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Publisher's Summary

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
©1990 Robert Jordan (P)1996 Books on Tape, Inc.

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"Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)

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Decent Story, worth a listen

Overall I enjoyed this book however, for some reason the narrator changes at really odd times for no apparent reason. I found the Male narrator to be a little dry though he was consistent with the various voices. the female narrator I found to be much more engaging and kept my attention more.

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Captivating Adventure

Wonderfully narrated, the story comes to life in your mind as you listen. The first in this series, it really sets the Realm for the reader. The characters are full of life and personality making you cheer for some and growl at others. It sets the reader up for wanting to know more about the characters and hear what's to come.

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I was captivated and finished the book in 5 days, listening all day and night

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Great build up (and not much else)

Enjoyable but this book was primarily world building. Understandable considering this series has 14 books but it kinda dragged at times, especially considering it feels very familiar to many other fantasy series. The sequels are vastly more interesting and this book succeeds in hooking you in for the long haul.

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don't let the one star fool you

I almost didn't listen to this because of a single one star rating. Don't listen to it. This book is the first in a massive series, it takes patience. but once you are enveloped you will be unable to put it down. Absolutely worth the time.

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I'm glad I started this series. excellent performa

I'm glad I started this series. excellent performance as well. will be getting book 2 shortly.

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  • Kat
  • 2019-01-07

This series is one of my all-time favuorites!!

I have re-read this series dozens of time. The auto books are just as fantastic!!

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Fantastic kick off to a long series

loved it, all the way through. Authired and Narrated with such passion and deep story telling. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Great book ! Fantastic listen!!

I love it!!! I already bought the second one!! I recommend it to any fan of the fantasy genre!!

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Quality Start

Quality start to this epic series. Having a separate female narrator for the Moiraine sections was a nice touch. Great work by both narrators.
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  • macyok9s
  • 2019-09-04

Mixed feelings

I read this series over a decade ago and waited anxiously for each new book to come out. I wanted to enjoy the series again while I drove 45 mins to/from work. It just didn't work for me. The reader just read too slow for me. And the use of two different readers who both read male and female parts - after the first reader had already read the female parts - didn't make sense to me. If you're going to use various readers, why not have them be consistent in reading the same character throughout the book? Very disappointed.

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  • Laura
  • 2020-04-26

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I got this because I remember reading it many years ago. Unfortunately, the narrator makes this sound ridiculous with an exaggerated, dramatic tone.

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  • 2012-06-29

Your first step down a very long and winding road.

The Eye of the World kicks off Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series and it is a step that should not be taken lightly. This first book is excellent and will likely have you listening to the next book in the journey before you know it. This is a long series (13+ books) and each book so far is between 23-41 hours of listening in unabridged format.

Some things you should know before you start:

1) Robert Jordan did not live long enough to finish the story, but he did pass along his vision for the conclusion to Brandon Sanderson who is writing the final books. Brandon Sanderson is an awesome Fantasy writer so the conclusion of the series is in good hands.

2) Robert Jordan can tend to be wordy at times and some of the books along the way feel a little bloated, but each one does advance the story.

3) The narration is done by 2 excellent narrators: Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. Each chapter will be read by one or the other depending on the chapter's main character. If the main character is female then Kate will read the entire chapter including the male voices. Michael will handle the chapters where the main character is male and he will do the female voices. This means that you must get accustomed to 2 voices for each character. This put me off at first but I quickly became accustomed to it and now I really enjoy the format.

4) After a few books the narrators change the way they pronounce certain character names and this can throw you off until you realize that it is just a pronunciation change and not a different character. Just be prepared for it.

I am glad I started this long journey and I feel that audio is one of the best ways to experience Jordan's work. I had read The Eye of the World years ago but it didn't inspire me to keep going forward in the series, where the audiobook left me wanting more!

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  • R. Brown
  • 2013-04-10

If you like an extremely descriptive style...

This book takes descriptive writing to another level. Every room, every person, every article of clothing, how the bed feels, what is used for a pillow, the condition of the pathways, etc… While I like the story and characters I cannot help but wonder if an abridged version would be better. The excessive detail tempers the emotional impact when the author is trying to build excitement, tension and fear. In fact, I felt a little detached throughout the entire story. This book is a good candidate to try that 1.5x or 2.x speed option. I will try the next book in the series but am not yet willing to commit to 14 extremely long books. After reading series by Terry Brooks, David Eddings and Orson Scott Card I am used to more excitement and a greater attachment to characters.

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  • Samuel S
  • 2020-12-14

Do not buy this book

I don't want to write redundant reviews for all of this abhorrent series so this is my warning to you.

There are enough somewhat interesting hooks to pull you in but it is not worth it. At first the world building is pretty great and you are thrown into an actiony adventure. The author kept writing new side plots in that detracted from the story and each one initially draws the audience in until it is revealed to also be worthless.

Unfortunately the characters suck in almost every facet, they are idiots who keep pointless secrets as a plot device and treat each other without any respect or empathy. For example: halfway through the full series a character is escorting a woman whose life he's saved multiple times and she starts having her subordinates throw rocks and feces at him because he won't give her his most prized possession.

The only reason I kept going through these audio books was because I was driving multiple thousands of miles for personal reasons and needed something to engage my mind while doing 10-20 hours runs on the road. I wish I'd just listened to baby shark on repeat. These books are absolute bottom tier garbage.

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  • Greg
  • 2008-02-20

This Series Rocks

I am writing this review on the first of this series because as you consider beginning a multibook series you'll be wondering if the commitment is worth it. After having listened to all of the books now available on Audible (10 or 11 and the story is still not over) I am telling you to GO FOR IT. It took a several chapters to get my bearings with the material, but after that I was hooked in a terribly engrossing world of fantasy that I would never have thought would interest me. Some other reviewers have panned the narrators, and maybe with the first book they hadn't yet found their bearing either, but throughout the series they are outstanding in my opinion. I couldn't get enough of this story. I'm thankful that I came to it late, when there were already more than 10 books to enjoy. I admit that I have expected the author to wrap up this saga before now, but in reality I am thankful that he kept the characters and their world alive. I recommend this series with no reservations.

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  • Kyle
  • 2008-11-25

everything you need to know

If you read several of the listener ratings you will find that half love it and half hate it. This is not anything like LotR. This is bigger in every respect. The world is bigger, the characters are deeper and thjere are many, many, more of them. If you take on this series you need to be ready to focus. If you listen half heartedly you will be lost very quickly. I understand some of the points of the bad reviews. This series is detailed. You will always know what everyone is wearing and what every room looks like and some people will find it tiresome. I however really get a sense of being in the story and that is why I read/listen. If your thing is a movie type book, a few hours and everything is rapped up, then you are looking for something else. There are many great stand alone books on this site alone but if you are looking for a neck deep fantasy with as much intrigue as can be put on paper then look no further. Personally this and the Sword of Truth are my favorites. Be warned though that the author recently died and the 12th book (A Memory of Light) is now being written by Brandon Sanderson of Mistborn. The final installment is about 60% through the rough draft phase. I usually dont get books until the series is done because i cant stand waiting a year to see how it ends but just the fact that the last book is on its way has prompted me into a second go round on this series so I know exactly what is going on. WHether you get this one or not happy listening.

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  • Gene
  • 2021-05-09

Don't start down this road. Trust me.

In truth, this book probably deserves two stars. But the series only slows down as it goes along, and it's important to stress that point.

I finally just gave up in the middle of book six. Jordan is a terrible writer. I want my time and money back.








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  • So Fain
  • 2010-04-24

If you only knew what was coming....

This intro may seem slow to some, but it really is a great beginning to an amazing adventure. Not the best book in the series but it's one that will always be special to me simply because of the world that introduced me to.

If you want to spend 6 months of commuting wishing that your drive was longer so that you could listen to more.... This is your series.

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  • D. Hutchins
  • 2009-07-11

Give it a chance

My kids and I love fantasy books and were excited about starting a long series that we had heard a lot about. I'm not really sure where everyone gets that Michael Kramer is a great narrator unless they have stuck it out and listened to more books in this series. Frankly, he starts out AWFUL. We almost stopped listening just because of him. His cadence is so predictable and completely got on my nerves for the first 2/3 of the book. The first part that Kate Reading read seriously saved this book for us and we kept listening.

... and then about 2/3 of the way through it get SO much better. We are now almost finished with the 2nd book in the series and it is wonderful. Yes, this book has a slow start. But as you continue with the story you understand why - it NEEDS a slow start. I'm rating it pretty high even though I never thought I would get through it. Give it a chance and you will have a great start on an epic series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-29

The beginning of an incredible journey.

First I must say, picking up Eye of the world on Audible was my first ever audiobook and I was really surprised. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are just stellar narrators.

Back to EoTW. This book is very, very similar to LOTR in its structure and is a clear hommage to Tolkien, even Jordan acknowledged it. That being said, there are also absolutely wonderful twists and original things packed in this book. Jordan's magic system works well and is really great, his worldbuilding too. Overall a really really great start to one of the most defining fantasy series of all time.

Tai'shar Manetheren!