A Wizards First Rule was a very good read as epic fantasy goes, and this continues the story, expanding the horizons and setting the scene for on helluva good epic. The narrator is ok, some complained about him, but I've gotten used to him and he does his job; he obviously enjoys reading this books.
It is a dark story, and gets darker and more bitter, but there are wonderful glimmers of hope. I cannot wait to read more of the series.
I recommend it to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy.
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.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
Prior to starting The Stone of Tears I had read 1/3 of book 1 and seen the TV series based off the book Sword of Truth. I found this book easy to pick up and understand. However, I should mention I had issues with the first book in this series. I tried reading it twice from a hard copy version, but had to put it down. This was a long time ago. I had found the tale too predictable, thought the characters very shallow, and I just didn't care for the opening story line. Then I ended up watching the TV show. I found it to be just as bad at the start and overall found some of the writing lacking. But despite the contrived feel to the story it grew on me. I actually was disappointed by season 2 when it was cancelled and I came to appreciate the writing. Although both versions went different directions they certainly shared some parallels.
So, here I am now with book two, and I find this telling to be as enjoyable as the TV series. The book version is very long and dragged on a while in parts, but I was happy because I got to see more of the story that I missed in the TV version. The Stone of Tears picks up after Darken Rahl has been killed and Richard is off to his home lands with Kahlan. It helped for me that the author decided to switch between three different stories from the perspective of Zed, Kahlan, and Richard. Each adventurer was set upon their own quests for different reasons and all contributed to the main story line.
There were some edge of the seat moments and I went through this book fairly fast considering the length. However, there is not always constant action. This may have helped to give the story a little depth. But occasionally I felt some events skipped by very fast. Instead of taking us through the present course of events, at times, we are told a summation of things that occurred. Also, the ending of this book felt a little rushed considering the pace and course of the story. I found the conclusion to be a little too convenient.
The narration was fine. Yes, I see all the complaints about this reader, and if you decide to check out the next books reviews, they only got worse. But a lot of good those complaints did as the narrators they switch to supposedly get worse. Jim Bond might not win any awards for this performance, but he did an alright job. My least favorite character he performed was Zed who had some annoying parts. However, all the voices were clear and I didn't find the narration distracting. I also don't hold any expectations that other reviewers might have had from the last installment, which had a different narrator. I would give his performance a 3.5 overall.
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'm a APP. PROFESSIONAL and love it!! I have over 100 books in my library and not stoping any time soon!! 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.