I enjoy Terry Goodkind's books and have the Sword of Truth series in hardcover. I can't see to read anymore but wanted to revisit these books and had looked forward to listening to the entire series. It is unfortunate that Jim Bond's narration pulls focus from the books with dialogue that walks a fine line between annoying and almost intolerable. The voices he uses for the gifted are robotic and ridiculous. The voices of lesser characters are whining to the point of making me almost loathe even the nicest people.
I'll continue to make my way through the Sword of Truth series and am grateful that there is only one more Jim Bond narration before the series returns to Sam Tsoutsouvas. I'll skim thru Chainfire just enough to remember the story line before moving on to the remainder of the books. Despite the disappointing audio experience, Terry Goodkind's books are still some of my favorites and Sam Tsoutsouvas' narration of the first book has me looking forward to the remainder of the series.
Jim Bond should avoid attempting dialogue in "voices". His narration is droning but still better than the absurd distortions used for some of the characters.
I found this book to be largely unnecessary to the overall story. It seemed to me to be an excuse to spew repetitive rhetoric and get paid for it. Even if you are a big fan of the story and author I would suggest skipping this book entirely.
People who require mass amounts of backstory and boring narrators
No. While it passes the time half the book is backstory and while it is a long series and some is required the author writes each book for someone who hasnt read any of the other books...if it was just the story we kept rehashing it wouldn't be so bad but we also are subjected to constant reviewing of the individual character story as well.....tedious
Jim bond shouldnt be a narrator....simple as that...he ruins good books...his female is horrible and he can't even do a good wizard...a must in fantasy narration
It passes the time but dont expect to be blown away
The characters fall into traps, come close to death and require efforts that go beyond the impossible to be "saved" in different ways. In each book each of the main characters take their turn at first being a victim then surviving insurmountable odds. It is all wonderfully entertaining! The narrator could do a bit better putting some drama into the characters. It is a nice to hear the same reader throughout the series. A good listen and incredibly fun!
Fantasy / Sci-fi has long been a genre for social commentary, and this is no exception. I believe the point of view on societal trends and political motivations to be incisive and quite a cautionary tale.