A Memory of Light

A Memory of Light

Audiobook CD - 2013
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In the Field of Merrilor, the rulers of the nations join behind Rand al'Thor, or against him, to either aid or stop his plans to unseal the Dark One's prison--which could either be a sign of madness or the last hope of mankind. The Trollocks have seized Caemlyn, Perrin Aybara battles Slayer, and the fate of all humanity will be decided in Shayoul Ghul. The Wheel is turning and the Age is coming to an end. The last battle will determine the fate of the world in the final book of The Wheel of Time.
Publisher: [New York] : Macmillan Audio, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427210241
1427210241
Branch Call Number: TALK JORDAN CD
Characteristics: 33 sound discs (42 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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maduncan
Dec 12, 2018

A lot of great moments in a book that feels far too long.

You can tell that Jordan had most of this prepared before his death. Sanderson would never have dragged this out so much, but 50 endings is a fitting homage to LoTR, and there's no easy way to bring each storyline to a satisfying conclusion with 2,000 characters, so this is what you get. Excessive, engaging, melodramatic, clever... it's truly a Robert Jordan ending.

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danomcd
Jul 22, 2014

Quite possibly my favorite book out of the whole series. I wish I could personally thank Brandon Sanderson for pulling this series out of the toilet. The last book that Robert Jordan wrote you could tell he was either just trying to stretch it out as much as possible or was personally lost in where to take the story. Brandon had a very hard job of tying up alot of side stories and a crazy number of characters. I can understand why he actually needed to create a new "major" character "Androl Genhald" out of a fairly minor character.
Having both read the book and heard it on the CDs I found that it provided two very different experiences - both positive though.
I will admit though that you have to eventually wonder how Matt's army or the Trollock army still has any people left.

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nitetraino
Feb 27, 2013

I wasn't expecting 900 pages of war between dark and light. While the end is okay, time could have been better spent and I lack motivation to read the rest of the series. 3 of 10 stars

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incarnacion
Feb 16, 2013

I would like nothing more than to say that this book was great, wonderful, fabulous, and worth the 20 years I've spent reading the Wheel of Time.

But that wouldn't be true.
To be fair, the series started going downhill after book six for me, and I kept hoping Jordan would pull it together. KoD was the first positive glimpse in years, and then we all know what happened. I think Sanderson did a pretty good job with GS and ToM.
To our chagrin, AMOL doesn't cut the mustard.

This book is 900 pages long (or 33 discs on the audio book.) Most of what I can remember is Trollocs, Sharans, and exhausted forces of the light trying to counter 5 to 1 or 10 to 1 odds. And it goes on and on and on and on. By the time i reached the half way point I was already saying, they can't still be fighting the same stupid trolloc army can they?
There were a total of 3 moments that I enjoyed. They mostly dealt with self sacrifice.

It is an Unbearable read, or listen, and the end is a huge let down.
I am so disappointed!

That said, if you've made it this far, you will read this one. But don't get your hopes up! It is, as they promised AN ending.

At least I never have to wait and hope about this ever again.

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