Story picks up well after the first book. Enjoying the story however the narrator is a definite detraction to the point of being tempted to delete and buy it in print just to finish the story.
I would recommend this book to a friend in paperback, not audio. I hate to say it but this potentially awesome book was ruined by the reader.
Needs a different reader. This reader paused in wrong places, has a dull voice, and did a horrible job with character distinction. I found myself zoning out during vital parts of the book.
The narration of the second book is terrible; There is a real chance it will prevent me from finishing the book despite the decent story.
The power of love
I thought the narration in the first book was poor; now I know why this series was part of a promotional offer.
I read this series years ago and enjoyed it. Its not one of my top picks but i thought I would give it a listen. I remember now that the story is enjoyable, but It has a bit too much romantic mushyness for me personally. All in all its a good in depth story.
What is not good is the narrator in this book. The first book of the series had a great narrator. Why would they fix what is absolutely not broken? Its definitely broken now. I am suffering through it but i looked at the next several books in the series and it looks like they introduce two new narrators as well as use the one from the first book and this one yet again. I am very disappointed. I will give it a chance but i anticipate not being able to finish listening to this series. Narration is KEY! Consistency is key. I believe its "A Song of Ice and Fire" series that uses the same great narrator. Take notes people!
I was so sad to finish an audio book as great as Wizards First Rule, then start this. Completely different narrator. At first I thought, well I will just get used to this new voice for the characters I came to know and love. But there was nothing to them. The voices were lifeless, all sounding the same. It seriously sounded like a computer reading the book. I could have just downloaded the epub file and let my mac read it to me. At least on that, I would be able to change the voices...
Needless to say, I got to about chapter 8 and could not take it anymore. I could not listen to this robotic narrator drone on. I deleted the audiobook and then downloaded the kindle version and read it. So much more enjoyable, but not as convenient.
The story however is fantastic. The action, character development, romance, suspense was all there. There are some repeating themes throughout the series, but no biggie.
Don't let this audiobook throw you off from the series. Read book two, but whatever you do, do not buy this version of the audiobook.
I don't know if it was the Quality of the the Audio file, or It is Just Jim Bond's Voice that made me want to stab my ear drums out. Brilliance Audio needs to Release with all the Books in the series with Sam Tsoutsouvas, Remove Jim Bond.
Jim Bond is the worst narrator I have ever heard. That being said, I did finish this book. After about hour number 8, I started to get into the narrator. I guess you can get used to anything. If you give it a while, I think you can grin and bear it. He does get better the further into the book you get.
Artful blood, guts and sex.
Stephon Rudnicki. Roy Dutrice. Roseanne Barr....anything
Terry Goodkind hasn't learned how to write a fantasy novel without trying to make his main characters as sensational as unbelievably possible. One of my biggest complaints with writers is that they have a tendancy to become too attached to their characters and make them too good at what they do, or make the bad guys so good that it makes the main characters look like super men. Of course they then have their main characters going around talking about how normal they are. The human characteristic of rising to the occasion is definanately a remarkable thing, but when your main character surpasses the realm of possibility with his feats of strength you need to give a plausible reason why. Goodkind seems to forget this little fact and keeps chalking it up to "untapped power" his main character didn't know he/she had. You can get away with that a few times, but when it becomes boiler plate for everything is when it begins to drag the story down. Goodkind needs to bring in more characters and spread out the chaos surrounding his two main characters. Goodkind really needs to expand his story telling skills to keep the interest of any real bookworm.
Jim Bond does an ok job. Nothing slows a story down more than having to get used to a new reader with a subject you are already familiar with. Overall this is an ok story, with an ok reader, making this an ok book.
The characters in this series really drew me in when I first read them. I wanted to get the audio additions because I travel a ton in the car and I thought it would give me the opportunity to re-read/listen while traveling so I could read other stuff in my free time.
the Narration was horrible. I think the Kindle text to speech would be better than the Narrator. Monotone throughout the book (its a long book) any voices attempted changed every time the character said something.
Put me to sleep. It was a struggle to listen to. Boring
Buy the book and read it.
Or buy the book and make your own audio version, then approach Audible about replacing this version.
I usually ignore reviews - no more! (so often they are actually posted by the product's PR people). But in this case, the reviews warned me about the narration. I listened for a few minutes and thought I could take it. Wrong! I've learned that Audible reviews are more honest and accurate than most. Heed their warnings - and praises.
The story itself and its twists and turns.
Almost anyone/Narrator from first book.
Trepidation and frustration with lead character - Great!