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A Crown of Swords Audiobook

A Crown of Swords: Book Seven of The Wheel of Time

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Publisher's Summary

In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

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What the Critics Say

"Amid all the Sturm und Drang...is a finely tuned comic strain that both leavens the story and adds to its development. This latest installment of a major fantasy epic definitely will not disappoint its fans." (Booklist)

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    Travis 11/02/2015
    Travis 11/02/2015
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    "A Crown of Swords"

    Awesome book as all WOT books are!!!

    Robert Jordan is one of the greatest writers of his time and deserves to stand with the greats

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Buckhannon 30/05/2016
    Buckhannon 30/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Best book in the series yet"

    I enjoyed this immensely. This book is far more rich in the details of the world and it's inhabitants than the preceeding 6 installments. No long winded battle scenes or irrelevant poltical intrigues; this book moves the storyline forward while allowing time to develop characters and add depth to their actions and motives. Matt features more in this book than in others and he is coming into his own; his humour is a welcome relief from the overall intensity of this series. The romance and humour will especially resonate with woman readers I think. I have read reviews that say book 7 marks a descent into a somewhat directionless wandering by author Robert Jordan; I disagree. This book quite strategically focuses on character building and weaving the details into the plot; a device that may be lost on readers who prefer the momentum of book 5, for instance. FYI, I almost stopped listening to this series after book 4, which was confusing and seemed like a filler. I'm glad I stuck with it as it has proven to be a masterpiece series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 25/11/2015
    Mark 25/11/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "A different Look"

    Loved this book. A lot more focos on Mat and a lot of small POV of many different characters. from Galina, Savanna, A shido Warrior, The forsaken, Morgase, and many more that give us a huge picture of how stories and understanding is different over distance and time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristopher 15/02/2015
    Kristopher 15/02/2015
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    "Get on with it!!"

    This is most likely the last I will read of Robert Jordan. He had such a magnificent and creative mind where his ability to delve into great detail is amazing. However, this same attention to detail is often what makes me wanna stop. He spends entire chapters describing one thing which has at times already been described in another book. Also, nearly all his female characters are constantly complaining with few of them actually likeable..... I do still want to know what happens though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • T. M. Fees
    Bolingbrook, IL USA
    28/08/07
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    "Narration"

    I agree with the previous reviews that this was a good story linking great ones, but the wonderful narration by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer makes it as riveting as all the others. The narrators provide nuances to the numerous characters that is a wonder to listen to.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • D. Jenne
    Silverdale, WA
    30/11/12
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    "Solid performance, and a good book."

    Since this is book 7 of the series, fans probably know what to expect from the story. They're right. What you want to know is, can these two narrators do it justice? Kate Reading and Michael Kramer narrate the entire series, so on the off chance this is the first of the books you are listening to, just know that they do it justice. Kramer reads the parts of the book that have a male viewpoint, and Reading reads the female perspective. This does not mean that they switch every time a different character speaks in dialogue, which would be jarring. They seem to hesitate before using words in the author's made-up language, but it's only enough to be noticeable, not irritating. For diehard fans, you should know that they occasionally use different pronunciations from those listed in the back of each book. As a diehard fan myself, this is sometimes annoying, but it's hard to blame them when so many words and names exist which are not part of our ordinary lives. Both narrators are good at what they do, and use slightly different voices for different characters' dialogue. Although I have read all the books several times, I believe this different format brings new entertainment and is worth it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States
    19/03/13
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    "Incredulously!"
    What did you love best about A Crown of Swords?

    The story throughout these first 7 books is complex and compelling. They do keep my interest although I must say the detail of every dress, coat, room, blanket and expression is a bit tiresome and there are so many characters I find it difficult to remember who is who... where they are in this vast world, who is on who's side, etc. The first book or two where the main characters were introduced and where all were in the story at the same time made the story and plot cleaner for me. By book 7, I long for information about my favorite characters, wonder why... with the "One Power" and other advantages they have they can't seem to get together, or believe or even understand each other.

    And I listened to the book "incredulously" over how many times the author uses the word "Incredulously". Can't they look at each other in disbelief... just once?
    Perhaps you notice it more while listening to the book than reading it... particularly when you are listening to the series back to back but I would seriously like to find out how many times that word was used in this story... and to buy the author a thesaurus.


    What other book might you compare A Crown of Swords to and why?

    The rest of the series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoy the scenes with the "lessor" characters... The scenes involving the main character are always so angry.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kirk
    Richmond, TX, United States
    8/12/08
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    "Great series + Great narration = must read."

    Great series + Great narration = must read

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • william
    PERKASIE, PA, United States
    21/07/12
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    "same old, same old"

    Getting very long-winded at this point...can't make it much further. Jordan's need to over-detail the smallest of features is wearing on me. Think i'll take a break from this series for a while

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    Virginia Beach, VA, United States
    18/06/12
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    "Enjoy the variety"

    I enjoy the variety of characters and societies that Jordan created. They make you happy, proud, excited, angry and disgusted. Fun to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa
    Voorheesville, NY, United States
    30/01/11
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    "? about the end."

    As with all of The Wheel of Time book, I enjoyed reading this one. But I wise that Jordan had made it more clear who the man was that help Rand in the end, but I think my juess is right. Just would like to know for sore that I have it right ( :

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magikarp Salad
    4/09/07
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    "I guess this is the end..."

    I have really enjoyed books 1-7 of this series. Yes, they are long, and in the case of this one, seem to end so abruptly, I'm left checking to see if somehow I missed a section... I love the characters, the world, the dialog, the narrators...and would recommend these books to everyone who likes good fantasy.

    The world Jordan has created for this series is very complex. I really like the concepts of the wheel, the pattern, etc., and how the events could be taking place at any time - past or future - and how the age of legends may have even been recognizable to someone from present day earth. I also like how it makes me think about what could have come before us on this planet, and how maybe we've just "forgotten" about the "legends" of our creator and dark one...

    It is very frustrating that Audible does not have book 8...but from what I understand, maybe enrolling in a 12 step program now is the right thing to do. I did go back and get New Spring - which is surprisingly entertaining so far, but I think after that I'll just be done with this series...

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan F.
    3/01/07
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    "Not Jordan's best work-"

    The quality of this audio is as always awesome, but this part of the story was definately not Jordan's best work of this series. Listen to get the jist, but know this is not the best part of the story.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Paul K. Tribbett
    Frostbite falls mn
    10/01/12
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    "the best of the best"

    You are reading the best epic fantasy series there is. period. It may take a while to get into it but you will. There are 2600 plus characters but don't get scared teenagers read this every day. You will know these peoples as "friends" and "enemies" and like your own family. Read by the dynamic duo of recitation kate reading and michael kramer... they pull it all together .. I switch genres just to listen to them... It [the series] is really one huge wonderful story broken into 14 too short books that nobody wants to see ended..I can not express how good these books are. I have started 16 different friends reading TWoT and they are all addicted. You think that maybe the books are enchanted some how???
    If fantasy is your genre you have arrived....... paul t.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • William Clements
    Reading, UK
    12/03/12
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    "Ebou Dar"

    Although many new and exciting developments happen in this book, the key progression of the story takes place in Ebou Dar as Nynaeve al'Meara and Elaine Trakand search for the bowl of the winds, a new Ter'angreal that should help change weather (see book 8 to find out if it succeeds!).
    The introduction of Cadsuane also adds to Rand's disgruntlement, and gives much stock into the history of Aes-Sedai, though the discovery of women who can channel in Ebou Dar also lends weight to Aes-Sedai history.
    This book is full of excitement, like the others, but in many ways it is expositional, setting up things for the final swing through the remaining books to Tarmon Gai'Don. A fine step through the world of The Wheel of Time, and thoroughly gripping as with the others.
    Lastly, Matt Cauthon again gets some great scenes, and really fleshes out as a character in this book, setting him and Perrin up for the rest of the books where they both become Rand's right and left hands.
    From this book on, it gets even more exciting! But from book 11, Robert Jordan's final completed and published volume in the series, the Jordan-Sanderson team do a fine job tying it all together. Bring on Volume 12, Tor and Harriett! ;)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A. May
    26/12/12
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    "Excellent, a compelling and addictive epic."

    This is one of the best fantasy epics ever written, a series right up there with the work of J. R. R. Tolkien but be warned it is not one to be taken up lightly, this series is Huge!



    The books have been kept together so one audio book will get you one book and many hours of happy listening.



    Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 after publishing book 11, but with the help of Jordan’s wife/editor Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson has taken up the torch, using Jordan’s plentiful notes he is finishing off the series brilliantly, with book 14 being the final volume.



    The series is voiced by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading throughout and their performances are exemplary, their narration brings the world to life in a way that simply reading it never had for me, they bring a unique voice and feeling to each of the characters that brings them to life and firmly embeds them in your heart.



    The only negative I have to put in is that the audiobooks chapter division bears no relation to where the chapters start and end in the books making the chapter search and snooze modes on the app all but useless.



    All in all a five star read. An absolute must for any fantasy epic fan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Watkins
    4/04/15
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    "Great book"

    Really good book but not a fan of the narrators voices. fans of the series get it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/10/16
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    "Narrators are fine once you get used to them"

    Story is fantastic, and the Narrators quite good once you're used to them. Worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CeNedra Red
    England
    9/07/16
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    "Despicable women :-(("
    Would you try another book written by Robert Jordan or narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    Since I have the entire series, the answer to this question is yes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Every female character in the series so far is hateful. They are, every one a shrew or a harridan. They make me ashamed to be female. How about some pleasant female characters, just to offset the clutch of harpies we have here.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer – was your favourite?

    I do like Rand, but my favorite character is Loial and I also like Perrin. I don't like Mat.


    Was A Crown of Swords worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know whether I dislike Robert Jordan for having a terrible opinion of women, or feel desperately sorry for him, if he knew women like the ones in this series. Over all I like the story, but Oh how I loathe the women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne Preston (BTh; MTh)
    KILMARNOCK, AYRSHIRE United Kingdom
    31/05/16
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    "well read very enjoyable"

    The book is am excellent part of this enormous saga. slow moving at times but we'll thought out for all that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john
    15/03/16
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    "excellent"

    more great stuff from the wheel of time, matt is particularly amusing in this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland
    2/12/15
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    "Great story, but getting hard work"
    What did you like most about A Crown of Swords?

    I'm really enjoying the series but it is getting hard work! There is just so much and so many characters it can get hard to follow, particularly when passive listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favourite character has to be Matt Coffin, though there are so many. Jumping though all the different plots does mean that it gets a little disjointed.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Kate and Michael are great, they really deliver the story well. Their use of pause and inflection does make me giggle every now and then.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Every now and then it does bring a smile to my face.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the first 7 books last year and had to put it down as they are such a mammoth task! I get back into them again this year and started listening again and got submersed all over again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/07/15
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    "It's all the same!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The series goes on too long and I lost interest in the characters.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance is consistently good.


    Did A Crown of Swords inspire you to do anything?

    Stop listening to them.


    Any additional comments?

    Usually with a series like this I would at least listen to the last book to hear what happens to the protagonists. With this I couldn't be bothered.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frantisek
    Wallingford, United Kingdom
    1/03/13
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    "Average"

    Done it! Listened while working through the whole 14 books. Not bad - not brilliant either. Too much describing of what are people wearing, limited dictionary of dialogues and male-female relationships/interactions painfully similar, predictable -boring (Mr Freud would find it certainly interesting though :)

    Maybe because English isn't my first language, maybe I'm spoiled by other writers or maybe Robert Jordan just isn't my type of author but haven't I been working at the time of listening I would considered it time wasted.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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