I have just listened spellbound to Wizards First Rule, and can only say I cannot wait to read the whole series. It has the soaring life that pulls you into the 3 lands and it is only with difficulty you can drag yourself away. If this book was a drug it would be illegal, it takes you to the heights of life and the depths of dispaire with breath taking ease. I would recommend any reader that opens this book to hold on and enjoy the ride. it makes you feel every pain,every joy and every grief, so go on, I dare you, you will have the ride of your life and give you emotions a really good work out at the same time.
Defiantly not for kids shaping their world-view because of some really controversial ideology and situations. That being said, for less impressionable adults who can appreciate the story for what it is... its great. I really enjoyed it
The story itself is not bad, the characters, narration and the romantic interludes however are totally, well 2nd grade high-school stuff.
Wouldn't recommend this to anyone ... it's like a school project
Wasn't as good as some of the others I had read, but I got into it. Great narrator... when it comes to audiobooks, that makes all the difference.
I expected the book to be better than this, however I found the book to be a disappointment to my expectations.
This is a cliche of a weak, disadvantaged hero along with his companions fighting against a overwhelming evil lord of some kind. A trend which tends to happen in fantasy novels.
I do find the language at times to be too simple, as if prepared for the view of 14 year olds. Yet some of the plot is quite ingenious. The setting and bestiary is fascinating but expected.
What REALLY put me off is near the end of the book involves almost 3 chapters about how the main character Richard Cypher is tortured, and in detail too. It almost seem as if Terry Goodkind was writing a Torture horror book in fantasy. I was truly revolting.
I do warn that the book is not one where everything goes in the main character's way. But there's a LOT of sadism towards the characters.
Some people may like it, but I probably won't be buying the sequels.
I love mysteries in the style of P.D. James, Rex Stout, Elizabeth Peters, Dave Duncan, etc. I love sci fi written by Issac Asimov (the robot books), Douglas Adams, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict series) and Susan Collins. I love fantasy written by Terry Pratchett, and Kim Harrison. I love Kate Morton. I don't like graphic descriptions of violence.
I wish books had to have warning labels such as "Warning: this book contains material you may not find entertaining. May contain rape or torture, or both, of women and children, or both". When I emerge myself in a book, it is not to sink to the depths of human depravity. Even beside all that, the book seemed very poorly written to me. The narrator was good though a bit over enthusiastic and dramatic.
This is undoubtedly the worst Audible book I've ever listened to--soft core S&M porn written at middle school level; however, the narrator made a valient effort. The only positive reaction I had to this piece of trash was when narrator Tsoutsouvas gave the female dragon, Scarlet, the voice of May West, hence the one star.
Will this go down in history as the best book ever written? No. Is this a very enjoyable read with a fairly qick moving plot? Yes. I really don't understand teh one star reviews on this book. I would recommend Martin or Tolkin over this, but Goodkind does a very good job.
This is one of those series I have read, listened to and listened to again lol I have this on audio cassette so thought while it was at such a great price I'd get it on mp3 (or whatever this is, sorry not very technical). I'm not typically a science fiction fan but I love this series very well written I hated to see the series end. Wasn't too crazy about the tv series it just went too far from the book I understand that it has to somewhat but some of it was really uncalled for I much preferred Terry's books!