This was my first experience with a book on tape and it was surprisingly wonderful. I was able to follow along without a hitch and the storyline was great as per Terry Goodkind's usual work.
The worst thing about this book, is the pedantic voices and inflections given to every character, except Richard. This, more then the actual text, lends the whole story the sound of a pulpit pronouncement.
This book is worth a listen, and not as 'preachy" as all the other reviews claim; the plot is advanced, as are the characters, in many substantial ways; however, I will agree that Goodkind makes the same mistake in this book as the previous ones whilst regailing the reader of his political ideology. He *tells* us about instead of allowing the action to *show* us; any internal moment of cathartic understanding of the political themes are denied the audience, in favor of a constructed and sometimes unsubstantiated world view. Even this I would find forgivable, if it were not for teh pedantic manner Richard assumes in these moments, and the way his core supporters seem to be child-like and vapid as they listen to Richard, as if he were exactly the type of pedagogue he warns his allies (and readers) against blindly following. They never reach these lessons through the contemplation of their own circumstances, but only through his speeches. In spite of these things, the book was well worth the listen, and some new ideas are developed.
Nope. Moving on!
1) cut the 2.25 hour preaching dialogue(s) to a concise concept that the moronic characters can understand and that the reader can tolerate. I drove across the state hearing " but Lord Raul" and Richards pleading imploring preachiness. One conversation was 2.5 hours. At some point I tuned out the stupid book and found the road noise more enjoyable. How bad is that!
2) at some fricken point Richard has learned some magic. For pity's sake start developing the characters. Stop keeping him back in book 2.
3) Kahlin is a wimp. Kill her off already if she hasn't figured out how to actually be the Mother Confessor she claims to be.
4) Start treating the books as a series. Stop reintroducing primary characters over and over again.
Nope not a chance.
I hope he was paid well ... how could anyone read the same two or three thoughts a thousand times ........ yikes. He should get an award
I considered going forward, but honestly I was using fast forward to get past the same thoughts repeated over and over and over and over and over and over ..... almost from book one. So no more credits for Terry ... and althought I enjoyed the early books unless you can let go .. do not start this very long trip. I should have stopped about three books back.
I am an Army Wife and full time student who loves to read. If I'm not reading a book I'm listening to one.
The series started out pretty well. At this point though, I'm done. Goodkind has started to preach... nonstop! I get the point already. Quit the ... whining!
and over and over and over and over and ... get's annoying doesn't it? I agree with the concept but repeating it in every conversation has made me hate this series!
There has been times when I've loved this series and times when I've really struggled to carry on. This one has finally done it for me. The start doesn't dove tail very well with the end of the previous book. Either I was asleep last time and missed bits, or this one referenced things not mentioned before. Either way I got a few hours into it and got hopelessly lost, bored and fed up, so I stopped listening and haven't returned to it in over a month. I'm done with this series now and my advise is don't waste your money.
The Saga continues, and Terry Goodkind keeps the story exciting with new twists! This time Wizard Zedicus Zoul Zorrander shows what magic he can muster!
The narrative was horrid. Women all sounded like they were incapable and sometimes the men sounded lousy as well
Story was good. This is the first book that Jim Bond has appeared to understand what commas and periods are. He still sounds like a robot with few voice changes, but he is improving.