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.
I'm not usually a reader of these types of books, this book has changed what I will listen to.The story helps you to digest the fantasies. I was thoroughly engulfed in the telling of this tale. We all know how narration can make or break a mediocre story, this is an excellent story with many a life lessons weaved throughout the book, but entertaining and exciting as well. The narration is done masterfully, try something different, I forced myself into purchasing this story, but it grabbed me from the first word.
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I would defo recommend this book to anyone. This is my all time favorite book and I love Terry Goodkind's work. If you love a long adventure series with in-depth details into the hearts of it's characters, then this series is a MUST buy!
I love Richard Cypher's character. The many nuances to his character are so fantastic and at a young age when i first read this book, it helped me at a personal level with developin' my own personal character. There is such a smooth flow into gettin' to know Richard while readin' (or listenin') to this book that one feels what he feels. Experiences what he feels. Then you find yourself livin' the journey that this character is goin' through.
I have laughed, cried, gotten angry, smiled while readin'/listenin' to this book.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
Wizard's First Rule is one of the best fantasy stories you will ever read and listen too. Sam Tsoutsouvas gives a brilliant performance of this fantasy masterpiece by Terry Goodkind. The first book in series that just keeps getting bigger and better. Richard, Kahlan, Zed and Chase, Rachel and Brophy are all great characters I guarantee you will love, laugh, maybe some will cry with. Brilliant, sometimes frightening but always enjoyable and nailbiting this is fantasy at its best.
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.