This was my first choice for a fiction audio listen. I was a little worried about a narrated fiction because my own imagination is usually better, but I was not disappointed. In fact, I'm half-way in love with Sam Tsoutsouvas' voice! He narrated this story beautifully, made the characters and story absolutely come alive! I highly recommend this audio book for anyone who enjoys a good escape into another world with the bonus of a wonderful guide found in Tsoutsouvas's voice.
The narrator is pretty good, but seems to get a little too excited at times, though I find his voices better than the reader of the second book in this series. As for the book itself, I found it predictable in all the wrong places, fraught with juvenile angst, and disappointing on the whole. If you are looking for a easy listen with complicated, but not unexpected plot turns, this will fit the bill. I purchased the first three in the series on a "three for the price of two credits" deal and will listen to them because I bought them, but I doubt that I will continue the series beyond these three.
The narrator is fantastic, and I feel so bad for him that his talents were wasted on this book. The story is so bad that can't listen any more. It feels like the book was written by a sexually deviant socially incapacitated adolescent boy with revenge fantasies.
Its starts out dumb. Too many unbelieveable coincidences, and scenes that don't make sense, without any context. Powers come and go, information that no one had a minute before is all of a sudden clear. The people on the quest will give their lives to each other, but all keep secret information that is clearly vital for each other to know for no other reason but to give the author an excuse to come up with some additional conflict later- but its completely unbelieveable that they don't tell each other. The man and woman are all of a sudden in love- nothing leads up to it. The Characters have the dumbest "powers" that come and go without rhyme or reason, I could almost picture a 40 year old child molester sitting home in his mother's basement writing this book saying - wouldn't it be cool if he could (Blank), and he writes it down. The protagonists uncontrollable rage takes him over as if it is a good thing- at one point, he gets this magic power - that he has never had before and has no explanation- in order to kick in the face in of a 9 year old girl. First she threatens to catch his girlfriend and let every man in the army rape her, and he's OK with that, not happy, but there's not much he can do about it at the time, But then she sticks her tongue out at him- and that's the last straw- whamo! magic powers and he kicks in her face- severs her tongue with her teeth before they smash apart. I just listened to SIX HOURS of part 4 that's just one long bad S&M scene, one after the other- rage,pain,rage,pain,rage,pain. Its Creepy. Really really creepy. The book is just plain bad.
If the author had actually written a story with interesting characters and not simple, stock, stereotypical:Wizard, Protagonist, Damsel, Antagonist.....blah
Really, what made me stop listening was the pedophilia.
Severe over dramatization.
Let me explain that I LOVE fantasies. When I saw this book had ratings of 4+, and it was on sale, I got it. Perhaps it was because I had just finished the latest Wheel of Time book, but I cannot tell you how disappointed it was. I should have done what several other listeners did and quit part way through.
Personally, I am turned off by graphic details of the torture and murder of anyone, but ESPECIALLY CHILDREN!!!!! Now, if you like that kind of thing, then this is the book for you.
Setting aside my personal dislikes, I didn't care for was the sheer stupidity of the book. It insults the reader's (or listener's) intelligence. I don't want to go into details, since I dislike spoilers. But, suffice it to say that there are NUMEROUS times when one of the characters
ANYTHING by Brandon Sanderson. Although, I've already read or listened to everything he's written. Maybe I'll listen to The Way of Kings again -- just to remember what good fantasy is all about.
For this book? No one! I'd toss the script into a fireplace.
i was never a big reader, when i was introduced to this book by my cousin i payed him no mind. one day at work a friend of mine was on break reading the last book to the series. i figured if two people i know liked it maybe it was worth getting into. im so happy i did! this book/series changed the way i feel about reading and listening to books! sam tsoutsouvas is amazing too, i wish he would have done all the books! GET THIS BOOK!!
-writer left me cold. As much as I love epic fantasy series, and was really looking forward to this one, I found the two main characters to be annoying. She is too passive, and he is too autocratic. The writing style isn't all that bad- it's just the characterization that makes me wince. I read 10 book series because I can't let go of the characters- these people didn't interest me enough to make it to the end of the first book.
I can't remember when I first read Wizard's First Rule, but it was the only book in the series I'd ever touched until this month. I like the characters, to a point, but it's the world, setting, and overall idea of magic that intrigue me. Goodkind developed a fairly unique idea about what makes a wizard a wizard, and how the world reacts to those with such powers.
Anyway, the story itself is okay. It's a fun read, and this narrator has his own fun with it, too. I loved Scarlet's voice, and Princess Violet's. Zed was pretty good, too. The narrator definitely keeps the pace going, though even he seems to have trouble with Goodkind's often amateur writing. I hear the writing steadily improves, so I look forward to that later on.
Truly amazing characters, especially the idea of the confessors and Kahlan Amnel's character. The narrator of this book did good, especially with Zed's voice, although I will admit I laughed when I heard the night wisp's voice. That was a little strange. Overall, the reading was good, and this is one of my favorite medieval fantasy series. Side note: the series on television just isn't the same, but I'm watching it anyway.
I started to read this series because I started to watch "The Legend of the Seeker" TV series and wanted to read the books it was based on, after reading the first book I must say I am most impressed. The fantasy world that the author has created is most impressive and engaging, and the characters are lovable and despicable in the same moments. If you are a fan of high fantasy then you will enjoy this book and more than likely this series.