Any of the other narrators of the series.
This is my second time listening to the Sword of Truth series. The cadence and inflection for this book is just weird, especially for Zedd's voice -- kind of sing-songy. Other characters are not as bad, but I can't wait to get through this one so I can move on to the next one in the series with a different narrator.
It's always unfortunate when the a poor narrator ruins a good story. I have been listening to audiobooks for over 20 years, and I think this may be the worst narrator I've ever encountered. I wish they'd kept the same narrator from the first book (Wizard's First Rule), but I'm gratified to see that they got a new narrator for the third book.
The reader, the reader, and the reader.
He sounds like a robot! Are we sure he's not a robot?
Too dry of a voice for this type of story, an older person with a raspier voice would have fit for a better job.
The book itself seems like it could be really great (I'm going to read it instead of listening to it) but the narrator is TERRIBLE! I mean, really, really bad. He gives the characters absolutely no depth or feeling. I can never tell if the characters are nice, mean, sad, happy, women, or men. Everything sounds as if he is reading (and not fling a very good job), not narrating. It's so bad that I am not even going to finish listening to this.
The story line seems like it's going to be really good and I'm looking forward to reading it. It takes over right after the first book.
Davina Porter, I just love her. She's extremely talented and can really bring a story alive.
I didn't get far enough into the story to really tell.
Overall: good book, terrible narration.
I am a lover of the fantastic! The adventure!
Robert Jordan's Eye of the World series.
He has a great voice for narration. Clear and concise. However, he tends to sound a bit robotic. I wish that the reader for the first book would have done this one as well because he had Zed's voice perfect to how I thought that it should sound. Even with that being said, I would like to cheer Jim Bond on for his great performance.
"An epic story of love, magic, and hope!" (with an apology for so badly maiming the story with the pathetic tv show, "Legend of the seeker"
A better narrator
The story seemed to be ok and I really like the first book, but the narrator made it hard to get into. The narrator of the first book was excellent.
I thought that all of it was pretty bad.
I am now stuck with the last 2 book that I do not think I will ever listen to.
The story is great... I think?
It's hard to really tell, as the narratation is possibly the worst performance you could ever imagine. This narrator should focus on non-fiction and maybe narrate some dictionaries or something... Totally wrong choice and bad performance of this material.
The guy from Book 1 was awesome. The guy from this book is so bad that I am literally not going to be able to finish listening, it's THAT bad. It's akin to trying to watch a movie when people are talking about it in the same room and sneezing at the same time...
NO wait.. more like watching a live play on stage when the actors themselves are sneezing in the middle of their lines. I don't know, I can't even express how frustrating this is.. In fact, I'm only a few hours into this listen, and I felt compelled to write this review, even after seeing that a lot of other people have already written similar about the narration.
I can't stress enough. YOU WILL NOT ENJOY THIS NARRATOR.
Names are pronouced wrong (not just different from the first book's narrator, but in ways which are entirely out of place that nobody would think to pronounce them like). Zed's voice... oh dear. This guy literally makes Zed sound like a cross between an Irish woman, a stereotypical Canadian from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and a kindergarten teacher talking to a 5-year-old. Totally unbelievable.
I may even ask for a refund.
Sam Tsoutuvas (guy from first book)
The narrator is horrible. Literally sounds like a computer. he has no emotional reflection at all. The author has a tendency to write in a sightly cheesey way, but it is made a thousand times worse by this guy.
I made it threw chapter six, I have no idea how. Bond's narration is unbearable. Robotic, monotonous and flatly not entertaining. I have had to "get used to" narrators in the past but honestly there is no getting used to Bond. Imagine Siri reading to you, it would be more pleasant.