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- Listening Length: 30 hours and 2 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 3, 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00026WUO6
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The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time Audiobook – Unabridged
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I think many people who complain about this series miss the point entirely. You'll notice the majority of the complaints stem from those who find the books too long winded, too slow, taking too long to get to the point, and focused on too much minutia in detail.
To those complaints I say: That's the point.
This series isn't about getting to the climax as fast as possible. These aren't plane ride or beach day books. This is a series for fantasy fans who want the minutia. For those who revel in being able to visualize every single detail of the world. These are for people who want to escape their mundane worlds for some time and live in another, more fantastical world.
If that's what you're looking for in a fantasy series then that is what Wheel of Time offers in droves.
To those who say that this series is just generic fantasy, you're right. But, man, it's wrapped in a brilliant packaging. I would say this is the generic fantasy trope (chosen one destined to defeat big bad) done the best it could possibly be done. It's a beautifully realized world in every way.
I think people are really hard on this series. It does what it sets out to do and does it brilliantly.
My sense of this series is that for many, it will be too much. Good and evil fantasy stretched over 14 volumes (plus a short prequel novel and a couple of short stories), are you kidding? But for many, many others (including me), this series of books is richly entertaining and rewarding. I've read the 14 books twice, and I can imagine reading some or all of them again.
The premise: time is not linear, and the powers of light and darkness struggling eternally from age to age. In the time of these books, the dark one is threatening to break free from his prison (not a physical prison) take over the world, and break out of time itself. But as has happened before, a champion, the Dragon, will be (re)born to fight against him.
So far, that may not sound interesting. But Jordan rarely adopts the lofty tone of Tolkien. There are few truly noble characters in these books - no Elrond, no Galadriel, not even an Aragorn (although Lan is pretty close, presumably deliberately). Instead, the central characters are three young men and two young women from the same village, joined later by two other young women (one a princess). These young people are still growing up, learning about the world and their place in it, falling in love, and figuring out what their talents are. But they are doing this against events that threaten to spiral out of control. And each of them, particularly the three young men (Rand, Mat, and Perrin) and one of the young women (Egwene) will play critical roles fighting the forces of darkness. Suffice it to say that over the course of 14 volumes, you get to know these characters deeply and intimately. (Mat and Egwene are my favorites -- Matt is irresistable, and Egwene is simply awesome.) You will also be annoyed sometimes by Jordan's writerly crutches, and there will be times when you wish it could all move faster, even as you may also think too much happens too quickly and our characters can't possibly develop into what they become in so short a time. And, despite the exhaustion you might feel at the end, you will want more after you read the final pages. If you do want more, there are several websites that contain information and discussion groups about the series, including critical guides to the books.
So go ahead and take the plunge. Dance with Jak o' the shadows . . . .
Knowing that WOT runs its course in 14 volumes helps me forgive some of the shortcomings of Eye of the World. It seemed slow, purposefully vague, and had too many characters. (By the end of the book I had to be reminded about Thomdril the bard, who is with the party for the first half of the book) However, as the first book of many, I am looking forward to greater characters development and further revealings of the world in which this series takes place.
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