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Winter's Heart Audiobook

Winter's Heart: Wheel of Time, Book 9

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Robyn 16/05/2013
    Robyn 16/05/2013 Member Since 2015

    I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors are Sanderson, Rothfuss, Abercrombie, tho' C Harris makes me laugh too

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    "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?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A. May 26/12/2012
    A. May 26/12/2012 Listener Since 2010

    Bizgig

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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Isabel Portsmouth, United Kingdom 25/07/2013
    Isabel Portsmouth, United Kingdom 25/07/2013
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    "Good story but one issue"
    Any additional comments?

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frantisek Wallingford, United Kingdom 01/03/2013
    Frantisek Wallingford, United Kingdom 01/03/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cenydd 27/09/2016
    Cenydd 27/09/2016 Listener Since 2009
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    "worth the struggle"

    it has been a long road to get to this point. definitely worth it. This book has had more storyline to it and less politicking, one major story line resolved, and a few questions answered. I am now looking forward to the last five books rather than listening just because I want to know the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Iain Leedham 05/07/2016
    Iain Leedham 05/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "good book"

    Story great and well narrated but let down by frequently repeating sections of text. Still worth hearing however

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina 19/06/2016
    Katrina 19/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "poorly spliced together with"

    Is poorly spliced together with reepeat and silences otherwise great listening material, and highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Estela Bristol, UK 09/06/2016
    Estela Bristol, UK 09/06/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Book is good - audiobook not so much"

    The chapters in the book do no coincide with the audiobook chapters, which makes setting the sleep timer impossible. There are also repeated paragraphs between the end of one audiobook chapter and the next, in several places.

    Wonderful book, let down by an annoying audiobook. A pity, cos the ones before were brilliantly done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    del 31/05/2016
    del 31/05/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "brilliant!"

    This as expected was an other great book, a bit more politics but still great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Samuelson Cambridge, UK 21/04/2016
    Katie Samuelson Cambridge, UK 21/04/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Too many unnecessary characters & awful production"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It builds on the original story but there was too much anecdotal content and focus on fringe character which distracts from the main storyline.The worst part was the awful production. There are many sections of the book where the audio is repeated twice. When you're paying £30+ for a book, you don't expect it to have the same 'pages' repeated several times.


    What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The characterisation and quality of the reading is excellent, although maybe a hackneyed in places. However given the vast number of characters they are expected to voice I think they can be forgiven for that!


    Any additional comments?

    Sort out the production - it is totally unacceptable and ruins the flow of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Benjamin
    Triangle, VA, United States
    09/05/11
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    "Good book, bad audio"

    This is the worst quality of the Wheel of Time audio books I have encountered. The narrators are understandable, but significantly less audio quality than previous book. This was done by McMillan Publishers and cheaply. Audio Renaissance was much better. Now I understand the message in the beginning of the previous book about using the same narrators for continuity. Notable drop in quality from that book. The parts have 90 chapters about 6-7 minutes long. There is an audible and annoying pause between them. you can also hear what must be the spacing between CDs as words are repeated.

    Dissappointing

    45 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Kenneth
    BROOKLYN, NY, United States
    27/01/12
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    "Editors on Crack"
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    If you read the first 8, does it really matter that this is really a bridge book? You will listen to it and then the next. Perhaps it was a little slow and lacking in action, but it really did move the story forward to the next book and connected a lot of dots. Kate and Michael were amazing per usual on the voice acting side. Whoever edited this, and whoever approved the edit should both go back to flipping burgers. It is almost comical how horribly this is edited. Constant repeat sections, and overlong pauses where there should be none. Crazy!

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
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    24/03/12
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    "Why isn't this fixed yet?"

    I am surprised that there are complaints about the recording / editing of this book going back to May of 2011 yet Audible has not fixed the problem.

    I am plowing my way through this wonderful series of books by the late Robert Jordan. I got hooked in the first book and cannot stop. According to Wikipedia, there are 419 hours and 30 minutes of performance by Kate Reading and Micheal Kramer with one more book yet to come.

    My reason however for posting this review is because the recording was simply done incorrectly. Many times throughout the performance, you will have to listen to repeated sentences.. Extremely annoying and something that should be easily fixed.

    So why hasn't Audible remeded this problem or at least provided a warning to their customers that this version has material defects?

    53 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    KENNEWICK, WA, United States
    09/05/11
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    "Good book horrible audio"

    This was the worst audio book I have ever listened to. There are long pauses as a result of poor editing that make you think story ones are changing but there is no change. Inversely when there should be a pause indicating a switch the editor leaves no gap so several paragraphs later you realize you have switched characters or storylines. Very confusing.

    Big chunks of text are repeated. Audio levels vary widely. The editor was asleep on this one. The publisher should give this free until they fix it

    About the book.... Probably the slowest in the series but still good

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Vernholio
    San Diego, CA, United States
    27/02/12
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    "Yep, Bad Editing... But That's Not the Worst Part"

    I can't believe I'm doing this... I've made it through the first nine books and 2/3 of the way through the tenth, and I have to put it down... I've tried and tried to come back to it, but gone are the trollocs and myrddraal, and the good page-turning adventure from the start of the series (The "Great Hunt" is one of my all-time favorite books), to be replaced by incessant political "game of houses" suspicions/mistrust; the "gilded, jeweled, highly polished mother-of-pearl enameled matching serving tray and goblets filled with steaming effervescent rose petal-scented spiced wine" (take a breath); and "high neck, gold embroidered pleated riding dresses with lace 'spilling' from the sleeves". Way too over-explained in the detail department! No need to explain the full dress of every single character in the room. And, on the note of characters... There are WAY too many of them, and too many of those have too similar names (trying to discern between/remember the 300+ Aes Sedai he's introduced is becoming a real chore... "Wait, who was she again? Is she the little plump brown ajah that I haven't read about since book five? Or, was it book seven?"). Too many long-winded, overly detailed, full-page explanations of irrelevant things... Primarily, characters that have absolutely no bearing on the story (Really, that much content to explain a serving maid?) I get it... He's trying to set the stage/environment for the reader, but there's a limit to the amount of detail necessary. And, then there's the gender dynamic: Every woman is spiteful towards men, and every man is a dullard where women are concerned... Mr. Jordan was definitely letting his real-life experience show through in his writing, and way too often (in my opinion, anyway).

    On the positive side, the reading is performed well. Well, except for maybe the male reader's incessant need to sigh at the end of the majority of the sentences -- I guess for emphasis. Creeped me out a little. But, that's a minor thing and both readers performed well.

    And, like everyone else has been saying in these reviews... HORRIBLE editing. Content read and then repeated several times throughout. Definitely emphasized by the overly detailed, unnecessary content.

    I will probably try to come back to it again, because I have a lot invested in the series -- and at one point in time I really enjoyed it. Not to mention, I want to see it all come to a conclusion... I guess I just wish Jordan had done it in, maybe six or seven books, instead of 13.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    bakers hill, Australia
    21/07/11
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    "Audio quality is poor Story is great."

    A number of times though this book i found the last 30 seconds re-read. How off-putting!!!! .

    The audio / reading quality is great, but the mixing leaves a lot to be desired. .

    If some is repeated, was any of the story left out?

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Seattle, WA, United States
    25/08/11
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    "greater readers but..."

    I was surprised at the number of times lines were repeated and the long pauses between sections (too numerous to count). And these pauses weren't at the end of the chapter. Was this to lengthen the time of the recording?

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Matthieu
    Katy, TX, United States
    05/07/11
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    "Horrible editing"

    The editing is horrible. The readers are still good but the editing is horrible. The editing is horrible. If me repeating myself is annoying, be prepared to be very annoyed by this book. At first I thought my phone was shorting out and the pause and replay button were somehow being pressed. Either the editor was asleep or just didn't bother to do their job. The previous books in the series didn't suffer from the same problem and hopefully the rest won't. This book needs to be rereleased after it is corrected.

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Rockland, ME, United States
    28/11/11
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    "repeat, repeat, repeat"

    I was very disappointed when things were repeated again and again throughout the book. It has been done on previous books in this series, but this was the worst, so far.

    I have read and re-read this series and love it, but this kind of spoiled the enjoyment.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    Arvada, CO, United States
    24/10/11
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    "Good book bad edit"

    Like all Robert Jordon books it's a good read but yes the editing was very poor. I wonder how much time they gained by the long pauses and endless verse repeating. I agee this book needs to be edited correctly then released.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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