People do not act this way. Every few sentences something terrible happens, and every time someone reacts with extreme anger, and/or overwhelming terror. Sometimes both. The main character is automatically good at everything. Magic is generically all powerful, but without any thought about how or why it might work... it's just magic. When a wizard was treating the hero for an injury, he "put some magic on it". That's like saying a carpenter builds houses, repairs furniture, and produces toys by "putting some woodworking on it". I understand that this writer is considered a grand master of this genre, but it seems like at this point in his career he had no understanding of how people interact, or how stories are crafted. It's the worst example of male power fantasy gone bad. One day you wake up and evil forces are threatening everyone. Suddenly you're magically good at everything, everyone obeys you, and the world's most beautiful girl falls in love with you after you save her from the evil dark lord! Ridiculous, and a wast of my valuable reading time.
This is the third time I am reading this series and it is better each time. I actually planned on just skimming through it but found that I couldn't make myself push the fast forward button. I'm not a fan of in depth descriptions since I like to form my own pictures in my mind, but Mr. Goodkind does it so well that I am enthralled. His characters are incredible and I love the way he builds each one and gives them backgrounds to make them feel so real. I also love the way he deals with the politics of the different lands and how the people behave in each realm. I would definitely recommend reading the entire series. As for some of the comments about the terrible writing here...I don't get it...IMHO it is outstanding. I don't even like this genre, but The Sword of Truth series found it's way to my CD player a few years ago from the library and I've been hooked ever since.
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.
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The story is interesting, the supporting cast is full of entertaining characters, the pace of the action is good. If one ignores the near-complete lack of original ideas you will be happy with this book. If you read lots of Epic Fantasy... you will wonder WHY the author borrows SO MUCH instead of creating. It never stops, but so far I'm entertained. The narrator does struggle, but I did not find that to be as big a problem as some reviewers did. I'm on book 4 now, and these books are getting me through a series of winter storms. They are long, and there are lots of them.
I found this audiobook entertaining and thought the narrator was great! I particulary liked his rendition of Zed. Can't wait to listen to more from this series with this narrator. Story is fabulous too!
I have just listened spellbound to Wizards First Rule, and can only say I cannot wait to read the whole series. It has the soaring life that pulls you into the 3 lands and it is only with difficulty you can drag yourself away. If this book was a drug it would be illegal, it takes you to the heights of life and the depths of dispaire with breath taking ease. I would recommend any reader that opens this book to hold on and enjoy the ride. it makes you feel every pain,every joy and every grief, so go on, I dare you, you will have the ride of your life and give you emotions a really good work out at the same time.
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.
I can see the appeal of this book. It doesn't waste any time getting into the action, and there is lots of action. Emotions always run high as the characters are constantly in situation that put them in harm's way, and the few times they aren't there is no lack of angst. This is all by design no doubt, since the main character's magical weapon is fuelled by righteous anger.
It's that design that finally burned me out on this book. Every situation is emotionally intense, and after a while I stopped caring. Richard, the main character, is in emotional turmoil even when he's feeling emotionally numb. I never really connected with Richard for this reason. He is always distressed unless it's all gotten to be too much and he is righteously enraged.
Also, did you know good and evil are perspectives and that sometimes people have to make hard choices for the greater good? You did? Well, get ready to hear about it over and over again! It's a fairly simple point of view and most people will understand this concept in full the first time it is discussed by the characters. However, it will be discussed many times, sometimes at length, as a group and by nearly each character in private conversation with the main character. These conversations fill the rare moments the author didn't fill with emotionally stressful situations where the characters are about to be killed.
All that said, the threats are almost always something new and imaginative. The villains are really evil, creatively so many times. The action doesn't stop, and if that's your cup of tea, I'd recommend you give the series a try. For me, however, Richards's constant emotional state has become very annoying and I'm not sure I'll make it to the end of this story, let alone continue with the series.
I just completed a cross-country trip from New Mexico to Georgia and i was honestly sad when it was over cause i had a couple hours left on this book. It kept me entertained the entire trip! Yes, it is a little violent at times, but nothing too bad compared to modern television and movies. The story was great and the subplots kept me interested and on my toes the whole time. Only complaint would be the ending which felt a little rushed, but i'm not going to spoil it, you'll have to listen yourself. If you're a fan of fantasy you will be a fan of this book. If you're a fan of the show, get ready cause this is a completely new story.
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.