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Towers of Midnight

Wheel of Time, Book 13
Length: 38 hrs and 23 mins
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The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel’aran’rhiod and find a way - at long last - to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.

Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways - the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn - have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men’s lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.

This penultimate novel of Robert Jordan’s number-one New York Times best-selling series - the second of three based on materials he left behind when he died in 2007 - brings dramatic and compelling developments to many threads in the Pattern. The end draws near. Dovie’andi se tovya sagain. It’s time to toss the dice....

©2010 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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  • Tom
  • 2019-06-10

Beware the need to literally laugh out loud!

The whole book was great, of course.
Brandon Sanderson kept the spirit of or perfectly.
Just be careful if you listen in public, as there are many places near the end that caused me to laugh out loud.

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Good

Very good ya know so much action and adventure no other book can compare m

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Excellent once again

Great book! Sanderson really elevates Jordans writing to a next level. The editing and delivery by the narrators is fantastic

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The Wheel of Time Turns...

#Audible1 This series is arguably the modern Lord of the Rings. Rich, detailed and filled with a unique take on old themes and words, the Wheel of time is a Must Read for those who call themselves fans of High Fantasy Genre books.

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Picks up many fallen threads

Although the author doesn't quite pick up the exact voice of Robert Jordan, I did really enjoy the fact that many of the story lines are picked up and are being brought back together. An issue with this series was that too many character story lines seemed to be diverging with no clear path to how they might come back together. #Audible1

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Not liking the change of voice for the presenter.

I love this series and have a lot of respect for everyone involved in bringing to the markets. However, Michal Kramer's voice presentation has really been degrading in latest volumes. I find he's become monotonous, overly somber too often and generally stuttered.
Kate is far more entertaining to listen to. She seems to have kept her zeal for reading, reading the series in question and enjoying presenting it to us.
Otherwise, the series itself is beyond epic! No other literary work has entertained me as much as this one.
Cheers Mr. Jordan, well done sir. RIP.

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  • Sam
  • 2017-11-25

100%

still skips a bit at some points, but still 100% <3 Can't wait to start A Memory of Light!

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It skips to chapter 13 early on

Please fix Please fix Please fix Please fix Please fix Please fix Please fix Please fix Please fix Please fix Please fix Please fix this book I like it

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  • Jacob
  • Salem, OR, United States
  • 2010-11-15

Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm

This was a solid and action packed listen. As usual, Michael and Kate do an excellent job with the read. If Rand and Egwene are the primary characters in this series, they have only brief appearances in Towers of Midnight. Perrin and Mat's stories finally get moving and are almost resolved. I would say that anything unpredictable occurs in those story lines, but they are satisfying nonetheless. The flow and story is so tight I actually felt this book ended too abruptly. However, I look forward to the conclusion coming in the next book.

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  • Corey
  • 2010-11-09

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

Brandon Sanderson really understands this wonderful world that Robert Jordan has created. I am saddened that we will only get one more book and then nothing but imagination. I have listened to all of the books in this series and I remain captivated by the charactors and the Narration. Kate Redding is really the best there is and there would be no Matt without Micheal Kramer. Mr. Sanderson has another loyal follower.

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  • EastCoastGal
  • Allison New Brunswick canada
  • 2010-11-05

Excellent narrative...

Sanderson has done an excellent job in continuing Jordan's rich storytelling in this second-to-last book in the Wheel of Time series. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Jeanne Acker
  • 2010-11-03

Wow

Prologue gave us a glimpse of what was to come. The book , so far, lives up to the promise of the prologue. I am up to chapter 8 now and and really excited about what has happened thus far. Like pieces of a puzzle gradually coming together so that one can see more and more of the whole tapestry that this series truly is. A magnificent tapestry with plently of places to view in detail.

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • South Australia, Australia
  • 2013-08-31

A Satisfying Step Toward the Finale

This is one of those titles I've been wanting to listen too and, before, to read, but couldn't bring myself to making the commitment. Thirty-eight and an half hours of audio! That's daunting. However, I'm well ahead of my contract for this year, so what the hell. I am pleased (perhaps relieved is a better choice of word) I made the leap.
The book, 13th as you know in this epic series, is a good bringing together of many of the threads from previous episodes. The ta'veren fulfil their threshold quests and are paused to re-unite for the Last Battle. Mat remains the most amusing character, while Perrin grows more serious. Rand calms down and Elayne grows outward. Egwene has re-united the White Tower and there is at least one less Chosen within the weave. Min continues to intrigue as any good oracle ought to. Only Aviendha's questions have not been answered, so setting the scene for the beginning of the Last turn of the Wheel.
I found the plot in this title more adult. A couple of the middle titles were a bit on the young side and meandered unnecessarily. As one would expect as the story gets to the pointy end, the telling is a bit more direct. Also, as the main characters come to grip with their responsibilities, the issues are dramatically more engaging and more adult. There is still some embarrassing prose trying to reflect the star-crossed lovers themes that punctuate the Egwene and Elayne plot lines, but they are mercifully a very small part of this long book.
The performances are tight and well maintained. I think I preferred Michael Kramer, but this was not a big thing overall. My 12 year old daughter kept laughing at Kate Reading's male voices and I think this jaundiced my impression, unfairly. I think they collectively portrayed the narrative well, although I think I would have preferred them to take particular characters consistently. That of course is a huge ask at the best of times and, I suspect, impossible for a series of this duration.
Listening to the title has given me the confidence to listen to the last stanza instead of reading it. The title is a must for any one who has read the first dozen and a suitable reward for the perseverance.

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  • Nicolas Deleon
  • 2010-11-03

Excellent so far!

BTW I did get the Prologue when I downloaded so bear that in mind. This is turning out to be as great as "The Gathering storm"! That, added to the great value of 48 hours for one credit, this is definitely worth the listen!

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  • Linda
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • 2010-11-04

OMG ... OMG ... OMG

And The Battle Begins .... Almost at the end of part 4 and can only say "Oh My GOD". I am still in complete "awe" at how one man's mind could concieve a world such as WoT. Thank you Brandon Sanderson for so effectively putting RJ's final vision on paper and bringing it to us. Thank you Michael and Kate for breathing true and such vivid LIFE into RJ's characters. NOW .... I WILL HAVE TO STILL MYSELF to patients for the conclusion. And believe me I will be on the edge of my seat until the last and final book is released next year.

29 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Barry
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 2010-11-08

Keeps getting better!

As with the gathering storm, this book benefits from the blending of styles between Jordan and Sanderson. The action and plot keep your attention and make it difficult to stop. Sanderson does the reader / listener the favor of removing the one and only true annoyance of Robert Jordan's writing style; that being the never-ending detailed descriptions of every conceivable object, especially every characters current clothing. Enough detail remains to not fully depart from precedent; however, emphasis is given to plot and actions. The only problem I have with this book is the realization that it will likely be at least another year before I can purchase the final book.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • Connellys Springs, NC, United States
  • 2010-11-12

Another great narration!

I have been a fan of these books for a long time now. I happened upon the audio versions of these books a couple of years ago and Kramer and Reading once again do a wonderful job. I have read the novel already and albeit that there are many grammatical errors and bad editing in the book, who cares? Once you come to terms with the bad editing and focus on what is important, the story itself, it is truly wonderful.

Overall, this is an excellent book and a worthy sequel in the Wheel of Time series.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Amandah
  • UT USA
  • 2010-11-06

Not a disappointment!

I really enjoyed the latest installment of the WoT. Sanderson has picked up the flag and continued this amazing story. I will tell you one thing this story keeps you guessing. You find yourself going through a myriad of emotions as this book unfolds and by the end I have to admit you do feel a bit like Sam the Hobbit at the Gates of Moridor trying to get in. There is a portion missing out of the recording which didn't make me too happy, but other than that I really loved it.

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