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The Shadow Rising

Book Four of The Wheel of Time
Written by: Robert Jordan
Length: 41 hrs and 13 mins
5 out of 5 stars (268 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of The Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.
©1992 Robert Jordan (P)1997 Books on Tape

What the critics say

"Jordan's multivolume epic continues to live up to its high ambitions. Complex plotting, an array of strong characters, lavish detail, and a panoramic scope make this series a feast for fantasy aficionados." (Library Journal)
"The fourth volume of the most ambitious American fantasy saga continues to suggest that The Wheel of Time will also be the finest." (Booklist)

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Weird pauses

I think this audiobook needs some better audio editing... there was a large number of odd pauses between sentences, and often no pause at all where I would have expected one (such as a switch in viewpoints).

Apart from that, it was well voiced and a great story!

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great book and performance

recently finished listening to this audio book

Reading and Kramer do an incredible job at reciting this series

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great consistent fantasy

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so far the audiobook series has shown to be amazingly consistent in the way it is voice acted. love that it is the same people through out the series.

the series itself is also really well written and is awesome fantasy.

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The story gets even better

This book is where everything starts to take off.
Story lines start to branch off and we get great world and character building.
I cant wait to listen to more! #Audible1

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love this Series

#Audible1 I am adding a written review in order to get into a draw, but still an excellent book.

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My love for jordan is boundless

I’m a huge fan of the books, i own all of them, have reread multiple times. I purchased this audiobook to listen along with my husband, who is new to the series. While i was not initially a fan of the readers, they definitely grew on me by about halfway through. #Audible1

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Fantastic Series!

Loved it
Narrators are great as always!
On to the next book in the series!

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Amazing !

This was the best book of the series so far, I can not wait for the rest of their journey.

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Grandious Writing with Glorious Preformance

These are the BEST narrators, they follow the highs and lows of conversation and tone perfectly. 10/10

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  • Mica
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 2008-04-27

The BEST of the Wheel of Time

Great development of Perrin and a decent amount of Mat, this novel stands out as the most emotional and most ecstatic novel in the series. This turn in the series is the most engaging and enjoyable. I have listened to it 4 times now and each time experience a tightening in my throat when...well better not spoil it. You will not regret this one!

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  • David
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 2007-09-22

Best Book So Far

Now totally addicted to the pattern that Jordan has woven, I have to admit this last installment was by far my favorite. YES, critics of Jordan are right in that he can describe every detail in the most mundane scenes...and YES, his characters are a bit one dimensional in their personas...BUT with a story this complex I have to admit I appreciate characters that I know won't change on me from chapter to chapter or book to book. What I think most critics miss is that this book is about the storyline and the pattern, not just about the characters that play within it.

This past week I learned that Jordon has died and that he didn't finish his last book in the series (and rumor has it the last installment is a mammoth!). I am committed to finishing this out and seeing Rand through as the Dragon reborn, finding out what Lord Perin Golden Eyes does, and discover what's up with Matt and his flair for luck and history. 4 books down, 8 more to go!

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  • Ironhead77
  • 2008-05-16

lances say

Through out the Wheel of Time different threads of each part continue to get more and more intriguing. The changes/challenges each character undergoe never fail to leave you wanting more.

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  • A. Burstein
  • 2005-03-07

Excellent Book

I believe this is one of the best in the series. I can't wait for the Fires of Heaven to come out. I really pray it is the unabridged version!

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  • Allison B
  • 2009-03-12

Best in the series yet

This series has been fantastic, and this book is the best so far. Can't wait to get the next one...

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  • Kirk
  • 2008-12-08

Great series + Great narration = must read.

Great series + Great narration = must read

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  • Jiana
  • MILFORD BAY, ON, Canada
  • 2016-11-13

I'm still listening...

I am struggling with continuing this series. The overall concept is intriguing but the writing is difficult sometimes. Things happen to characters that after four books we still have no explanation for, the girls are airheads at the best of times, oh Rand this and oh Rand that and all of the sudden he and Egwayne have no feelings for each other with no lead up, Elaine writes two letters that we have no insight into, Minh is supposed to be street savvy yet she sounds like an idiot when it comes to the opposite sex and someone please shoot me when Nineavh speaks. She's mean and grouchy and how are we supposed to like her or how do the others like her? Anyways I'm still listening because it is entertaining but im hoping Mr. Jordan connects the dots and smartens up the characters in the rest of the books.

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  • Paul K. Tribbett
  • Frostbite falls mn
  • 2012-01-10

the best of the best

You are reading the best epic fantasy series there is. period. It may take a while to get into it but you will. There are 2600 plus characters but don't get scared teenagers read this every day. You will know these peoples as "friends" and "enemies" and like your own family. Read by the dynamic duo of recitation kate reading and michael kramer... they pull it all together .. I switch genres just to listen to them... It [the series] is really one huge wonderful story broken into 14 too short books that nobody wants to see ended..I can not express how good these books are. I have started 16 different friends reading TWoT and they are all addicted. You think that maybe the books are enchanted some how???
If fantasy is your genre you have arrived....... paul t.

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  • zane
  • 2018-01-03

Great story....

Really fun read. My only gripe is that the narrators often do not take a long enough break between chapters, so it can be a bit confusing as to when a new chapter begins.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • Ojo Caliente, NM, United States
  • 2014-01-18

Favorite characters got page time.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only if they have read the previous books, but yes.

What other book might you compare The Shadow Rising to and why?

The rest of the books in the series.

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

Yes, they were great.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Wolves of sorrow.

Any additional comments?

In this book we have plenty of squaring off between our Two Rivers heroes and the Forsaken. I won’t tell you who comes out on top, but it wasn’t a sure thing either way. Nynaeve has some fears she has to face. Meanwhile, Perrin struggles against his blossoming wolfish nature; the Whitecloaks are on the hunt and Perrin is in there sights.

I liked a lot of things about this book, especially Perrin’s inner struggle (though for a teensy bit there I felt it went on for too long). I think Perrin sees things in black and white sometimes; once he goes down a road, there is no turning back. But there is, or at least sideways. Once you pick up an axe to see to some business, doesn’t mean that you can’t put it down again. Through Perrin’s ordeal, we learn a little bit about what the Two Rivers folks are made of and also the guiding principles of the Whitecloaks.

Min has more visions, and this time they concern the White Tower. I won’t spoil anything for you, but it gets real and some of my favorite characters have to make some tough choices. Meanwhile, in other parts of the land, we see Rand becoming a leader not just of men but of nations. It’s a big step for him and he does OK, and doesn’t get his head handed to him.

There’s plenty of Aiel time, and specifically time in the Aiel Waste. We really get to experience their culture, and for some, it is quite a shock. Of course, there are many funny scenes related to the culture shock. I was glad to see that Robert Jordan fleshed out this people.

Overall, the pacing was great, the plot moved forward, and my favorite characters got plenty of page time. I wanted the bad guys destroyed and I cheered the good guys towards victory. While there was some of that teen angst flirtatious/hate-you behavior that permeates the series, I was able to tune out during those parts and enjoy the rest.

The Narration: As always, Kate Reading and Michael Kramer did an excellent job. I quite enjoyed them and they seem to have gotten in sync on the pronunciation of a few names. There are so many, I don’t know how they got them all down the same!

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