Someone who doesn't mind listening to a robot voice for 38 hours
Stone of Tears (along with the rest of Goodkind's Sword of Truth series) has brilliant character development and a richly developed world, much like Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series.
The first two chapters were barely tolerable owing to the narrator's total lack of tonal variety, and everything after that was just plain wretched. In Chapter 6 I realized his voice sounded identical to the mechanized voice that reads text from your computer. Ridiculous for an auditory novel!
I've read Stone of Tears (and the rest of the Sword of Truth series) before as paperback books and enjoyed them immensely, but listening to them now makes me wonder if I'll be able to put up with the robot voice for 50-something more chapters.
Please buy ANY narrator other than this one; Goodkind's beautiful, complex worlds deserve a narrator that can do them justice.
As a visually impaired person, it has always been difficult for me to read books in print, but Audible makes books enjoyable again!
I loved this book. I loved how we see Kahlan in a leadership role for the first time.
This Book is great! My husband read the series and got me into the story. The problem I had with this audio book is that when I reached to the end of chapter 66, I noticed I didn't know how the sisters got on the ship. So I went back in my husband's book, and saw the last page was missing from chapter 64 of the book. Page 899/900 was missing. it not a big part of the book but I did pay for an unabridged audio book.
I had read this book when I was younger and, after listening to Sam Tsoutsouvas narrate Wizard's First Rule, I was really looking foward to the narration of the Stone of Tears. Unfortunately, after three hours of listening to Mr. Bond narrate the book, I just couldn't take any more. Mr. Bond's characters sound computer generated. His pacing destroys the impact of what he reads and, between his presentation and lifeless characters, he turns a truly exciting read into an annoying, droning narration. Ultimately, it was better to stop listening than to ruin the memory of the book. I wish that I had read other people's reviews or listened to a sample of the narration before I purchased this..
If Siri were male, this guy would be the voice. He's absolutely horrible and I'll never purchase another book with him as narrator again. I'd gotten the books a long time ago but had never listened to them until now. I just finished the first and was ready to jump right into the second when I heard his voice and mechanical reading. I loved the guy that did the first one. This is such a disappointment. I'll buy the books to read them but it was a complete waste of money to buy the rest of the books with Jim Bond as the narrator. I'd love a refund because I'll NEVER listen to them. If you haven't purchased them yet, save yourself the money/credits and just don't buy anything with this narrator.
Narration sounds like it is being read by a robot! It makes it really difficult to focus on the story. And then there is bad pronunciation. You'd think a narrator would pay attention to how the narrator of the previous book in a series pronounced names.
The narration in this book is getting alot of bad reviews and I'll have to disagree. I think its just overshadowed by the first book because that was some fantastic story telling. It would be nice to have the entire series done by the same narrator. Thats a little bit of a buzz kill but this book is nicely done either way. Dont be scared off by all the negative reviews I dont regret this purchase one bit.
I loved Wizards first rule and couldn't wait to listen to book 2 .Following Richard in his quest in Stone of Tears had good twists and turns.
Everything in the story was good but the narration.
NO, to painful.
No, to busy. But I enjoy listening to this book when I drive back and forth to work. I find myself sitting in the parking lot a bit longer before going to work.
Get Sam Tsotsouvas to do all the series. His voices are GREAT and I cracked up at the sexy dragon voice.
I really enjoyed book one of this series and couldn't wait to download book 2. The story is still great, but I'm finding it really difficult to be inspired by the narrator. The tone and lack of vibrancy in the narrators voice has led me to avoid my ipod... I keep listening to the same chapter over again, and I have to make an effort to concentrate on the story. Not sure if I'm going to be able to finish it...