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!
In reading some of the reviews for this book, I immediately had to defend the honor of the Sword of Truth series. Terry Goodkind's work is masterful and life-changing; the messages of strength and perseverance portrayed by each character are so moving. These books mean something to the reader, and I can't stress how incredible this series really is.
The characters of Richard Cypher and Kahlan Amnell are my two favorite literary heroes ever written. The adventures, trials, sacrifices, mishaps, romantic trysts, and tribulations showcase how amazing the human spirit can be. Wizard's First Rule is a breathtaking adventure; the world Goodkind creates is unbelievable. Being the first in a very long series, it does have its moments where it lags, but the twists and turns in the plot will ultimately leave you anxious for more.
This is without a doubt my favorite series of all time, and after I finished it, I felt an incredible sense of loss. Richard and Kahlan became intimate friends, and the lessons they taught me were unforgettable.
A quote from the 6th book of the series sums up the meaning and truths revealed in these books: "Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it."
I started in the middle of this series and then started over. What a mistake!
Most of the narrators are good (yes there is more than one and they all pronounce names and places differently)
The editing is HORENDOUS!!!!!!!!!! To put it mildly. I have even read one of the books just to see if I could enjoy it that way, and it was very apparent the editing staff was asleep at the wheel.
This series was about 6 books too long and was so redundant that I found it to be just a pathetic attempt to squeeze every penny from this series. I also felt too many things had been “Barrowed” from other books and authors that there may be some grounds for plagiarism.
Please, Please pass on this way if you value your “book time” if not, and you get sucked in to caring for the characters, you have been warned.
I rated it 1 star just on the strength of a couple of characters. I will never get this time in my life back, summed up in a word, UGH!