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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (60,766 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Jordan Narrator: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Wheel of Time Series Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9781593975340
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The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • A complex tapestry of fascinating characters, descriptive details and events. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves epic fantasy. Carol Lynn Ukockis, Galactic Dispatch
  • Robert Jordan writes with the stark vision of light and darkness, and sometimes childish sense of wonder, that permeates J.R.R. Tolkien's work. His style is undebatably his own. The Pittsburgh Press
  • From start to finish, the narrators are fresh and engaged as they draw out the story's humor and suspense. AudioFile

  • An exciting, well-written adventure, Jordan offers distinctive heroes and themes, including an interesting look at relations between the sexes. Milwaukee Sentinel
  • “Large and splendid. The saga reaches a new level of emotional impact. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Fast and absorbing...will keep the reader...entranced. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. Argyl | 2/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 2/12/2014

    " I am really loving this series. The characters are amazing. The story has really captivated me. I do find it hard that there are so many books and they are all so long, that the story progresses rather slow at times. I wish I could read them all fast, so I know what happens! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/28/2014

    " 3 great story arcs, with some of the most exciting moments in the entire series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Dooley | 1/26/2014

    " This series takes a long time to read, but worth it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri | 1/26/2014

    " Recently rereading the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan Clegg | 1/20/2014

    " While not my favorite in this series, it is a complex and exciting addition to the series. This book chronicles the transition of Rand into the Dragon Reborn with clarity and depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wild1 | 1/18/2014

    " Yet another great installment. Think this has been the best read yet. Plenty of action throughout & I love how in this book you can really see each character evolving & growing - weaving their own patterns in the wheel as it were!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Ducie | 12/25/2013

    " Still original rather than inovative; a huge read; allow plenty of time and read the hardback rather than the paperback for bigger print. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha | 10/8/2013

    " This book gets a little slow in spots but the end leaves me ready for more. After 3 in a row, I am going to force myself to mix in something else first. This world gets increasingly amazing and intriguing though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna Mills | 10/3/2013

    " I continue enjoying the plot and characters. On to the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzy _3 | 9/25/2013

    " The Shadow Rising is the fourth book in the Wheel of time series. Its a fun read and the ending is really unexpected! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander Adamson | 8/24/2013

    " I loved this series. It moved a bit slow and he was trying to keep track of a million different characters at once. But I have not read any author that was as descriptive as Robert Jordan is. At this time he is my favorite author. It is too bad he could not have lived forever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graeme Ellis | 8/16/2013

    " I'm hooked. Lot's of plot progress and action. Glad to move on to the next book to continue the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Riggs | 12/25/2012

    " enjoyed, attached to the characters. He has a weird way with men and women interaction, but I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiston | 10/3/2012

    " This was my favorite of the Wheel of Time series so far. On to the next one!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xavier Ashe | 9/27/2012

    " Good overall book, but Rand's ending was confusing until the very end. The other plots were more fun than the main one. Well, another one down. Time to start the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Wise | 9/1/2012

    " Thrilling continuation of the dragon reborn series. Enthralling, page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 8/25/2012

    " The grand adventure continues with the real introduction to the Aiel. We also get some more back story about where the wheel of time started and how the dark one was freed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerli | 7/2/2012

    " Bastante mejor que los 3 anteriores. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenna | 3/30/2012

    " I really liked these books but after I read this one took a break, read each in two days consecutively, and need to start over to refresh my memory:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaina | 2/28/2012

    " Again, very amazing! Can't wait to hear the next book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/9/2012

    " I still love these books! This one was one of my favorite for some reason...maybe because I love the dream world :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Oliver | 12/27/2011

    " I never did progress past this fourth book. It was just too daunting of a task. What are they at now, 11? (and each of 1000 plus pages) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 6/27/2011

    " This one's a good one. The Battle of the Two Rivers. The breaking of the White Tower. Rhuidean. Good times (my wife is rolling her eyes at my nerdiness right now.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eri-chan | 5/12/2011

    " as usual, the story is interesting but the writing and characterization is underwhelming. I'm committed now though, so I'll see this through to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mith | 4/20/2011

    " This one rambled a bit. Unfortunately, I found myself skipping a whole lot of paragraghs where NOTHING was happening. Editing was shoddy in my opinion. And frankly, the women in this book are starting to get on my nerves with all their snapping/braid-tugging/mood-changing/secret-keeping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian | 4/20/2011

    " i am just hooked, that's all. you get to know the characters and want to find out more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ezra | 4/13/2011

    " Somewhere about Book 4 the pace of the story really begins to bog down. There's a grace to Tolkein that Jordan can't duplicate, because he's trying to be completely comprehensive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. P. | 4/11/2011

    " I enjoyed the first few Wheel of Time books when I read them, but it was years ago. I started to find the series tedious around the fourth or fifth book, and never finished it. "

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

    " What can I say again. A work of art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 3/26/2011

    " On Audiobook. Very nicely done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 3/14/2011

    " Robert Jordan wrote such in-dept and fabulous books. I'm so sad he's gone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khappe | 3/11/2011

    " Great book. Favorite series of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loveeac | 3/9/2011

    " Very good read. You learn a lot and get more insight into a lot of the players "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 3/8/2011

    " Longest of all the books out so far. Still kept my attention pretty good, things are getting a bit spread out with so many different stories to jump back and forth from it is a bit tough to try and remember who is where doing what. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaina | 3/8/2011

    " Again, very amazing! Can't wait to hear the next book!! "

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About the Author
Author Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan (1948-2007) was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. After returning from Vietnam, he received an undergraduate degree in physics, and he was later employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He lived with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor. He is most known for his Wheel of Time series.

About the Narrators

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.