I'll start by saying that the narration does seem better than in the first book. The writing has also become much better, mainly in the fact that he has finally begun creating a world, as opposed to the random seeming locations in the first book.
While this was much better, there were still some flaws. The first is that I can still sum up most of the story by the following: Richard does something idiotic, it ends up being the exact thing he needed to do, everyone tells him how great he is. I thought with the introduction of the sisters that this would change, but it does not.
Next, one reviewer said that it is unfair to compare this series to Jordan's WoT (which had 5 books complete when this series started), but how can you not. Nearly every new character type is directly taken from Jordan. Sisters of the Dark=Black Ajah, Blood of the Fold = Whitecloaks, Aes Sedai=Confessors (1st book) & Sisters (2nd book), both even having novices and sisters, long lives and live on an island, Darken Rahl=Ishmael, Mord Sith=Sul'dam (first book) & Maidens (second book on), Pebble in the pond=Ta'Veren, etc., etc.
I'll admit that most authors borrow from others, and even Jordan took from LoTR and Dune, but he took basic principles and character sets and built from them. Goodkind takes nearly every concept from WoT and just changes the name (with Blademasters he did't even do that). As I'm hungry for more epic fantasy I could be fine with this, but the main issue is that, unlike WoT, LoTR, SoI&F etc., in this series you don't care about the main character. As of book 2 there is no character that I really couldn't wait to hear about. Richard's arrogant, Kahlan is boring and neither have any depth. The depth of the characters is what makes reading 100 pages of description setting up a single scene worthwhile. With boring characters it becomes a chore.
I'm on book 3 now, and I really hope that it continues to improve.
No! This is my favorite book series and i could read it over and over again.
But Jim Bond is the worst Narrator I've ever listened to. He took a good story and dulled it 100 times over. A good narrator can bring a story to life and bring fullness to characters. Jim Bond Killed It!
Well Stone of tears is a part of the sword of truth series. And i would relate the sword of truth series to the wheel of time series by Robert Jordan. And that is another good series.
Dull, Monotone on and off. Narrating is not just reading the words. A good Narrator puts flowing motion into the words.
This Narrator just spewed the words out randomly, not flowing. I almost thought at times that maybe he just recorded a bunch of words and then pieced the audiobook together that way. Im really displeased my the Narrator.
What would be the tag line be? wow
Great story. Great series and an amazing Author.
other books in the series
if the guy didn't talk through his nose and sound like a robot
the whole of the book
Richard of course! He is so caring and strong even when confronted with very difficult tasks.
I don't know enough narrators to make that suggestion. I have read this book very many times and Jim just did not get the emotion across. He made Richard sound very childish, even when he is supposed to be showing the anger from the sword. And the scenes with Kahlan should have been more emotional, but it just wasn't!
When Kahlan is forcing Richard to put on the collar. I love that part, but it was too mild in the narration.
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I WANTED TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.
RICHARD,HE IS THE BRINGER OF DEATH
THE FINAL CHAPTERS
THE BRINGER OF DEATH
BOOK ONE AND BOOK TWO IS AWESOME,STARTING BOOK THREE.
I'm only a bit in to this book, but I'm already gritting my teeth. I love the story and author, and intend to listen to the entire series. But the dude that reads this reminds me of the guys you hear on automated response systems ... "if you would like to speak to the customer service division, press 1." He is horrible. But I see he doesn't do the third book, and hope the people who cast these books realize this in all the books after number two.
I agree that the narrator is bad. He reads like someone that has learned English as a second language, often breaking up sentences inappropriatly. I was extremely surpised when I read these reviews and saw that someone else had narrated Wizard's First Rule. The version that I purchased here has the same narrator! I struggled through Wizard's First Rule because it had been a long time since I had read the print version and wanted a refresher before listening to Stone of Tears. I am now struggling to get through this book. I listened to a sample of the first book that is currently available and I have to say, Sam Tsoutsouvas is a much better narrator and I would have enjoyed his version so much better. All I can say now is shame on Audible for not having this available when I purchased it.
Below is a copy paste from another reviewer, it fits my sentiment so perfectly I thought I would take advantage of something already written :o)
I love the series. The book is awesome, but I don't know why they couldn't bring back Sam Tsoutsouvas to do the narration. I got used to his inflections, and he seemed to be really into the story. This guy seems like he is just reading words off of the paper; sometimes it appears it's the first time he has seen the words. Where was the director?
The worst part? Zed. Sam Tsoutsouvas gave a great voice to Zed. Jim Bond turned him Irish for some reason. When I thought of Zed, I didn't picture him as Darby O'Gill.
Anyways, the story is still great, and if you can ignore the narration and just listen to the story for what it is, it's still a decent purchase.
Let me start out by saying that I like this series very much and the content of the book was good. However, as with several other reviews, I really disliked this narrator, Jim Bond. One reviewer said he made Zed sound Irish - I thought he made Zed sound like he was from India. In any case, Zed's voice was weird and the rest of the book was only slightly better. I liked Sam Tsoutsouvas, who did the first book in the series, so much better, plus I like when they use the same narrator for an entire series (glancing through the rest of the books, it seems they jump haphazardly from narrator to narrator... why?) I can't rate the book and narrator separately so I split the difference and gave three stars.
While I at first agreed with all the negative reviews I now feel obliged to disagree respectively. At first (especially after having listened to Wizards First Rule narrated by Sam Toutchivis sp?) I tended to agree but after the 3rd part of 5 I am really ejoying Jim Bonds narration.
I think that the change of narration is an annoyance but Jim Bond is talented and technically different but does a fine job of deliniating the character representations and a pleasure to listen too.
There is a bit of a "computer generated" vibe to the narration but not as much of a distraction as some note.
I would not pass on this Audible based on the reviews and furthermore allow time to get used to a new narrator and you will be pleased.
Regards. Another great read by Terry Goodkind.