I found myself laughing, crying and yelling "Oh Yea!" many times while listening to this book. John Kenneth was exceptional bringing emotions to the forefront. Sure, you knew what was going to happen, but it was well written and well performed. I enjoyed it immensely
Would I listen to Faith of the Fallen again? No - but I don't regret listening to it one time. It is a decent book that follows on the others in the series.
Terry Goodkind seems to have taken heavy influence from both Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead in this book - this is very apparent and while it doesn't really take away from the book it didn't necessarily add anything. Read those two books instead they are better at conveying their central theme.
At 30 hours it was way too long for that.
Nothing in this book warranted even a half star. Way too much of this is a bad, contrived political diatribe with some of the worse skewing of human nature I have ever read. The author hit you over the head with poorly constructed arguments that even betrayed the characters own tendencies in previous stories. His justifications of hero infallibility and self justification were childish and moronic. This book has no redeeming value.
Another author. Some one with some talent some one like Margret Atwood
The reader worked way too hard at voices. Often making mundain small talk into attempted spellbound excitement. His attempt at Zed's voice was totally off base. The interpretation of female voices almost always made them week rather than strong individuls
No more Goodkind for me
With the ending I wish that I had never read this book.
I am not sure if I would chance reading another one of his books. The ending was anti-climatic leaving you with a feeling of being cheated. The story plot was well thought out but was written on what I would call a teen age level. The plot was mapped out so that this could have been a great book. Some of the character names were to close to being the same which made it confusing if you had a space of time in hearing this story.
Thought he did a great job.
Scream at my I-pod when it ended like it did.
I give movies and audio books the chance to redeem themselves. This one could have got a better feeling from me if it would have taken the same type of time to create an ending to match the rest of the story plot.
Drew VanDyche (aka Drew VanDyke), brother of scifi writer David VanDyke is the co-author of Switchback: A Supernatural Siblings Novel.
Not only does Richard Cypher/Rahl restore the liberty and faith of those enslaved in tyranny, but Terry Goodkind himself, restores our faith in his ability to write a compelling tale with well crafted characters and a throughline that never loses sight and balance. Book 6 pulls the wool off our eyes in his clever indictment of a government and populace that maintains that only one specifically oriented group of people (think democrats or republicans taken to the extremes of secular-humanists or religious zealots) have the capacity to make decisions capable of benefitting the common good of all. With great power, comes great responsibility, and great humility, and a demand for compassion for those individuals who have no voice among the "order" of the day. Not only does Terry Goodkind tell a good story, but he demands that we think for ourselves and continuously challenge the status quo. Thank you Terry Goodkind, for being a light in the darkness of our own enslavement. Namaste'!
This is a great story with lots of depth. There are undertones debating the differing principles of Communism versus Capitalism. This also touches on the merits of self worth and pride in you accomplishments. The story begins to delve farther into character development. It works more of a filler to help push the character his transformation and awaken him to what he truly stands for.
Reading this story felt like watching a sitcom that has decided to rework a classic. Terry Goodkind has adapted his characters and their philosophies to Ayan Rand's masterpiece. It's a good story but read Atlas Shrugged first.
Much like Ayan Rand he constantly bludgeons the reader with the mantra of objectivism. As the D'Harans chant: "Master Rahl protect us, Master Rahl Guide us..." This book chants: "The capable and the achievers should never be shackled by the incapable and the slothful"
I honestly hope he doesn't keep reworking classics to his own needs.
if you read Atlas Shrugged you will find this a tired rehash of the same repetitive style and message. Nothing of note happens here except for a mind numbing string of examples of "looters" and ungodly long monologs on the merits of Rand's objectivism