The Eye of the World: Book One of 'The Wheel of Time'

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Jordan
Narrator: Michael Kramer , Kate Reading
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: May 2004
# of Units: 25 CDs
Length: 31 hours
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Overview

'These veteran narrators keep the plot moving and the narration fresh' - AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by Audie Award-winning narrators Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, and includes a bonus interview with the author.

The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. Now, this beloved series is in development for TV!
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs-a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts- five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
The Wheel of Time®
New Spring: The Novel
#1 The Eye of the World
#2 The Great Hunt
#3 The Dragon Reborn
#4 The Shadow Rising
#5 The Fires of Heaven
#6 Lord of Chaos
#7 A Crown of Swords
#8 The Path of Daggers
#9 Winter's Heart
#10 Crossroads of Twilight
#11 Knife of Dreams
By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
#12 The Gathering Storm
#13 Towers of Midnight
#14 A Memory of Light
By Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson
The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
By Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons
The Wheel of Time Companion
By Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk
Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time

Reviews (74)

Written by Sophia E. on November 13th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was a good book. It's just I struggled to get through it. I understand way people like this book/series. It's just, even thought it was a good book, I don't have the interest to continue with this series.

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Written by Thomas B. on October 21st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An excellent, enjoyable and good value for money listen for those who like Lord of the Rings style fantasy.

Written by Chris B. on August 17th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I fell in love with this series in the early 2000 after years of reading the hard copies. The audio version is fantastic to any fantasy fan out there I would recommend you listen to it.

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Written by Alberto Padro-Trias on August 15th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought it was a solid book. Can't wait for the next one.

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Written by Anonymous on July 27th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Even better the second time around.

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Written by Dexter A. on July 24th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A great series if you are up for the commitment. The author can meander quite a bit but the slow periods are worth the great payoffs.

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Written by Anonymous on July 17th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This is my third attempt at getting into this series - this time via audiobook in the hope it would prove easier to push through. The overall storyline is great, epic fantasy is usually my cup of tea. However, I struggle with this series purely because there are so few likeable characters. They're shallow and predictable. The female characters are the worst of it - just very badly developed. I have been told it all improves in the later books and I just need to get to that point. It's audio I can listen to at work so I will hopefully get there and prove them right. I'd love to enjoy this series.

Written by Jarod W. on February 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

4.5 due to some slow spots in the middle. Overall fantastic beginning of what is sure to be an amazing series! Narrator is fantastic and draws you into the story on a deeper level.

Written by Amber P. on October 8th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I am a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. After reading only the first book I am hooked on this fantasy world too. This series is definately LotR and GOT caliber.

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Written by Dave K. on September 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great series so far. The narrators are very good. Have listened to them read other books.

Author Details

Author Details

Jordan, Robert

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (October 17, 1948 – September 16, 2007), under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reily. Jordan's works will be the subject of JordanCon, a three day genre convention scheduled for April 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and received communion more than once a week. He lived in a house built in 1797 with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor (currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor).

On March 23, 2006, Jordan disclosed in a statement that he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, and that with treatment, his median life expectancy was four years, though he said he intended to beat the statistics. He later posted on his Dragonmount blog to encourage his fans not to worry about him and that he intended to have a long and fully creative life, working for another 30 years.

He began chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in early April 2006. Jordan was enrolled in a study using the drug Revlimid just approved for multiple myeloma but not yet tested on primary amyloidosis.

Jordan died at approximately 2:45 p.m. EDT on September 16, 2007.