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Author: Robert Jordan Narrator: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Wheel of Time Series Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9781593975340
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The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

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.

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...

TV series update: "Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD,” the Netflix series “Hemlock Grove,” and the NBC series “Chuck.” Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer." —Variety

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#9 Winter's Heart
#10 Crossroads of Twilight
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Quotes & Awards

  • An exciting, well-written adventure, Jordan offers distinctive heroes and themes, including an interesting look at relations between the sexes. Milwaukee Sentinel
  • 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

  • “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

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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. | 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!! "

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 is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. 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.

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.