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The Wheel of Time is now an original series on Prime Video, starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine!

In Winter's Heart, the ninth novel in Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time®, Rand al'Thor and his friends face personal trials in their quests to build alliances against the Dark One.

After locating Masema Dagar, the Prophet of the Dragon, on Rand’s behalf, Perrin Aybara returns to his encampment to discover his wife Faile has been abducted by the Shaido Aiel. Determined to reclaim her, Perrin forgoes his mission, risking his army in pursuit of a dangerous and unpredictable enemy.

Wounded and trapped in the Seanchan-occupied city of Ebou Dar, Mat Cauthon is awaiting an opportunity to leave. But he is not the only one in hiding. Three Aes Sedai are desperate to escape. As Mat seeks a way to smuggle them all out of the city, he encounters his own prophesized fate when he meets the Daughter of the Nine Moons.

Rand himself is on a mission of vengeance. He has tracked the traitorous Asha’man who tried to kill him to Far Madding. It is a city where no one is capable of channeling the One Power, leaving Rand vulnerable to those who would stop at nothing to destroy 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 #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

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It is fixed!

Reading all the reviews, I almost didn't buy this just due to the audio quality issues everyone talked about. The issues have been fixed. No replays of some content and all the chapters are there. My only gripe is when Kramer has to read a sultry female character...sounds like a drag queen...kind of takes you out of the moment. Otherwise a really great book. Going to get book 10 now!

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Can the main characters be more obnoxious..

I have suffered through this many of this series. Mostly because I need long stories to get me through my travels. And just when I think this author can't produce another obnoxious female character, a couple books ago he introduced Cadsuanne. to teach manners no less, when she's the most ill-mannered idiot I've ever read about. I have no idea how this author thinks that letting these dim-witted women abused men would be appealing. If that old grandma slapped me. I would have broke her neck considering she had done nothing to earn the right. This author does a terrible job of character construction. I don't believe I have read another book where I could care less whether a character died or not. If Nynaeve or Cadsuanne werr to die Grizzly deaths I would be cheering. And all the Aes Sedai could burn, no great loss. I get this feeling that Moraine will make a miraculous reappearance at some point. This author tries hard to be the next Tolkien. The big difference is when Gandalf the Grey returned. He was a beloved character. Moraine was just another obnoxious feminist, although she did get a little better before her vanishing. Still for me there won't be a great sense of joy if she does reappear. Was this author so dense that he believed whiny, rude, self righteous characters are the essence of good characters? The story idea in itself is good had the man written better characters. If they do make this series into a television series, hopefully Hollywood finds a way to make these people more likeable.

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Fix The Friggin' Audio

I am highly non-plussed. Why the heck has this been a problem that has been NOTED for 5 years? That is unacceptable.

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I'm getting tired

I'm very much tired of Jordan's lackluster portrayal of each gender. All women are contemptous all men and all men are confused by all women. I'm also sick of Rand's love interests going all starry eyed around him. I acknowledge they're teenagers but, in this universe, they should know better. I'm especially referring to Elayne.

But I'm determined to finish the series at this point and the excellent readings in the audiobooks make it worth it.

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WHOLE CHAPTERS MISSINGS!!!

WHOLE CHAPTERS MISSINGS!!!
what the bloody hell!!!! Just skips a large and vital portion of the story!

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Not worth it.

even as short as this book was, it dragged. The sheer amount of needless dialog has become almost unacceptable and I'm struggling to finish the series. The first 4 books were exciting and things happened. Now everyone just talks, get irritated with each other, sniffs, snorts, and braid pulling fill just about every conversation .

9 books in and Mat still doesn't accept his role. 9 books in, what exactly is Perrin doing? 9 books in, I'm starting to lose interest in Rand.

IMO, you're better off just reading this and not wasting a credit buying the audiobook

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Editor: listen to this prior to publishing it!!

What disappointed you about Winter's Heart?

The editing was horrible. There are 253 "chapters" in this audio book. Some "chapter" breaks occur where they should while other occur mid conversation. The absolute worst part is that there are at least 15+ occurrences of repeated content (10-20 seconds each time) and it's not just within different "chapters". I hope the so called "editor" of the audiobook does his/her job better for the remaining books because this is beyond ridiculous!

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Editing Bad. MISSING CONTENT. DO NOT BUY!!!

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

Yes. The narration is consistent with the other books in the series.

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If you're working your way though the series, you're going to have to go buy the book here. It's a good book. But the audiobook is completely screwed up. There is missing content. Repeating content. About 2 chapters right before the end are missing. Instead you get other content repeating. I called customer service and reported it but from the reviews here it looks like this audiobook has been broken since 2011 and has not been fixed!

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Good voice acting, unbalanced story

Seafolk, seanchan, ashaman, shaido, and many more interesting plot points, yet no real progress in story. We spend too much time with Elayne and her very uninteresting succession war, and too little time with matt and his interesting time in ebou dar. Plus, I’m all about women power and equality, but it seems like the author was pretty whipped! His editor was his wife, and you can tell. It gets really annoying really quick. Overall, other than the last 50 minutes, nothing of significance happens to progress the plot of the previous 8 Books.

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I have read all the books on audio so far, I have had no issues whatsoever. It’s been very nice on long car rides. However, this book in particular I have an issue with. Where the very first chapter is supposed to begin, it starts you on chapter 13 in the book... there is nothing before that. I didn’t realize initially and now there is a ton of stuff happening that I have no prior knowledge of. I referenced my paper book copy and realized this audio book skipped 340 pages of book... highly annoyed. Now I need to go back and read what I missed to get caught up.

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  • 05-16-13

Not a great recording

Am loving the series - despite starting to lose track of all the characters (there seem to be new ones added each novel) and becoming slightly bored with the use of the word "woolhead". Unfortunately this recording is not so good - there are numerous occassions where lines are repeated and although one accepts the odd error, there are just too many in this book. One wonders why in this digital age they can't simply edit it out? Audible?

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  • G
  • 05-11-17

Big chunk of story is missing at chapter 226.

A big swathe is missing at Audible chapter 226. Chapters 32 A Portion of Wisdom, 33 Blue Carp Street and 34 The Hummingbird's Secret. Are missing from the file. Presumably this is a glirch/error and not how it was recorded.

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  • J B W Lewis
  • 07-25-17

Missing chapters, other chapters repeated

Repeated audio sections throughout, several chapters missing, and then the last few chapters are repeated twice at the end. A terribly put together product.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-17

boring

in addition to a boring story, where the most volatile reaction characters ever give is either putting fists on hips, folding arms under breasts or glowering, the audio is chock-full of repeated sentences where audio has presumably been edited badly. pronunciation of places and names is inconsistent, and all of the female characters are irredeemably uninteresting and shallow. at this point the only reason I'm still listening is because I've been told Brian Sanderson saves the series after Jordan dies.

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  • Mr G Mendes
  • 08-02-17

253 chapters! Someone needs to fix this

The story is fine as a continuation of the epic. But the audio book is below par. The longest chapter is 6 minutes in length and the final 13 chapters are repeated at the end of the book. Would recommend a different audio version.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-17

Missing Chapters

Chapters 32, 33 and the majority of chapter 34 are missing from this recording. Track 225 ends as chapter 31 should and track 226 picks up most of the way through chapter 34. Tracks 240 to 253 are a repeat of the last part of chapter 34 to the end of the book.

As many other reviewers have stated many sentences are repeated throughout the audiobook, and having the chapters broken down into 253 4-7 min tracks can be annoying. I have also noticed a drop in audio quality compared to the previous books.

I would recommend skipping the audio version of this book if you can, and just picking up the paperback/kindle version. Save yourself the money/credit.

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  • E D Moss
  • 10-09-17

Updated Files as of 18/08/17 - Fixed Recording

Previously the files Audible hosted for this title were very dodgy, the chapter structure was very broken leading to lines of dialogue being repeated and 2.5 whole chapters from the book were missing (32, 33 and some of 34). I complained about this and fortunately the AudioBug Department have fixed the files as of 18/08/17. Any new downloads since then will have the complete book, anyone who downloaded previously just needs to delete the old version and re-download it to get the new one.

Good book, continuation of form for Robert Jordan. If you've gotten this far through the Wheel of Time series then you might as well continue!

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  • Isabel
  • 07-25-13

Good story but one issue

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The recording had a couple of parts where the lines would repeat, not the worst but a little annoying

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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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  • Jonathan
  • 07-03-17

Broken audio book!! It has missing chapters.

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The story is great but it has missing chapters and there are a lot of times where it repeats the last few seconds. Such a shame. Its amazing that they havn't fixed it. Its probably todo with how audiable cut up the recording.

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  • Chris
  • 10-17-18

Good story but terrible audio book editing

While the story is just as good as the other books in this series listening to this audio book was an challenge due to the editing. The only conclusion that I can come to is that the brilliant individuals who put this out, assembled it and released it and totally skipped the "double check to make sure it is not messed up" step. Not only are there an excessive number of times that the book goes back and repeats the same section over again, it is also broken up into incredibly weird chapter lengths. This makes navigating the book a challenge at best and impossible at worst. In addition the book ends at chapter 240 but then jumps back and replays the last few chapters of the book for no understandable reason. Be prepared for some very frustrating times listening to this book and the only reason I did not return it was that the story and narrators are good making it listenable though incredibly annoying at times.

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  • Jonathan
  • 05-10-17

3 chapters have been cut from the book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

re-edit the book as every thirty or so minutes listening to the book, sections repeat themselves. Also chapters 32-34 aren't even in the audio book version, suddenly when listening to the book the story skips to a new section in the story without any explanation. I have already read the book before so i noticed immediately that a massive, and very important section of the story had been spiked over. after chapter 31 the story skips to 35, which is the last chapter in the story and once this chapter is complete instead of going back to listening to 32-34 the audio book just repeats chapter 35 again. I really enjoy this book in the WOT series but i can't recommend that anyone buy this book until Audible re-edits the book completely so that it is correct.

What three words best describe Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performance?

pretty good

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  • oneofthe band
  • 06-26-17

Missing a chapter!

It's missing an important Chapter where Rand is in Far Madding! Please fix this and let me know when it's done. Otherwise great!

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  • Joe
  • 10-10-18

Yet again another amazing performance and story

Kate Reading and Michael Kramer continue to be the two best voice actors in the audiobook world and the story of Winter's Heart kept me entranced in a way the previous one could not. Winter's Heart is now my favourite of the past 2 imo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-18

amazing

I have never been more entranced and intrigue before by a series.
when one thing is resolved 6 more challenges awake. Mat has finally met the daughter of the nine moons. I cannot wait to start book 10

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  • Peter
  • 08-29-17

Great book but lots of problems with it

There were lots of problems with the files, at first I couldn't download them and then when I finally managed it after deleting the audible app then reinstalling it and having to re download every title in my library including this one the order of the audio files were jumbled in some areas and there was a lot of repetition in some areas. I have seen some other comments on this title saying much the same thing, and wonder if amazon/ audible will actually do anything about it for future customers looking to purchase this book and if they will in anyway compensate the customers that have already bought and attempted to listen to it (I had to buy the hard copy to in order to actually understand the story)

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  • R. T. Crooks
  • 03-26-22

Good

I did enjoy how the girls are finally catching up to the dark friends and coming into their strength.

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  • James
  • 02-08-22

Amazing

I’ve read up to this book twice before and given in to “the slog”, but for some reason this time through I didn’t feel the drag at all. Loved every chapter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-21

I think all chapters were there

I read in other reviews that there were missing chapters. Pretty sure they are all available now.

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  • Nicholas Averbuj
  • 10-07-21

Chapters still missing!

I read previous reviews saying that there were chapters missing from a few years ago and assumed it would have been fixed by now. It hasn't, And it's a key chapter as far as I can tell by the gaps in the story. Having all the chapters is surely basic requirement of an audio book and given that it hasn't been fixed in many years, extremely poor.