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.
The storyline continues in Stone of Tears. The adventure might be a bit overworked for this book, but otherwise a good story. Not the greatest of SciFi adventures, but enjoyable. The only part not enjoyable was the reader. He is stale and makes the book seem so as well. Not an enjoyable listen...
I've read these books before. Having said that, I thought I would listen to them while I work. I love this series. Have since I got the first book many years ago. But this narrator, although technically terrific, is not well suited to this book. He speaks clearly and well but is very flat and monitone in areas. Some of the sentences get run together because his tone doesn't change at all. It's distracting because I often have to stop and think about what I just heard to understand what was said. Yes, the words were clear, but when you speak it all in one monitone voice, it becomes hard to tell when it's a person talking or when they've exclaimed something, etc. It makes listening frustrating. You would think this guy was reading a computer user guide instead of a novel.
In audiobooks it's all about the narration. Book 1 and Sam Tsoutsouvas were great. It is ridiculous to change narrators, especially when you have a good one. What a disappointment. If he were equally as good as Sam I might have gotten used to it, but it was so distracting I could not get through 3 chapters.... and I don't want to skip 9 books to get back to Sam. VERY disappointed. Thought I was hooked.......NOT!!! This review is strictly about the narration, not the book. I will never get to rate the book. No time to read.
I loved the first book and just purchased the 2nd out of habit without reading reviews or checking to see if the narrator was the same I assumed it was, I can not even finish listening to this book. his voice is so bad I have listened to a lot of books and this is the first I could not finish the narrator was so bad.