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Publisher's Summary

The Wheel of Time is now an original series on Prime Video, starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

In Lord of Chaos, the sixth novel in Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, builds his army of Light even as sworn enemies--and supposed allies--move against him.

Now ruling Tear, Andor, and Caemlyn, among other nations, Rand is recruiting all men capable of channeling to be trained as his Asha'man soldiers. The warrior Aiel clans have pledged loyalty to Rand, acknowledging him as their chief of chiefs, even though the Shaido Aiel remain a threat.

Split into two factions, the Aes Sedai of the White Tower and their rebel counterparts both seek to ally themselves with the Dragon Reborn. Rand knows all too well the manipulative nature of the Aes Sedai, no matter which side of their internal war they stand upon. But even he cannot predict just how desperate, cruel, and treacherous they can be.

And in the shadows, the Forsaken and the Dark One are conjuring even more chaos...

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan 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

©1994 Robert Jordan (P)1998 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the critics say

"Nothing short of remarkable." (Library Journal)

"The Wheel of Time [is] rapidly becoming the definitive American fantasy saga....A fantasy tale seldom equalled and still more seldom surpassed in English." (The Chicago Sun-Times

 "Quite excellent volume." (Booklist

What listeners say about Lord of Chaos

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Getting Worse

The first few novels in the series were innovative and entertaining. This sixth installment is so weak, I will be giving up for awhile. Jordan's world is rich and engrossing, but the character development is infuriating. Further, fully half of the novel takes place in Trel'aran'rhiod (the Dream World) - it's interesting but metaphysical to an annoying degree. I've tried to stick with the series because I would like to see what happens in the epic battle of Good vs The Shadow, but the characters are literally insufferable. Every time some insipid character smooths her skirts, sniffs, obsesses over dresses, or puts her chin up..or some confused lovestruck/sex-starved youth gives up on understanding "stubborn women"..I want to scream at Robert Jordan. JUST TELL THE STORY!! It's my impression that the series has fallen into a new "pattern". The first four books were "Separate and Adventure - meet you at the climax."  Now we are seeing "Learn stuff, get Experience and Power - Scheme." *sigh* I will be taking a break from the series for a few months. 2 Stars for this recording.

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I can never wait for the next one

I enjoy the series so much I always end up buying a book in between credits cause I cant wait that long to get to the next one.

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A great series! One of the best!

I really like this series, the story and especially the characters are top notch.

My only gripe would be the repetitive descriptions as though readers in this, the sixth book in the series, are reading the wheel of time series as though starting book 1.

It's even better on audible allowing me to listen on my 45 min commute. The voice narrating/acting is great! I like the way they switch up readers based on the sex of the main character perspective each chapter. A males' inner thoughts reflect a mans and a females' a woman's respectively.

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RJ keeps sexism sexy

Great overall story, but Jordan's world is amazingly rife with sexism, infantalism and most of all gender essentialism. An epic story from a bygone Era where the description of women centers on their body type and what they're wearing, with terms like "full lips" and "buxom".

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so intrigued

I'm really enjoying this series. I tried the physical copy a few years ago but couldn't get into it but the audible version hits differently somehow. Lord of Chaos might be my fav book so far.

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Conflict

Conflict between men and women and low opinion of men by women seems to mark this story. Plot is superb and action scenes excellent.

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long winded world development.

A lot of things happen in this installement, but it still feels like a slog to get through.

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Best ending. Love the performance by Michael and Kate. This is arguably the best book in the series

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Best book of the series

This is my favourite book of the series and the last with a traditional confrontation near the end of the book. Books 7 through 11 can feel like a bit of a slog as new characters and new plots are introduced while older plots are left hanging.

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Fantastic! Like all the books

Loved it. I can’t believe that I waited so long to read this epic series.

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  • 2017-06-28

Good, not great

I agree with another reviewer. there is too much redescribing people and scenarios. At some point can we stop hearing about women who "sniff" after they are angry about something?! I have a running joke about this subject at home. "And she sniffed!" Women think men are wool heads and stubborn, men don't know what to think about women. Yeah bro.... We get it.
Overall this is a great story, but it could have been trimmed down a lot.
Don't worry..... only 7 more books to go. ahhhhh :)

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  • Joseph K. Motacek
  • 2018-03-02

Robert Jordan drags out yet another book...

I'm done...I literally can't stand to listen to another minute of this. I love'd the first three books in this series, but this one was yet another painful slog through, the same die cast female characters, sniffing and straightening skirts, next to no actual character development (besides Eguaene, possibly Rand) or even and worst of all literally only one interesting thing happening (because let's face it he told us Eguaene would be Amrlyn two or three books ago....). Do yourself a favor skip to the last chapter then move on with your life. There is way too much pointless and repetitive detail in this book... it downs out anything interesting that actually happened. In order to finish this series I'm hoping someone one can recommend an abridged edition...because I'm still curious to know how it ends, just not masochistic enough to put myself through another full book.

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  • Kevin Gray
  • 2018-05-27

Losing motivation to continue series.

Although Robert Jordan has created a complex and captivating world and explores thought provoking themes, I often want to reach through the pages to strangle him. The pacing in the first book was great. Each subsequent novel is increasingly bogged down with over explaining what happened previously to the extent that story lines are neglected and even completely ignored for inordinate periods of time. The timeline itself feels incongruous.

The worst offender of number six, though, is the contrived plot development. Nearly every main character and party acts out of character for the sake of plot convenience. Such a waste of the previous thousands of pages developing these characters! And for what? After endless meandering, just as things start getting interesting, the requisite number of pages has been achieved and the book rushes through an ending that fails to resolve or even address main plot lines. It's like he lost track of where he was going on this one and couldn't make up his mind of how to proceed.

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  • Christine Bowen
  • 2018-05-07

Good except for one major thing

The constant reminder of Men vs Women, of men don’t understand women and women don’t understand men, is tedious and annoying. I am not sure there is even one chapter without it.

Otherwise, the story is good.

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  • Elias
  • 2005-08-14

Finally here!

This is it! Lord of Chaos is finally out in Unabridged format!

Jordan/WoT literati argue about their favorite scene or the best part of the series. Ever since this book was published the battle at the wells has ranked near the top. This book and the two before it are Jordan at his best, his most innovative and balanced. I highly recommend the series (make sure you start with book one).

As for the audiobook... Michael Kramer and Kate Reading have been doing the narration for all 8 unabridged editions so far and they do a very good job of it. The only part of the narrations that bugs me in the slightest is Kramer's portrayal of Gawyn. How come Gawyn has a Brit accent and Elayne and the Emond's Fielders have normal accents? They're all from Andor... Anyway, very good production quality; engrossing story; able to fit on an iPod. What more could you ask for?

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  • MasterFantastic
  • 2018-10-02

Please die Nyaneave

I love he books but stop having the women act like they are socially handicapped. Nyaneave is the most insufferable bitch i have ever come across in a book. There is no way Lan or any other man would want to to be with her. It seemed so forced that he fell in love with such a mean woman. It's not even just that. She thinks all men are dumb, even obviously capable ones like Tom, and that she is the most capable person in the world at every thing. If i was traveling with i would have defected over to the Forsaken just because of her.

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  • Forrest B.
  • 2019-06-10

Disappointed

I've been stuck to every book in the series prior to this one. I've tried multiple times getting through it but it is almost unreadable. I've listened to the first 10 chapters multiple times and still don't really know what's going on or if anything interesting ever does.. it's a shame because 1-5 were phenomenal!!!!

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  • Eve
  • 2013-09-25

This book is a matter of taste

Would you listen to Lord of Chaos again? Why?

This series is very long, so I probably won't listen to it again. Having said that, the Lord of Chaos was a good volume and kept the suspense going. I did find it a bit trying to keep all the characters straight, e.g. the Lords of the different kingdoms, the Aes Sedai and Wise Ones belonging to the different factions.What I really hate about this series are the women. I found them all distasteful and completely unbelievable: Nynaeve pulling on her braid, Siuan swearing like a sailor, Elaine acting like a stuck up snit, the aggressiveness of the Aiel women, etc etc. And I found it unbelievable that any man would put up with, let alone fall in love with, women who acted like, for example, Nynaeve or Faile or Aviendha. I've never before read a book or a series where I would have been happy to see the main female characters all be killed off early on. The only main female character I liked so far was Moraine. I started reading the series in book form years ago, but stopped reading it because the women drove me crazy. Apparently most readers are not bothered by the depiction of the female characters, so I guess this is a matter of taste.

What did you like best about this story?

The thing I like best about the Wheel of Time series is how the characters evolve (at least the men: Matt, Perrin and Rand).

What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

I really enjoyed Kate Reading's performance - I was always glad when the narration switched over to her. I liked the way Michael Kramer gave different characters different voices (especially Loial the Ogier), but his normal narration irritated me for some reason. I did get used to it over the first 6 volumes, but never learned to like it. This is of course a matter of taste, and I don't mean to be too critical. At all times the narration of both Kate and Michael was smooth and professionally done.

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  • Dave
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Highs and lows...

Any additional comments?

While still a fantastic read, this book is probably my least favorite in the series thus far, due mostly to the slow pace of things. While I greatly enjoy Robert Jordan's verbose writing style, the repetitiveness of details in this particular title did make the story seem to drag at points and I feel the constant reiteration could have easily been trimmed down without impacting the story. Aside from that, the continued outstanding plot and character development was well worth the down time and the climatic conclusion to the book made the final 8 hours extremely exciting to listen through. I might even argue it’s some of the most exciting writing in the series. Again, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading did a great job with the narration, although I still wish they had agreed upon pronunciations of certain names prior to the recording. Onward!

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  • Albert
  • 2005-09-08

Good job

Kate Reading & Micheal Kramer do a fantastic job of narating this series. Anyone interested in High Fantasy should start this series at book 1 and not stop until they are done. My only hope is that they will get the next book done in unabridged formate before I finish this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-02

With Lord of Chaos, Jordan is at his best

A book filled with iconic moments, intricate plot and subplot developments, madness and battle... Let the Lord of Chaos rule.

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  • Olivier Swinnen
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Male characters dumb. female characters unbearable

as before, story interesting, but females are so arrogant and proud, totally controlling everything while males are sheep, in intelligence and lack of confidence, authority, and balls..