The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Jordan , Brandon Sanderson
Narrator: Michael Kramer , Kate Reading
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: October 2009
# of Units: 26 CDs
Length: 34 hours, 30 minutes
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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.

Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.

The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, and now Stormlight Archive, among others, was chosen by Jordan's editor--his wife, Harriet McDougal--to complete the final volume, later expanded to three books.

In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward--wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders--his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower--and possibly the world itself.

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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#6 Lord of Chaos
#7 A Crown of Swords
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#10 Crossroads of Twilight
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Reviews (21)

Written by Brady B. on January 21st, 2021

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book breathes new life into the series for me. Sanderson has reinvigorated it while holding true to the amazing world that Jordan created. Looking forward to the last two.

Written by Emil G. on December 5th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Perfekt much needed rampup and glorious payoffs. If you as me read the earlier books growing up and then stopped somewhere along the way. I can really recommend finishing the series.


Written by Anonymous on August 6th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Had a few spots that were static and missed a couple minutes


Written by Jonathan P. on June 29th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Audio: Great narration and good audiobook, thought it went back to that 5 minute track style instead of simply using chapters to mark the tracks. I prefer the latter. Book: After returning to form in Knife of Dreams it seems the series is fully back on track, as this volume was another great read. You can find my full written review here: Or the video review here:

Written by Anonymous on February 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Refreshing. Not to diss RJ, but I prefer Sanderson.


Written by Matthew Picazzo on December 24th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book is amazing. It is horribly annoying that the audio skips and has distorted sounds, no matter how infrequently it happens.

Written by Michael B. on November 8th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Fantastic book!! Rating is due to it being unavailable in my region (Australia) despite books 1-11 being available as well as book 13 being available.


Written by Alicia S. on October 1st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love this series and I have so many to go - pretty excited about it.


Written by Foster J. on September 3rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love this book series! I’ve been through the series multiple times and will go through it again!


Written by Daniel M. on July 3rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The narration is fantastic!

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.

Sanderson, Brandon

Brandon Sanderson is an instructor at Brigham Young University.