But none of the various actors chosen to read the books for audio format have really done them justice yet.
Like all good sci fi series, it takes a bit to get into the flow of the story. But this is a good one.
Some of the minor characters are a bit predictable and formulaic, but the story is fresh and engaging.
The book is long, which is great for 'value', however the writing is a bit basic and predictable - particularly for the first half. The narrator Sam Tsoutsouvas is fantastic - he brings the characters to life and the book was made better becuase of his narration.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I liked parts of the book but it wasnt that it was hard to follow, rather it was hard to believe. Ok, I know that is what it was all about right, but it was seemed like a children's story rather than a great fantacy it could have been. I'm sorry, this isn't making a lot of sense but I have read good books, this wasn't.
This book kicked off a much-beloved book series. Maybe the sequels are better.
An old, wise wizard, an impossibly beautiful girl (the last of her kind - go figure!) who falls madly in love with the main character, a grizzled warrior, a crazy witch woman in a hut in the woods, a red dragon, a child molester bad guy, an evil wizard who is inexplicably more powerful than every other wizard, and yes, several intolerable hours of sex and torture. Really?
A forced myself through this entire four-part audiobook because I had spent a credit on it and it was recommended by a friend. The old wizard cries, the woman who's "seen it all" cries, even the evil, impossibly powerful witch woman cries. Each character has early middle-school age emotional responses to every single thing that happens. This juvenile characterization is locked in horrible contrast with scenes of wanton sex and slaughter.
The narrator really 'performs' this one. Screams, cries, yells, growls, the whole bit. You'll find your hands reaching for the volume control when he suddenly gives you a far-too-realistic reenactment of a character's death scream. You'll wish there was a "characters act like reasoning adults" button on your computer or portable device.
I know Terry Goodkind is one of the prolific authors of fantasy today, and I regret that I'm not likely to ever read another of his books.
I had difficulty turning this off and could not wait to hear what happened next.
After reading a lot of negative reviews, and a few postive ones, I decided to take a punt and make my own mind up. This book did not disappoint. Some other reviewers complained about the obvious plot, which it was, however that did not distract from the content of the plot.
This book is obscene. I don't use that word lightly. I'm an artist and I believe in free speech, but the author seems to delight in describing child rape, torture, mutilation and murder. It's truly vile, and evil, and unnecessary. If you are into this sort of thing, you will love it. I hate it, and I writing this to warn you not to listen.
I had originally given this book 5 stars immediately after listening to it. I've read all the books and enjoyed them, the audio version was my 3 time completely through the series. This book, taken by itself, is a 5 star book and worth the listen. With that said, let me save you some pain and recommend you skip this series unless you are desperate for something to listen to. Out of 11 books maybe 4-5 are worth the listen. Jim Bonds reading of book 2, Stone of Tears, is torturous to listen to, and the worst reading I've ever heard (my library has 75+ audiobooks). There are nothing but bad reviews for it. What do you get after that? A new reader almost every book, and 3 more books read by Jim Bond late in the series. I should have looked after book 2 and saved my credits. I will not waste another dime on anything Terry Goodkind puts out. This adds insult to injury after that disaster of a TV series based on these books.
Great story, horrid writing. "He laughed and shook his head. Then Jon laughed and put a hand on his belly. Then Bob laughed and clapped his hands."....
Sadly I want to hear the story but I can't stand the writing. Also, it's annoying when two characters meet and fall in love and know each others every thought and intonation and gesture all in about eight hours of time. I know these characters lived out whole lives in the authors heads but the audience isn't privy to that. It just seems false.
I saw this book on the shelf at a friend's house a long time ago and was always curious about the story. To be fair, I have never read any of Terry Goodkind's books, but this is absolute trash in my opinion. I have listened to this for a month and have had to continually turn it off due to the horrible writing and the narrative nightmare (Tsoutsouvas is a HUGE overactor at the wrong times). I have actually given up on listening to the rest of this series. Perhaps I have been spoiled by The Wheel of Time and narrators like Michael Krammer and Kate Reading, but I honestly gave this horrible excuse for a book more than the ol' college try. I suppose it would be semi-decent if I was 13 and didn't care able being led by the nose through a story, but this book is insulting to anyone with half a brain. The characters are annoying. I finally had to do the permanent shut off when the main character, after having risked his life to get to a region that will allow him to cross into the MidRealm, finally thinks, "Hey, what am I going to do when I get there?"
ARE YOU KIDDING? That would be the very first question I would be asking! It's as if Goodkind was making things up on the fly. Just dumb.