The Eye of the World audiobook was a critical, and commercial success. Critics praised the tone, the themes, and the similarity to Lord of the Rings (although some criticized it for that). Don’t miss it put today on Free Audiobooks Online.
The Eye of the World audiobook: An older classic Adult Fantasy
“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”
The Eye of the World audiobook follows protagonists Rand al’Thor, Matrim (Mat) Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, Egwene al’Vere, and Nynaeve al’Meara after their home of Emond’s Field is invaded by Trollocs and a Myrddraal (the undead-like commander leading the Trollocs) bent on capturing Rand, Mat, and Perrin. Rand, Mat, Perrin, and Egwene depart their village, escorted by the Aes Sedai Moiraine Damodred, her Warder Al’Lan Mandragoran, and gleeman Thom Merrilin, and subsequently joined by Wisdom Nynaeve al’Meara, to defend it from future assaults.
The travellers find sanctuary in the abandoned city of Shadar Logoth, where Mat acquires a cursed blade and becomes infected by the malignant Mashadar. They are pursued by an increasing number of Trollocs and Myrddraal. The travelers are split while attempting to flee the city; Rand, Mat, and Thom sail by boat to Whitebridge, where Thom is lost, allowing Rand and Mat to flee a Myrddraal. Rand befriends an Ogier called Loial in Caemlyn. Rand meets Elayne Trakand, heir presumptive to the kingdom of Andor, and her brothers Gawyn Trakand and Galad Damodred in the hopes of catching a sight of the freshly imprisoned False Dragon. Despite Elaida’s dire predictions about Rand, Rand is hauled before Queen Morgase, her Aes Sedai adviser Elaida, and Captain-General of the Queen’s Guard Gareth Bryne and freed without charge.
Although not entirely unique, The Eye of the World audiobook is really great. It simply means that they took a good concept and tweaked it for themselves; it means that they, like Jordan, were among the first to repeat an idea before it got overused and dull, which is fortunate for them and fortunate for us since we get to read wonderful high fantasy several times.
You will find out the world is a frightening place, full of warring factions and evildoers, thieves and backstabbers, and weird, bloodthirsty creatures with their own dark goals. It’s a bizarre planet full with unusual magic just waiting to be discovered. For me, it’s everything I’m looking for in a high fantasy novel. Robert Jordan was a perfectionist when it came to the finer points of a story. You will find a lot of foreshadowings, clevernesses, subtleties, and other things that you had missed the first time around The Eye of the World audiobook. It is spectacular.
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