01/02/2011. Contributed by Rod MacDonald
Towers Of Midnight (Wheel Of Time vol 13) audio book by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson. pub: Macmillan Audio. 38 hours 30 CDs.Price: $79.99 (US). ISBN: 978-1-4272-1022-7). narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading.
check out websites: http://us.macmillan.com/Book.aspx?isbn=9781427210227and www.brandonsanderson.com
Experiencing one of the worst winters in living memory up here in Scotland, cabin fever was beginning to set in. In fact, I was hardly out of the house during a period of three weeks so it was just as well I had ‘Towers Of Midnight’ to review. This massive volume totalling 30 discs kept me occupied!
Yes indeed, this is a massive volume so you've got to be prepared to submit yourself to a lot of listening. As many will know, Robert Jordan passed away a few years ago before his epic series ‘The Wheel Of Time’ was finished but Brandon Sanderson ably took up the task of completing it. The last volume was so large that it had to be split up into three parts and this is the second of this final trilogy.
This volume is enormous and it will keep you occupied for a considerable time. While not being a fan of very long books, this one is so well narrated that time seems to fly past quickly. We are told about that enigmatic character, Perrin Aybara, who when facing an eternal challenge with himself and the creature that is trying to take hold of over his psyche, admits to murder. Then again, we've got Rand al'Thor, the main character with an important role in the entire novel, who attempts to crystallise matters by releasing the Dark One. We must not forget Nynaeve, the mysterious woman who has to perform the Hundred Weaves.
There are a multitude of characters, too many to mention, and to the uninitiated it all becomes a little confusing. Not only do you have to spend 38 hours listening to the book, you've got to spend twice that long trying to work out who's who and what is going on. However, that's all part of the fun of ‘The Wheel Of Time’. Trying to condense half a million words into a brief synopsis is an impossible mission but if you want to learn more, look up the author's website, www.brandonsanderson.com, where you will find a lot of valuable and interesting information.
This is fantasy at its best and if you have been following this series from the beginning then you can't miss out by not buying this audio book. It is rather expensive but you are getting a lot for your money.
Mention must be made of the talents of the narrators, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. Both are highly experienced in their field and make the book come to life in a very special and individual way. Now, this was no easy task. As we know the number of characters equals the number of visible stars in the night sky and to do them justice you've got to have great skills of narration. I think the narrators excelled at their task. Let's hope they will be reading the final instalment.
Well, it's too late for Christmas but no doubt there will be other excuses to purchase this book as a present for a friend or relative. You could do a lot worse!
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