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Now an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

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 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.

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.

In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.

Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn....

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

©1993 The Bandersnatch Group, Inc. (P)1997 Books on Tape; Published by Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Jordan deftly weaves details from previous books into this narrative." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fires of Heaven upholds the very high standards of this major fantasy epic, with battle scenes, comic interludes, and character development all reaching perhaps the highest point in a work that has lacked for none of these." (Booklist)
"Jordan's epic saga of a world threatened by evil incarnate builds steadily as separate strands of a complex plot begin to come together. Fans of this richly detailed and vividly imagined series will not be disappointed." (Library Journal)

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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So far the worse book of this series

I want to finish The Wheel of Time. But this book made me want to take a break before I move on to the 6th book. The story mostly focuses on Nanheve and Elayne and what it’s going through their head, which 95% of the time was what they were wearing or what they don’t want to wear. The book dragged on and on about nothing that moved the story forward the majority of the time. If this is how all the books from here on are going to be, I don’t think I can finish these series. I respect those Robert Jordan fans who love the story. But this book was an awful lot of nothing to do with the main plot line. Terrible.

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slowly getting better

slowly getting better. but the author still has fits of going on and on about every little detail in the background. and of course the over bearing women and weak men. This is the first author I've wanted abridged versions from.

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Same stuff different book

So.. First book was fun because it was new..
Kids going on journeys with a nanny sorceress

With character names so similar it's so hard to keep track.. With main characters and others..
Melayne Moraine
Elaine, Egwaine.. it's a major Paine

General plot formula is same thing over and over (and over and over) :

Group of teens learning they have special abilities..

Adventure after adventure kids learn new abilities and find new magical items to fight new monsters.. As they meet new peoples in new lands

Teens repeatedly making rash decisions like teens do for their maturity level.. leading to a few teen relationship micro-dramas

But holy crap batman. Every book since the first is the same thing.. Following the teens over a course of years

This book introduces new magic monsters and abilities etc. in the same repetitive way with ONE new element

Teen crushes and dramas as their teen gonads rev up

If you're an adult the teen foibles might not add any enjoyment.. For teens I suppose it would be more relevant.

I quit.

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The fires of Heaven

Possibly the best so far if your following the series. The "Great Hunt" a close second. No matter how they review you cannot pick up this book in the middle. If you've finished 1 thru 4 you should read "New Spring" before you do this one. Much insight and a real good story. In this one people are gone you would never have expected to be gone. Rand is slowly becoming someone you'd never recoginize from the first book. I just wish audible would not offer 9 out of 10 books in a series and leave out #5 for so long. The average member is not looking that far ahead when he/she starts out.
I've been waiting for this book a long time.

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Amazing world and lore, ridiculous characters

The narration is fantastic. Both actors amazed me. Great world crafting by author. Unfortunately the characters are so stupid I just can't listen to more. Openly humiliating each other for not knowing things which they couldn't. Being offended at another character's offer of protection, then demanding it on threat of physical violence two days later. Screaming at others to mind their own business even as they secretly use their own powers to invade people's dreams. And these are the characters who are friends. It's just all to stupid to endure.

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The Fires From Heaven

Just seemed to drag on and on and on. Almost fell asleep several time until part 5, then everything happened at once.

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Come on with the gender wars already!!

Would you try another book from Robert Jordan and/or Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

Oh I'm sure that I will finish the series.

What does Kate Reading and Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Experience and emotion.

Any additional comments?

Please don't take this review the wrong way because I do think that the story is great. I just have a few issues with it.
I am about halfway through this book so far and I have to tell you that I am getting pretty tired of the gender wars. Each gender thinks that the other is COMPLETELY stupid. It was funny in the first book or two, but I'm pretty fed up with it now. The book would be half as long if they just kept to the story and stopped babbling about how they don't understand each other...ever try talking!!?? Just a little miffed about it, sorry for the rant.
The other thing that is starting to get on my nerves is the characters’ inner monologues. I try and think about things in real time. There is no way that somebody can have an inner though that would be 1000 words long when the sentence they are actually saying is 6 words. I just picture in my head a person talking and then, mid-sentence, starring at you with a blank face while they are thinking in their head. Just another pet peeve of mine. Too much inner monologue, just get on with the story. Besides, we know what the characters are thinking because they have had the same inner monologue the whole story; it’s not until the end of each book that it changes so I could do without the author repeating it every few pages.
As I am listening to the book rather than reading it (there is no way I could sit there long enough to read this series) the names are bit hard to remember. There are A LOT of names in the story that sound very similar and it can be hard to keep track of whom the story is referring to. That and the fact that the story jumps from character to character.
The books could have been half as long and still great. I’m not a huge fan of unnecessary writing.

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Men vs. Women

I have liked all of Jordan's book including this 5th book. The only complaint I have is constant reference that Men think Women are stupid and Women think Men are stupid. I think it is safe to say the there are times when we all share the this viewpoint but he uses it ALL the time in this 5th book. I also had some trouble following all the various path the many characters take. On the whole I have enjoyed Jordan's books and I will buy all the rest if they show up. It so involved a story you can't stop at Book 5. He makes the characters so real you can't help but want to know what happens.

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It's about time!

Man...these books are great! Michael and Kate need to hurry up and read FASTER! :) I have to agree that the unabridged versions are SOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than the abridged versions...don't even waste your time with them.

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Great Series

I've really been enjoying this series, and was overjoyed to see that Audible got the unabridged version of the Fires of Heaven. I enjoyed this book immensely, and look forward to Audible getting the UNABRIDGED versions of the next 3 books (hint hint).

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  • Sitiya
  • 10-01-19

audiobook good, story too long

Good performance and production. The story itself could have really done with an editor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-19

great but not the best so far

amazing book definitely parts that drag, an some characters seem to be losing their personality an just being moody instead, also don't see rand liking any of these girls for any other reason than their hot and kinda begging it, weakest part definitely the menagerie

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  • Nonovur Dambiz
  • 03-07-19

As good as I remembered it

Years past, I read this series at a relative gallop, loved it & am listening through it now. The tale is just as captivating as I remembered. The interweave of perspective, especially in the penultimate chapter, holds just as strongly as before.

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  • Jules
  • 01-21-13

Transported to another world

I have read all the Wheel of Time novels before (more than once), but with the last book on its way, it was time to update myself on the story. This was made so much easier by plugging into audible. My family found it quite annoying as I spent so much time listening, but not to them.



I loved the double narration which divided the story into its male and female halves. And Robert Jordan's story, which I have been following since 1996, is an absolute winner. Love it!

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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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  • karl
  • 11-09-19

a bit dull

One of the less exciting books in series even with the fantastic performance of the narrators. The story seems to drag at this point, I found it hard to pay attention and very nearly struggled to finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

😍

just take my money already. I love this series more each day. time after time

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  • Frantisek
  • 03-01-13

Average

Done it! Listened while working through the whole 14 books. Not bad - not brilliant either. Too much describing of what are people wearing, limited dictionary of dialogues and male-female relationships/interactions painfully similar, predictable -boring (Mr Freud would find it certainly interesting though :)

Maybe because English isn't my first language, maybe I'm spoiled by other writers or maybe Robert Jordan just isn't my type of author but haven't I been working at the time of listening I would considered it time wasted.

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  • Rob "Sedatus" Spakovsky
  • 11-01-21

Non stop misandrism.

Now, I don't have problems with sexist themes, but every third sentence is "men are this, men are that".
I get it, all women in this book think that men are incompetent, bumbling idiots. And that's fine.
But having this repeated over and over again made this book barely tolerable.

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  • Miss G.
  • 10-22-21

Plots great character development slow.

I usually love the reading of Michael Kramer and Kate reading. Their skill in the cosmere books is great. I found their style in this stunted some of the text in places.

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  • Richard McKenna1
  • 02-04-19

much better. I was ready to give it up but...

much better than the last. worth moving onto the next. I am surprised as the writing style seems to have changed, almost faster or more directional rather than the circles of before

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  • timothy
  • 05-29-17

Fantastic book and series

So addictive the more you read and the last few books in this series is epic

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  • Kristopher
  • 12-11-14

Great characters and story, however...

Such a great story with so many things happening and I really want to know whats happening next. Though the female characters are nearly always complaining and whining that it's hard to like any of them and found myself getting frustrated because of it. Was read very well as usual and despite my negative points, I'm listening to the next one.

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  • Kerry G. Bolton
  • 04-26-20

Far too pondorous and silly sexist remarks.

Overall story arc is good but way too many characters commenting on what they percieve is the opposite sex’s viewpoint. Who cares? Rather distracting and I feel simply pads the story out. It’s fine to establish a characters viewpoint and flaws etc but it seems half the book is filled with silly comments on what/how the opposite sex thinks. Generalisations galore.
Also the actual action scenes are rather short and lacking detail yet we get pages and pages on boring bits in between.
I give the overall series so far a 5 out of 10 simply because of these.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-19

my thoughts

2nd time through and it is still brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant and once again brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-21

Weakest so far

Middle seemed to lack some substance and involvement of other ‘threads’ - Two Rivers dropped into the ways for an episode

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  • Angus Simpson
  • 09-09-21

The Fires of Heaven

A book as epic as its name. The Wheel of Time reaches new heights in this installment. Character arcs pay off in repeated crescendos and future installments seem tantalizing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-21

My least favourite in the series so far

I found the narrative lacked a consistent meaningful and interesting focus. I was frustrated at the amount of words wasted on repetitive descriptions of ‘low neck line dresses’, and seeming to write the word ‘breasts’ as often as possible, and ‘sheer dresses’, and more over and over. It’s not that I don’t mind scandal, romance or female character development which the book certainly focussed on, but I found the way this book set about that focus to be unimaginative, and did not drive the story forward/made me uninterested in the actual story.

The voice actors were totally fine in my opinion and I appreciated the way the story was told

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  • Hanzo
  • 11-18-20

Brilliant!

One of the more interesting endings, Fires of is written and narrated brilliantly. Highly recommended.

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  • Curtis
  • 10-12-20

Weak story - but not notch narration as always

This book was 85% people being pointlessly mean to each other, 10% old women scraping themselves off in sweat huts and 5% interesting narrative. I hear it gets better later though so, probably listen to it anyway. Kate and Michael were, as always, fantastic.