Rand Al-Thor is the Dragon Reborn, able to touch the One Power, but unable to control it. Rand knows only that he must face the Dark One in a battle to the death. Ahead of him lies the next great test for the Dragon Reborn.
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"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)
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!!
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.
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.
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.
like a Harry potter book, nothing happens for the first 500 pages then 'the magic' happens. you can read the last 2 chapters and save your self the time but once you start you usually don't stop...
I am delighted with Audible's version of this great saga. The two speakers are excellent and the story goes at a great pace. When I originally read the books I was fascinated by them, and that has continued while listening. I would certainly recommend these books to anyone. Happy Listening.
"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
great story, great reading, what a pleasure. i'm hooked! Once you start you can't stop reading these adventures.
This was very well done on a series that I absolutely love! What a great story!
Since starting this series late last year, I have been pacing myself. This book, however, was so captivating that I downloaded the next book as soon as I finished this one. The story lines are becoming quite rich and enjoyable. Of course, the readers are still doing a great job.
"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.
"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.
"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!
If you have made it this far, you're hooked already.
Best of the first 3 books even though it's the shortest.
"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.
"The Dragon Reborn"
Alittle slow to start, but soon you will be full engrossed. I could not wait to here more
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