Although the narrator's voices were good and his pacing very good the volume fluctuates so much that you can't listen on one volume setting. You have to keep turning up the volume when he narrates an intimate conversation and then turn it down while there is conflict. Listening in the car or anywhere there is ambient noise is tedious at best. I really would like to listen to the whole series but it's impossible. I have listened to hundreds of books and been a member for years. This is the first time I've run into this production problem. Please let me know when the performance is re-mastered to correct the fluctuations. I would like to hear the story.
Volume trails off at the end of soft-spoken sentences and whole sections are so soft spoken that you have to turn up the volume while others are so loud you have to turn it down. This ruined the listening for me.
Re-master the performance, advertise it as such, and I will buy it again.
Or, check the reading of all books for a "stabilized" volume within a set range of decibels and advertise them as the very best of listening while driving or anywhere there is ambient noise, like planes and train. Nobody wants to fiddle with the volume constantly to hear or avoid being blasted with volume.
This series (you won't be stopping with this book if you start the series) is very good, but flawed. Nevertheless, you will sit in your car after you have arrived at you destination with the motor running to hear a little more before you have to stop.
Fair warning: Terry Goodkind is an Ayn Rand objectivist. Like Ayn Rand, he gets a bit preachy at times, and the breathless fervor of the narrator can put it a little over the top. As you picture our hero Richard, it helps to envision him as Howard Roark with a sword. There will even be a John Galt speech in Naked Empire which you may want to fast-forward through. I sort of agree with the philosophy, so I didn't really mind mostly.
One thing about this book and the series in general is how really, really awful things get before they get better, and how long the bad patches drag on. And just when you think things are looking up, they crash down again. The Mord Sith episode is particularly hard to get through. You want the hero to win now and then -- and he does, but getting there is tough.
Still -- you're gonna be hooked. I read most of the series some years ago, and flaws or not I read into the wee hours back then too.
The narrator is hard to describe. Sometimes, as I noted, he brings a breathless fervor to the tale. He has an older voice which doesn't always work, especially for the female characters.
Not all reviews will be the same, as a great book to some, will be boring to others. The majority of reviews here are spot on.
Great Book in all senses. I loved the story line - The detractors say this book is too ....predictable...Yet...You will find those who complain usually like fantasy books with a different style, and yes, those books are....predictable...as well.
This is good versus evil, and the struggle therein. The narrator is absolutely great!!! The inflections he uses especially in pivotal parts in the story make the book come alive.
The author makes the characters come to life, and you find yourself quickly immersed in this world. There isn't 100 pages or 30 minutes of waiting to get into this novel - For me, I was drawn in immediately, and didn't want to stop.
A wonderful book with magic, evil, good, love, sword play and all the drama one could want. this book makes you want to get the next book. I really enjoyed this one.
the Magician's Apprentice Series
The narrator was a bit monotone. he just didn't seem to bring the story to its true potential.
The print version was a wonderful read but it is a lengthy novel so the audio was great Bc you can listen to it and still do other things.
Wheel of time. Nice reads
Was easy to understand the feelings of the chars
Recommend this audio book
The reader is good
A fanciful battle between good and evil. It is well written, twisting within the story line while offering surprises at unexpected times.
The reading was well done. Sam Tsoutsouvas did a nice job of keeping it interesting through consistency of cadence, voice and clarity.
If you like fantasy, put this one on your list!
I LOVE this audio book. This is my first audio book ever, and I'm worried I might have been spoiled. I love the format because it allows me to listen to the book when I'm driving to work or at the gym, allowing me to relax in an entirely new way. I really enjoy how the author takes such great care to describe everyone and everything in the world he has created. Kahlan is a strong female character, and her chemistry with Richard is electric. I enjoyed this story most because it mixed several different genres into one, giving the reader a complete story with complex characters in a believable world. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!!
As a mild fan of the TV series, I gave TWFR a listen, hoping it would provide more insight into a world that seemed fascinating. I wasn't disappointed. It provides a great deal of depth and detail, a rich world that is familiar to those who have watched the series, but much deeper and darker.
Although the prose was straight-forward and an "easy listen," please note that the subject matter can at times be extremely dark, even perverse. It's been a while since I've read a fantasy novel (or listened to one, I suppose) but this one really grabbed me. Especially the final 15 hours or so (second half of the book).
As others have mentioned, well narrated. Recommended.
This book was amazing, so good in fact that I spent my next 2 credits on the next 2 books. But I think that the it goes down hill from book 1. Some characters introduced in the 1st book are almost forgotten "Rachel & Chase" in the next 2 books.
If you listen to this book, and seriously dislike it - find it cheesy, and too falsely epic - it is the narrator. I read this book years ago when I was younger, and was hooked instantly - I read every single book in the series - considering how long this series is, it really needed to keep me hooked to get me through the many thousands of pages.
However, I am currently 4 hours into the audio book and am considering turning it off.. Because of the inflection in Sam Tsoustouvas's voice when he speaks and the harshness of it, a lot of the charm of the book has been lost sadly.
So if you hate this audio book, take a moment and try the book instead.