I started listening to these books after watching the Legend of the Seeker series. I enjoyed the first 3 books but, although I liked the basic story of 4 and 5, I was getting sick of it being so grusome. I was determined to listen through this book because I had already paid for the series through book 6. I planned to abandon the series after this one. However, I loved this story. It was very inspiring and (except for the beginning) not quite as violent as some of the others. I think I will now continue to listen to the rest of the series.
I really love Faith of the Fallen - it's a good solid book. Not great, just good. Unlike book 5, the strange back story isn't a distraction. The battle scenes are rich in description in true Goodkind fashion. The reading is well preformed too. If you've been reading the others in the series, you'll like this one too.
A Story Epic of major proportion; the characters are strong and the story lines are good; the world living and vivid. Yet, from the 3rd and 4th book onwards it starts to be very long winded with repetitions and reiterations from previous books with whole chapters devoted to incidental minutia. It is unfortunate. If the books continues as the first book, it would have been better than the Wheel of Time. As it is, to quote a character from the book, BAGS!
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
I would not recommend this book unless you are a consummate Ayn Rand fan and a devotee to objectivism. It goes on an on about how the individual and their personal wants are more important than the community and that anyone who sees a different perspective was either stupid or ignorant. The "hero" miraculously overcomes all the issues that poor people have been oppressed with in the empire without explaining HOW it's done attempting to give the impression that if the poor were so lazy they could overcome all their problems. It's about as condescending a book I've ever read.
Not turned it into a vehicle to rant his political views.
Mr. Kenneth's performance didn't appear to have any issues that I could see.
No. I am not into obviously biased political diatribes.
This book has been the hardest for me to get through so far in this series. It seemed like nothing was really happening and what was seemed the same thing over and over. I did however, really enjoyed the last four or five chapters. Mostly though, i forced my self through this one just so I could move on. Sorry, I love the series but this book was....boring.
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.