Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
Prior to starting The Stone of Tears I had read 1/3 of book 1 and seen the TV series based off the book Sword of Truth. I found this book easy to pick up and understand. However, I should mention I had issues with the first book in this series. I tried reading it twice from a hard copy version, but had to put it down. This was a long time ago. I had found the tale too predictable, thought the characters very shallow, and I just didn't care for the opening story line. Then I ended up watching the TV show. I found it to be just as bad at the start and overall found some of the writing lacking. But despite the contrived feel to the story it grew on me. I actually was disappointed by season 2 when it was cancelled and I came to appreciate the writing. Although both versions went different directions they certainly shared some parallels.
So, here I am now with book two, and I find this telling to be as enjoyable as the TV series. The book version is very long and dragged on a while in parts, but I was happy because I got to see more of the story that I missed in the TV version. The Stone of Tears picks up after Darken Rahl has been killed and Richard is off to his home lands with Kahlan. It helped for me that the author decided to switch between three different stories from the perspective of Zed, Kahlan, and Richard. Each adventurer was set upon their own quests for different reasons and all contributed to the main story line.
There were some edge of the seat moments and I went through this book fairly fast considering the length. However, there is not always constant action. This may have helped to give the story a little depth. But occasionally I felt some events skipped by very fast. Instead of taking us through the present course of events, at times, we are told a summation of things that occurred. Also, the ending of this book felt a little rushed considering the pace and course of the story. I found the conclusion to be a little too convenient.
The narration was fine. Yes, I see all the complaints about this reader, and if you decide to check out the next books reviews, they only got worse. But a lot of good those complaints did as the narrators they switch to supposedly get worse. Jim Bond might not win any awards for this performance, but he did an alright job. My least favorite character he performed was Zed who had some annoying parts. However, all the voices were clear and I didn't find the narration distracting. I also don't hold any expectations that other reviewers might have had from the last installment, which had a different narrator. I would give his performance a 3.5 overall.
First off, this is a very good story. Kahlan becames a bit of a badass and Richard finds out he's a bit of a wrecking ball of fate and quite frankly shows the IQ of a wrecking ball at times. Overall it's an enjoyable story that sets up the rest of the series.
The real problem with it is Jim Bond. I've read other reviews that say that he sounds like a computer and they have that dead to rights. With that being said having actually read the book myself a few years ago I noticed that he used the computer voice mostly when the characters were suppose to be speaking in a different language. Knowing that made it some what tolerable for me. He isn't the worst narrator I've listened to but he's pretty close and I'll be doing my best to avoid him in the future.
This is a long book and if you have doubts about your tolerance to the narrator I'd be cautious. If your patient and are willing to grant the narrator latitude its a good choice.
Anyone who likes listening to text to speech or newspaper copy.
He talks like he's reading a newspaper, or mindlessly droning on and doesn't care a whit about the story.
Anger - this book is awesome and it's turned to crap by a horrible narrator.
Stop using Jim Bond for fiction.
Say something about yourself!
The character of Rachel. She's so cute and strong. I like how Terry Goodkind depicts her.
Not really. Sam Tsoutsouvas did a better job in the second book. Sam is my favorite reader so far in this series.
The book was very interesting, I like the Narrator, the tone and pace of the words, and consistent voice of characters.
ten miles out to sea
I thought Wizard's First Rule (book 1) had a bad narrator but I liked it better as time went by. This narrator is simply awful, robotic sounding.
There's too much explaining of what happened in the last book. Its as if the author doesn't think we can remember. Removing those pages of rehashing narrative of the last book would be an improvement.
The plot of this series is intricate and exciting. The writing is lacking. So many times female characters are described as "folding their arms under their breasts". Over and over this is described. Also, Kahlan "aches for Richard" over and over. And every time someone has an important dialogue they repeat their point over and over.
The narration was BAD!
Love the writing
The narrator vacillated between sounding like a robot and making it sound like everyone was whining.
I love this book, I hate the narration.
This is a good example of a narrator killing a story.
Six of one, half-dozen of the other. The story seems to be good, but I'm not going to get to finish the audio version.
Don't know. I'm stopping in the middle of the first part of Book 2, and going no further. I'm going to buy a paperback and read it, instead.
Ordinarily I don't like movies made out of books. I think this is one book that might translate well to a big screen if it weren't manipulated too much. The adapted television series is far off the books characters and I find it painful to watch.
The narrator of this second book in the series is very bad. He is animated in too few spots.Then,when narrating the Mudpeople, he speaks in a monotonous drone. Robotic. Then, on returning to the main character, he'll often forget how he portrayed them, and revert to the monotonic sleep-inducing speech.It was off-putting hearing hero Richard speak like a robot. You rarely know who he is portraying. There are several characters, the Three Sisters, for example, who also are portrayed with that same monotonic droning. Awful, just awful. It'd be better to stick with the first book and its terrific narrator, and give this narrator a pass.
Don't use mechanical voices. This clearly was not read by a person. The inflections and pronunciation is electronic. I could have this read by my Kindle Reader.
Terrible - This couldnt possibly be a human reading this without aid of some mechanical device. The cadence, pronunciation, inflection and whole sentance is not human but is mechanical interjected. I could have had Kindle electronic voice read this book to me.
'I will not buy a book with this "Narrator" again. It destryed the books
I have read the hard cover books of this series and I am extremely disppointed with this so called "Narrator" I wont buyAudible books like this again.
I like the author and the book...
I like the characters
Was monotoned...no emotion. I thought it was computer performance until my son showed me it wasn't...made an interesting book boring.
Nope...I like the author and will read others but I will check the narrator first for sure...