious while men are sort of bumbling but well meaning - or strong and silent.
In terms of story and momentum though, its still a good read and I will be continuing with the series.
The male narrator is annoying to start with but after a while you dont notice his idiosyncratic delivery so much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-19

This was a slow one..

Out of the three in the series this was the hardest one to get in to. There was a lot of building until the final two hours really. But this does continue the series and it is a worthwhile listen for anyone that has enjoyed the series so far.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-18

Great listen

Loved it! Great narration, hooked to the end!
Great series of books, whole new experience in audiobook!

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  • Mark
  • 06-15-15

A real developing masterpiece

An amazing continuing story. The performance is unreal. Kate and Michael give the books life

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  • Matthew
  • 09-03-20

This book has an amazing scene

Chapter 14 bite of the thorns made the series worth it. The first two books were so boring but bite of thorns is the first time I really feel like the characters are established and interesting. Excellent work by the female narrator too. It was amazing to hear a conversation with all women (instead of her trying to do the male voices, which is off-putting.)

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  • James Lang
  • 07-12-20

Ooooohh YES

Robert Daddy Jordan has once again got me up from dawn till dusk to dawn yet again with a truly riveting style of storytelling that has me begging in the corner of the kitchen for more. his sweet sweet wordsmithing had me panting hard as a cascade of emotion swept me to his dungeon where i was unable to escape the ectasy of his book. cant wait for book 4 its on the vibe. 12/10

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  • Tim
  • 05-23-20

Amazing performance

My first audiobook in a long time. Previously I read the last two Wheel of Time books as ebooks but this is my new favourite way to finish off the series. The performances are very impressive and immerse you into the world Robert Jordan has constructed

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  • Kaye Rowe
  • 05-17-20

The Wheel of Time Book 3

Love this series. Looking forward to reading and listening to Book 4.
Thank you Robert Jordan.

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  • Kerry G. Bolton
  • 04-26-20

Slow, padded and little detail on action parts

I get the feeling it’s just padding when there’s pages and pages of info on how a character is annoyed at another yet very little description on the actual battle/action scenes. Rather annoying male vs female viewpoints rather than character vs character. Overall so far a I’d give it a five out of 10. I hope next few books pick up the pace and lose the silly sexist guff and concentrate more on story development.

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  • Kate
  • 10-03-19

Really enjoyed it

Maybe not quite as good as the great hunt, but it's another hit of a wonderful story and kept me gripped till the end. The story really keeps you spiralling faster and faster until the climax, and it was lots of fun. The more I listen to Kate Reading and Michael Kramer the more I enjoy having the split.