First off, this is a very good book if you know BEFORE HAND that it is not about Richard and Kahlan. It is about 2 other characters who tie into the story later on. The book timeline is nearly parallel to the previous book. The book had me intrigued a good chunk of the time, tho some of it is repetitive and drawn out... but.. unfortunately that is his writing style Especially when people talk and in the same paragraph they can say the same thing 10 times but different ways of putting it. The last part that this book is divided into is when the book begins to really shine. I didnt want to stop listening to it. If you have enjoyed the books up to this point you will want to get this one JUST KNOW that the main characters dont make appearances till towards the end of the book.
I listened to the whole book before writing the review. First, the narrator is really bad in my opinion, it made parts of the book brutal to listen to. Second, it is long and drawn out for no apparent reason. Third, the combination of both a bad narrator and a really slow book make it painful at time. I don't think this rates anywhere near the other books. Listen to this one only if you feel like you'd be missing something in the series. By far the worst Sword of Truth that I've listened to. 6 out of 7 isn't bad. I'm hoping the next one is better.
The first 3 books were fine, but the series has steadily deteriorated after Blood of the Fold. I thought it couldn't get any worse after Soul of the Fire...how wrong I was. There is so much dross in this book that I found myself skipping chapter after chapter after chapter until I got to about the last 5 hours, at which point the story became at least a bit bearable. The other reviewer was right - this book could have been a few chapters long and wouldn't have lost any of its essence at all. Now I have some very serious doubt about purchasing the remaining books in the series. If the trend continues to hold true, I might be better off just reading synopses of the remaining books.
2 hours left to the audio book, and I have yet to hear one line spoken from Richard or Kahlen. The thoughts and ideas of the main character for this book is understandable if you have and iq of 80. The lack of forethought or reason to the character is understandable for a bit, but as the book slowly moves forward, and I do mean SLOWLY, the ignorance and lack of intelligence is insulting to any intelligent life-form above an amoeba. If emotion was to be the reason for the willingness to be without reason, then it needed to be portrayed much better.
Book 7, and even a nobody of their first book has more power than the most powerful wizard in 3000 years who acts more like a french revolutionary with only a sword than a wizard. I am never stop in the middle of a series... I almost didn't finish the first 3 hours of this Audiobook. Out of dying hope, I finished the book. I am sad to say, I will not be buying the next.
Although I've enjoyed the series so far, Goodkind's replaced his two well-loved characters with an imbecilic protaganist whose rambling, naive narration is irritating at best.
If everything in this story wasn't repeated at least 3 times in different ways, it would be a decent book at a 3rd of the length, and probably quite enjoyable.
The reader, Jim Bond, has a curiously unemotional, almost robotic voice, which I didn't mind during book 2 of this series, but combined with the less-than-enthralling story, I found it overall a great cure for my chronic insomnia.
I am a fan of Mr. Goodkind's writing, but I am 1 hour into te second part and I have heard nothing about Richard or Kahlen, and I don't much like it. Can someone resolve this question for me?
I liked the previous books of the series so far.
This particular one just drags on to much and has to many characters that are just to ignornt or gullible. Alot of "scenes" in the story are just to unbelieveable for me. I dont know how to say more without giving away the story.
If your like me, you will read it anyways because it is part of the series. So, when you do read it, dont be ashamed about skipping some chapters.
Basicly just read enough to learn about the 2 main characters and then skip on over to the last 6 hours or so.
FYI I had no problems with the narrator, I found him easy to listen to.
I have listened to quite a few books and have come to decide that this guy is the worst narrator ever. He pauses at weird spots and inflects his voice at odd times, Its simply bizzare to listen to..... Bless Terry Goodkinds heart but, he just beats stuff to death and does not advance the story. Im ready for Richard and the gang to open up a can of woop butt!!!