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A Crown of Swords

Book Seven of The Wheel of Time
Written by: Robert Jordan
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 7
Length: 30 hrs and 24 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.
©1996 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the critics say

"Amid all the Sturm und Drang...is a finely tuned comic strain that both leavens the story and adds to its development. This latest installment of a major fantasy epic definitely will not disappoint its fans." (Booklist)

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Problem with Robert Jordan’s crown of swords

The end of ch12 of crown of swords is stuck halfway into ch11 please fix

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  • Tom
  • 2019-05-20

Missing part in audio book. #!Please Fix!#

The first 10 pages of chapter 12 are out of place. The audio skips them, and it's naturally a bit confusing, but then they are placed out of order later. The audio has it labeled chapter 14, about halfway through. It was confusing enough for me to check the text online, which confirmed something was missing, & let me read the missing section myself. Later I find the missing section of audio mixed into the next chapter.

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Great Performance and story lots of technical issues

I am not sure what happened to this book the story was great but I got numerous editing issues where in the middle of the sentence it would stop and restart from the start of the sentence. It ruined an otherwise great listening experience.

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Poor editing ruins a good book

This recording has a few major flaws. First off there are constant repetitions, something went wrong in editing and you will hear the same sentence repeated multiple times.

More importantly and the reason I'm giving it 2 stars is. An entire page is missing. I know this because it contained one of my favorite bits with mat. 1/2 way through page 412 the first line of a paragraph reads "Faces infinetly calm, infinetly patient. Except..." it then Skips the next 4 paragraphs and jumps to the end of the fourth paragraph on page 413 with "This is the bargain between you and me" It cuts out the entire bit about his using ancient See folk curses and him saying the phrase "I'm the master of the blade and my blades are bare" one of my favorite lines in the Series.

I don't know how many other places where this might of occurred, It would take reading the book while listening to figure out, but I did notice that this section is missing.

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great book, volume very low compared to the rest

had to keep my audio cranked to maximum to hear everything the narrators were saying.

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Robert Jordan does it again.

Excellent book. The pace is slower than previous installments but it's full of beautiful character moments that add a lot to the series. Kramer and Reading's narrations get better with every book.

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good

good book.. read/listen to it.. word count word count work count work count work count

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Blood and Bloody Ashes

Matt really steals the thunder in this book and I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here

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Repeat

Many times through out the broadcast it repeated itself. Sometimes two and three times.
Was
Kinda annoying.

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Lots of overlap

Not sure what happened but there were several occurrences of repeated text. Just a sentence or two each time, but it was annoying. Also, the attempt to do Elaine's accent as a posh Brit was overdone and hard to listen to. But the overall performance was still very good, and the story is entertaining as always.

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  • Branden Roumanis
  • 2019-05-21

Chapter 12 is out of order. Audible should fix.

I have read the books before so I noticed a very confusing inconsistency in Egwene's story line. The middle of chapter 12 is tacked on to the end of chapter 11. So you end up listening to the end of chapter 12 followed by the beginning of chapter 12. Once you get to the middle of 12 it skips to chapter 13. It is very confusing but also hard to pick up if you have not read the book before.

So if you are wondering why Egwene is talking to a certain someone after she had already sent said person through a gateway to Ebou Dar in the previous chapter then you have found the mixup. Hope this helps anyone who hadn't noticed.

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  • D. Jenne
  • 2012-11-30

Solid performance, and a good book.

Since this is book 7 of the series, fans probably know what to expect from the story. They're right. What you want to know is, can these two narrators do it justice? Kate Reading and Michael Kramer narrate the entire series, so on the off chance this is the first of the books you are listening to, just know that they do it justice. Kramer reads the parts of the book that have a male viewpoint, and Reading reads the female perspective. This does not mean that they switch every time a different character speaks in dialogue, which would be jarring. They seem to hesitate before using words in the author's made-up language, but it's only enough to be noticeable, not irritating. For diehard fans, you should know that they occasionally use different pronunciations from those listed in the back of each book. As a diehard fan myself, this is sometimes annoying, but it's hard to blame them when so many words and names exist which are not part of our ordinary lives. Both narrators are good at what they do, and use slightly different voices for different characters' dialogue. Although I have read all the books several times, I believe this different format brings new entertainment and is worth it.

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  • Amelia Carter
  • 2018-05-17

lots of restarts

Throughout this book, the narrator would suddenly pause and restate exactly the last phrase, like maybe the editing crew didn't bother to do more than to string together the readings. I would have been fine with 1 or 2, but there were so many it got distracting and annoying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-12-06

oh God the editing

fantastic story and performance but the book was frustrating to listen to as the editor apparently decided to not even listen to it once. frequent stops and starts where the Mrs Reading or Mr kramer begins and ends session. broke immeesion every time I had to listen to the same paragraph(or longer) I had just listened to be repeated.

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  • Benjamin S Slagle
  • 2018-05-14

Poor editing

Many times lines are repeated and the audio stops for no reason. Hard to believe an editor listened to this even once

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  • T. M. Fees
  • 2007-08-28

Narration

I agree with the previous reviews that this was a good story linking great ones, but the wonderful narration by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer makes it as riveting as all the others. The narrators provide nuances to the numerous characters that is a wonder to listen to.

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  • Leanna
  • 2019-06-04

Extremely hard to follow (possible SPOILER)

I believe there is a huge recording mistake in chapters 11 and 12. I had to find detailed chapter descriptions from encyclopaedia-wot.org to figure out what was going on, and I am convinced that the recording is out of order. If anyone has a hard copy that can confirm if this chapter description is chronologically correct (http://www.encyclopaedia-wot.org/books/acos/ch12.html) that would be most helpful.
Spoilers: While listening to the audiobook, Lan reappears too suddenly and abruptly with no explanation. There is no obvious jump or gap of context, except that he is suddenly there, and so Egwene sends him off to protect Nynaeve. She skims him out to Ebou Dar. BUT THEN!!!!!........AFTER that, he is suddenly back at the Aes Sedai camp where there is a scene more like what I would expect of Egwene seeing him for the first time since Moiraine died.

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  • Jae
  • 2013-03-19

Incredulously!

What did you love best about A Crown of Swords?

The story throughout these first 7 books is complex and compelling. They do keep my interest although I must say the detail of every dress, coat, room, blanket and expression is a bit tiresome and there are so many characters I find it difficult to remember who is who... where they are in this vast world, who is on who's side, etc. The first book or two where the main characters were introduced and where all were in the story at the same time made the story and plot cleaner for me. By book 7, I long for information about my favorite characters, wonder why... with the "One Power" and other advantages they have they can't seem to get together, or believe or even understand each other.

And I listened to the book "incredulously" over how many times the author uses the word "Incredulously". Can't they look at each other in disbelief... just once?
Perhaps you notice it more while listening to the book than reading it... particularly when you are listening to the series back to back but I would seriously like to find out how many times that word was used in this story... and to buy the author a thesaurus.

What other book might you compare A Crown of Swords to and why?

The rest of the series

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoy the scenes with the "lessor" characters... The scenes involving the main character are always so angry.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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  • Austin
  • 2018-03-27

deja vu central

randomly this book repeats like 6 seconds back. you'll think you're giving crazy. don't worry, you aren't. yet...

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  • Kirk
  • 2008-12-08

Great series + Great narration = must read.

Great series + Great narration = must read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-07

great story

why change the names prononciation ? Michael Kramer's voices are great, Kate Reading less so.

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  • Olivier Swinnen
  • 2018-12-05

characters are improving

the female-male balance is still totally unfair, with women in control of everything, extremely confident and arrogant, and men without brain or balls, so obedient that it almost seems normal that every country, kingdom, society,... are controlled by women. the few men that resist are mostly dumb or at least act like they are. But this book is a little better, having the Dragon reborn (a Male, condemned to become crazy because he is using magic, where female can use it without problem) ascending to power, over some "Asadai" even! but he is still being controlled by : his girlfriends, his female bodyguards, and treated like a little boy by one "wise" Asadai. I will try the next book, maybe the inequality between women and men will cease..