I agree with the first review about the characters, I also agree with the review that was disappointed audible has not got the second book yet and the third will be out in early 2011. I also wish that Audible would get Mordents need on audio ASAP. I love those books and now that I am having more trouble with the eyes I can not read paper books easily. I have been enjoying the books from back in the day like the adept series they have finally gotten. I digress looking forward to reading the last chronicles trying to look past the agnst of the characters. Get a backbone right!
I haven't read the previous books but like Epic fantasy and enjoyed a lot of Scott Bricks narration. I downloaded this book and got about five to six hours deep through pure will power. The author is extremely wordy, like bust out the thesaurus because the point of this book is to show you how many obscure words the author can cram into a sentence. I do mean cram too, they don't fit the flow and his descriptive phrases are so overly verbose and showy that it distracts from the story.
The story is good one b ut the pace is so plodding that I found myself wishing the narrator would just get to the point. There is so much parenthetical musing written into the dialogue that it becomes a big distraction to the story.
A slower book I have not listened to in a while. The story was good through the 1/3 I made it through, but the endless build up to any progression of the main character was tediously slow, and then the drone after the event was even worse. My mind drifted so many time I had trouble listening.
It has been many years since I last visited The Land. It has brought back many memories and spurred me to re-read the original series (both trilogies). This first new book is pretty good and I really liked it. I don't think it was as good as the original series, but I have hopes Mr. Donaldson will continue to write this story. If this story has any weakness it is that it is so much like the original pattern. The second trilogy was as well, making a predictable pattern.
In a word: tedious.
The original trilogy was rich and kept me interested. In this book, however, the plot progresses far to slowly and Donaldson seems to fill the pages with endless redundancy and aimless diversions. And way to much time is devoted to re-living the previous books.
Based on the original trilogy I had high expectations but was disappointed.
Well worth the 22 year wait! Donaldson weaves an intricate story with all the mental underpinnings like the earlier series. However, the plot and action now move at a breath taking pace rather than drudge along as in The One Tree or White Gold Wielder. The narration is done pretty well--each character is distinctively yet believably portrayed. The book's only fault is that it ends--and we must wait until late 2007 for the next installment.
I dearly loved the first six books. I finished The One Tree just as White Gold Weilder was first published and scrimped and save my paltry high school income to buy the hardback. The complaints I heard from my firends that did not like them, were that he was too wordy and whiny; complaints to which I scoffed.
I scoff no longer. Runes of the Earth was truly abysmal. It was indeed wordy and whiny and the words that he used lacked a comprehension, a certain familiarity on the part of the author. "Incipient" and "Imminent" are arguably synonyms, but are not necessarily interchangeable. Donaldson seems to have sat down with his thesaurus and substituted short words for one or more of their longer synonyms with no real understanding the new words. Ham-handed is the word that springs to mind.
I was sorely disappointed and as a result will never, ever read the first six novels again for fear that finding my teen self was so appallingly callow.
I read the Thomas Covenant series many years ago and enjoyed them, but I could not get into this book at all. I struggled through the whole thing,but found it very boring---none of the characters were developed well enough to get me involved with them, even the main character.
After making it to the end, I found out that this is also a series of books, so no real ending.
Unless you have read the initial series lately and are very loyal to Donaldson, forget this one.
This is coming from a long time listener(8 years?) to Audible books and I have never felt strongly enough about one to right a comment until now.