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  1. My guess is that possibly Jordan started listening to the audiobooks and informed them the original pronunciation was incorrect? Just a stab in the dark, though.
  2. I think it's probably too much work to have that much back & forth between the male & female characters, so leaving each narrator to read their male or female POV and also do the opposite sex voices probably works a lot easier and requires less editing. Other than the huge cast of World War, it was really the first audiobook I'd listened to that had both a male and female narrator. Roy Dotrice is acclaimed for his work on A Song of Ice & Fire, but he does all the characters, male and female.
  3. No, not really, to be honest. Leaving politics out of it, Ted Cruz and the Tea Party people that led the shutdown were mostly fairly new to Congress. Elaida and the Red Ajah were hardly neophytes, and there was nobody as tough, smart, wise and competent as Egwene on either side of the aisle in Washington DC.
  4. Well, it took me maybe 9 months,as I also listened not just on driving to work: weekends, business trips, errands at lunchtime, etc.
  5. I have a long drive to work each day (45-50 minutes each way... though, that's probably not long for some who live in big cities like NY, Houston or LA.) So, I've found listening to audiobooks a good way to pass the time on the road. The local libraries here in Connecticut are inter-connected, so if my town library doesn't have a copy of the Lord of Chaos audiobook, they can have one delivered from another town library that does. But, when I found out the series was finally finished early this year and I was looking for something new to "listen" to on my commute, I went back to the Wheel
  6. I would add that this is pure opinion which is not shared by most in the WoT community and not really backed-up beyond a desire to criticize the last three books. Considering the level of plot progression from ACoS through coT, there was plenty of plot left to sustain four books. In fact, saying that there was not enough is really an odd position to take given the history of the series. I would suggests doing a re-read of the series so that you can see what I mean. I am not saying that four books would have been a good idea, but it was certainly possible. Thanks - I realize there are
  7. No. Structurally, there wasn't enough to even sustain three books. Whatever other problems there may have been, running out of pages was never one of them. I might disagree with that - I think they could have given us a bit more on Padan Fain in the previous two books - even if just a section of a chapter in each book. Seems kind of odd to pull him out at the very end after he wasn't in the previous few books. I thought they could have done a bit more with the Tinkers as well, instead of having them just show up and help behind the scenes, and maybe a few of them question their beliefs. W
  8. Just finished the last book tonight. I did get a bit misty eyed at the end (and also when Egwene died) Likes: 1) The world was excellent - it had a rich and believable history that was worked into the story well. Most of the cultures were well done and distinct. The magic of channeling was good, and the saidin/saidar split with the taint was interesting. I felt Jordan brought it all to life. Well, as much as a fantasy world with trollocs and darkhounds can be brought to life. 2) The main characters were all people I cared about - Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene and Nynaeve, as well as
  9. No. Structurally, there wasn't enough to even sustain three books. Whatever other problems there may have been, running out of pages was never one of them. Dragonmount only has a finite amount of lava - it was noted when it was used that it became less devastating with each use. Also, it's probably not a good idea to give that same idea to the rival enemy channelers, unless you're fine with having lava poured on your own troops (or maybe they open a Gateway to the bottom of the ocean and flood your back lines or something). I might disagree with that - I think they could have given
  10. I think most of the main characters deserve a spot as "new" heroes and heroines, especially Rand, Perrin, Mat, Egwene and Nynaeve.
  11. Interesting - I figured that in the week they spent gathering at the Fields of Merrilor and setting up their defenses, Androl, Elayne, etc could have said, "Hey, remember that time we dumped lava over a bunch of trollocs and killed thousands of them?"
  12. As I posted before when I joined the forum recently, I started the series probably about 20 years ago, then life got in the way for several years (marriage, divorce, remarriage, fatherhood, a few new jobs, etc) and I stopped somewhere around Path of Daggers. However, once I read that Brandon Sanderson had finished the series, I decided to tackle the series again, and I started off from the beginning early this year and have finally made it most of the way through A Memory of Light. I would also recommend the audiobooks if you get a chance - Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a very good
  13. That was my impression as well - the initial waves of refugees that started the town expansion was due to the Seanchan invasion at Falme, no? So, the length of time from those initial refugees arriving was not long after the trolloc attack on the town. So, I'm guessing it was still a pretty good length of time before the last battle. Granted, it probably grew faster than it could have under "normal" circumstances, but Perrin was also ta'veren, so that probably helped out quite a bit.
  14. I think with Rand, Mat and Perrin all thinking that the other two were better with women than themselves is pretty honest and amusing in the beginning, especially in regards to young men. But, I also think that women thinking that all men are stupid troublemakers in need of a good ear-boxing is kind of simplistic at best. And, I know that his ta'veren nature had something to do with it, but three beautiful women falling in love with Rand and willingly sharing him with one another? Seems a bit of a stretch to me.
  15. Thanks Nikon and Ryrin above. I'm going through AMoL as quickly as possible - it's very fast paced and hard to stop. Also, I'd highly recommend the audiobooks read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. I have a long commute to work, so have passed the time by listening to audiobooks and both Kramer (doing the male POV chapters/sections) and Reading (doing the female POVs) are excellent. Most of the other long series' I've listened to have only had one narrator (A Song of Ice & Fire with Roy Dotrice and the Harry Potter books with Jim Dale come to mind). It was good to have the female
  16. Thanks Wanderer. When I started it, I had no idea it would take about 20 years to finish the series.
  17. Hi - I'm new here, but read the first 8 books of The Wheel of Time from the early 90s to around 2000 or so. After that, life got in the way for a long time, but once I heard the series was finished, I went back and read it from the beginning. (Just started A Memory of Light). I still think it's highly enjoyable, and I like some of the characters more this time through - I thought Egwene's storyline was boring the first time, but really enjoyed it the second time I read it. Yes, it has some flaws - the pacing in some of the books is not what it should be and I do agree that the female ch
  18. I started reading The Wheel of Time around 20 years ago, then stopped somewhere around when Winter's Heart came out. Then, things like marriage, fatherhood and a few job changes came along, and I remember hearing how Mr. Jordan had passed away and I was sad, thinking the series might never be finished. However, I heard it was picked up by Brandon Sanderson and when I heard the final book came out at the beginning of this year, I was just finishing up another series and decided to tackle the Wheel of Time again. I started over with The Eye of the World early in the year and have now just got
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