A great book with a great narrator! Sam Tsoutsouvas did a great job. He really pulled me into the book, I could visual see a picture as if I was reading it myself. Looking forward to listening to the next book.
Truly a classic in every way. Excellent character development in a rich world. Goodkind is a smart engaging writer who is excellent at maintaining highly complex plot lines. I am on the second book now and it is only getting better. The narrator of this book is excellent. Don't let the reviews of the narrator of book 2 detour you. He starts out a little rough, but I feel he comes into his own and the book is not something you want to miss.
Like many I'm sure, I picked up this audiobook because of my enjoyment of the Legend of the Seeker TV series. As a fantasy fan, I enjoyed the story tremendously. The great surprise, though, was the performance by Sam Tsoutsouvas as the narrator. The care he took with the character voices and pacing allowed me to immerse myself completely in the story. I'm only sorry that I'll have to wait until book 10 of the series to enjoy his work again. Very highly recommended.
I have the first six Sword of Truth audios on tape and am now going back through them a second time and enjoying them thoroughly (again). Is Goodkind the best wordsmith out there? No, especially in his first two books. And, from time to time, he goes off on a libertarian jag (especially in book 6). As with most series, the first book bears the weight of introducing and developing the most new characters while keeping the action moving. Still, I think Goodkind has set up an imaginative and fun world to explore, and populated it with some fun, if occasionally two dimensional, characters. Although it may be sacrilege to say so, I find these books much easier to listen to than Tolkien.
For me, the ultimate test of an audio book is whether I'd listen to it again. As noted, I already am. If you like the fantasy genre, you should at least give Wizard's First Rule a try.
I enjoy reading a good fantasy book here at Audible. This wasn't one of them. "Wizard's First Rule," was purchased when the first in a series sale was going on and I'm glad the price was low. But this is my first experience not being sure if it was actually the book itself, or the reading of the book, that I found below par.
From the beginning chapter the book took on a tone of a book classified under young, or perhaps teenage reader. Later that would be proven very wrong in one section when the story goes into sado-masochism and another that describes a violent rape attempt. In my mind the rest of the book took on a lighter mood, and these sections simply appeared to attempt a darker edge. That is the author.
But then I began wondering if my dissatisfaction wasn't the book so much as the narrator. After finishing the book I went back and listened to several sections. One example is that of the dragon that appears to help the main character. The narrator changes his voice to that of a bad attempt at Maye West. Another is of a spoiled princess that sounds like a character from an old Bugs Bunny cartoon. I'm not sure which was more out of place.
Many people love this series or it wouldn't have gone on to other books. When you consider this review just remember that. Personally though, whether it was the author or the narrator, this was a bad choice on my part and a waste of time. There are much better series out there, from Edding's trilogy, 'The Belgariad', to the seemingly never ending 'Wheel of Time,' by Robert Jordan (perhaps the best deal on Audible).
I agree with the reviewer who described the book as having "cringe-worthy language, constant use of cliches and terrible characterizations". It was, in fact, a true soap opera of fantasy where, clearly, the author was trying to fill space through his ridiculously redundant character's inner monologues. Seriously, we get it. By the tenth time hearing the characters describe some inner turmoil to the reader ten different ways in the span of a single chapter, you're literally ready to tear your ears off... or eyes out, if you're reading.
I thought this book was very creative and was full of action, turmoil, relationships, family and morales that we seem to be losing in todays world. This book shows that you are not what your job is but that the choices you make in your life are what define you.
This is definitely the best of the series. Good ideas and fun to read. Too bad the tv series is butchering it! The voice actor does a good job.
Frankly, this book is terrible. The writing is beyond bad, the scenes disjointed, the characters leaden, unbelievable and dull-witted. The world that Goodkind attempts to create doesn't feel real or exciting. I could very rarely picture the scenery and still have no idea of the layout of the world.
The only character that I could even vaguely enjoy was the sadistic/masochistic character of the Mord-Sith. She really seemed to have some depth and interest, and, unlike the others, was neither all good nor all bad.
I am ashamed to say that in spite of the cringe-worthy language, constant use of cliches and terrible characterizations, I read it all and enjoyed the story moderately. I really did like the Mord Sith, although the torture scenes were difficult to get through. She was a character worthy of more development, and I wish Goodkind hadn't killed his best asset.
If you're starved for good fantasy, read it. It is better than nothing. The reader on the audio version is pretty good.
Until this book and the 4 that came after it, Lord Of The Rings was the greatest.....
Move over Frodo, Richard is the Lord. of Rhal that is.....