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Publisher's Summary

Now an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

In The Dragon Reborn, the third novel in Robert Jordan’s number one New York Times best-selling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, Rand al’Thor undertakes a journey to prove himself worthy of being the Champion of Light.

Winter has stopped the war - almost - yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he?

Rand al’Thor has been proclaimed the Dragon Reborn. Traveling to the great fortress known as the Stone of Tear, he plans to find the sword Callandor, which can only be wielded by the Champion of Light, and discover if he truly is destined to battle The Dark One. Following Rand, Moiraine and their friends battle Darkhounds on the hunt, hoping they reach the Heart of the Stone in time for the next great test awaiting the Dragon Reborn.

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 number one New York Times best sellers, 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
Warrior of the Altaii

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

©1991 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)1997 Books on Tape

What the critics say

"Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)
"Large and splendid. The saga reaches a new level of emotional impact." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Great fantasy series

Fans of Brandon Sanderson will love this series by Robert Jordan's - you can see why Sanderson was the obvious choice to complete the series after Robert Jordan's death.

Robert Jordan's characters mature from wide-eyed innocents through to adults shaped by experiences both fascinating and horrifying. The world he created is full of varying cultures that are relatable, foreign and intriguing at the same time.

Michael Kramer and Kate Reading's performances delightfully bring the cast of characters to life and transport you to the world of the Dragon Reborn and his reluctant entourage.

This series is worth the time investment - I thought 14 books would be daunting to get through but I'm now approaching then end and am sad it has one!

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the best book in series do far that I read it 3x!

so much goes on in this book! when I finished listening to the audio book I bought the book and went back again. it's easy to miss stuff that happens. My favourite book in the series so far.

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another amazing entry in the wheel of time

Just truly a fantastic series that has every piece of epic fantasy intertwined in it.

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Can’t get enough!

Once again Robert Jordan has captured my complete attention! I love that there are as many heroine’s as there are hero’s! Each character is very unique & the narrators do a fabulous job of voice changes & relaying the suspense as well as the humour. Bravo again! Highly recommended!

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I found Book three to be even better than one or two. All storylines in this book are very entertaining. Mat's luck is very interesting. Perrin's falcon is a fun new character. The three hunting for the black ajah is tense and engrossing.
I am actually glad Rand is not a main character. I remember having read this years ago and finding him to be a bit annoying. But at least there is finally growth in his character.
Unfortunately, Perrin takes on Rand's role (and continues his own) of whiner in this one. There is a ton of "I never asked for this" GoT Season 8 vibes throughout the series that continues into book three.
That said, the characters mostly begin to accept their roles in the story by the end.
I still do not understand the constant blaming of Moiraine for everything. Nynaeve should have by now moved past the thought that this is somehow all Moiraines fault just because she is the one who went to Emonds Field.

There are a few errors in the audiobook which surprised me because I'd never heard errors like this before. For example Kramer says something like, "Perrin was too tired and hungry to worry about being respectful. And too hungry too, he realized". The third word there should be "angry". In another part, he says Lan "decided" to move like a shadow during a fight. The word in the book is "seemed". He seemed to move like shadow. How does something like this get through editing?
Otherwise again expertly read by Kramer and Reading

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Fantastic

Always surprised that each book is better than the last!! Fully recommend this series, must read.

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Weakest of the first three

This book seems to be have reorganized as the author decided to expand the series. My feeling is that he intended to write a trilogy at first, which was the predominant epic size in that era, but decided to expand the series. Due to this it looks like he struggled to catch up with character development for the supporting major characters (the Two Rivers characters plus Min and Elayne) plus fill in some world building details and fleshing out of minor characters such as Moraine. Because of this Rand becomes a minor character in his eponymous novel, but the few parts where he is actually the POV character seem to be in keeping with what should have been his journey towards the final battle i.e. grabbing Calendar and perhaps heading to the close the Dark One's prison. Obviously, there would have had to been more focus on taking Calendar and raising an army to fight, but that could have been done in this or perhaps one or two more books.

In any event, the writing is still strong, but we can see the timelines are likely being altered here when we hear in The Shadow Rising that nobody seems to remember Suan and Moraine being best friends before they were raised to full Aes Sedai, except for Verin and Eladia, but Suan and Moraine were only raised about 15 years prior and were both late 30's at the start of Eye of the World, so there would have been literally servants that remembered them as novices! Likely, their friendship would have been the worst kept secret in the tower.

Overall, pacing was pretty good, but their were some issues with story and timeline inconsistencies creeping in, which isn't particularly odd in such a large series. I just think this was the weakest of the first 3-5 books, but that's still a very good book by any standards.

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This story is fairly good, I am finding Jordans stories quite good, his endings are the best but they kinda feel rushed?

I guess? They build and build and then just finish.
I do find the performances of the two narrators very wooden. I know every one believes them to be the “voices of fantasy” but I find myself having to listen to the book super fast (1.5 or higher) as to not be super annoyed by their voices. I dunno, I guess that’s just me. Anyways, it’s pretty good I’d recommend it, probably be a good paperback.

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Outstanding!

As I finish Book 3....I'm fascinated and completely drawn in to each segment of the Series. Can't wait to to continue this adventure with these fascinating characters!

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Well performed, but underwhelming story, boring dialogue, stereotypes galore, and a very unsatisfying ending.

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  • 2004-12-20

An outstanding novel in the Wheel of Time series!!

The Dragon Reborn is captivating from beginning to end! Robert Jordan does a wonderful job bringing many elements together at the end of this novel, and producing a very climatic ending. Though some might argue otherwise, the plot is moderately convoluted and will keep most readers riveted until the last page. It is well worth the listening!
Tai'shar Manetheren!

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  • Michael
  • 2019-10-31

Getting Better

I feel 4 stars is being generous but overall the series is improving a lot. I have never been frustrated by a series characters more so than the ones in the WoT & it does feel like a struggle at times but I very much like the premise of the story & as I stated every book is improving. I'm going to continue with hopes that the character development improves also.

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  • Karl Knight
  • 2009-07-16

Top Quality Audio Entertainment

Kate Reading and Michael Kramer have achieved a feat of extraordinary ability. They have managed deliver a reading of the book with no sound effects or music that is both engaging and entertaining.

Well worth your time

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  • Carl
  • 2013-03-08

Hard to Rate

Would you listen to The Dragon Reborn again? Why?

No, it's extremely long and there are still a lot of books left in the series to finish.

What did you like best about this story?

The climax at the end, and the way Mat finally became a whole character.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. They are my two favorite narators. I hear so many people talking about Michael Kramer in a negative way and I don't understand why. He has so many different voices for all the characters. He pauses in the correct places and his voice inflections are perfectly timed. My only knock on both of them is that they read a little slower than I do, but that is no big deal at all. I think they both have a good idea of what Robert Jordan intended his books to be percieved as.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO WAY!! This book is LOOONNGG.

Any additional comments?

This book is hard to rate because overall it is a fantastic story with deep characters. The world is alive with politics, good, evil, and everything in between. It has another fantastic climatic ending that really starts to get rolling from 2/3 of the book on. I do have 2 gripes about this series as a whole. First is the fact that a rediculous amount of time is spent talking about stuff in past books and explaining them for someone that might not have read the previous ones. This becomes really annoying. My second gripe is the "in between" stuff. You could read 30 pages in this book and not have a single thing happen. This is however what makes the world so intricate, and the characters so deep. Would I trade it for a shorter version? Probably, but I'll take it like it is for now and move on to the next book with the same excitement that got me this far.

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  • Bruce
  • 2011-07-26

Good not Great

I found this book the slowest of the series so far, but still enjoyed it and will buy the next one in the series. Great series, love it. I'm also getting used to the switching between the two narrators who are both brilliant.

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  • Diane
  • 2010-08-01

absolutely fantastic

great story, great reading, what a pleasure. i'm hooked! Once you start you can't stop reading these adventures.

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  • Kris
  • 2005-07-26

Great ending. skip the body

I definately agree with everyone who said slow...The book doesn't even start in the first half which is surprising considering this is one of the shorter stories in the series. The second half definately got better but that even took a while. The ending was once again superb however. I got goosebumps at the end but the build up to it could have been shortened without loosing much. Great book for anyone with a little patience but if you are looking for action from start to finish (like the first two books) go ahead and pass.

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  • Charles
  • 2005-02-27

The Dragon Reborn

Alittle slow to start, but soon you will be full engrossed. I could not wait to here more

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  • April
  • 2005-02-19

Definately worth reading

I really like the way Jordan plays off the reluctant hero. His insights into men and women's views of the opposite sex are often funny and help relieve the seriousness of the story, which is, as always, incredibly original and well written.

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  • Gavin
  • 2005-06-27

Slow, slow, slow......


I read and enjoyed the first 2 books of the series and was looking forward to reading them all. After this one, I am stopping. This book could not have been any slower. It was like listening to a 100 year old man tell a story, going off on countless tangents that serve no purpose to the main story. Every time they enter a town do we really need to know what colour their shoes, socks, hats, and undergarments are? Dow we really care what kind of exports they have and why their fishery dried up 80 years ago? I kept waiting for these pointless observations to have meaning later and they did not. This story was 4 hours of average content surrounded by over 20 hours of filler. Very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-29

A tiny bit repetitive

Great new things in this one, but the end sequence is pretty much the same formula used in the first two volumes, the duels with Baalzamon gets really tiring. Still a really good book and leaves you wanting to get to the fourth volume immediately!