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A Crown of Swords

Wheel of Time, Book 7
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 7
Length: 30 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,187 ratings)

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Summary

In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.
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"Amid all the Sturm und Drang...is a finely tuned comic strain that both leavens the story and adds to its development. This latest installment of a major fantasy epic definitely will not disappoint its fans." ( Booklist)

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Ebou Dar

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

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Quality Control?

OK, so I’ve literally listened to 100’s of books now and you often find at least one or two slight errors such as duplicated sentences, but I’ve lost count how many this book has. It started to get to the point that it ruined the story. I even thought my phone was developing a fault!!
Apart from that the story is excellent and well told, I wish other audiobooks used more than one person - especially when some of the male readers try to impersonate a female character’s voice !!

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Poor editing spiles a overall great audiobook

The general feel of the wheel of time series is usually very good the only problem this time is the repeated doubling of certain sentences that should've been edited out in final production

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sentences repeated at section chang Varied volume

Sentences were repeated at section changes, and the volume changes from one section to the next

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Great book

Really good book but not a fan of the narrators voices. fans of the series get it

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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 3 people found this review helpful

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Great tale as always. Subpar performance

Kate repeats lines thrice before Chapter 12, the audio quality itself turns to static during the Chapter "The Bowl Of The Winds". The repeated lines keep coming over and over after this. It's kind of a pity, as it keeps dissociating me from very interesting plot moments. Mat getting jumped being one of these instances.

~Written barely 1/3 of the way through the book.~

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keeps getting better 😁

I had a rough start with this series but it gets better and better and I'm actually looking forward to the next ones ❤

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Some repetition

Bit of a strange one, but every now and again a sentence will be repeated. Doesn’t affect the story just you’ll hear the odd sentence twice.

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Great story & performance. Poor quality control.

The story was thrilling, definitely a favourite of the series. Michael Kramer, and Kate Reading gave a wonderful performance once again. The entire book felt tainted by a lack of quality control. Countless sentences were repeated throughout, the volume seemed to change considerable between chapters. It is unfortunate this amazing entry had this dip in quality. So far every other entry, and I'm sure those ahead, were immaculate in quality.

Definitely still worth it, not a story to miss. However if a change in quality control would be too jarring for you, have this as your warning.

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  • D. Jenne
  • 30-11-12

Solid performance, and a good book.

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.

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  • T. M. Fees
  • 28-08-07

Narration

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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  • Julie Johans
  • 19-03-13

Incredulously!

What did you love best about A Crown of Swords?

The story throughout these first 7 books is complex and compelling. They do keep my interest although I must say the detail of every dress, coat, room, blanket and expression is a bit tiresome and there are so many characters I find it difficult to remember who is who... where they are in this vast world, who is on who's side, etc. The first book or two where the main characters were introduced and where all were in the story at the same time made the story and plot cleaner for me. By book 7, I long for information about my favorite characters, wonder why... with the "One Power" and other advantages they have they can't seem to get together, or believe or even understand each other.

And I listened to the book "incredulously" over how many times the author uses the word "Incredulously". Can't they look at each other in disbelief... just once?
Perhaps you notice it more while listening to the book than reading it... particularly when you are listening to the series back to back but I would seriously like to find out how many times that word was used in this story... and to buy the author a thesaurus.

What other book might you compare A Crown of Swords to and why?

The rest of the series

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoy the scenes with the "lessor" characters... The scenes involving the main character are always so angry.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel H.
  • 01-04-18

Amazing Story Poor Producing

I don’t know if it is simply my copy but there were so many production errors where sentences kept repeating it really impacted the immersion of the story.

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  • Norris
  • 11-02-18

Another great book, but...

The audio editing was poorly done. The narrators repeat them selves every now and then, which completely pulled me out of the story every time. The book is good, but i don't know why the audio hasn't been fixed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-17

oh God the editing

fantastic story and performance but the book was frustrating to listen to as the editor apparently decided to not even listen to it once. frequent stops and starts where the Mrs Reading or Mr kramer begins and ends session. broke immeesion every time I had to listen to the same paragraph(or longer) I had just listened to be repeated.

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  • Kirk
  • 08-12-08

Great series + Great narration = must read.

Great series + Great narration = must read

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • George Booth
  • 29-05-18

great story, great reading, minor editing issues

the story and the narrators were top-notch. The only, very minor, issue was the slight overlaps in places. just a sentence or two.

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  • Anonymous. S.
  • 17-05-18

lots of restarts

Throughout this book, the narrator would suddenly pause and restate exactly the last phrase, like maybe the editing crew didn't bother to do more than to string together the readings. I would have been fine with 1 or 2, but there were so many it got distracting and annoying.

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  • Benjamin S Slagle
  • 14-05-18

Poor editing

Many times lines are repeated and the audio stops for no reason. Hard to believe an editor listened to this even once

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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