I listened to this recording a few months ago and absolutely hated the characters. They sounded arrogant, pompous and self centered. My husband just listened to the book with a different narrator and had a completely different experience. I'm going to find the next book with a different narrator and see if that helps my opinion of the characters.
The narration makes the main characters sound arrogant.
Probably not, it was a good story but I don't think it would translate to the big screen very well.
Yes, providing this is their cup of tea. While it has a basic kind of dark but altruistic plot, it's very graphic and horrific in some of its characterisations. I wouldn't expect many girls to like this kind of thing. I expect that the recommendation would be based on the story's redeeming features and with warning that some scenes border or swim in the disgusting. SPOILER: After all was said and done, I was satisfied with the book because of the outcome.
It was the first time (I think) that Richard accesses the white magic of the sword and waylays that little apple from the tree of a witch
I was turned off by the perversion of the Bad Guys. I could have done without so much graphic detail.
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 kept deciding to NOT check out this book because of all the negative reviews and gave it a shot based on the overall review rating which is pretty good.
To be honest, the writing is not fantastic but not as bad in my opinion as some of the reviews make it sound to be. It's a different style of writing and, yes, it is very linear. There's nothing wrong with that once you get accustomed to it. The narrator is great in my opinion and I rather enjoyed his work.
The book is mostly entertaining however it can be cliched at times and what is supposed to be surprising really isn't. The scenes I mostly had difficulty with were the ones featuring the torture of a young boy which is unnecessarily drawn out and overly detailed - I found that to be rather disturbing. Luckily that isn't a large part of the book.
Aside from that, overall it's alright. I like the characters and I don't mind the linear storytelling. I don't like it nearly as much as I do the Wheel of Time series but I don't feel like I've wasted a credit in checking it out.
I enjoy epic fantasy and biological science books. While biological science appeals to my professional life,epic fantasy gives me a break.
If you like the TV-series based on the book you will love the book, in-spite of the many differences. If you hated the TV-series you will love the book because it is far better than the show was. Not a complicated read (no large sub-plots) but a good story. Very adult oriented at times not for young readers
I first got wind of this saga from the television series (which I can hardly watch now that I have completed the whole book series.) When I joined audible I decided to give the books a try-and let me say this one is fantastic. The story is great, the characters are either very likeable or easily hated (kind of a good vs evil thing.) The suspense and emotion makes this a great story. I ended up finishing this audiobook and then read the following 11 books (yes, even Omen Machine) in under 10 days. I simply couldn't stop, I gave up sleep, meals, and snuck as much time during work/school as was possible. The narrator of this first (and some of the subsequent ones) Sam Tsoutsouvas is a good storyteller. I listened to this story while out jogging and didn't even notice when I went miles over my norm, just because I was so engrossed in the plot.
The book that started it all. I've lent my copy of this book out and have yet to have it returned without the borrower asking for the next in the series. Great read. This audio version is also well done. Later books in the series are annoying in audio format due to different narrators who don't even pronounce the characters names, or places in the books the same as previous books. This book however, is worth the listen or read. I can't recommend it with any higher praise. Goodkind creates a world rich with wonder, and colorful characters. Truly a pleasure.
Story line was very interesting. A little more adult content than I like but a pretty good read. Would not recommend for young people
This man has a subtlety to his characters and narration that makes for a fantastic and well imagined story telling experience. It doesn't even sound like he is reading most of the time. Wonderful narrator!! I would definitely recommend this audio for your listening pleasure. I REALLY hope they use Sam Tsoutsouvas for future additions of this series! I would love to listen to him again!!!