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The Wheel of Time is a PBS Great American Read Selection! 

Now in development for TV! 

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

In Towers of Midnight, the Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One's prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. 

Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel'aran'rhiod and find a way - at long last - to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever. 

Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways - the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn - have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men's lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost. 

Dovie'andi se tovya sagain. It's time to toss the dice. 

TV series update: "Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, and the NBC series Chuck. Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer." (Variety)

The Wheel of Time New Spring: The Novel 

The Eye of the World

The Great Hunt

The Dragon Reborn

The Shadow Rising

The Fires of Heaven

Lord of Chaos

A Crown of Swords

The Path of Daggers

Winter's Heart

Crossroads of Twilight

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

The Gathering Storm

Towers of Midnight

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson

The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons 

The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk 

Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time 

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A Towering Series

As I listened to this book, and look forward to reading thepages of the printed version, I am reminded of Elaida in her stately office high atop the White Tower, overseeing her estranged developments. Lofty is the series of Wheel of Time, and this book is by far no disappointment. When I finally reached book 10 back in 2003 after my first reading of the series, I felt that my my world was less real, and like I was dreaming - only awake in Andor or one of the other kingdoms in WoT universe. I knew book 11 was coming, and couldn't wait. Then Mr. Jordon was taken from us with misfortune and my heart sank! How can we find out what will happen next? Who could spin this tale as masterfully as RJ? Well, you should know the answer to that if you're thinking on this book! I wouldn't recommend it read on it's own... you need to put it in context, though supposedly it should be okay stood on it's own.
Right, what's it about? The beginning is as many fo the other books, setting scenes and building threads to the unfoldings tory lines. Though I feel the prologue section was not as exciting as previous volumes in this series. The build up in the book towards Tai-mon Gaidon is fantastic, though, and the lead on from Egwene's new leadership in The now mended White Tower reads (or listens!) flawlessly. The build up of Perrin's leadership is also handled well, as he finally accepts his role of General elect, and come's face to face with past demons in corssing paths with the Whitecloaks. Mat's forray into the realm of Snakes and Fox's plays out well, and we finally get to find out what giving up half the light of the world to save the world means! Okay, I kinda guessed, but it was still very exciting! ;)
And as Rand becomes Lews Therrin, more and more, you read thinking why doesn't Tar-Mon Gaidon start already?!? But then you realise, it already has! And it is a battle that has raged since time began. I can't wait to see how Alludra's Dragons eat up trollocs on the front lines!!

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So happy not to be disappointed!

This is a VERY interesting adventure to partake in...Sanderson does a great job ending the story. I seldom read those very very long fantasy series, they usually loose tempo and thrill along the way but here are a selection of 'persons' that goes on fascinating me, actually the personage in the books are of greater import than the story itself...which does not mean that the story is uninteresting or bad in any way, but the persons has come alive in my imagination and that is one thing I believe is a great achievement of an author! Good job and Thanks! (The reading is as always superb;-)

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The Towers Of Midnight

This book is the best in the series, so far. It has intrigue, action and suspense; keep the tissues handy. Michael Kramer & Kate Reading bring to life the characters that we think of as very dear friends, each character had their own voice and was instantly recognisable so you could follow the story with ease. Brandon Sanderson was an inspired choice of author by Robert Jordan's widow, to take up the challenge of finishing an immensely popular series. Excellent. Highly recommended.

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Just Wow

Great pay off after such a long series , kind of gutted that its coming to an end. Brandon Sandersons has certainly do the series justice.

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Amazing

One of the best books out there. Absolutely amazing, best in series so far let’s see last book.

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Matches Tolkien... an epic series

I've read and listen to the books in the series several times.. each time its enjoyable as it was the first time.

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These books are magnificent

I loved every minute. As always the narrations was fantastic and now I'm off to start the final book. I'll be gutted when they're finished.

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It's great.

it has the essence of Jordan but you can feel the Sanderson greatly. still a great book with great author's

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WHO

Another good narration of a great series of books, Brandon Sanderson seamlessly continues the story

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Love this

First time I read this, this time I listened. just love the way they tell the story.

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  • Corey
  • 09-11-10

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

Brandon Sanderson really understands this wonderful world that Robert Jordan has created. I am saddened that we will only get one more book and then nothing but imagination. I have listened to all of the books in this series and I remain captivated by the charactors and the Narration. Kate Redding is really the best there is and there would be no Matt without Micheal Kramer. Mr. Sanderson has another loyal follower.

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  • Jacob
  • 15-11-10

Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm

This was a solid and action packed listen. As usual, Michael and Kate do an excellent job with the read. If Rand and Egwene are the primary characters in this series, they have only brief appearances in Towers of Midnight. Perrin and Mat's stories finally get moving and are almost resolved. I would say that anything unpredictable occurs in those story lines, but they are satisfying nonetheless. The flow and story is so tight I actually felt this book ended too abruptly. However, I look forward to the conclusion coming in the next book.

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  • Coinshot
  • 24-10-17

Please stop using the woman narrator

Why is she making all those exaggerated, strange noises, and why is she talking like that for Min? Oh, light, she is a bad narrator. Please for your own sake lady, do not try to make it oo much, keep a balance in visualizing voices, it is way too much, what a pity, such an amazing book, and that voices, what can I say, phaa

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  • LV
  • 22-11-10

Its a necessary step...

I'm a long time WOT fan but for me, like many, the series really bogged down as Jordan overwrote every book since the 5th one. RJ pursued so many story lines it made it almost impossible to follow one character or story arc effectively as a reader, and the mess he left for Brandon Sanderson to clean up is truly atrocious. How RJ expected to finish all of this off in 1 last mammoth book is beyond me. Clearly BS has a made an effort to retain the Jordan pattern of giving every single minor character anyone runs across a back story. Unfortunately that tendency was one of the things I liked least about how RJ wrote his books. Like many here I'm terribly tired of P Aybarra's constant introspection, just get over yourself already. Further I believe that Kramer's voice for him, along with the dialog, makes him seem like a petulant child and I've found myself skipping parts of his section that clearly repeat what has been said too many times before. I generally like Mat's character and it feels to me like BS has brought some new life to that story line, and some of the plot lines finally resolve themselves to clean that up. Rand's story arc and character are HUGE upgrades over RJ's last efforts and I finally find, again, that the story seems to be advancing along well with his character. Egwene's character is still far too much for me to stomach and she seems to be becoming a pivotal female character who is influencing the other female characters in the story line, such as Elayne and Nyneave who are stronger characters and much more likable in my opinion. I find myself wishing Egwene is killed off in a tragic moment to show that even the main characters can be touched by the Dark... but if that happened there would be WAY to much work to be done on the White Tower story line so I guess she has to be kept around. Avienda, one of my favorite early characters is virtually non-existant, as are most of the Aiel characters. This is clearly a necessary step, just finish already.

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  • EastCoastGal
  • 05-11-10

Excellent narrative...

Sanderson has done an excellent job in continuing Jordan's rich storytelling in this second-to-last book in the Wheel of Time series. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Jeanne Acker
  • 03-11-10

Wow

Prologue gave us a glimpse of what was to come. The book , so far, lives up to the promise of the prologue. I am up to chapter 8 now and and really excited about what has happened thus far. Like pieces of a puzzle gradually coming together so that one can see more and more of the whole tapestry that this series truly is. A magnificent tapestry with plently of places to view in detail.

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  • Barry
  • 08-11-10

Keeps getting better!

As with the gathering storm, this book benefits from the blending of styles between Jordan and Sanderson. The action and plot keep your attention and make it difficult to stop. Sanderson does the reader / listener the favor of removing the one and only true annoyance of Robert Jordan's writing style; that being the never-ending detailed descriptions of every conceivable object, especially every characters current clothing. Enough detail remains to not fully depart from precedent; however, emphasis is given to plot and actions. The only problem I have with this book is the realization that it will likely be at least another year before I can purchase the final book.

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  • Katrina
  • 11-12-12

beware buying this book

The story is coming together amazingly, the pace is way faster than we have been used to, but then we all know that the next book is the last, so the pace has to pick up in order for the story to be complete in only one more book.

I got more used to the voices of the narrators as this is my second audio book for WOT, having listened to the Gathering Storm. I still find the voices a little stilted for some characters, but I kind of got past that too.

HOWEVER LISTENER BEWARE
This is supposed to be an unabridged version and yet they DO NOT READ THE GLOSSARY!
This is a CRIME.

Anyone who has been following this series for years has been waiting with great impatience and anticipation to find out who killed Asmodean - it is one of the world's best kept secrets and has been debated for years and years online as we waited for the answer.
Again anyone following this series is by now well aware that in this book the answer is revealed ... BUT ONLY IN THE GLOSSARY.

SO I was totally outraged that the glossary was not read out at the end of the book as it was a VITAL part of the book (the glossary in WOT has always been vital for the gems of information it contains and the glossary changes in every book).

SO BEWARE - if you are a true fan and wanting to READ the answer to the most intriguing question in your mind you will be left high and dry.

I had to finally succumb and phone my daughter and BEG for her to read the glossary entry to me. It was not the great height of light being shed that it would have been to have the glossary read out to me.

SHAME ON THE PRODUCERS OF THIS AUDIO BOOK FOR CALLING THIS UNABRIDGED.

PS no I won't say here who killed him, you will have to find it out by buying the hard copy :)

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  • Cayce
  • 16-02-11

Maybe I'm just growing tired of the series...

...but I'm going to stop this book for awhile and come back to it. I enjoyed the The Gathering Storm quite a bit, so I don't think it's Brandon Sanderson's writing, but Perrin Aybara is becoming sooooo tedious for me. There's absolutely nothing new happening in his story arc and I groan every time we get back to it - which seems way too often in this book. Crawling through the wolf dream with Hopper over and over again is mind numbing!

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  • Amandah
  • 06-11-10

Not a disappointment!

I really enjoyed the latest installment of the WoT. Sanderson has picked up the flag and continued this amazing story. I will tell you one thing this story keeps you guessing. You find yourself going through a myriad of emotions as this book unfolds and by the end I have to admit you do feel a bit like Sam the Hobbit at the Gates of Moridor trying to get in. There is a portion missing out of the recording which didn't make me too happy, but other than that I really loved it.

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