The narration is painful! His characters will sometimes switch accents when they get excited and at times he talks like a computer generated voice :-( his inflection doesn't keep pace with the actual story nor where one is within a sentence. If the storyline wasn't good I would have stopped after the first chapter. Terry Goodkind is great at weaving tales, but needs help picking voice talent. Jim needs to find another form of work.
Great book! Parts of it are a little cliché, but only to stress their importance in the story line. The narrator does a wonderful job, but I find his voice on the characters to be a little monotonous and without much personality. Overall a very good book though, most definitely recommended!
Great book! Only drawback is the narrator falls short of the greatness of the first narrator. It took a while but I got used to the narration.
It's like the reader is using the spooky ghost voice you use for children whenever there is a threatening character. He's not very believable.
Honestly I wasn't even able to finish the book. I choose to sit in my quiet office and just do work over finishing this. It took one depressing turn after another. I know the point was to probably have the story reach a low point from which to build up from but it got to the point that even knowing that it was too painful to continue. There is much talk about the urgency of the situation and the need that each character feels to complete their different quest as quickly as possible, then each of the 3 main characters get pulled into side stories that are hard to imagine and you're left with the sense that the only point of it was to lengthen the story not improve the story telling or add too much to the plot. I'm led to believe that these characters are smart with common sense and experience in abundance but when a situation presents its self common sense is the first thing to go. At times one of the main characters will not do the obvious thing that would immediately make the situation better or solve it completely and again i'm left with the thought that this is just to draw out a scene or scenario.
From this series yes but not from the genre
No offense to the voice actor but his voice wasn't a good fit for this story. There was little effort to distinguish from different characters, let alone just male from female. The monotone presentation of most of the performance would leave me drifting off and missing complete sections or even minutes of the story.
I imagine it gets better as the books continue. the performance of the actor from the 1st book was good and I see that he comes back in others so there is hope there.
I feel like there are many similarities to the Wheel of Time series with these books, i'm not sure which one came first but i'm going to put my effort into finishing that series.