Winter's Heart

Wheel of Time, Book 9
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 9
Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16,068 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. 

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?  

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 S.H.I.E.L.D., 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 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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It is fixed!

Reading all the reviews, I almost didn't buy this just due to the audio quality issues everyone talked about. The issues have been fixed. No replays of some content and all the chapters are there. My only gripe is when Kramer has to read a sultry female character...sounds like a drag queen...kind of takes you out of the moment. Otherwise a really great book. Going to get book 10 now!

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Fix The Friggin' Audio

I am highly non-plussed. Why the heck has this been a problem that has been NOTED for 5 years? That is unacceptable.

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Editor: listen to this prior to publishing it!!

What disappointed you about Winter's Heart?

The editing was horrible. There are 253 "chapters" in this audio book. Some "chapter" breaks occur where they should while other occur mid conversation. The absolute worst part is that there are at least 15+ occurrences of repeated content (10-20 seconds each time) and it's not just within different "chapters". I hope the so called "editor" of the audiobook does his/her job better for the remaining books because this is beyond ridiculous!

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WHOLE CHAPTERS MISSINGS!!!

WHOLE CHAPTERS MISSINGS!!!
what the bloody hell!!!! Just skips a large and vital portion of the story!

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Not worth it.

even as short as this book was, it dragged. The sheer amount of needless dialog has become almost unacceptable and I'm struggling to finish the series. The first 4 books were exciting and things happened. Now everyone just talks, get irritated with each other, sniffs, snorts, and braid pulling fill just about every conversation .

9 books in and Mat still doesn't accept his role. 9 books in, what exactly is Perrin doing? 9 books in, I'm starting to lose interest in Rand.

IMO, you're better off just reading this and not wasting a credit buying the audiobook

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Can the main characters be more obnoxious..

I have suffered through this many of this series. Mostly because I need long stories to get me through my travels. And just when I think this author can't produce another obnoxious female character, a couple books ago he introduced Cadsuanne. to teach manners no less, when she's the most ill-mannered idiot I've ever read about. I have no idea how this author thinks that letting these dim-witted women abused men would be appealing. If that old grandma slapped me. I would have broke her neck considering she had done nothing to earn the right. This author does a terrible job of character construction. I don't believe I have read another book where I could care less whether a character died or not. If Nynaeve or Cadsuanne werr to die Grizzly deaths I would be cheering. And all the Aes Sedai could burn, no great loss. I get this feeling that Moraine will make a miraculous reappearance at some point. This author tries hard to be the next Tolkien. The big difference is when Gandalf the Grey returned. He was a beloved character. Moraine was just another obnoxious feminist, although she did get a little better before her vanishing. Still for me there won't be a great sense of joy if she does reappear. Was this author so dense that he believed whiny, rude, self righteous characters are the essence of good characters? The story idea in itself is good had the man written better characters. If they do make this series into a television series, hopefully Hollywood finds a way to make these people more likeable.

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Editing Bad. MISSING CONTENT. DO NOT BUY!!!

Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

Yes. The narration is consistent with the other books in the series.

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If you're working your way though the series, you're going to have to go buy the book here. It's a good book. But the audiobook is completely screwed up. There is missing content. Repeating content. About 2 chapters right before the end are missing. Instead you get other content repeating. I called customer service and reported it but from the reviews here it looks like this audiobook has been broken since 2011 and has not been fixed!

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I'm getting tired

I'm very much tired of Jordan's lackluster portrayal of each gender. All women are contemptous all men and all men are confused by all women. I'm also sick of Rand's love interests going all starry eyed around him. I acknowledge they're teenagers but, in this universe, they should know better. I'm especially referring to Elayne.

But I'm determined to finish the series at this point and the excellent readings in the audiobooks make it worth it.

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Good voice acting, unbalanced story

Seafolk, seanchan, ashaman, shaido, and many more interesting plot points, yet no real progress in story. We spend too much time with Elayne and her very uninteresting succession war, and too little time with matt and his interesting time in ebou dar. Plus, I’m all about women power and equality, but it seems like the author was pretty whipped! His editor was his wife, and you can tell. It gets really annoying really quick. Overall, other than the last 50 minutes, nothing of significance happens to progress the plot of the previous 8 Books.

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Technical Issue

I have read all the books on audio so far, I have had no issues whatsoever. It’s been very nice on long car rides. However, this book in particular I have an issue with. Where the very first chapter is supposed to begin, it starts you on chapter 13 in the book... there is nothing before that. I didn’t realize initially and now there is a ton of stuff happening that I have no prior knowledge of. I referenced my paper book copy and realized this audio book skipped 340 pages of book... highly annoyed. Now I need to go back and read what I missed to get caught up.

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  • Robyn
  • 05-16-13

Not a great recording

Am loving the series - despite starting to lose track of all the characters (there seem to be new ones added each novel) and becoming slightly bored with the use of the word "woolhead". Unfortunately this recording is not so good - there are numerous occassions where lines are repeated and although one accepts the odd error, there are just too many in this book. One wonders why in this digital age they can't simply edit it out? Audible?

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  • G
  • 05-11-17

Big chunk of story is missing at chapter 226.

A big swathe is missing at Audible chapter 226. Chapters 32 A Portion of Wisdom, 33 Blue Carp Street and 34 The Hummingbird's Secret. Are missing from the file. Presumably this is a glirch/error and not how it was recorded.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-17

boring

in addition to a boring story, where the most volatile reaction characters ever give is either putting fists on hips, folding arms under breasts or glowering, the audio is chock-full of repeated sentences where audio has presumably been edited badly. pronunciation of places and names is inconsistent, and all of the female characters are irredeemably uninteresting and shallow. at this point the only reason I'm still listening is because I've been told Brian Sanderson saves the series after Jordan dies.

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  • Mr G Mendes
  • 08-02-17

253 chapters! Someone needs to fix this

The story is fine as a continuation of the epic. But the audio book is below par. The longest chapter is 6 minutes in length and the final 13 chapters are repeated at the end of the book. Would recommend a different audio version.

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  • J B W Lewis
  • 07-25-17

Missing chapters, other chapters repeated

Repeated audio sections throughout, several chapters missing, and then the last few chapters are repeated twice at the end. A terribly put together product.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-17

Missing Chapters

Chapters 32, 33 and the majority of chapter 34 are missing from this recording. Track 225 ends as chapter 31 should and track 226 picks up most of the way through chapter 34. Tracks 240 to 253 are a repeat of the last part of chapter 34 to the end of the book.

As many other reviewers have stated many sentences are repeated throughout the audiobook, and having the chapters broken down into 253 4-7 min tracks can be annoying. I have also noticed a drop in audio quality compared to the previous books.

I would recommend skipping the audio version of this book if you can, and just picking up the paperback/kindle version. Save yourself the money/credit.

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  • Isabel
  • 07-25-13

Good story but one issue

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The recording had a couple of parts where the lines would repeat, not the worst but a little annoying

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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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  • Jonathan
  • 07-03-17

Broken audio book!! It has missing chapters.

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The story is great but it has missing chapters and there are a lot of times where it repeats the last few seconds. Such a shame. Its amazing that they havn't fixed it. Its probably todo with how audiable cut up the recording.

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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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  • Chris
  • 10-17-18

Good story but terrible audio book editing

While the story is just as good as the other books in this series listening to this audio book was an challenge due to the editing. The only conclusion that I can come to is that the brilliant individuals who put this out, assembled it and released it and totally skipped the "double check to make sure it is not messed up" step. Not only are there an excessive number of times that the book goes back and repeats the same section over again, it is also broken up into incredibly weird chapter lengths. This makes navigating the book a challenge at best and impossible at worst. In addition the book ends at chapter 240 but then jumps back and replays the last few chapters of the book for no understandable reason. Be prepared for some very frustrating times listening to this book and the only reason I did not return it was that the story and narrators are good making it listenable though incredibly annoying at times.

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  • Jonathan
  • 05-10-17

3 chapters have been cut from the book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

re-edit the book as every thirty or so minutes listening to the book, sections repeat themselves. Also chapters 32-34 aren't even in the audio book version, suddenly when listening to the book the story skips to a new section in the story without any explanation. I have already read the book before so i noticed immediately that a massive, and very important section of the story had been spiked over. after chapter 31 the story skips to 35, which is the last chapter in the story and once this chapter is complete instead of going back to listening to 32-34 the audio book just repeats chapter 35 again. I really enjoy this book in the WOT series but i can't recommend that anyone buy this book until Audible re-edits the book completely so that it is correct.

What three words best describe Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance?

pretty good

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  • oneofthe band
  • 06-26-17

Missing a chapter!

It's missing an important Chapter where Rand is in Far Madding! Please fix this and let me know when it's done. Otherwise great!

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  • Joe
  • 10-10-18

Yet again another amazing performance and story

Kate Reading and Michael Kramer continue to be the two best voice actors in the audiobook world and the story of Winter's Heart kept me entranced in a way the previous one could not. Winter's Heart is now my favourite of the past 2 imo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-18

amazing

I have never been more entranced and intrigue before by a series. when one thing is resolved 6 more challenges awake. Mat has finally met the daughter of the nine moons. I cannot wait to start book 10

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  • Peter
  • 08-29-17

Great book but lots of problems with it

There were lots of problems with the files, at first I couldn't download them and then when I finally managed it after deleting the audible app then reinstalling it and having to re download every title in my library including this one the order of the audio files were jumbled in some areas and there was a lot of repetition in some areas. I have seen some other comments on this title saying much the same thing, and wonder if amazon/ audible will actually do anything about it for future customers looking to purchase this book and if they will in anyway compensate the customers that have already bought and attempted to listen to it (I had to buy the hard copy to in order to actually understand the story)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-20

Series losing momentum

Became interesting in the last 3 or 4 hours. Still good, but not great as the first 5

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  • Gonnnondorf
  • 06-10-18

A bit long and drawn out but what an ending!

it was a bit too long and boring in places, a bit too bogged down with politics but overall still a great fantasy book.

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  • Max
  • 10-04-17

Awesome book, bad audiobook editing

Really bad editing problems where an entire section would just loop throughout the book, other than that, it's one of my favourite in the series and I recommend it to everyone.

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  • andrew
  • 09-17-17

a tale of immense detail vs no detail

this like most of the wheel of time books are very long. but the detail to me is misplaced, he works into many plots with a huge amount of effort but then the plot climax that has taken hours to get to is always brief and somewhat of a letdown.
but all in all i enjoy these books.