I'm writing this because there were so many negative comments about the narrator. Had I really put stock in them, I might have never bought this book. This narrator is really underrated! There are complaints that he doesn't pronounce everything correctly or that he has a lisp... He doesn't do either in my opinion. I might accuse him of having "mush mouth" in that not everything is perfectly articulated, but really this didn't detract from the story for me. I think Jim Bond was simply horrid in the second book. Buck Shirner, however, is a welcome respite from that. I'd like to believe he sounds very much like Wharf from Star Trek Next Gen.
Again, there were so many bad reviews against Buck that I felt it was really unjustified and erroneous. If you want to focus your hate, send the publisher a nasty letter about Jim Bond (from Book 2, and several others)... I would rather hear Steven Hawking read the book than him... But for Buck Shirner, I think he does a very good job!
Development of characters is great. The story line is fabulous.
He did fine. I am disappointed that the series is read by various readers but this guy is WAY better than the reader for volume 2.
The other reviews were largely terribly negative! Especially about the reader. Believe me it's not bad at all. I listen to dozens of audio books and this guy is okay. The narrator for book one would have been excellent for the whole series but this guy is far less annoying than the previous guy. Buy the book and enjoy the story.
As is dangerous when dealing with a series of this length there is a very real danger of the author spending way to much time reminding you of all the details he has laid out in the previous volumes. This book is the first in the series where this nearly became unbearable. It was bad enough in the first book listening the characters explain their motivations to each other after already having read their motivations first hand but this book ups the ante by reminding us not only of the motivations of all the characters again but also goes on to reiterate some of the finer points of each character multiple times.
I was interested enough in the previous books to retain this information and I think anyone that has made it this far probably did so as well. The pace seems drawn out by this constant self reference to earlier plot points and character relationships. I've found myself shouting "Get on with it" while listening to this book on my way to work.
I have one further book in this series that I have already purchased and if it continues down this road of self reference I'm sure it will be my last.
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This is quite a god reading and I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys this series. The characters are well done and the flow of the story is upheld. I enjoyed it, and I would recommend this reading without reservation.
At least I see some better origional content.
Still way too much adult content in all its detail.
Not a book for children
I must be missing the bad narration that a lot are talking about or I'm not that picky. I love the story so far. I read the first two books and my wife needed to use some of her credits so she talked me into trying this and I'm hooked. Getting ready to load book 3.
I really enjoyed this book. There was so much depth in this book. Families being torn and challenged, friendships being forged from circumstance, duty and dedication, the need and greed for power, and love & magic! I was proud of the characters and it was a better write. I'm excited to know what happens next series.
Well I didn't last past chapter 2. I just can't take it anymore. I think I could stay with the story even though it has clearly ripped off Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series. BUT THIS NARRATOR IS THE WORST I HAVE EVER HEARD IN ANY AUDIO BOOK I HAVE LISTENED TO...EVER Brilliance Audio did not do Goodkind any favors here. Book 2 was a little tough with the narrator but Schimer's lisp is too much to take. Nice to know he is reading aloud to work on it but I would suggest he work on it some more before he goes Pro as a narrator....
Very Disappointed I was looking forward to a long series but both the book 2 narrator and this guy repeat in the series...so Moving On to something else
I had read reviews here that the reading of this book was horrible. I think that it was really done quite well. I was impressed with the ability of the narrator to change characters. I have listened to some really poorly read books and was a little nervous after reading some of the posts. I have enjoyed this reading and it had make my daily drive quite enjoyable.