The concluding chapters of this series culminate into a thinly veiled criticism of religion as compared to reason. I agree, though I don't think it makes for good listening as it drones on.
He finishes off well. Even though the ending is rather anti-climactic, the book itself is action packed with less rhetoric and more happening.
If you have gotten through all the books leading up to Chainfire, you must read this trilogy. I believe in the message of this series, and I think this book really ties the whole series together nicely. if you are someone who liked the first few books, then reading this far before stopping is the best thing you could do for yourself. Sam Tsoutsouvas does a great job narrating. I would want more variations in character voices sometimes, so I dock him a point for that, but I have to give it right back for the incredible job he does in emotional scenes with getting the proper inflection, tone, and volume of the voices. He reads with such passion, I feel I will seek out other titles he has narrated for future purchases.
Sam Tsoutsouvas has the best narrating voice that I have ever listened to in a audible book. I find that he adds to the story just be his demeanor and skill. Terry Goodkind is my favorite author and while this book like some of the later series can be a bit on the wordy side I find it enjoyable to get the insight to the characters thoughts.
What is not to like? He uses voices well to differentiate the characters but interfere with the story in any way. His voice for Zedd I find to fit what I would hear in my mind.
A must listen for both the writer and the narrator.
Terry writes an interesting story laden with atheist undertones. Also, it's too bad that Richard separated the worlds, but I guess that was to emphasize the author's point that those who believe in the Creator are hateful people who hate life...a very sad and misguided point Terry was trying to make about people who believe in God. Really, Terry?
It is up to you to use your powers for good!
It seemed like forever to get to this part of the story, but it was worth it. I almost gave up on the series a couple times when the narrators detracted from the story and at times the story itself got a little lengthy. I was disheartened so many times when victory was yanked out of our heroes hands but in the end, "truth" prevails. Nice epic. I will probably relisten to the entire series at least 2 more times :)
While at times, Goodkind's writing can be drawn out and lengthy, the message he ultimately delivers in this final Sword of Truth novel is life-changing. The struggles that Richard, Kahlan, and all their friends overcome is simply stunning, and I cannot get these characters out of my head. After reading this series, every other book I touched seemed to be either frivolous or pointless (which is not always bad), but Goodkind's work really means something to the human life and spirit. I'm not a religious person or anything, but the simple messages of truth, kindness, and freedom are so moving in the summation of this whole series.
If you are looking for a group of people that will change your life completely, I highly suggest getting to know Richard and Kahlan. These two are my literary heros. Bear with Goodkind's lengthy and often repeated descriptions, and discover an incredible world.