I never read the print version. I usually buy audio because the only time I get to listen to a good story is while driving. This story was good.
The eating of the apple.
The Narrator was super great. It was a great disappointment that this narrator is not in the following books. I thought he did a super job and would have like it if he has continued in the other series.
There were a few places in the story that did make me laugh. It was very enjoyable.
I think they should have kept the Sam Tsoutsouvas in all the series!
Can't say I didn't read the printed version.
The story starts off slow at first then when it kicks off you feel Richards a day Kahlans pain as they suffer. I felt really attached to all the characters.
It could have had a spark of originality in it
It is a mishmash of characters and improbable events from just about every fantasy novel printed before 1990. A sword who power corrupts the user unless the are "the rightful user", a Gollum like creature who originally owed the sword and wants it back, a land protected from magic by magic. How many more cliches can you squeeze into this book? I gave up when the talking dog turned up.......
It lacked conviction and passion. But given the material they did their best
What would I cut out? chapters 2-49
It's truly terrible. Contrived, formulaic and derivative.
I would rate Wizards First Rule in my Top 10
No, my first and very enjoyable.
The Sword of Truth...
He gives to every character its own personality and voice, it makes you feel they are standing there in front of you and also he's not too slow to make you sleep neither too fast to make you think that he just want to finish the job as soon as possible. He modulates the voice giving every scene the right mood. He's very professional.
the story lagged a bit about the midway point, and the violence was a little shockingly violent, but was also outstanding in sucking you in and the last half I didn't want to stop listening for any reason. given the length of the book, the last half was pretty long - which was fabulous and engrossing
The reading was pretty good, the story predictable and a bit contrived but it is kind of fun. The weird smattering of leftist economic propaganda in the book, like an Ayn Rand novel seems out of place.
Yes, it wasn't bad.
I liked old Tom and the bone woman.
maybe. its very long and i rarely listen or read things twice, but it is good enough to an extra listen
darken rule (or however its spelled) or dana which is also amazingly charecterised.
dana i think, but he did an amazing job with all of them, so much soul into them, wish he would have narrated all the books
yes, the end of dana.
and when kalim tells richard that they can never be together.
amazing narrator, and lovely story. there was one point with dana and her "godlike magic" which i found annoying becouse it wasnt explained at all and you knew nothing about that kinda ability before her, making it seem really misplaced but it is ok since she ended up having some really touching scenes and added alot to the end of the story.
Wonderfully performed, wonderfully written. A great escape from reality. Although a little emotionally exhausting, the way it was written, but at least you care about the characters a lot.
I really wanted to like this book as it was recommended to me by a friend for whom it is a favorite. Unfortunately, I had to stop after reading a little more than half as I just couldn't stand it anymore.
Like some other reviewers, I found the writing to be juvenile. The dialog is neither believable nor interesting. Neither, for that matter, are the characters or their attraction. Having the main character constantly filled with (supposedly righteous) rage was tiresome. The rage/magic plot device did not work for me. The bad guys were so mustache-twirlingly evil as to feel like caricatures.
There is a lot of detail in inappropriate places. That is, places where it contributes no value and just drags things out. There is also a lot of very graphic detail when there's violence involved. I get it, you cut off his head. I don't need a two page description of the bloody stump.
Last but not least, I couldn't stand the narrator. His voice is very pleasant, but he's a drama queen. Every single word is fraught with meaning and urgency. Even getting on a horse is a matter of high drama. When the fate of the world hangs on every word, then nothing is meaningful. He executes the drama well, but a more balanced reading would have worked better for me.