Some books, such as the Wheel of Time series, I have read in both the traditional manner and audio format. I began listening to the Wheel of Time series after the eleventh book, Knife of Dreams. The books are long, and the audio books are even longer. Yet I was never bored as I listened, which sometimes occurred while reading the books, especially during the Elayne chapters in Knife of Dreams.
In fact, I found that I enjoyed the audio books even more than the printed books. After the eleventh book, I stopped buying the printed versions and got my Wheel of Time fix exclusively from the audio books. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are two of the best readers I have heard. They do an excellent job giving each character a different voice. They speak clearly and pronounce well the Wheel of Time names. They also lack the annoying quirks of some readers.
Kate Reading reads all the chapters written from a female point of view, and Michael Kramer all the chapters from a male point of view. Some characters, such as Mat, come through in audio even more interesting than I had imagined them; Kramer nails Mat’s mixture of humor, honor, and dependability. The sum of their efforts is much greater than the parts, even though those parts are in themselves formidable. If you like Michael Kramer, I recommend his reading of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy.
Those who have an interest in Wheel of Time are already reading the books. My purpose here is to offer another way of appreciating these fine works.