The series had been decent, I made it to book 9 even though it was bubble gummy & draining to listen to so many redundant speeches. But now, sorry Terry, I'm done. I can't take it anymore. Characters became completely uncharacteristic & flip flopped more than my sandals. I know this is fantasy, but this was ridiculous.
I found some of the descriptions way too long winded and boring - e.g. a trivial scene of someone inconsequential being chopped up - describes the detail of reflections in sweat drop flying from his head (or such like) - stretches what should have been a few seconds into a few minutes of description. Also unnecessary repetitions (as described by others). Evidently Goodkind also got tired of this waste of book-filler (or realized it would take an extra 3 volumes to complete the story) and it got a bit faster moving and interesting. The narration was also not as engaging as the earlier books.
Although I liked most of the first books, the last two were long and boring. This is the first time I have listened to one. The narrator is horrible doing conversations. He is the worst I have ever heard doing this type of narration. This book, as in previous books, could be condensed down to half of what it is. I also agree with several of the other reviewers, Richard has turned into a chump, more suited to preaching on a street corner, than saving a world. For gods'sake if he is a hero, make him a hero, not some dip that freezes every time something new comes along! Too many speaches, and too many long personal philosophical opinions for my taste.
I am not going to finish the series.
What can I say, I really should have read the other reviews and taken a bit more notice. I read the preceding books in the series when they were first released, and I must say and advantage to printed books is that you can skip the bits that are repetitive and dull. I think that the three final books in this series could easily have been compressed into a single story.
Although I have memories of the early books being very good, the final "trilogy" set have been something of a disappointment. The characters are dreadfully one-dimensional, and Richard himself has become unbelievable, overly righteous and at times downright dull. And was it just me, or were all the "bad" characters fat and/or ugly brutes, and the "good" characters slim and attractive intellectuals? Please!
I also found the switch in narrators disconcerting - the narrator who did the first book was better, but by then I was sucked into the "but I just need to see how it ends" trap.
I always get unabridged versions of my books, however, if ever there was a time for an abridged version the Chainfire Trilogy is it!!! OMG....some sections just go on and on! Don't get me wrong I love these books but why 3 books were needed for the Chainfire piece, I have no idea!! Whew...I'm glad I'm finally done with them!!!
This book in my opinion is way off compare to previous book written by Goodkind. There's not much action in this book and the story is not easy to follow. I give it three stars because Goodkind is a very good writer.