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The Shadow Rising

Wheel of Time, Book 4
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 4
Length: 41 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of The Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.
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"Jordan's multivolume epic continues to live up to its high ambitions. Complex plotting, an array of strong characters, lavish detail, and a panoramic scope make this series a feast for fantasy aficionados." ( Library Journal)
"The fourth volume of the most ambitious American fantasy saga continues to suggest that The Wheel of Time will also be the finest." ( Booklist)

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Where do we go from Here?

So Rand has taken Callandor. Forsaken are falling, and Lanfear has staked a claim on Lews Therin in his sheppard costume of this age. In book 3 we were introduced to Aiel, and suddenly they are a key component to Rand's victory at Tear and at what cost? Rand must find answers, and although Tear outlaws channeling and anything to do with channelling, oddly it is their store of angreal that provides answers (albeit cryptic for now), and Mat Cauthon starts to come into his own here too.
Had book 1's journey been written with such focus and intent as this book, it would easily have been five stars and a brilliant novel in its own right. The story is clearly, firmly lodged in Jordan's mind and one can't help but imagine him over a computer or typewriter furiously churning out this brilliant continuation as it develops in his mind.
This book answers such questions as Who is Rand? What do the Aiel have to do with anything? Who are the forsaken, really? What roles do Mat and Perrin play in Rand's journey? And on Kate Redding's side, Nynaeve al'Meara, Elaine Trakand, and Egwene al'Vere really start to develop as they head to Tanchico opening up the world to the reader from the Aiel waste in the east right across to the west, in search of the black sisters that Siuan Sanche set them to hunt.
Just for the history presented in this book alone as exposition makes it 5 stars! Brilliant in every way, and the beginning of the development of Mat as a battle leader is handled beautifully!

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cuts in the audio lower performance quality

Often the audio paused more than as expected between sentences where we should here the continuation of the story. this seems to be due to the cut and edition of difference recordings. I noticed this for the first time in book 3, but in this one this issue seems more frequent and it decreases the performance quality m

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differing pronunciations

only thing that frustrates me in this audiobook is the narrators not pronouncing names and places the same, it makes me unsure how it should actually be said.

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Why the same interview?

These books are fantastic, I don’t need to go further because it is simple fact. However, I wonder why the interview with Robert Jordan at the end of each book is always exactly the same one. Surely he said more? I would love to hear more interviews with him as the subject is really fascinating.

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Brilliant!

liked book one, tolerated book 2, enjoyed book 3 (especially the crescendo at the end) and loved book 4. this book will keep you hooked from beginning to end with twists and turns you don't expect, characters growing and changing, plots thickening. Bloody brilliant!

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5 Stars

My only criticism is that every audiobook in the series so far has the same 7 minute interview with Robert Jordan after the conclusion of the book. Great to hear the first time as it's an interesting enough interview but a bit repetitive the 4th time you listen. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are fantastic throughout again as they have been throughout the series this far.

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The story grows and grows

I was captured and in the history of brilliant books I couldn’t put it down and I look forward to the next book coming to me .

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love it

another excellent continuation of the series, compared to the previous novels it meanders more but still thoroughly enjoyed.

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What a listen

This is the set to walk to . Read them all the first time . Love walking and listening

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Damn fine!

They painted the pictures in me head nearly as well as when i read the books :) Cant fault the book or the readers, keep it moving along nicely. The only drawback, they dont pronounce some of the names as i did :)

keep it up!

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  • Mica
  • 27-04-08

The BEST of the Wheel of Time

Great development of Perrin and a decent amount of Mat, this novel stands out as the most emotional and most ecstatic novel in the series. This turn in the series is the most engaging and enjoyable. I have listened to it 4 times now and each time experience a tightening in my throat when...well better not spoil it. You will not regret this one!

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  • David
  • 22-09-07

Best Book So Far

Now totally addicted to the pattern that Jordan has woven, I have to admit this last installment was by far my favorite. YES, critics of Jordan are right in that he can describe every detail in the most mundane scenes...and YES, his characters are a bit one dimensional in their personas...BUT with a story this complex I have to admit I appreciate characters that I know won't change on me from chapter to chapter or book to book. What I think most critics miss is that this book is about the storyline and the pattern, not just about the characters that play within it.

This past week I learned that Jordon has died and that he didn't finish his last book in the series (and rumor has it the last installment is a mammoth!). I am committed to finishing this out and seeing Rand through as the Dragon reborn, finding out what Lord Perin Golden Eyes does, and discover what's up with Matt and his flair for luck and history. 4 books down, 8 more to go!

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  • Jiana
  • 13-11-16

I'm still listening...

I am struggling with continuing this series. The overall concept is intriguing but the writing is difficult sometimes. Things happen to characters that after four books we still have no explanation for, the girls are airheads at the best of times, oh Rand this and oh Rand that and all of the sudden he and Egwayne have no feelings for each other with no lead up, Elaine writes two letters that we have no insight into, Minh is supposed to be street savvy yet she sounds like an idiot when it comes to the opposite sex and someone please shoot me when Nineavh speaks. She's mean and grouchy and how are we supposed to like her or how do the others like her? Anyways I'm still listening because it is entertaining but im hoping Mr. Jordan connects the dots and smartens up the characters in the rest of the books.

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  • Kyle
  • 25-08-11

Good at first, then...Meh

I stopped reading the series after this book. The tragedy of this series is that the world, the back-history, and magic system are exquisitely developed, but the plot is repetetive and the characters are hollow. The pattern of the plot (no spoiler) is a less-than-brilliant move by (insert character), which leads to an emergency, which is resolved at the last second in a maddeningly convenient manner (usually either an unlooked-for rescue or a new manifestation of magic). The characters are fantasy stereotypes. However, the books are very suspenseful, and these are common issues in all but the best fantasy. All might be forgiven except for the sheer unnecessary length of the series. There are at least two major plot lines that a good editor would have axed altogether to bring focus to a badly meandering story arc and cut the size down a bit. I would recommend this series only to die-hard fantasy aficionados who will appreciate what was done well and forgive what was done poorly.

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  • Ironhead77
  • 16-05-08

lances say

Through out the Wheel of Time different threads of each part continue to get more and more intriguing. The changes/challenges each character undergoe never fail to leave you wanting more.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • A. Burstein
  • 07-03-05

Excellent Book

I believe this is one of the best in the series. I can't wait for the Fires of Heaven to come out. I really pray it is the unabridged version!

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  • Marie
  • 14-03-12

Slow and sometimes boring

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Repetitious. I wish the author would just get on and tell the story. Sometimes he picked up the pace and it was interesting. At other times he just retold what I had heard in the previous book. Pointless and boring. And the characters are mulishly stubborn and argumentative. .

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Keep it going...stop retelling

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Still do not like the voice of the female narrator - she makes the female characters sound shrewish and graceless...the author seems to think this equates to strength. They are mostly just plain unlikeable.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I have an ongoing love - hate relationship with this series. I will listen to the bitter end.

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  • claudia
  • 04-08-19

nothing happens

spoiler I feel like nothing happens till the last few chapters. Even in terns of character development, there's nothing there. The last book was better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-19

drawn out

it was hard to finish as the story progressed so slowly as others in this series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-19

Bucket Up

I would say the longer these get the worse they become. the middle 30 hours is rough to get through. I think this will be the last of the Wheel of time for me, as the story slowly slwly progresses.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful