I hated that first person view from the point of view of a psychopath that a felt i was forced to endure for more then 3 hours. the fact that it took more then 20 chapters to go back to the main story.
I used to really like the books by Terry Goodkind, i gave up on the series after book five and could not even look at the series for years. i finally got interested in it again after the book Faith of the Fallen but this book ruined the series for good i tried the book right after this and it is nearly as bad. so to answer the overall question no i do not think i will buy any more of his books.
There was not one.
I would not be willing to listen to Jim Bond on anything other than this series. I love the series enough to endure the particular books he reads. I hate to be so critical of a person's work.... I'm sure he works very hard and is proud of his performance. But he simply does not know how to "act" out any of the dialogue at all.
Listening to him as Oba seriously made me want to throw my iPhone out of the car window. It was like going to a really bad high school play where people talk louder than natural and end their statements sounding like questions. You almost have to try to sound that bad.
Goodkind has done an incredible job of creating a fun universe to get lost in. All of the books up to this point have been incredibly enjoyable, even with the frustrations. Sometimes the characters are unbelievably stupid. You do have to endure their inner thoughts as they rationalize making some of the dumbest decisions you can imagine.
But if you can get through those scenes, or just accept that sometimes the characters are just dumb, you can still get caught up in the overall story of the Seeker. I love the story enough to deal with some of the annoying details.
At least Jello has a flavoring added to it. This book is like Jello, it has no shape, no substance, no nutritional value at all. I was sucked into this book under the pretense that I was continuing on in the "Sword Of Truth" series. I could not have been any farther from the truth, and I am not a seeker. The only place in this book where Richard, Kahlan, Cara, etc.. return is in the last 50 pages, and even then, they do not move the story along at all. I feel that I have lost the 7 hours of my life it took to listen/read this tripe. Skip this one and read the last 50 pages in a library.
I would recommend the book to a fantasy reader, but only if they truly care about the series. It's not worth picking up outside of the story.
Less repetition of useless details, and much less about Oba, the Oaf. His character is terrible, and the story drives a stake in itself. I got very tired of hearing invincible.
Simple and kind voice. A little monotone, but it was fine.
The author obviously caved to pressures from his publisher to mass produce volumes rather than to produce quality. In order to fill space, he has resorted to over repetition. It was understandable in maybe volumes two and three, but by this time, you're either a fan or you're not. To continue to repeat the basic histories of each character is insulting to those who have read/listened along so far. He's ripped off Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time in so many ways, why didn't he take Jordan's lead and put an appendix at the end of each novel?
This entry in the series is laughable. The characters are not likeable. The premise of these children becoming such readily accepted 'dignitaries' of the Order is ridiculous. The brilliance of Jagang as portrayed in previous stories is completely gone in this one. The Aydindril part is blaringly out of character.
I liked the first couple of novels. Although several key parts of the story were blatantly lifted from The Wheel of Time, it looked like the Sword of Truth could be a wonderful series. As I listen to each novel now, my hopes are greatly diminished. Hoping this is Goodkind's 'Crossroads of Twilight' and that the story will pick up. I can deal with the ever-changing narrators but not the decline in the quality of the tale.
Others liked this because of the new characters... I hated getting that far from the story for me and I hated all the Richard dissing... can't say anything more without being a spoiler. Best parts were with Zed and Addi. I'm going to keep going with the story and hope the next book is better than this. Narrator was OK but a little robotic for my tastes.
I kept wondering if I downloaded the correct book. Where was Richard, where was Kahlan? To devote a whole book to a minor character in future books was just terrible. Like most of the middle to last books in the series, it is a filler book designed to lengthen the life of the series. Only intent is to pad the authors bank account. It adds nothing to the overall plot of the series. Skip this book. It is the worse one in the series. You only need to know Richard has a half sister through Darken Rahl. She is intent on killing Richard because of the mistaken belief Richard killed her mother. She is a pillar of creation- people who magic cannot touch. These people are used by the emperor to take the Wizards Keep and capture Jed
I don't care what anyone else says. This is one of the best in the series. It's such an interesting device seeing the aftermath of Books 1-6 viewed from the perspective of a naive 3rd party. Lots of good imagery ...some new mysteries uncovered, like some behind the scenes things that Nathan has been up to... and Jagang finally taking a bit of a whupping. Best of all, since Richard is largely absent through this book, we get a break from his gawdawful preaching! I ask you, does the series really need him?
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.