Friday, April 19, 2013

The Eye of the World

I just finished up listening to The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. I have a long commute to school and I tire of the radio easily, so awhile ago I started listening to audiobooks.
I picked The Eye of the World because it was long (29 hours!) and because it had some good reviews on
It's kind of weird listening to a book instead of reading it-- you're at the mercy of the narrator's voice, and pace, and inflections, but it's quite relaxing too, and it makes my commutes much, much less awful.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Sometimes the characters seemed too quaint and naive (just enough to be annoying at times), but then again, the author certainly justified it. Some of the characters personalities were just plain annoying, I kept wishing Nynaeve would stop her bitching about everything that Moiraine said and did, and Mat's descent into emo-ness made me want to slap him. The ending was a little... depressing, I had hoped for a more uplifting end, a clearer resolve, a sharper climax.  There are many many more books in the series, however, so I can understand why the ending was the way it was, at the very least.

But I did enjoy the world, the imagery and the journey. My favorite characters were Loial, Thom, and Elyas.
I'm not sure I could've gotten through it if I had just read it, but listening to it was quite entertaining. 


  1. Do you get the CDs? I do audiobooks too mostly so I can multitask and for road trips. I have The Host, and The Golden Compass right now we should trade off!

    1. I don't have the CDs :( I have an membership!