This is a terrible story. Do NOT buy it. I simply ignored the other reviews, and really should have take them seriously. The whole idea of the author was to write some wannabe Lord of the Rings plot with a lot of travel, fighting and romance. He fails miserably. The traveling is just as bad as Tolkien, describing every boring detail of the scenario. The fighting is also bad because they are just beaten all the time. And I won't event talk about the romance. What really freaked me out was the slow pace and the never ending conflicts with no sub-plots. It seems like a hack-and-slash D&D game to me. Without the fun.
His protagonist, Richard, is utterly shallow, stupid and although the author tries to make you think so, he is not clever. In fact there is no good character at all. But what really ruins the story is the freaking habit of the author of trying to make you hate the villain. He tries everything to give you the idea of how awful and bad, bad, bad the antagonist is. It is like he thinks that we don't have intelligence enough to come up with conclusions by ourselves.
The narrator is good, but he can't do all the job, can he?
Outstanding book, amazing narrator. Made each character come to life with such detail. This purchase is a no brainer for anyone who enjoys great high fantasy.
If you like torture and blood this is the author for you. I'd rather read/listen to more plesant books. I love a great thriller and mystery but this is just too cruel and unreal.
This book gets even better the second time reading / listening to this. The only issue is the narrative isn't the same person for the whole series. Wish Sam Tsoutsouvas was able to do the whole series, such a pleasant voice.
The Non-stop action and the reader
Predictable, but enjoyable
Very good reader
Richard Cypher is a rear person!!!
From the moment that you start listen to the book you can not stop the recording, it is indeed a non stop action book, unfortunately most of the time the punch line is predictable and you can smell it miles away.
At the last quarter of the book you should prepare yourself to an exaggerated sadistic part.
The book in one way is for teenagers and on the other (sadistic part) is not, if you can ignore or enjoy all those issues you will enjoy the book, I did :)
great fantasy series. read the new book abouut the first mother confessor first.
yes, although i didn't have time too
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.