A narrator or in some titles, a character from the story in first-person read the story, and dialogue and songs from the original source were included. The sound of Tinker Bell 's chimes was the signal for the reader to turn the page. In most cases, the narrator was Robie Lester on titles, and Lois "Lane" Wilkinson on - titles. Note: Both editions of Peter and the Wolf did not include a chimes ring and thus that part of the introduction was skipped.
Occasional titles have different intros, either by real people or characters.
hostmaster.vinylextras.com/the-new-foundation-of-knowledge.php Some titles also had different signals for turning the page particularly the Little Golden Book read-alongs , but most were presented in this manner. Also the way the story was presented differed from the first and second editions. In the former, the story was usually presented in its entirety on side 1 on some shorter ones, the story was read twice , with one or two songs related to the story on side 2.
In the latter, the story was spread out across both sides of the record with the related song s usually playing after the story was finished, but on some mid-to-late s titles the song s would be incorporated into the story. A handful of early read-along titles also had the story spread onto both sides of the record, but the norm was the entire story being on side 1. The first editions also had no character voices, music or sound effects accompanying the story; the sole exception was Peter and the Wolf , integrating its music score into the story and backing Robie Lester's narration.
Beginning with the Little Golden Book read-alongs, nearly all new releases would include additional character voices alongside the narrator, as well as sound effects and background music. Some titles of existing Disney films would use the music directly from the film; others would remake it or use similar-sounding scores. By the mids, Disney had put together a library of multi-purpose stock music cues arranged and compiled by Gary Powell to use in several read-alongs that did not use actual film scores, that are still used on certain new read-along titles to this day.
A curious exception was the reissue of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs read-along, which did not re-record the story's narration and voices, but simply reused Robie Lester's narration of the original, with music and sound effects added. Additionally, the read-along of The Night Before Christmas stayed as-is on the record version, but was also released on cassette in , retaining Lois Lane's original narration with the opening modified a bit to remove referencing the title as a record , making it the only "original"-style read-along to also be released on cassette in addition to record.
In , Disney started releasing Read-Along titles on cassette in addition to the versions on records. The cassette versions usually had the story in its entirety, plus the songs if applicable on both sides making it unnecessary to turn the cassette over to listen to the rest of the story. As such, the sides were not designated. The cassette versions were based on the second editions.
The last cassette to use the end message is that of Hercules. Starting in , Disneyland Records also released "Take a Tape Along" sets that included several read-alongs on cassette; each tape having a different story on each side rather than the same story being on both sides of the cassette. Originally, the Disney read-along records were pressed with plain green labels with black lettering.
In , the records began being pressed with the yellow "rainbow" labels seen on all of their LP albums beginning at that point. Succeed and win the Grand Prize. Will they win the Grand Prize? And who is the All-Powerful Magician requesting their help? Magical World of Sebella Book List: The stories are sequential in terms of character development but the main plots are relatively independent in each book.
It's probably best to read these in order, but not critical. April 23, Book 2: Legend of Halloween Ages June 2, The first several books were compelling. High fantasy is my favorite genre and Jordan was masterful at creating a world that draws you in. However, as it progressed I struggled to remain interested.
Finally, after more than 15 years of reading the series I gave up. The story became so complicated and repetitive I no longer cared what the outcome of the series would be. I stopped reading at book ten.
This book is a masterpiece and certainly one of the best first books in a fantasy series I've ever read. Robert Jordan's writing is unbelievably detailed and his characters are so realistic that you'll feel you know them personally by the end of the first book. While it feels a little much like Lord of the Rings in the beginning, it quickly becomes a much grander, more interesting adventure and a story that is purely Jordan's invention.
Would definitely recommend it.
My only warning is that you better have plenty of spare time to devote to the series! The Wheel of Time series has been in my life since early when I accidently came across The Eye of the World gathering dust on my partner's bookshelf. Since then I have been dipping in and out of the world RJ created with each book, terrified at the prospect of reaching the end of the series.
It is simply superb and I have so much love for this series. I couldn't have hoped for more. My only word of caution - there are a lot of books! Robert Jordan's series is second to none - the complete series [including the final books that are being edited and compiled by Brandon Sanderson] and his prequels contain a whole new universe that resonates with our own - thought provoking and philosophical concepts that go beyond simple fantasy - a true master series. I only made it through the first book but it was too slow for me to continue the series.
Epic story, Detailed world, plot holes, shitty characters and crappy side stories, strong characters and exciting storyline. I feel its like a constant build of a lame plot for one character which becomes a real page turner then right when it gets good, a switch to another lame plot line which does the same thing. A vicious cycle, but I can't put the books down. I love em It can take over your life x0.
I had very fond memories of this book, it was the first "really really big" fantasy book that I ever read with Rand, Mat and Perrin becoming instant heroes to me. Its been 12 years now and I have started reading the books again and while the enjoyment is still there, the hero worship is completely gone. I'm finding it hard to come to grips with just how immature these three boys really were in the first couple of books and Egwene.
Another factor that brought this book down slightly is that I now find the book too descriptive to become completely immersed, everything just seems to rigid and specific. The story is still a great story and I highly recommend the series. The Eye of World is Book 1 of the Wheel of Time series, which in my opinion is the best ongoing series written in the English language.
Jun 29, Theresa rated it really liked it Shelves: childrens , fantasy. I have read a lot fantasy and sci-fi over the years, I enjoy that kind of escapism but most fantasy authors do not have the writing skills to express their idea. Time management is a challenge for everyone, but it is a particularly daunting challenge for middle and high school students. For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. Its mostly aimed at around 5th graders!! G min Family, Fantasy, Musical.
Finally a book comes along that truly captures the human nature. People don't change as quickly as other fantasy books suggest. The simple truth is fear is a powerful emotion and it take time to get over such fear. This is the most accurate portrayal of true human reactions to change as I've ever seen in a fantasy novel.
The first book of the series was interesting and worth reading. The second book too was a good read. However, by book 3 it was clear that Jordan was dialing it in. Repetitive, redundant - over and over again. Jordan never develops his characters - and they never grow out of the same childish reactions to each other.
Pass on this series. I am slightly disappointed with this book as I heard a lot of good things about it. The thing I thought was lousey was the characterization. I thought Rand was boring and was 2D while the rest of the major male characters where similar. Although I would still like to read the next books, I felt at times that it was slow and boring. I still do think you should check it out but be warned I am often asked what fantasy books someone should read if they are looking for new material, and I am astonished at how many people haven't read this series yet.
It's the first book I recommend if I know someone likes fantasy, and it's the series that I always turn back to when I'm looking for reading material for the next couple of months. Currently spanning 12 main books and one prequel, with two more due to close the story arc, the series has for the most part leapt from strength to strength, developing an impressive array of both main and bit characters. The first three or four books read like fairly typical high fantasy in places, albeit very well written high fantasy, but after that everything starts to develop further, with everything from tense political situations through breathtaking action scenes to the simple love stories working in the background, this series has something for anyone who loves fantasy.
I honestly cannot recommend this series enough. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ri Dragonlance Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman 9. Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart.
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Lily from United States My dad read this book and has all of the books, and we like the same book style so he gave it to me to read. Maurice from Canada I have read many fantasy series and this is my second favorite. Lauren from United States Setting the stage: Friend begs you to open your fantasy world to Robert Jordan's epic series. Lawrence from UK I believe whether or not you have read The Lord of the Rings has a big say in how much you enjoy this book.
Jess from Canada Doesn't really develop, totally predictable. Elaine from Sweden Other readers have sung enough praises for this series, and for the most part, I agree. Sayan from India One of the best fantasy books ever written Victor from UK No other world can be so rich and feel so real.
Philip from Cambridge, UK These books have been the definition of good, epic fantasy for me for the best part of 10 years.