Knife of Dreams

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Jordan
Narrator: Michael Kramer , Kate Reading
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: October 2005
# of Units: 26 CDs
Length: 32 hours
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The Wheel of Time ® is a PBS Great American Read Selection! Now in development for TV!

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers and listeners 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 dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope.

Unbeknownst to Rand, Perrin has made his own truce with the Seanchan. It is a deal made with the Dark One, in his eyes, but he will do whatever is needed to rescue his wife, Faile, and destroy the Shaido who captured her. Among the Shaido, Faile works to free herself while hiding a secret that might give her her freedom or cause her destruction. And at a town called Malden, the Two Rivers longbow will be matched against Shaido spears.

Fleeing Ebou Dar through Seanchan-controlled Altara with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, Mat attempts to court the woman to whom he is half-married, knowing that she will complete that ceremony eventually. But Tuon coolly leads him on a merry chase as he learns that even a gift can have deep significance among the Seanchan Blood and what he thinks he knows of women is not enough to save him.

In Caemlyn, Elayne fights to gain the Lion Throne while trying to avert what seems a certain civil war should she win the crown...

In the White Tower, Egwene struggles to undermine the sisters loyal to Elaida from within...

The winds of time have become a storm, and things that everyone believes are fixed in place forever are changing before their eyes. Even the White Tower itself is no longer a place of safety. Now Rand, Perrin and Mat, Egwene and Elayne, Nynaeve and Lan, and even Loial, must ride those storm winds, or the Dark One will triumph.

TV series update: 'Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce. Judkins previously worked on shows such as ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD,” the Netflix series “Hemlock Grove,” and the NBC series “Chuck.” Red Eagle partners Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will executive produce along with Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber. Darren Lemke will also executive produce, with Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal serving as consulting producer.' —Variety

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Reviews (8)

Written by Collin G. on September 20th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

fantastic series, narrators did a great job with the characters.


Written by Jonathan P. on June 21st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another great narration, and the audio file was excellent. This book was also a refreshing return to form for the series. Much better than the previous several installments. For my full review, please check this link:

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Written by craig specht on March 5th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book, just as good as the others. This is a great series, Kramer and Reading are excellent narrators!

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Written by David Sandoval on February 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is an awesome series and I love every book. I love listening to them while I drive.

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Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on May 26th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was better than the last book in the series, but I have gotten the feeling that with each book, less and less happens and more and more unimportant and tangential characters and plots are thrown in so that the same main characters can go on and on in book after book without the story ever coming to a close. After 11 books, I plan to continue reading the series until it finally ends, but there is just way too much filler in this series.

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Written by Anonymous on May 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a great follow-up to the last book in the series, which fell flat. Everything came together and the buildup was worth the wait. I look forward to the 12th in the series in '09

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Written by Talmadge V Vessels Jr from Petaluma, CA on September 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Robert Jordan's tale continues. A fine story, great characters and a world without ending or beginning, yet this one feels incomplete within the confines of itself. Read the other "Wheel of Time" books and you will find more complete epics. This piece needs to be read, it just isn't as whole as the other pieces. T. V. Vessels, Jr. - author.

Great listen!

Written by Dawn Hamilton on August 3rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read all the other books in this series so this is the first one I listened to. I really enjoyed it! There are 2 people reading which gives you some change for such a long book. I think the woman's narration is better, but both do well with the voices. It seemed to make me picture the scenes all the more. The book is one of the better ones in the doesn't drag like a couple of them (such as book 5!). You really need to start from the beginning though, don't try to listen to this out of sequence.

Author Details

Author Details

Jordan, Robert

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (October 17, 1948 – September 16, 2007), under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reily. Jordan's works will be the subject of JordanCon, a three day genre convention scheduled for April 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and received communion more than once a week. He lived in a house built in 1797 with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor (currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor).

On March 23, 2006, Jordan disclosed in a statement that he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, and that with treatment, his median life expectancy was four years, though he said he intended to beat the statistics. He later posted on his Dragonmount blog to encourage his fans not to worry about him and that he intended to have a long and fully creative life, working for another 30 years.

He began chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in early April 2006. Jordan was enrolled in a study using the drug Revlimid just approved for multiple myeloma but not yet tested on primary amyloidosis.

Jordan died at approximately 2:45 p.m. EDT on September 16, 2007.