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I agree with the previous reviews that this was a good story linking great ones, but the wonderful narration by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer makes it as riveting as all the others. The narrators provide nuances to the numerous characters that is a wonder to listen to.
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Since this is book 7 of the series, fans probably know what to expect from the story. They're right. What you want to know is, can these two narrators do it justice? Kate Reading and Michael Kramer narrate the entire series, so on the off chance this is the first of the books you are listening to, just know that they do it justice. Kramer reads the parts of the book that have a male viewpoint, and Reading reads the female perspective. This does not mean that they switch every time a different character speaks in dialogue, which would be jarring. They seem to hesitate before using words in the author's made-up language, but it's only enough to be noticeable, not irritating. For diehard fans, you should know that they occasionally use different pronunciations from those listed in the back of each book. As a diehard fan myself, this is sometimes annoying, but it's hard to blame them when so many words and names exist which are not part of our ordinary lives. Both narrators are good at what they do, and use slightly different voices for different characters' dialogue. Although I have read all the books several times, I believe this different format brings new entertainment and is worth it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Although many new and exciting developments happen in this book, the key progression of the story takes place in Ebou Dar as Nynaeve al'Meara and Elaine Trakand search for the bowl of the winds, a new Ter'angreal that should help change weather (see book 8 to find out if it succeeds!).
The introduction of Cadsuane also adds to Rand's disgruntlement, and gives much stock into the history of Aes-Sedai, though the discovery of women who can channel in Ebou Dar also lends weight to Aes-Sedai history.
This book is full of excitement, like the others, but in many ways it is expositional, setting up things for the final swing through the remaining books to Tarmon Gai'Don. A fine step through the world of The Wheel of Time, and thoroughly gripping as with the others.
Lastly, Matt Cauthon again gets some great scenes, and really fleshes out as a character in this book, setting him and Perrin up for the rest of the books where they both become Rand's right and left hands.
From this book on, it gets even more exciting! But from book 11, Robert Jordan's final completed and published volume in the series, the Jordan-Sanderson team do a fine job tying it all together. Bring on Volume 12, Tor and Harriett! ;)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Really good book but not a fan of the narrators voices. fans of the series get it
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Awesome book as all WOT books are!!!
Robert Jordan is one of the greatest writers of his time and deserves to stand with the greats
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this immensely. This book is far more rich in the details of the world and it's inhabitants than the preceeding 6 installments. No long winded battle scenes or irrelevant poltical intrigues; this book moves the storyline forward while allowing time to develop characters and add depth to their actions and motives. Matt features more in this book than in others and he is coming into his own; his humour is a welcome relief from the overall intensity of this series. The romance and humour will especially resonate with woman readers I think. I have read reviews that say book 7 marks a descent into a somewhat directionless wandering by author Robert Jordan; I disagree. This book quite strategically focuses on character building and weaving the details into the plot; a device that may be lost on readers who prefer the momentum of book 5, for instance. FYI, I almost stopped listening to this series after book 4, which was confusing and seemed like a filler. I'm glad I stuck with it as it has proven to be a masterpiece series.
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