The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

Written by:
Robert Jordan
Narrated by:
Kate Reading , Michael Kramer

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
2023
Narrator
293
Release Date
May 2004
Duration
30 hours 2 minutes
Summary
The Wheel of Time is now an original series on Prime Video, starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

The Eye of the World, the first novel in Robert Jordan's #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, follows Moiraine Damodred as she arrives in Emond's Field on a quest to find the one prophesized to stand against The Dark One.

'These veteran narrators keep the plot moving and the narration fresh' — AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by Audie Award-winning narrators Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, and includes a bonus interview with the author.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

When a vicious band of half-men, half beasts invade the Two Rivers seeking their master’s enemy, Moiraine persuades Rand al’Thor and his friends to leave their home and enter a larger unimaginable world filled with dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The last six books in series were all instant #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

The Wheel of Time®
New Spring: The Novel
#1 The Eye of the World
#2 The Great Hunt
#3 The Dragon Reborn
#4 The Shadow Rising
#5 The Fires of Heaven
#6 Lord of Chaos
#7 A Crown of Swords
#8 The Path of Daggers
#9 Winter's Heart
#10 Crossroads of Twilight
#11 Knife of Dreams

By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
#12 The Gathering Storm
#13 Towers of Midnight
#14 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
Reviews
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Amber P.

I am a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. After reading only the first book I am hooked on this fantasy world too. This series is definately LotR and GOT caliber.

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Victor B.

Nope. the narrator doesn't engage me. I've read the books and I can't take it.

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Chris B.

I fell in love with this series in the early 2000 after years of reading the hard copies. The audio version is fantastic to any fantasy fan out there I would recommend you listen to it.

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l. phillipe m

Loving both the book and the narration. HOWEVER, there are certain chapters where the audio jumps. I re-winded it a few time to double and triple check.

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Nicole T

Great book. Loved the narrators as well. Very well done.

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Jeffrey Rackham

This is a really good read! Of you are a fan of Lord of the Rings or if you are just a curious reader, this book is great!

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Anonymous

This team of narrators is just awful.

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Anonymous

Terrific book. Narrator is irritating.

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Mandy Stephens

AT first I did not like the narration but I admit that over time I grew to appreciate his differentiation of voices. I don't mind long epic novels and found that this met my need for a good long book. The author gives so many details in his description that you have no difficulty imagining the characters, the setting, and the conflicts taking place as well as the transformations in the main characters as the develop in the story. I started this book because Amazon id coming out with their version and I wanted to read it first before I saw it. I really did enjoy it and hope the movie version does not disappoint.

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Anonymous

love it great story

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Michael E.

This is by far my favorite series... ever. There writing style, story, plot, and character development are all fantastic and only get better with each book. Brandon Sanderson does a great job finishing off the series following Robert Jordan’s unfortunate death. This is a must read for anyone who has ever enjoyed any book!

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Sophia E.

It was a good book. It's just I struggled to get through it. I understand way people like this book/series. It's just, even thought it was a good book, I don't have the interest to continue with this series.

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Christian McGarry

This book was a hot mess of confusion and poor story telling, with a narrator that did everything he could to make it exciting and did not. I have wanted to read this book for years and was very disappointed. I would not recommend it.

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Tom from NY

It says that it is narrarated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. I was expecting him to do the male voices and her to do the female. Instead Michael has read the entire book except for disk 9 or 10. All of a sudden he was not narrating it but Kate was. This was really unusual.

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Ben M.

Perfection in every way.

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Steven Potter

The book itself is wonderful, but the narration is awful. The narrators cadence, pronunciations, and inflections all sound like a radio broadcaster circa the 40's or 50's most of the time. The updated version read by Ms.Pike is much more pleasing to the ear, and fits the books genre and pace perfectly. My advice is to go with that audio version over this one.

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Anonymous

A mediocre fantasy that hasn’t aged well at all. It has some enjoyable parts and it’s interesting reading as it’s one of the first superstars of the fantasy genre.

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Brian S.

I watched the prime series before listening to the books. There are a lot of differences between the two and the books are obviously much better. After I complete the collection I’ll probably go back and listen again. Very good!

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Leggo

that type of book that you can follow around even when not fully paying attention. its very long but lets u get lost in the story and important details get repeated in a subtitle way, so i even if i was only half listening most of the time i still enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

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Patti F.

Great read as are all of this series

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Edward

Really a great fantasy.

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Jordon L

I love this series. Robert Jordan is my favorite author. The narration is perfection. Read this book, it is excellent.

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Sarah K.

Exciting start to a series with an anticlimactic ending. Interesting to see where they go in the next book

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Indre P.

long and a bit repetitive. overall adventurous and a unique concept.

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Tyler Bannister

I really enjoyed the story idea and the adventures

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Anonymous

The book and narration are great.

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Jennifer

Great story and awesome narrators.

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Grateful Wight

Wonderful fantastical and a great start to the Epic series.

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Anonymous

Great book

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Shawn B.

This book feels like it has several sub-stories in it. The writing really pulls you in. A really great distraction.

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Matthew M.

Amazing series.

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Lee M.

Book was very predictable. I did not find the characters to have much depth

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Drew E.

I have read the entire series and it's my favorite book series of all time. The Narrators are amazing and their accents for the different characters make listening to the series more enjoyable than I expected.

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Max W.

great listen. I will say that the voice actings was just okay

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Ronald R.

excellent as are all the books, started reading 1984 read all books but it is different in audio

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Bryan Foster

narration was spot on. story is awesome

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Anonymous

wonderfull book, wonderfull narrator

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Johannes B.

mind-blowing

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Nick Caron

amazing book, and amazing narration

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Jeremy D.

very engaging series of books and will love to see this made into a series or movies soon!!

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Mary D.

Narration would pause at odd times, but I love the book and the series

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Cornel Brown

this is my second time. love bit

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JB

Great book. I really love this series. I read it ten times. First time listening to it.

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Bev S.

The book is great and the narrator is just AWESOME!!!

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Thomas P.

loved the book when i read it and thought the readers fir the audiobook were awesome

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Alex B.

incredible entry way into the epic fantasy that is "The Wheel of Time".

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Ochuko Anigboro

Brings back memories of holding the book

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Jason E.

Came to this series after finishing the storm light archive. By far my favorite narrator.

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Mattias L.

Loved it when i started reading the books in the midninties and listning to it now reminds me just how much i liked it!

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Amanda W.

I loved this book. I thought the plot was fun and I'm excited to continue reading through the series.

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Andrew H.

Great fantasy series. Excellent growing up series.

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Jim L.

First time I’ve tried an audiobook. Really good I thought

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Crystal M.

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Thomas B.

An excellent, enjoyable and good value for money listen for those who like Lord of the Rings style fantasy.

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Alberto Padro-Trias

I thought it was a solid book. Can't wait for the next one.

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Anonymous

Even better the second time around.

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Dexter A.

A great series if you are up for the commitment. The author can meander quite a bit but the slow periods are worth the great payoffs.

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Anonymous

This is my third attempt at getting into this series - this time via audiobook in the hope it would prove easier to push through. The overall storyline is great, epic fantasy is usually my cup of tea. However, I struggle with this series purely because there are so few likeable characters. They're shallow and predictable. The female characters are the worst of it - just very badly developed. I have been told it all improves in the later books and I just need to get to that point. It's audio I can listen to at work so I will hopefully get there and prove them right. I'd love to enjoy this series.

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Jarod W.

4.5 due to some slow spots in the middle. Overall fantastic beginning of what is sure to be an amazing series! Narrator is fantastic and draws you into the story on a deeper level.

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Dave K.

Great series so far. The narrators are very good. Have listened to them read other books.

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Ryan B

great book

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Andrea I

The narrator does a great job! Love the book, and enjoyed listening to it via audiobook. There were a couple of skips here and there but not big enough to mess up the flow of the story.

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D Markey

Great story tellers.

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J Crosby

Very good series to listen to!

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Brandon H

Great book, Great listen! I've wanted to start The Wheel of Time for a while, and this was a wonderful way to begin the set.

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philip m

One of my first series I ever read. Great to revisit. Unlike most others I love the female narrator, it adds a nice flavor. Thank you audiobooks!!

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Monique D

love it my boyfriend told me to read this series so far enjoying

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Glen D

Such a great read and an even better listen. I enjoyed listening to this book immensely and strongly recommend it to a fantasy book lover looking for a great series.

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Daniel O

One of the all time greats. Loved hearing the audio book.

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Chris R

Great book! Looking forward to the rest!

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jake s

I had added book two to my library with three hours left in this book, something I do not normally do. If I had to recommend one single fantasy book based on my personal enjoyment alone, it would be the Eye of the World. While the Male narrator creates an exciting and brilliant landscape for you, the female does leave a bit to be desired. I would give the male 5 stars and the female 3 or perhaps 4. That being said, the narration is objectively good. Do yourself a favor and listen to this riveting tale of adventure and lore. GLORY TO THE BUILDERS!

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Rockwell Parker

Epic tale of adventure with excellent character building and intrigue. this story got me hooked from hour one. the narrators do a great job at giving the story life and keeping all the characters vivid.

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Cameron Stevenson

Awesome book and really good narration. I so love this series

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Andaika Jeannoel

It took me awhile to get into this one but give it a chance you and you will become addicted to a story you never intended to like in the first place.

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Kristen Norris

I love this series. I read it years ago, but loved revisiting it. The narrator does a great job.

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Zachary Stacey

I have been meaning to read these for years; this is better for at work. lol

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craig specht

I really enjoyed this book and it kept me interested. It was very well written, looking forward to listening to the next one. The narrators were very good. It's great that they read the sequels! This is as good as Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series!

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SHIRLEY Wooten

I kept waiting for something better but it never came. It was very hard to understand maybe it was just to deep for me. Different races and types of people who knows what? Never really felt that I got to know any of the characters.

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SHIRLEY Wooten

I kept waiting for something better but it never came. It was very hard to understand maybe it was just to deep for me. Different races and types of people who knows what? Never really felt that I got to know any of the characters.

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andy Pope

Great audio book writer and narrator work together to give the listener a great story with easy imaginative scenes. Already listening to book two.

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chris andros

fantastic story telling and character development and I've listened to this narrator for the mistborn and stormlight series he is very entertaining and really helps you to connect with each character

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Matt Nielson

Overall this isn't a bad book. It has an interesting plot and I did enjoy it. The problem was that listening to the book I kept on missing details or forgetting them from the last time I had listened so I ended up getting lost more than once. I thought the narrators did a pretty good job, they didn't blow my socks off but it was good enough to keep me interested.

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antonio pitts

I absolutely love this series. I read all of Sword of Truth and was suggested this series by a friend as a follow up. The narrator is incredible also, I didn't think I would like having a book read to me but these narrators make it very entertaining. Hoping to find an equally good series once I've finished this one.

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Christian Palerby

Loving it! I have only listend a few hours and i'm hooked!

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Jackie Dickisson

I was captivated by this series back in my early 20's and now 20 years later it's still a wonderful journey. Robert Jordan truly created a master piece

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scotland schmidt

Great story and loved the narrator! A good narrator is a must and they do an incredible job. I really could feel the emotion of the characters and the story.

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Roberto Soares Silva

I recommend this book as a must read. I also must say that I am very pleased with the narrators team "Michael Kramer and Kate Reading".

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Richard Cloud

I have read this entire series 15 times, first time to listen the audio version. Robert Jordan is just brillant!

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Nathan Calderwood

The eye of the world is most definitely my favorite book. Robert Jordan paints a beautiful and intricate world with colorful characters that are very interesting. A++ rating. I will always love this book and will most likely read and listen to it over and over. It is also a wonderful story to share with friends and family.

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Paul Cassidy

I love these books so easy listening on the beach

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Chris Somers-Johnston

Read up to book 7 and I'm not much of a reader but couldn't put it down. Now I drive a truck and can listen to it on audiobooks....absolutely love this series! Brilliantly written!

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Graham Emch

Amazing, Robert Jordan was truly one of the best of his kind.

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James Manning

This book is very well written, although slow in telling of the story sets up the premise for one of, if not the best series I have read to date.

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Anonymous

3 words describe this book. Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!

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Anonymous

I read this book about 10 years ago. I find I enjoyed the story better listening to it as the reading added another dimension.

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Doc

Heard good things about this series, thought I would try it. Each volume is extensive, so keeps me in the world for longer than most. I commute several hours each day, so that is extremely important. The narrator took some getting used to. Mostly because of the over-acting he employed for the prologue. but he leaves it in the prologue, and as he settles in, he turns out to be a narrator much to my liking. Over all, very good!

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Anonymous

This is my second time listening to this book (as it has been about 7 years since the last run-through). It was better than I remembered and I couldn't stop listening, sometimes sitting parked in my driveway to get through a tense chapter. I will agree with a previous reviewer though where it was said to be confusing out of the gate - very odd start to the book, but listen on!

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Larry D.

Great book, a must read if you like Medieval Fantasy.

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Anonymous

After the first ten minutes of listening to this book I almost gave up on it. It was hard to know what was going on and since the book starts with an ancient legend as a preface, it was confusing to get on board with the story. Definitely force yourself to get through the first CD before you give up...and by the time you are at CD 15 or so...you'll be hooked. Its a very long book, but I enjoyed it!

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Bob

For fantasy readers this is the first book of 12 in succession. The character development and story line are classic and in a unique world brought to you by one of the all time great authors. The late Robert Jordan takes us on adventure for the ages. The 12th book hopefully soon to be released concluding the story the fans have been waiting on. If you are to think of getting in to this story start here.

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Anonymous

Unfortunately this is one of the most boring books I've every encountered. I say unfortunately because it has all the elements of a really good story but the combination of the narrator and the slow pace of the story make it a waste of time. I found myself so uninterested that my mind wandered through most of the story so that when something interesting did occur I generally missed it and didn't realize what had happened until it was too late. Not only do I not recommend this book but I do recommend you not try another one. This is the second I've tried by this author and had the same problem with both.

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Anonymous

I liked this book. I like the idea of multiple readers in theory... in practice, it got a bit confusing. Luckily I thought both readers were good... not necessarily great but definitely good. I am intrigued enough to try more books and see where this series goes.

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ellen

I couldnt listen so I cant tell you if the book was good or not. The reader was like listening to a constipated Walter Winchell. He was just awful. I will buy the hard cover and read it.

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Tony/ Ca.

I like a long book with characters you get to know; this is a great story, have already ordered book 2 and 3. about plain people, and extra ordinary people. very good listening.

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Talmadge V Vessels Jr

Robert Jordan outdoes himself in the first of his Wheel of Time series, The Eye of the World. The characters are alive and share the same feelings, fears, triumphs and regrets we might should we find ourselves engulfed in so many non-choices for our own lives. Few choose the path they are traveling, but when death haunts and hunts you, what else is there to do but follow where you are being lead -- but can you trust those you follow -- do you know their agenda truly includes your best interest? Or do they have plans of which you are unaware and may not serve you so well as they will be served. This is a story with more questions than answers -- as is life. It is the adventure which counts, the journey that matters -- in the end -- well -- we must all die in the end. An excellent journey to take. Thank you, Robert Jordan, thank you. T V. Vessels, Jr., author.

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Andrew Bartholomew

To reply to a previous reviewer: The opening chapter sets up the entire series. Even as a 7th grader nearly 17 years ago I understood this. This is an excellent series by a man that has lead a life that he can draw much experience from. Mr. Jordan has created characters and a world that sets him above most authors, let alone his fantasy competition. I recommend anything this man writes. My only criticism is that he doesn't publish fast enough!

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Anonymous

It took a while to keep track of the main characters and direction of the story, but I am thoroughly hooked in the story and am excited to follow this saga through so many books. Great story!

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Leslie Stewart

I have really enjoyed the series. Robert Jordan and the Wheel of Time books were recommended to me by a couple of friends. I started reading the series about a year ago and am now on Book 9. But as I have more time to listen than read, I have enjoyed retracing my steps to the beginning of the saga. I would recommend the series to anyone who enjoys begin swept into a world of mystery, intrigue, magic, and wonderful characters.

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Shannon Lowry

Sorry to be the party pooper my fellow reviewers. Many people have raved to me about this series and perhaps that built it up beyond what it could ever be in real life. There isn't anything wrong with this book and the reader is fine but it failed to grab me. It's enjoyable in the sense that if you like Tolkien and Goddkind and others like them, this will appeal in similar ways. Unfortunately because I have read so many other similar books, this one had nothing new to offer me. There were so many characters, events and titles that by disk 6 I still felt I didn't have a good idea of what was going on. That's the equivalent to a couple hundred pages.

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Michael Collins

Absolutely wonderful! It seemed to start off slow, but soon pulled me in and held my attention very well. There are hints of other stories here, but not enough to bother. The narrarator took some getting used to, but once I did I liked his style. I look forward to the rest of this series.

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Howeln

The imagery and details are excellent. If one likes Tolkien and some of the other similar stuff, this is a step beyond that. I've read the first few books, but never picked up again. Too much to forget, and would have to re-read when the newer books came out. The story is large. Very large. Jordan does an excellent job at relaying the story and placing unobtrusive reminders to details that need to be remembered. There are many subtle ones that you understand if you remember them. This is actually the third time I have read the first book; even in this reading I’ve picked up new details I missed the other times. Much of it is because I know where many things will end up. As for the readers. They are good, and use lots of voices. I did find it interesting that with a man and a woman I had expected the use of both at the same time, but instead they read whole chapters. Not sure yet how they picked the ones she reads. I did notice it carries through the other books.

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Anonymous

Gripping - a fantasy story to get lost in - intriquing and complex characters, and a richly developed storyline. Engrossing listening - and beautifully presented.

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Anonymous

This story has a slow start, but after a few discs I started getting into it. Now I can't wait to get back in my car to hear what comes next. Great Advventure!

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EricG

I liked this book a lot; in fact, I am now up to book 5 of the seriers. The one complaint I have is the two reader concept. I think it is almost always a bad idea to have two readers. Worse yet, the second reader, Kate Reading, changed the pronunciation of one of the main characters three times: calling her Moiraine, Moreen, Moraine. Moreover, you get used to the way a character sounds and when the same character is read with a different voice it is disconcerting. Michael Kramer should have read the entire book and series himself.

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Jason Bailey

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had tried to read this book a few years ago, but just couldn't get past the first two pages. Listening to it was wonderful. It kept me awake and entertained during several long days of driving. I found the characters to be likeable if a little predicatable. There are a lot of characters and some of the names can be confused, so I'd suggest listening to the first one or two parts twice if you find that you are getting characters confused. I did that while waiting for the middle set to arrive.

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chelsea

First of all the narrator was just awful. I felt like he was broadcasting a news flash on 1950's radio. His characters were over exagerated and something out of a 1940's radio serial. Just horrible. Second of all the story is convoluted and jumps in at the beginning of book one to the middle of a story. I am assuming there is a previous story I am not aware of. Anyway the thing was a mess and I sent it back. Certainly no Tolkien or Donaldson.

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Beth Paquette

I am renting again. I had a hard time following the story but think that i should give it another shot as I have heard that the story is very good.

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Sara Smith

I absolutely love this book. As stated in the previous review, the characters are rich, alive and nearly tangible. I am also in the "Queue" for the next book and am hoping the others are bought and processed quickly so that we can all enjoy them. Wonderful!

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Autumn Young

I love it. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. I am so glasd there are ten books I really feel I have connected with the characters. This review is for the entire book. Thanks Robert Jordan and audiobooks!

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