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Publisher's Summary

Now an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

In The Dragon Reborn, the third novel in Robert Jordan’s number one New York Times best-selling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, Rand al’Thor undertakes a journey to prove himself worthy of being the Champion of Light.

Winter has stopped the war - almost - yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he?

Rand al’Thor has been proclaimed the Dragon Reborn. Traveling to the great fortress known as the Stone of Tear, he plans to find the sword Callandor, which can only be wielded by the Champion of Light, and discover if he truly is destined to battle The Dark One. Following Rand, Moiraine and their friends battle Darkhounds on the hunt, hoping they reach the Heart of the Stone in time for the next great test awaiting the Dragon Reborn.

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. The last six books in series were all instant number one New York Times best sellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

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
Warrior of the Altaii

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

Listen to more books in The Wheel of Time series.
©1991 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)1997 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)
"Large and splendid. The saga reaches a new level of emotional impact." (Chicago Sun-Times)

Featured Article: A Cast of Thousands—The Wheel of Time Character Guide


The Wheel of Time television series, adapted from one of the most successful and most ambitious series of novels in the history of fantasy publishing, is here. It has been more than two decades since its creator, the late Robert Jordan, first mentioned the possibility of seeing the series brought to life on the screen. Here's a guide to the major characters in a huge cast to get you caught up and ready for streaming.

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I feel 4 stars is being generous but overall the series is improving a lot. I have never been frustrated by a series characters more so than the ones in the WoT & it does feel like a struggle at times but I very much like the premise of the story & as I stated every book is improving. I'm going to continue with hopes that the character development improves also.

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Top Quality Audio Entertainment

Kate Reading and Michael Kramer have achieved a feat of extraordinary ability. They have managed deliver a reading of the book with no sound effects or music that is both engaging and entertaining.

Well worth your time

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not much really happens

Michael Kramer's parts rock, however half the book isn't narratored by him so there's that.

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Would you listen to The Dragon Reborn again? Why?

No, it's extremely long and there are still a lot of books left in the series to finish.

What did you like best about this story?

The climax at the end, and the way Mat finally became a whole character.

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

Yes. They are my two favorite narators. I hear so many people talking about Michael Kramer in a negative way and I don't understand why. He has so many different voices for all the characters. He pauses in the correct places and his voice inflections are perfectly timed. My only knock on both of them is that they read a little slower than I do, but that is no big deal at all. I think they both have a good idea of what Robert Jordan intended his books to be percieved as.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO WAY!! This book is LOOONNGG.

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This book is hard to rate because overall it is a fantastic story with deep characters. The world is alive with politics, good, evil, and everything in between. It has another fantastic climatic ending that really starts to get rolling from 2/3 of the book on. I do have 2 gripes about this series as a whole. First is the fact that a rediculous amount of time is spent talking about stuff in past books and explaining them for someone that might not have read the previous ones. This becomes really annoying. My second gripe is the "in between" stuff. You could read 30 pages in this book and not have a single thing happen. This is however what makes the world so intricate, and the characters so deep. Would I trade it for a shorter version? Probably, but I'll take it like it is for now and move on to the next book with the same excitement that got me this far.

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Not the worst

This one isn't as easy to get into as the last book. Still pretty good. The main character of the series is barely even in this story, and he is definitely missed. All in all it just feels like a stepping stone to greater parts of this epic.

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absolutely fantastic

great story, great reading, what a pleasure. i'm hooked! Once you start you can't stop reading these adventures.

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An outstanding novel in the Wheel of Time series!!

The Dragon Reborn is captivating from beginning to end! Robert Jordan does a wonderful job bringing many elements together at the end of this novel, and producing a very climatic ending. Though some might argue otherwise, the plot is moderately convoluted and will keep most readers riveted until the last page. It is well worth the listening!
Tai'shar Manetheren!

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Just too much dragging of feet

Liked the original story premise but too many over complicated yet simple interactions to care about. Got a couple of hours into book 3 and realized I can’t even fathom spending 100s of hours trying to care about the super detailed slow story with more dreams/ unclear thoughts than storyline. Tried to get through Wheel of Time classic but maybe next lifetime.

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Definately worth reading

I really like the way Jordan plays off the reluctant hero. His insights into men and women's views of the opposite sex are often funny and help relieve the seriousness of the story, which is, as always, incredibly original and well written.

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I found this book the slowest of the series so far, but still enjoyed it and will buy the next one in the series. Great series, love it. I'm also getting used to the switching between the two narrators who are both brilliant.

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  • A. May
  • 12-26-12

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.

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  • Jonny
  • 04-07-13

The plot thickens...

The epic storytelling abilities shown in The Wheel of Time really come apparent in the third novel. The focus leaves the protagonist for much of the book which allows the audience to have a more in depth view of others in the steadily growing band of characters, namely the development of Perrin. Narrators excel as always.

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  • Al
  • 02-23-11

fantastic

I have read pretty much every major fantasy novel and so reckon I can give a fair judgement. So far, I am enjoying the Wheel of Time saga more than any other fantasy I have ever read.

Don't waste your time with sword of truth saga - its just a copy of wheel of time apart from not as good.

I would recommend this saga to anyone who likes Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, golden compass, sword of truth etc. Once you get to know the characters in this saga they are more lovable than all of the above mentioned.


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  • William Clements
  • 02-14-11

Short but Sweet

This is the shortest of the volumes so far, but has a very fast pace, unlike some of the later books. It is a journey, and building upon existing characters, while beginning to introduce a few more side characters, including Aes Sedai, and some new major characters too. Culminating in one of the best battles in the series (until Book 11 - Knife of Dreams, chapter 18), as the Dragon tries to seize the Stone of Tear, and we are introduced to the People of the Dragon - the awesome Aiel from the baked, arid wastes beyond the Dragon Wall. The battle of wills and of the one power shakes the STone to it's core as the Dragon attempts to put Forsaken in their places - well until the mistress of the night intervenes... well, you have to listen to find out now, don't you! Best series ever!!

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  • paul7
  • 02-20-21

Outstanding

The performance by both narrators is wonderful. They really have mastered narrating a wonderfully crafted tale so well. this is pure art. I am in awe at this world that Robert Jordan has created and given how lengthy the series is, I feel lucky to be able to experience it for a lot longer still.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-20

Epic story continued

I love this series of books, full of interweaving threads that always come back together again for the finally.

With the ending of book 2 I expected this book to be a bit more fast paced and more battles but I am not complaining. The story and world building was excellent and I am now rushing this review to start book 4.

You won't be disappointed!

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  • Domsa
  • 09-04-20

Excellent Book

This book is amazing. I love the series. The narrators have very calm and relaxing voices.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-20

Fantastic even better on second listen

Loved this book the most out of the first three! Bring on the next one!

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  • MR LEWIS-GEORGE NASH
  • 06-29-20

another great book in this epic tale.

Another immersion into this world with wonderful narration, awesome action, great character development and a real sense of grandeur. This is a story that effects the world.

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  • Wendy Salmon
  • 08-06-19

favorite saga

I loved this whole series when i first read it. To listen to it read to me is even better. It is the first books i choose when i need a story Usually get through all 14 books once a year

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  • M. Owens
  • 10-25-19

Old school fantasy

I'm rereading this series that I first read in my early 20s. 30 years on the books are a little tired but still good fun. Theyre very obviously written by an old white man - definitely a 50s view of social morès.
women are often portrayed as devious while men are sort of bumbling but well meaning - or strong and silent.
In terms of story and momentum though, its still a good read and I will be continuing with the series.
The male narrator is annoying to start with but after a while you dont notice his idiosyncratic delivery so much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-19

This was a slow one..

Out of the three in the series this was the hardest one to get in to. There was a lot of building until the final two hours really. But this does continue the series and it is a worthwhile listen for anyone that has enjoyed the series so far.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-18

Great listen

Loved it! Great narration, hooked to the end!
Great series of books, whole new experience in audiobook!

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  • Mark
  • 06-15-15

A real developing masterpiece

An amazing continuing story. The performance is unreal. Kate and Michael give the books life

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  • Rebekah Price
  • 12-06-21

Cadence of reader takes you out of story at times

I have loved this book series since a teen and have welcomed getting reacquainted with the Series on the Audible platform.

Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do put good effort into enunciating the words and putting effort into capturing the characters as separate and unique people.

The only thing that takes me out of the story on occasion is the cadence of Kate’s voice. There is a formula to it and the repetition is grating after a while.

Still, I couldn’t have done a better job when considering the size of the job and she would’ve unconsciously found a way to get through it. It is just the repetitive lilting of the voice in exact same way that makes it seem a task to listen to.

For this reason, I’m giving 4 stars; great story and great effort to put it on the Audible App for fans.

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  • Ben
  • 11-30-21

Audiobook beats the book

I find the audiobook much more engaging than the book. More a representation of me than the author I suppose. I really enjoy the performance at this point in the series where some of the characters are dragging in their development.

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  • H. McLean
  • 05-08-21

Love these books

Started reading these at 16, I know what happens, sucked into the story all over again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-21

Book 3

By this stage you either love wheel of time or hate it. Great book and great story telling.

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  • Zachary Rayniak
  • 03-26-21

I bloody love it

please check out this series. I've quickly fallen in love and am hanging on every page/word

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  • Matthew
  • 09-03-20

This book has an amazing scene

Chapter 14 bite of the thorns made the series worth it. The first two books were so boring but bite of thorns is the first time I really feel like the characters are established and interesting. Excellent work by the female narrator too. It was amazing to hear a conversation with all women (instead of her trying to do the male voices, which is off-putting.)