I just finished listening to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. The series is 14 volumes and they are all over 20 hours long; some over 40. I had started them when they first came out, but got frustrated by the need to reread them when the new ones were released in order to remember all the characters and decided to wait until it was finished.
It’s a sword and sorcery fantasy series. I like the story. I, generally, like the characters. However, Jordan’s writing style is Dickensian. He describes what everyone is wearing EVERY TIME YOU ENCOUNTER THEM. All the horses get names. And descriptions. I tend to skip over battle descriptions when I read a book. You can’t really do that with audio. Also, the raging sexism is tiresome.
Am I sorry I spent the time listening to them? No. I was going to be listening to something, anyway.
Do I regret giving time to this story. No. I was satisfied with the finished product. Although, I did get frustrated with the slow pace caused by the excessive descriptions, sometimes.
Will I listen to it again? Hard to say. I might decide to revisit it in a decade.
Do I wish I had paid $28 per hardback to read it sooner? HELL NO. I really do feel like half the paper was wasted.