I am sorry but I can't even listen to this any more.. I have forced myself to listen to two chapters thinking that the Terrible narration gets better, but this guy sounds worse than a cheap text to speech program.
The audio sample did not do it justice.. when he does the Zedd Character, well its just awful... I can't listen any more.
This book was a huge dissapointment.
First book was good. This book copied too much from Robert Jordan's Wheel of time series. It absolutely irritated me from the beginning.
Too much adult content no a good read for children.
What is most important to me is the story, the characters and the pace. These reviews are rated "Dude".
Richard. He's stupid and dumb, but he is not a punk.
smiles, some old guy making girlie voices. lol, the voice sets the mood most times.
all range of emotions. good stories do that.
looking forward to the character development in the upcoming audio books.
This novel was a lot darker than the first. Some parts were a little difficult to read, there's a few scenes regarding the aftermath of mass rape and murder, but a good novel is one where good triumphs over unspeakable evil. This is definitely one of those. The novel left me EXTREMELY excited for the next one. The only thing I would have done differently has nothing to do with the novel itself, but with the narrator. I would have preferred the narrator who did the first book, Sam Tsoutsouvas. I liked his voice much better than the one who did this book.
Jim Bond is horrible the story dragged on nothing like the first book. The story itself was great. It was so bad that I listened this in 2X which was normal. The plot was great it really drew you in with all the characters including the supporting cast. Can't wait to read book 3!
Well I just discover Terry Goodkind, the other two books I listened to were narrated by Sam Tsoutsouvas, I didn't even bother to check when I bought this one....but Jim Bond is not in the same league. I seems more suited for documentaries or Tom Clancy.... anyhow really miss Sam Tsoutsouvas...narrators play as important role as authors in audible books....
Still worth it so far.
This short review is in regards to the narration, not the story, of which I could not give a review, as I only made it about 1 hour into this audio-book.
After completing the first book, and thoroughly enjoying the delivery of the smooth talking Sam Tsoutsouvas. I was extremely disappointed in the monotone narration of Jim Bond. His poor ability to color this novel, as Sam did, made it impossible for me to go further.
One day, I will "read" this book, and continue this epic series. However, it won't be while listening to narration indicative of Ben Stein's classroom lectures in Wonder Years.
If the equation to determine your enjoyment of a book has the quality of the narrator's ability in it, then please don't waste a credit on this one.
jim bond. i will never again buy a book narrated by him. it is insufferable. a 5 year old could have done a better job.
I was so excited to listen to this book after I finished Wizard's First Rule but the narrator was so bad I couldn't stand 3 minutes before I just wanted to give up and read it instead. The man has no emotion to his voice and sounds like a very bad computerized voice. I love this book and the sword of truth series but the narrator entirely ruined the experience for me. The book it self is so great I think that the choice of narrator is a injustice to the artistic talent of the writer and destroys any enjoyment a person can get from listening to the book.
I heavily suggest that you read the actual book then waste your money on this recording of it.
I really hope that this poorly done narration doe not turn people away from the book and the rest of the series because it is a truly enjoyable story to read.
A Stone of Tears is really a mixed bag. I have seen that people have complained about Jim Bond as the narrator and to be honest, in the beginning I was also irritated but after a while I got used to Jim Bond as the narrator and could look past it.
Something which really got to me though (and I don't consider myself a prude) is that the first hour and a half of the last file downloaded involved rape and it was almost unsettling.
The story moved along slowly and there were moments when I wished that I could press the fast forward button just to get the story to move along (this owuld have been impossible if I had been reading the actual novel). It almost felt as though Goodkind had taken a page out of Robert Jordan's instruction manual about how to slow a novel down to a crawl.
Will I be back for the next book in the series? I'm not sure, maybe give me some time.