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Author: Robert Jordan Narrator: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Wheel of Time Series Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9781593973780
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Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a Foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, is born an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before the forces of the Shadow have an opportunity to kill him.

Moiraine Damodred, a young Accepted soon to be raised to Aes Sedai, and Lan Mandragoran, a soldier fighting in the battle, are set on paths that will bind their lives together. But those paths are filled with complications and dangers, for Moiraine, of the Royal House of Cairhien, whose king has just died, and Lan, considered the uncrowned king of a nation long dead, find their lives threatened by the plots of those seeking power.

"New Spring" related some of these events, in compressed form; New Spring: The Novel tells the whole story.

The Wheel of Time®

New Spring: The Novel

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#2 The Great Hunt

#3 The Dragon Reborn

#4 The Shadow Rising

#5 The Fires of Heaven

#6 Lord of Chaos

#7 A Crown of Swords

#8 The Path of Daggers

#9 Winter's Heart

#10 Crossroads of Twilight

#11 Knife of Dreams

By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

#12 The Gathering Storm

#13 Towers of Midnight

#14 A Memory of Light

By Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson

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Quotes & Awards

  • Jordan has not merely put old wine in new bottles: He has clothed old bones with new flesh. Chicago Sun-Times on The Eye of the World
  • Reading and Kramer are perfect vocal counterparts to the main characters. Reading invites readers into the politics and mystery of the world of Aes Sedai. She gives Moiraine's quirks full attention and makes the most minor of characters distinct. Kramer sounds as battle-worm as Lan Mandragoran is described to be. Effective at making Lan no-nonsense, weary, and observant, Kramer adds further life to the character beyond the military prowess. Fans will not be disappointed... KLIATT
  • As there is more of a female presence in the story, Kate Reading's performance stands out. Michael Kramer's bare-bones delivery is perfect for the soldier who has lost his belief in a better world until he is swept up in adventure. Both narrators handle complex roles with feeling and confidence, never losing the excitement and tension of the fast-moving story. The performers breathe emotion into their characters with an earnestness that holds listeners close and leaves them wanting more. AudioFile
  • After millions of words, the narrators have become immersed in their subject, adept at portraying the multitude of characters playing their parts on this curious stage...The quality of the audio edition...is quite superb... If you are into fantasy then this is one not to miss. SFCrowsnest.com

  • “Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal. The New York Times on The Wheel of Time

  • Has all the breadth and depth that have made this fantasy author one of the acknowledged greats of the genre. Publishers Weekly on Crossroads of Twilight

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Kennard | 12/10/2018

    " The readers are incredible. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to some of the favourite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/11/2014

    " Re-reading the series from the 'beginning'. Forgot a lot of what this refers to, might be better of reading in the order it was written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CarolAnn | 2/8/2014

    " This is a prequel to the Wheel of Time series. I want to re-read the series because I only got to book 10 and the series goes on and on and on. (It does stop only because the author died and another author finished the final book.) I liked the book but if I hadn't read the other books it would have been confusing. However, I like the characters of Lan, Moraine and Suian. It was great to see them at the beginning of their relationships and what started them on their quest. The series is well worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.L. | 2/5/2014

    " Wonderful. Excellent. It just solidifies what I already felt for Moraine, Siuane and Lan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corrina | 2/4/2014

    " Thought I'd read this first and if I didn't get on with it, I'd know not to bother with the whole Wheel of Time series. Well, it was enjoyable and gave me enough of a taster, that I will be looking to get the 14 part saga. I hope Brandon Sanderson is persuaded to go back and make this one into the trilogy that was originally intended as I'd like to know what happens to the characters here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/1/2014

    " How great to be able to read another book of the Wheel of Time, when I thought I had already read them all. I am a great fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralitsa | 1/19/2014

    " Classic fantasy story, I enjoyed it a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. | 12/28/2013

    " I will be rereading this series in a couple of years when the final books are released. I'll write a proper review at that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 12/27/2013

    " As the title suggests, this book relates a story that takes place before the first book of the Wheelof Time. About 18 years before they set off to find the farmboy & potential savior of their world, Rand al'THor, the duo of Moiraine and Lan had to meet, learn to tolerate each other, and find a common purpose. These are two of the more interesting characters in the series, Moiraine having been a calculating woman of no small power, and Lan being basically a fighting machine who was once the heir apparent to a kingdom that has recently ben wiped off of the map. This short novel chronicles their meeting, and it does so in decent, if not stellar fashion. The tale itself is nothing wonderous - the interesting thing about the book is reading the back stories on several characters that you know and love or hate from the series. It's not bad and worth reading at some point in the series, but I doubt it will blow anyone away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 12/26/2013

    " It was fun to get a little insight in to some major figures of the books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariah | 12/20/2013

    " It was alright. I really liked the setting of the story. If you're into fantasy, this book is for you. Overall it was a pretty good book, but it took me forever to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda | 12/9/2013

    " This was an awesome book. Just wish it had of been longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory | 11/26/2013

    " Good one, I've read it a couple of times and I've really enjoyed it. I just wish there were more POVs of Lan and Moiraine in the actual series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camirose | 11/22/2013

    " This is a little anti-climactic reading once you've read the other books first. I would suggest starting with this one since it is a prequel so that way it is more exciting like the other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luci | 8/23/2013

    " I really enjoyed this prequel. Much shorter than other books in the series and focusing on a few characters, this book outlines the beginning of the WoT saga. I really enjoyed seeing a new light shed on good characters and seeing the backstories of Lan and Moiraine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 8/2/2012

    " This is a prequel to Robert Jordan's epic "Wheel of Time" series and I would highly recommend reading that before delving into this. It was very satisfying to get some of the back-story about the incredibly detailed world that Jordan created and it is a good read for "Wheel of Time" fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 3/30/2012

    " Great pre-quel to the whole Wheel of Time series...nice insight to some of the older characters and the start of the hunt for the Dragon Reborn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 12/30/2011

    " This book was very good. However some of the details the author goes into seems to have no relevance to the story itself. This is a long series so perhaps the chapter spent on purchasing dresses and setting up bank accounts will come into play in a later book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/29/2011

    " I enjoy the Wheel of Time series. This is a nice introduction to Moraine and Lan and some insight into how Moraine and Siuan's relationship started.
    I think it would be enjoyable as a stand-alone novel for someone who has not read the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 4/1/2011

    " I'm surprised I haven't read this until now. Adds some great exposition to the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 4/1/2011

    " I loved this prequel and the story of Moiraine and Lan before they show up in the Eye of the World. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Branko | 3/24/2011

    " This is a story about Lan and Moiriana and how they meet, when the Dragon Reborn was just born. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Byron | 3/15/2011

    " Not the best WOT book, but I still enjoyed it. It tells the history of Moraine and Lan, which most readers will enjoy. This is mainly extra information that Jordan could not fit into book one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 2/24/2011

    " : prequel in the wheel of time saga, has sucked me in and am excited to delve deeper into the world robert jordan has created. highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 2/23/2011

    " This is a great prequel and answers many questions I had. Robert Jordan left a legacy that will stand the test of time!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.J. | 2/6/2011

    " It's a decent book, but don't use it as a starting place for the Wheel of Time. It doesn't have the ...wow factor... that the other books in the series have. Worth reading if you're a fan of the series and you want more back-story on some characters. "

About the Author

Robert Jordan (1948–2007) was a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He taught himself to read at age four with the incidental aid of his older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He was a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the US Army and received multiple decorations for his service. He began writing in 1977 and is best known for the internationally bestselling The Wheel of Time series, which is being adapted for television.

About the Narrators

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.

Michael Kramer is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, and recipient of a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an actor and director in the Washington, DC, area, where he is active in the area’s theater scene and has appeared in productions at the Shakespeare Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and Theater J.