Just finished (re-)reading Wheel of Time out loud.

Discussion in 'Wheel of Time Discussion - Books 1-14' started by Mathias Vielfrass, Mar 20, 2020.

  1. Mathias Vielfrass

    Mathias Vielfrass

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    March 2018 I started reading The Wheel of Time series out loud to my wife. Since then I joined Tar Valon, went through the class. And have availed myself of the library quite a bit. We finished the final Epilogue yesterday.

    The series is epic. I started reading the series in 2007. My wife had a brain tumor and I needed to be home, available, but quiet all the time. So I read the first nine books at that time, picking up the others as they came out. I tried to share the story lines with her, but it is too big and too complex.

    As for the reading out loud, I read volumes like Redwall to our children. I am a good reader and speaker. I have read numerous books aloud as a way for us to bond and share the experience.

    Professional readers for this series and others read around 150 wpm. I speak about 120 wpm. They can cut and splice mistakes, I could not. Still, they set a standard. With WoT I found the readers averaged around 2 ½ minutes per full page. I usually run about 3 minutes. On a standard day, I would read a chapter or try to find places to stop between 15 and 20 pages.

    I started the readings with A New Spring. My wife says that really helped. The story is very confusing and A New Spring gives enough background to aid in understanding what is going on. For those who feel the books should be read in the order Jordan wrote them, remember, Jordan wrote entire chapters out of order to insert them much later, including many sections of the final book.
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    The frog? Well, I read to our children, most notably the Redwall books. Mr. Frog would start ribbiting when I would improvise additional texts. He monitors all my readings now.

    I wish I had had the audio books for my commute. I’m retired now.

    Reading aloud highlights one’s speech patterns. I found I would change the wording. Sometimes this worked. Other times, I had to go back and re-read the sentence. A writer educated in the Citadel, a writer from the heart of Nebraska and Utah write differently than this ol’ boy raised and educated in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

    I did notice differences in writing styles between Jordan and Sanderson. I’m not linguistic expert, so all my observations are subjective. From a personal view, Jordan is more poetic. His sentences are longer. He used too many hyphenated clauses – those sentences within a sentence set off by beginning and ending hyphens – in his writings, making oral renderings difficult. Sanderson uses shorter sentences and more humor. We freely speculated which parts were the words of Jordan and the creations of Sanderson in The Final Battle chapter in A Memory of Light!

    I am eagerly looking forward to the Amazon movies. As characters were cast, I found myself rethinking the accents I gave everyone.

    Tar Valon's Library helped immensely with keeping track of the incredible number of characters.

    How soon will I re-read the series? Don’t know. I’m on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for a re-read and am on Words of Radiance in Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives.

    What to read next? My wife said we can wait through the weekend before jumping into another book for me to read aloud.
     
  2. Aduiavas Ida

    Aduiavas Ida Aes Sedai Mistress of Revels - Europe Forum Moderator

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    Wow. That is seriously impressive! While I have started listening to the audiobooks I am not sure I could handle reading out loud myself.
     
  3. Ilverin Matriam

    Ilverin Matriam Aes Sedai Outreach Activities Coordinator Historian

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    My husband and I took turns to read one small book, and I can say it was really difficult. At times I could only think about how I pronounce things and not what am I actually saying (I could go paragraphs without understanding the meaning). So reading all of the books out loud is really impressive, indeed!

    It's interesting that you would start with New Spring though. I do not think it would have made sense for me to start with it, but I am glad it worked out in the end for you and your wife :D I cannot wait to start re-reading the series again (I finished my last re-read in 2017 I think)

    About what to continue with - I guess everything Sanderson should be great (I am a bit biased :look ) Since you are on Words of Radiance, reading Oathbringer next would be nice, but also his other things, if you haven't read them already :D
     
  4. Mathias Vielfrass

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    Thank you for your kind comments.

    I have read several of Sanderson's other work, starting with the whole Mistborn series. My wife is now reading those at bedtime. We usually have three books each going: One for ourselves at bedtime, one we share outloud, and something lighter.

    After reading 11,500+ pages in the Wheel of Time, we switched gears doing Love in the time of cholera. I had tackled it many years ago in Spanish Amor en los tiempos de colera. It is a nice change of pace for us.