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Lord of Chaos

Book Six of The Wheel of Time
Series: Wheel of Time, Book 6
Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Fires of Heaven, we plunge again into Robert Jordan's extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world.

As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately. Drought and summer heat linger into winter and Nineveh al'Meara and Elayne, the Daughter-Heir of Andor, begin a desperate search for the fabled ter'angreal that may enable them to restore normal weather conditions.

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Critic Reviews

"Nothing short of remarkable." (Library Journal)
"Quite excellent volume." (Booklist)
"The Wheel of Time [is] rapidly becoming the definitive American fantasy saga....A fantasy tale seldom equalled and still more seldom surpassed in English." (The Chicago Sun-Times)

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Good read

worth the read, long series but its really good, next book starts to get a little slow

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always a great read!

loved it! It's such a well written and thoroughly enjoyable read. You simply cannot go past the Wheel of Time series

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great listen

just adds to the thrilling story, which you so hope will get to the climatic end and at the same time you want so much to know what will happen next.

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I absolutely love these books!!

When I start listening to these books, I have to rip myself away for them!

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It gets better

The story is become more and more captivating! Brilliant twists and turns!
I can't wait for the next book to see which direction the story takes.

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not bad at all

the writing is a bit too discriptive in places but overall I did enjoy it very much.

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6 books in and still loving it.

So full on! The story just builds and builds! Rands power has become scary. Jordan is/was a mastermind of telling a story in which no one really knows what's happening until they are a physical witness to the event. It allows so much more story to unfold. Enjoying wheel of time thoroughly!

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Slower Moving. but for a Reason

Slower Moving than Previous 5. Quite Political . but the reason is revealed. Worth Reading

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a long haul

but perhaps worth it of the next books links in well. this one felt a bit chaotic. a lot of movement but not a lot of action.

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  • Elias
  • 14-08-2005

Finally here!

This is it! Lord of Chaos is finally out in Unabridged format!

Jordan/WoT literati argue about their favorite scene or the best part of the series. Ever since this book was published the battle at the wells has ranked near the top. This book and the two before it are Jordan at his best, his most innovative and balanced. I highly recommend the series (make sure you start with book one).

As for the audiobook... Michael Kramer and Kate Reading have been doing the narration for all 8 unabridged editions so far and they do a very good job of it. The only part of the narrations that bugs me in the slightest is Kramer's portrayal of Gawyn. How come Gawyn has a Brit accent and Elayne and the Emond's Fielders have normal accents? They're all from Andor... Anyway, very good production quality; engrossing story; able to fit on an iPod. What more could you ask for?

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  • Albert
  • 08-09-2005

Good job

Kate Reading & Micheal Kramer do a fantastic job of narating this series. Anyone interested in High Fantasy should start this series at book 1 and not stop until they are done. My only hope is that they will get the next book done in unabridged formate before I finish this one.

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  • Dave
  • 07-04-2014

Highs and lows...

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While still a fantastic read, this book is probably my least favorite in the series thus far, due mostly to the slow pace of things. While I greatly enjoy Robert Jordan's verbose writing style, the repetitiveness of details in this particular title did make the story seem to drag at points and I feel the constant reiteration could have easily been trimmed down without impacting the story. Aside from that, the continued outstanding plot and character development was well worth the down time and the climatic conclusion to the book made the final 8 hours extremely exciting to listen through. I might even argue it’s some of the most exciting writing in the series. Again, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading did a great job with the narration, although I still wish they had agreed upon pronunciations of certain names prior to the recording. Onward!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-06-2017

Good, not great

I agree with another reviewer. there is too much redescribing people and scenarios. At some point can we stop hearing about women who "sniff" after they are angry about something?! I have a running joke about this subject at home. "And she sniffed!" Women think men are wool heads and stubborn, men don't know what to think about women. Yeah bro.... We get it.
Overall this is a great story, but it could have been trimmed down a lot.
Don't worry..... only 7 more books to go. ahhhhh :)

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  • Scot
  • 30-11-2012

of course a classic BUT so much blabbing

Would you consider the audio edition of Lord of Chaos to be better than the print version?

Overall a great story never get me wrong with that...The audio is very well done and helps with the often tedious overwrought introspection and repetitive and needless self-indulgence of the main characters and the verbal diarrhea of others.

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

There is a great story behind the book that always seems to get lost as characters search there souls, indulge in their own introspection, complain about there plight on and on. The books as a whole start off strong then sink into long periods of diatribe and drivel that does little for character or plot development. The editors/author could have taken out hundreds of pages (hours of listening) and had a much stronger product. I find myself "not listening" to the book as they characters drone on needlessly about nonsense with little regard to the overall plot. Then the plot and action returns and we remember why we love these books. Take the first dozen chapters and the last few and we have a "cant put it down" It is almost like we need more words for the sake of having more words.

One thing I always muse upon is the similarities in plot and characters between the wheel of time and the sword of truth. Reading one is like reading the other.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are so many great scenes in the series of books...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Will weaton weaves as the will weaton wills hahaha

Any additional comments?

worth a listen..

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  • MasterFantastic
  • 02-10-2018

Please die Nyaneave

I love he books but stop having the women act like they are socially handicapped. Nyaneave is the most insufferable bitch i have ever come across in a book. There is no way Lan or any other man would want to to be with her. It seemed so forced that he fell in love with such a mean woman. It's not even just that. She thinks all men are dumb, even obviously capable ones like Tom, and that she is the most capable person in the world at every thing. If i was traveling with i would have defected over to the Forsaken just because of her.

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  • Eve
  • 25-09-2013

This book is a matter of taste

Would you listen to Lord of Chaos again? Why?

This series is very long, so I probably won't listen to it again. Having said that, the Lord of Chaos was a good volume and kept the suspense going. I did find it a bit trying to keep all the characters straight, e.g. the Lords of the different kingdoms, the Aes Sedai and Wise Ones belonging to the different factions.What I really hate about this series are the women. I found them all distasteful and completely unbelievable: Nynaeve pulling on her braid, Siuan swearing like a sailor, Elaine acting like a stuck up snit, the aggressiveness of the Aiel women, etc etc. And I found it unbelievable that any man would put up with, let alone fall in love with, women who acted like, for example, Nynaeve or Faile or Aviendha. I've never before read a book or a series where I would have been happy to see the main female characters all be killed off early on. The only main female character I liked so far was Moraine. I started reading the series in book form years ago, but stopped reading it because the women drove me crazy. Apparently most readers are not bothered by the depiction of the female characters, so I guess this is a matter of taste.

What did you like best about this story?

The thing I like best about the Wheel of Time series is how the characters evolve (at least the men: Matt, Perrin and Rand).

What about Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance did you like?

I really enjoyed Kate Reading's performance - I was always glad when the narration switched over to her. I liked the way Michael Kramer gave different characters different voices (especially Loial the Ogier), but his normal narration irritated me for some reason. I did get used to it over the first 6 volumes, but never learned to like it. This is of course a matter of taste, and I don't mean to be too critical. At all times the narration of both Kate and Michael was smooth and professionally done.

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  • Paul K. Tribbett
  • 10-01-2012

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.

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  • Thomas
  • 24-11-2012

Love the book, but the audio needs to be edited.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's the Wheel Of Time. I need not say any more on the subject.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord of Chaos?

The battle at Dumai's Wells is one of the most definable scenes in the entire genre of Fantasy.

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

Michael Kramer and Kate Reading maintain their phenomenal work from earlier Wheel Of Time audiobooks.

Any additional comments?

In the middle of chapter five, there's a strange voice saying: "This audiobook continues on Tape Six. Tape Six." And then Michael Kramer's performance resumes. Now, this is a really minor flaw. But when the audiobook costs almost $70 USD, such a flaw is just silly. Come on, Audible. Edit that out. Sheesh.

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  • Christine Bowen
  • 07-05-2018

Good except for one major thing

The constant reminder of Men vs Women, of men don’t understand women and women don’t understand men, is tedious and annoying. I am not sure there is even one chapter without it.

Otherwise, the story is good.

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  • M de Bethlen
  • 25-01-2014

I say MogaDEEN you say MogIDion

I love the wheel of time series - love something BIG I can really lose myself in - and I love the readers too BUT!

(It's a big BUT that needs it's own paragraph!). WHy oh Why oh Why can Kate and Michael not AGREE on how they will pronounce people's names and then STICK to it?!!! I can just about live with Kate's "Mwahrain" as opposed to Michael's "Mohrain" but what I don't like is when Kate spends 5 books saying "MogaDEEN" and then suddenly switches to "MogIDION" now in book 6 making me start and feel irritated every time. I can just imagine Kate going "Mogadeen, Mogidion, whatever!" but really Kate, when you've been given such a big contract you really could pay more attention to detail. Not only could, I would go so far as to say, must. Let's hope my words sink in.

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  • William Clements
  • 11-01-2012

Dumai's Wells

Wow! This is the first real battle since Tear and The People of The Dragon. And a brilliant finish to the book. Egwene Al'Vere comes into her own, and Matt Cauthon's character really starts to shine. While some of the books I think are better than this one, it is a key pivotal moment in the saga, and not to be missed. And as with all of the Wheel of Time books, not to be missed!! I have read this book twice, and listened to it 4 times now, while progressing through the series towards book 14. Each time, the battle at Dumai's Wells at the end of the book just makes me shiver with excitement as The Dragon comes into his own, and The Black Tower shows what it can do.

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  • Andy
  • 21-06-2017

Needs to be re-recorded!

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There are many occasions where either a double recording plays out OR, which I personally find worse, the recording is VERY BAD QUALITY!

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  • Benji
  • 06-11-2019

Awesome

Yet another fantastic addition to Obe of the greatest fantasy epics ever written.
May you always find water and shade fellow reader.

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  • jaggar
  • 23-10-2019

Bit slow at times but still good

Bit slow at times but still good. Enjoying the series in general, but it can be slow at times

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  • Damien
  • 17-09-2019

Irritating

With such a long series of books little things add up..”no w in shone and the mans tendency to finish sentences like an asthmatic finishing a marathon . Nice to hear occasionally but far to often ... Some of the names are pronounced differently to my previous imagination ..

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  • ohaneymoya
  • 22-07-2019

Very good

didn't know what to think of this book, but I must know say it's very very good, you won't be disappointed,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-2019

down to book seven in less than 2 3 months

the title tells you how the series is. sometimes boring with too much detail and you can lose track of some intrigues. but keeps you on the edge.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-2019

Pronunciation in a Fantasy Land

I love Wheel of Time and find the performances by the narrators entertaining. The only thing I would change would be the consistency of pronunciation across the series and between the two narrators.

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  • Caitlin Tilt
  • 09-03-2019

Brilliant as expected

Another gripping sequel in the wheel of time. The sheer magnitude and imagination in these stories is astounding. The characters and images whirl around in my head. Each book is as good as the last. A very immersive series. Is up there with the best epic fantasy we have.