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The Eye of the World

Book One of The Wheel of Time
Written by: Robert Jordan
Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
5 out of 5 stars (602 ratings)

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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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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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Indulge

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

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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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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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Good <br />

narrator was easy to listen to. made for a pleaserable experience. well worth listening again.

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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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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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a really great reading of some amazing fiction!

I've been trying to find time to read this series for awhile, and I'm honestly both surprised and thankful to find this on the audiobook platform!
This is a great work of fantasy fiction with some very creative and stimulating world building!

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  • Lore
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 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 chapter's 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!

623 of 642 people found this review helpful

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  • Greg
  • Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA
  • 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.

354 of 373 people found this review helpful

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  • Kyle
  • Laplace, LA, United States
  • 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.

224 of 238 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony Deleeuw
  • Los Angeles, CA USA
  • 2004-05-13

Amazing Series, Amazing Readers

I am overjoyed to find audible choose to carry this Unabridged series. It is pretty much the only place anywhere you can find this extraordinary Unabridged audio series. The abridged version of this series is horrible; however this version is a true and rare audio gem. I have listened to literally a few hundred audio books in my life, most of which were either sci-fi/ fantasy and this series stands out as one of the best I?ve heard. It has exquisite readers both Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are among the best audio readers I've ever heard. As anyone who has heard audio can probably relate to, the quality of the reader is vital to the experience of the book and these are simple two of the best in the business. They capture the characters perfectly and draw you in like few other readers can. Another great and fairly unique thing this audio reading does is when the books comes from the perspective of a female character Kate gives you the female voice to match, where as if you are in the head of a male character Michael reads to give you that male feel. This makes a big difference in the whole experience, how much the reading brings the character to life and draws you into their world. Speaking of which, Robert Jordan's WOT world is one of the most vivid, complex and original world I have experienced in fantasy. The world's complexity continues to grow throughout the huge epic series. It makes you want to know what is going on in different lands almost as much as what is happening with different characters. In the first half of this series each book is better then the one before as the main characters, the world and the adventure expands. If you get a chance, please request that audible carry the rest of this Unabridged series. As of now they carry book one (The Eye of the World) and two (The Great Hunt). I guess that's about it. Enjoy, I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.

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  • Robert
  • Yamhill, OR, United States
  • 2010-05-12

A Masterpiece

There is very little in the way of accolades that I could add to what has already been written about this book except to second the praise for it. When choosing a book, I do consider how many people have taken the time to rate and review a book, as well as what the reviews have to say. Therefore, the value of this book to me requires that I say something to encourage others to take it as a selection. This was my first Robert Jordan book. It's about 30 hours long and I finished it in two and a half days. I could not put it down. It is a masterpiece in almost every aspect of the word and I do not know how the narration could possibly have been improved. I was blown away.

123 of 135 people found this review helpful

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  • So Fain
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 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.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Michael
  • New Orleans, LA
  • 2012-10-09

Fantasy Writing And Listening At Its Finest!

Robert, Robert, Robert.

What have you done to me?

You 've kept me up countless nights, hanging onto every fantastic word, thinking about this incredible world you've created long after I finished reading and listening. You made me want more. And more. And you gave more of the same, and better.

What descriptive and well-thought out writing! What a rich and resplendent world you've created for us. A staggering storyline rich in history, politics, magic and mystery. Character development that captures us completely in the story, plots and journeys throughout this and the many novels to follow!

There are not enough words to describe the fantastic journey that awaits you in Jordan's Wheel of Time novels. They are long, descriptive novels that require more attentive listening that reward you for taking the time to really LISTEN.

If you like a deep rousing story that involves rich fantasy, political intrigue, dark forces with malevolent intent, secret societies, and MUCH MUCH MORE, than you might as well just crack open that wallet, and pull out your Audible credits.

You're going on an audiobook journey you'll never forget.

52 of 59 people found this review helpful

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  • Dana S Babcock
  • Navarre, Florida United States
  • 2008-07-10

Great Book!

I really enjoyed this book. At first the narrarator was a little annoying, you could hear him breathing alot. But after an hour or two, he got much better...you could even tell the characters by the voices he gave them. I will listen to the entire series. I don't know why I waited so long to read Robert Jordan!

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Lewisburg, WV, United States
  • 2004-05-04

Hooked!

Awesome! One of the best series of books i've read/listened to and i've read quite a lot of fantasy & scifi. It is a must read for anyone even mildly interested in fantasy adventure.

Pleasssse...don't listen to the abridged volumes you will regret it. Also please request to audible that they get the rest of the series in Unabridged versions. I'm on my second reading and it's as good as the first.

Rob 37yrs old
Cville, VA

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