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.
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.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
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.
This is my first review on this site though I am no stranger to writing them. The story was very entertaining and I look forward to the next book. Like Kody, I almost didn't get this book because of the poor reviews on the narrator. I eventually did get it on sale (3 for 2). Expecting the worst, I was very pleasantly surprised. I have listened to 20 some audio books and have heard a large variety of narrators. Jim Bond did fine. He used different pitches of his voice for different characters and was generally consistent. I could tell a couple of times when he started a new recording session, but it was only mildly distracting. Unless you are a very picky listener, don't let the narrator comments keep you from getting this book. I really just can't understand all the negative comments.