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The Dragon Reborn

Wheel of Time, Book 3
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 3
Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,517 ratings)

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Summary

The Wheel of Time returns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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)

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  • Al
  • 23-02-11

fantastic

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.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Short but Sweet

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!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

Fantasy genre at its best. An enthralling epic in which you find yourself immersed irresistibly.

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  • Jonny
  • NEWBURY, United Kingdom
  • 07-04-13

The plot thickens...

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

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love

The characters have became family, I am completely immersed in this world, and love the narration

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Good book, not worth the hype

I dont understand the hype around this series. It is well written and it does contain some interesting concepts but the pacing is atrocious, there’s so much needless filler, and then something cool but vague happens near the end of every book - cool, vague and entirely inconclusive. Dont think i’ll be reading any further any time soon

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favorite saga

I loved this whole series when i first read it. To listen to it read to me is even better. It is the first books i choose when i need a story Usually get through all 14 books once a year

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Enthralling

Love this series..the story is captivating & exciting with all the twists & turns & also quite numerous at times..onto book 4.

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truly great

amazing books all around. registering to these old favourites make me realize how influential this writer has been so many modern fantasy concepts lead back here.

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  • Carl
  • 08-03-13

Hard to Rate

Would you listen to The Dragon Reborn again? Why?

No, it's extremely long and there are still a lot of books left in the series to finish.

What did you like best about this story?

The climax at the end, and the way Mat finally became a whole character.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. They are my two favorite narators. I hear so many people talking about Michael Kramer in a negative way and I don't understand why. He has so many different voices for all the characters. He pauses in the correct places and his voice inflections are perfectly timed. My only knock on both of them is that they read a little slower than I do, but that is no big deal at all. I think they both have a good idea of what Robert Jordan intended his books to be percieved as.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO WAY!! This book is LOOONNGG.

Any additional comments?

This book is hard to rate because overall it is a fantastic story with deep characters. The world is alive with politics, good, evil, and everything in between. It has another fantastic climatic ending that really starts to get rolling from 2/3 of the book on. I do have 2 gripes about this series as a whole. First is the fact that a rediculous amount of time is spent talking about stuff in past books and explaining them for someone that might not have read the previous ones. This becomes really annoying. My second gripe is the "in between" stuff. You could read 30 pages in this book and not have a single thing happen. This is however what makes the world so intricate, and the characters so deep. Would I trade it for a shorter version? Probably, but I'll take it like it is for now and move on to the next book with the same excitement that got me this far.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Karl Knight
  • 16-07-09

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

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Tyson
  • 20-12-04

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!
Tai'shar Manetheren!

23 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Diane
  • 01-08-10

absolutely fantastic

great story, great reading, what a pleasure. i'm hooked! Once you start you can't stop reading these adventures.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Robin
  • 03-08-07

Just fabulous!

This was very well done on a series that I absolutely love! What a great story!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • April
  • 19-02-05

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Bruce
  • 26-07-11

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.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Kris
  • 26-07-05

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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles
  • 27-02-05

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-19

not much really happens

Michael Kramer's parts rock, however half the book isn't narratored by him so there's that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful