i have read this entire series before .. but this storyteller has such talent, that I felt as if this was my eyes could see every person, every forest, or castle.. almost as if i was sucked into the story itself.. it was so captivating
People do not act this way. Every few sentences something terrible happens, and every time someone reacts with extreme anger, and/or overwhelming terror. Sometimes both. The main character is automatically good at everything. Magic is generically all powerful, but without any thought about how or why it might work... it's just magic. When a wizard was treating the hero for an injury, he "put some magic on it". That's like saying a carpenter builds houses, repairs furniture, and produces toys by "putting some woodworking on it". I understand that this writer is considered a grand master of this genre, but it seems like at this point in his career he had no understanding of how people interact, or how stories are crafted. It's the worst example of male power fantasy gone bad. One day you wake up and evil forces are threatening everyone. Suddenly you're magically good at everything, everyone obeys you, and the world's most beautiful girl falls in love with you after you save her from the evil dark lord! Ridiculous, and a wast of my valuable reading time.
I would recommend this audio book to any fantasy reader/listener. I believe almost anyone who enjoys being put into a new world would find much enjoyment in this book.
My favorite character was Zed, Richards' grandfather. This character reminds me of my own grandfather who both teaches and guides me to make good choices and to be a better person. Threw this book Zed is always at work to help Richard know what he needs to know
to make the best choice even though it is often not the easy one.
I have listened to other performances by Sam Tsoutsouvas and find a consistency of excellence. He delivers the story and characterizations both accurately and effectively, This performance is very enjoyable and entertaining.
If this book was made into a film i suppose one very distinctive line that occurs multiple times thought the book would be Zed proclaiming under great frustration "Nothing is ever easy."
Terry Goodkind is very good at telling his story at a speed not to fast not to slow. Unlike other writers he does not spin a plot wed that goes by too fast to grasp and savor nor does he make the turns of the story drag on at a boring passe. He moves from idea to idea appropriately and effectively.
This book was everything that great epic fantasy should be it is Terry Goodkind at his best. I just finished re reading this book after 10 years and it is still just as good. Which for me has been rare with rereads. I have this book by both narrators that are available on audible and I am not sure yet which does the better job. I think that is a great thing to be confused on. Since both do a really good job. I would like to see the entirety of the series redone with just one narrator though.
I've read it and listened to it multiple times. It's just a wonderfully crafted story.
I like all of the characters. Certainly Richard, Kalan and Zed. But all of the characters are wonderfully developed.
Yes. He does a marvelous job with these books.
No, nothing like that. But I do like the underlying humanity Terry Goodkiind works into his books, and the parallels between his fantasy world and the real world we live in.
This is one of my favorite books of all time, and one I'd highly recommend. But be careful. Once you read one, you'll have to read them all like I've done.
This is a pretty good book. It's the first book of the Sword of Truth series. The fight scenes are far more violent than necessary (very detailed blood and guts type stuff), so this is definitely not a book for children, but it's a good opening book. It foreshadows the theme that Terry Goodkind later attempts to physically force down his readers' throats, and sets up a series that's well worth reading. I wouldn't say this is among the best audiobooks I've read, but it's very good.
The obvious comparison here is the Wheel of Time (Wot). Unfortunately this series (The Sword of Truth, SoT) loses in that comparison in almost every way. The narration in particular is amazing for the WoT, while in SoT the lack of consistency dooms all chances at excellent narration. Where Terry Goodkind is very intense and later in the series attempts to shove the moral of the story down his authors throats on every page, the WoT is much less preachy. And the WoT is rated PG, maybe PG-13 in some places, while the SoT is definitely rated PG-13 to R throughout. All that said in favor of the WoT, it's very long-winded, and has entire books full of marginally necessary side stories, while the SoT is much less meandering.
It took an hour or so to get used to, but I wish they'd gotten him for the rest of the books in the series. He makes the books much more exciting.
Great series, overall, if you can get past the preaching. You definitely want to read this one before the prequel. It sets up a lot of stuff you won't get if you try reading the prequel first.