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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 (358 ratings)

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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.
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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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Jiana
  • 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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  • 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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  • Kyle
  • 2011-08-25

Good at first, then...Meh

I stopped reading the series after this book. The tragedy of this series is that the world, the back-history, and magic system are exquisitely developed, but the plot is repetetive and the characters are hollow. The pattern of the plot (no spoiler) is a less-than-brilliant move by (insert character), which leads to an emergency, which is resolved at the last second in a maddeningly convenient manner (usually either an unlooked-for rescue or a new manifestation of magic). The characters are fantasy stereotypes. However, the books are very suspenseful, and these are common issues in all but the best fantasy. All might be forgiven except for the sheer unnecessary length of the series. There are at least two major plot lines that a good editor would have axed altogether to bring focus to a badly meandering story arc and cut the size down a bit. I would recommend this series only to die-hard fantasy aficionados who will appreciate what was done well and forgive what was done poorly.

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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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  • Gracie Conte
  • 2019-01-27

The story drags at points

I find the story drags sometimes and all those point correspondence with when the narrative follows Rand. I don't know why but I don't like his story line.

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  • Aaron Aide
  • 2019-01-26

PLEASE PROGRESS

The lack of real progress in this story is driving me crazy. I'm going to have to give it up cause I just can't sit through another 41 hours of boring lack of progress.

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  • Brannon P
  • 2018-12-16

In depth plot and storyline but whats with the constant and petty quarreling?!

I truly love the wheel of Time series universe created by Robert Jordan. For years I have both read listen to these books the only drawback is the petty war of the sexes immature nearly constant quarreling between the primary characters.

Its quite incongruous when comparing the lifetimes of literally earth shattering import these beings represent to the high school level judgmental pithiness and childish banter they display towards each other.

Rand and Perrin seem to be the only ones evolving into capable characters matching their reality.

Already deep into Book 4 and seriously these characters should have grown out of this by now. if it doesn’t stop soon I don’t think I can continue listening. Its beyond annoying and destroys the otherworldly fantasy element i so enjoy

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  • lobaron
  • 2017-02-02

Kate Reading just doesn't seem to care.

Kate Reading doesn't seem to care, names don't have consistency within her own reading, nor do some of the voices she previously used. Michael Kramer does this, to a lesser extent. I get it, it was a huge series and taking that into consideration they did great, but it still grates on my nerves.

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