I feel like we could have almost deleted the first fifty two chapters. Were it not for the very small nuggets of information, the author could have done just that.
If you want to pass through this book, listen to the first few chapters then when you get into the (spoiler, well not really its the same story book after book after book) that kalen goes missing, skip to the last 3 chapters and you won't miss much if anything at all. The middle of this book was painful with a Capitol PAIN.
I thought I remembered this book and going into it I. didn't remember it being as good as I found it the second time. I did like that this is the first book in the series that doesn't have a rape scene in it... that was refreshing that no one got raped. spoiler alert.
I've listened to the entire series so far and this whole book could have been summed up in one chapter. I wish I had skipped this book and just moved to the next. There was NO payoff for the listener for making it through the whole book. I would recommend just moving on to the next book in the series. I am disappointed I spent a credit for days worth of just filler material. The performance was good. It's the same as the rest of the series so all the names are pronounced the same and its easy to flow from one book to the next that way.
I understand others review when they said this could have been done in one book not three. Just finished chainfire and going onto phantom with very little high hopes.
If you just add up just the store itself and take away from all the repeated babble that you here in each book , This book would be only 20 chapter's. The story itself was good. Just having to set through all the babble and mind numbing long winded of the same thing. Also getting a little tired of the same events . It's either Richard or Khalan is missing and in trouble and one of them has to sacrifice everything to save them. Meanwhile good ol evil is always 3 steps ahead and crushing. You would think by now Richard would be a unstoppable force. I am a fan of the story and will continue on. Just no longer have high hopes anymore, like I did when I started it. Everything started to go downhill after book 4. Actually if Terry Goodkind would just focus on the story and stop repeating the same ideals it would be great.
Jim Bond did a fine job narrating. I have no complaints. I am really happy that Sam is now narrating the rest of the books. He to me is my favorite. I would have given the story 5 stars if not the babble.
Chainfire is definitely better than the last two books but still not quite as good as the first two and Faith of the Fallen. Performance was alright, not the best and not the worst.
The narrator, I would change the narrator for sure. Jim Bond's ability to ruin a decent book with his irritating robotic voice never ceases to amaze me.
Sam Tsoutsouvas doing the narrating would have made it better.
Chainfire like all of the other books narrated by Jim Bond inspire me to find a Speak-and-Spell and destroy it with a sledge hammer. Very easy to believe the voice coming from that is actually Jim Bond.
Please Audible, I'm begging here, as a fan of audio books (many different genres) and a fan of Goodkind, please re-do the books narrated by Jim Bond, the man has no business narrating any books, but especially this series! I love the series, have read them all and was so looking forward to hearing them read, but it is more a torture, having to struggle through listening to Bond, than anything resembling a relaxing time listening to a beloved series.