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The Gathering Storm Audiobook

The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

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Publisher's Summary

Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times best-selling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan's editor - his wife, Harriet McDougal - to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so Tor proudly presents The Gathering Storm as the first of three novels that will make up A Memory of Light. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost 20 years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era. In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international best-selling series begins its dramatic conclusion.

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower - and possibly the world itself.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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©2009 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc.; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"The Wheel of Time...is a fantasy tale seldom equaled and still less often surpassed in English." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Jordan has a powerful vision of good and evil - but what strikes me as most pleasurable...is all the fascinating people moving through a rich and interesting world." (Orson Scott Card on The Wheel of Time)

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    Alnaps 07/08/2017
    Alnaps 07/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Must listen ....."

    I know the books are long and were getting monotonous but you will not regret reaching this stage. hang in there!

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    jack 10/07/2017
    jack 10/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "an epic "

    this whole series is amazing. .. and robert jordan spent the last of his life on this work. as a reader a am deeply grateful and blessed. also the narrator's did an amazing job. thanks all

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    timothy 29/05/2017
    timothy 29/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Bloody fantastic"

    The last 4 books of this series really takes off and the action, humour and suspense make this series my favourite of all time

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    Toran 28/02/2017
    Toran 28/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "well done Sanderson"

    sanderson has done an amazing job of writing this book and keeping with the feel of the whole series, I'm excited for the next two.

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    Miss 04/01/2017
    Miss 04/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW!!!!"

    I started reading the series 20 years ago and its been on my bucket list to finish it. I must admit that when I picked it up again I sat on the fence in regards to liking the series. As I continued through the series from around book 10 I found a new enthusiasm and book 12 has blown me away! Branden had done it justice and I cannot wait to continue the 13th book. My only negative comment is that this series has to end and I don't want it to.

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    Mark 23/06/2016
    Mark 23/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved It"

    Brandon really continued to bring Robert Jordans story to life. GREAT JOB. GREAT STORY. SPECTACULAR

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  • D. Ramirez
    Seattle, WA
    28/10/09
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    "I normally wouldn't, but..."

    Usually I wouldn't write a review before I had finished a book, but I just can't help myself... I'm sure that you hard core WoT fans out there won't need any further encouragement to purchase this one, but for anyone who does... Get it, now! :-) Seriously, it's good. Perhaps I'm just not as perceptive as I ought to be, but I've not yet noticed much difference from the quality that I'd expect of a book in this amazing series. So far, I think that Brandon Sanderson has stayed true to the characters that RJ created, and I think his style just works for this series. Needless to say, I am thoroughly enjoying this audiobook so far. I've already noticed quite a few plot lines moving forward and am learning answers to questions that I've really been waiting to find out about. I'd like to thank Mr. Sanderson for his wonderful work in continuing this series, Robert Jordan for caring enough about his fans to leave behind enough content for Brandon to work with, and of course, his wife Harriet for making a great choice of whom to continue his work. Very respectfully, Dominique.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan D. Gilbert
    Huntington Beach, CA USA
    2/12/09
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    "Welcome back Wheel of Time!!!"

    If you would have told me this was written by a different author other then Robert Jordan, I would have called you a liar. This is how the Jordan of old used to write. It's only later on in the series is when he really started go get wrapped up in meaningless crap, and made it a chore to finish a book. The only difference I could really tell were things that I thought were improvements. Gone are the annoying storyline builds ups, only to have the reader jump to a different character at the crescendo. It was so refreshing to not have to wait another 300 pages to find out how a storyline progressed. This ain't 1960's television anymore, we don't need cheesy cliffhangers to make sure we keep reading.

    At no point did I ever feel like I wanted to place a gun into my mouth to end my misery from slogging through a couple of chapters on etiquette or local customs.

    Sanderson touched on all the favorites, Rand, Egwene and company, Matt, Perrin, all the major Aes Sedai and Aiel. Perrin was probably the least written about it in this story, but it really didn't bother me, as he had bigger parts in the last few books. Matt is always a blast and gets into some crazy situations in this book that just made me laugh. Sanderson does such a good job putting Matt's perspective on situations that it's always just so comical, "Why does this always happen to me!"

    Rand is probably the biggest triumph of this story. The writing gets more complicated as his delves deeper and deeper into what it means to be the Dragon Reborn and all the emotions that come with that.

    Kate and Michael are the only voices I can ever picture reading Jordan, as they do a perfect job. At times I forget that Kate is reading the male parts because she does such a great job capturing the character's essence.

    I released a huge sigh of release after I read this book. The glory that is WoT is back, and is on track for it's continued greatness. The ending of this finished perfectly.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Australia
    30/10/09
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    "Bloody Excellent"

    Thank you Brandon a most excellent job.

    The Wheel of Time has been brought back to life. The life that was in the first few books.(1-4)

    I really enjoyed reading this book. (Well listening to it.) Could not put it down.

    Each character got some air time and it was not too long winded coverage that I felt was in the later books.

    Plenty of action happening in this.

    It is also great to see that same narrators
    used in the story. Very well read it brings much life to the story.

    Again Brandon, A Big Thank You.
    I look forward to the next book soon.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • T. Doolin
    Arcata, CA
    19/10/09
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    "A Successful Transition"

    Many people were worried about the continuation of this epic series after the tragic loss of Robert Jordan in September of 2007.

    Fans:
    Fear no more!

    All of our beloved characters are still there and RJ's vision is clearly still the driving force behind these books. Brandon Sanderson does an outstanding job taking our characters and adapting his style to give us a compelling read.

    You can sense Brandon's voice more in some characters than others but that is not a criticism. He actually brings more depth to them while maintaining exactly who they are and who we love.

    Michael Kramer & Kate Reading again deliver in this book and I'm pleased to know that they'll also be completing the series with:
    Book 13 - Towers of Midnight
    and
    Book 14 - A Memory of Light.

    You will love this book! Enjoy!

    42 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob
    Salem, OR, United States
    6/01/10
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    "Sanderson's marvel"

    Where Jordan often utterly failed at times Sanderson manages to not only succeed but exceed expectations. Jordan often wrote pages, even whole chapters that had no substance to moving the story forward, particularly evident "Crossroads of Twilight". Sanderson however, gives us Jordan's riveting story and extraordinary detail, with much less skimable dreck.

    This book covers Egwene's storyline to a remarkable apex, Rand's madness, and who Verin really is. Perrin, Elayne, and Mat's storylines are barely touched. We are left with wanting much in the next two books, but this book leaves us with a feeling of accomplishment and no cliffhanger.

    This is Kate's best reading of this series. She pours herself into Egwene's storyline and it really comes alive.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chuck
    United States
    25/11/13
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    "Best book since Book 1"

    Quite possibly the best book in the series since the opening book. Not that the other books were bad, but Jordan seemed to just drone on at times and the story seemed to stagnate at times. Sanderson does a masterful job of writing this book. It "sounds" just like Jordan wrote it, but there were very few places in this book where I felt like I was "nodding off" (as I had done several times before in previous books). Great start to the finale of this wonderful series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/05/12
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    "Great new direction"

    Book 1 thru 11 our Hero got darker and moodier frankly a bore. Sanderson breathed new life into Rand giving us someone to cheer for instead of simply waiting for the next chapter about Matt

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Issac
    Clarkston, WA, USA
    31/12/09
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    "Couldn't have been happier"

    I searched for best selling fantasy books about 6 months ago and The Wheel of Time kept popping up. I wanted a good book to fill in the space between the next Eragon and Nicholas flamel the Alchemest final books. I had no idea that I was about to take a non-stop journey through the best 12 books of my life. I compare it to eating some gourmet meal you didn't even know existed and then going back to plain bread. Everything is now much more bland in my world; television, video Games and other books. Fortunately I have my Aquarium, my career and my family. Of course I Also have two more books that once released I will certainly listen too a hundred times each before I die.

    Brandon Sanderson took the notes of Robert Jordan and made it seem as the legend was putting the book together himself.

    The Gathering Storm is my favorite book of the set so far... I envy all of you who have yet to make this journey starting with the first book, The Wheel of Time.

    -Issac A Wilkerson

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • korah creamer
    Temple, tx
    28/10/09
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    "Broavo!!!!"

    Great job. Sanderson did good keeping the spirit of the previous books. Loved the humor!

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • ChellyBelle
    Dundurn, SK, Canada
    2/11/09
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    "A very pleasant surprise"

    After learning that Brandon Sanderson was going to be finishing the WoT series, I downloaded two of his books, and didn't enjoy them at all. The ideas were great, and the magic was great, but I really disliked his "voice", the way his characters acted and interacted; to me, it sounded like very forced comedic scenes interspersed with long, convoluted planning sessions.

    That said, I am a HUGE Robert Jordan fan, and really need this series to end, so I went ahead and downloaded TGS about five minutes after it came available on the 27th, and started listening immediately.

    I'm exceptionally pleased to report that I really enjoyed this book. Everyone important is in it, if only for a chapter or two, and for the most part, Brandon Sanderson has adapted his style to fit into Robert Jordan's world a little better.

    That said, you can absolutely hear his voice, particularly in the sections of the book which feature Matt Cauthon. I found those sections a tiny bit offputting, but I think maybe that comes from personal bias rather than any actual fault in Brandon's treatment of those sections.

    I felt that some of story arcs were actually improved in this book; RJ used to hop around a lot more, splitting a plotline in halves or thirds and then shuffling other things into it, creating mini-cliffhangers. In this book, it seems that we stay with some of the main arcs for much longer, often to their ultimate conclusion, and I found that to be very, very satisfying.

    I'm looking forward to the next two installments.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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