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Sarah

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  • Confessor: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 3, Sword of Truth, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (695)

    Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those people still free are powerless to stop the coming dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves...and has lost.

    Randall says: "ridiculously repetitive and predictive"
    "A book that finally means something!"
    Overall

    While at times, Goodkind's writing can be drawn out and lengthy, the message he ultimately delivers in this final Sword of Truth novel is life-changing. The struggles that Richard, Kahlan, and all their friends overcome is simply stunning, and I cannot get these characters out of my head. After reading this series, every other book I touched seemed to be either frivolous or pointless (which is not always bad), but Goodkind's work really means something to the human life and spirit. I'm not a religious person or anything, but the simple messages of truth, kindness, and freedom are so moving in the summation of this whole series.

    If you are looking for a group of people that will change your life completely, I highly suggest getting to know Richard and Kahlan. These two are my literary heros. Bear with Goodkind's lengthy and often repeated descriptions, and discover an incredible world.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3880)
    Performance
    (2291)
    Story
    (2322)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "The Beginning of one of the Greatest Series of All"
    Overall

    In reading some of the reviews for this book, I immediately had to defend the honor of the Sword of Truth series. Terry Goodkind's work is masterful and life-changing; the messages of strength and perseverance portrayed by each character are so moving. These books mean something to the reader, and I can't stress how incredible this series really is.

    The characters of Richard Cypher and Kahlan Amnell are my two favorite literary heroes ever written. The adventures, trials, sacrifices, mishaps, romantic trysts, and tribulations showcase how amazing the human spirit can be. Wizard's First Rule is a breathtaking adventure; the world Goodkind creates is unbelievable. Being the first in a very long series, it does have its moments where it lags, but the twists and turns in the plot will ultimately leave you anxious for more.

    This is without a doubt my favorite series of all time, and after I finished it, I felt an incredible sense of loss. Richard and Kahlan became intimate friends, and the lessons they taught me were unforgettable.

    A quote from the 6th book of the series sums up the meaning and truths revealed in these books: "Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith of the Fallen: Sword of Truth, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By John Kenneth
    Overall
    (1576)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (870)

    A Sister of the Dark captures Richard and takes him deep into the Old World, to the very heart of the Order, while his beloved Kahlan remains behind. Free because of Richard's sacrifice for her, but unwilling to abandon the cause of the Midlands, Kahlan violates not only prophecy but her last pledge to Richard and raises an army against the advancing horde of the Imperial Order.

    Daniel says: "This is the one when he goes Ayn rand on you"
    "One of the most inspiring books ever written"
    Overall

    By the time I reached this book in Goodkind's series, my interest in the Sword of Truth was waning. I love the characters of Richard and Kahlan, but after hearing about how there never was a moment's peace and one thing after another going wrong, I was getting fed up. Temple of the Winds nearly killed me, but I saw everything getting better during Soul of Fire, only to have it end horrifically. Terry, give us a break! I want to see my heros happy for more than five minutes.

    However, during the first pages of Faith of the Fallen, my faith in these books was renewed. Faith of the Fallen has become one of my favorite books of all time. The story of hope and perseverance is truly touching, showing readers that in the darkest of times, hope will always shine through. Richard's strength and Kahlan's courage prove that these two characters are the best the literary world has. Goodkind captures the essence of the human spirit and the woes we deal with in our world today. He sums it up perfectly stating, "Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it." Never have there been better words to live by.

    Technically, this book is fast paced and filled with action, although it is more hopeful than depressing. The plot is direct and the characters are engaging. Goodkind's writing is masterful.

    Faith of the Fallen is the beacon of this series and urges the reader to continue on. You won't be disappointed to see Richard and Kahlan to the end.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Temple of the Winds: Sword of Truth, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1123)

    The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for three thousand years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.

    Danielle says: "Good book, poor narration"
    "Loved the book, Disliked the Narrator"
    Overall

    When I read this book for the first time, I found it to be horriblely depressing. Everything just gets worse and worse, until the last 40 pages of the book when it all gets "fixed". However, listening to it and knowing it gets better in the end, I find the story enjoyable. However, I find it really annoying that the narrator didn't listen to the other audibooks, or confur with anyone, about the pronounciation of Kahlan's name. Kahlan Amnell is one of my favorite book characters of all time, yet every time her name was spoken aloud, I cringed. It got to the point that I wished the book would be over so I could go on to the next with a new narrator. Doesn't the production team consult Terry Goodkind or previous recordings of the Sword of Truth??? Very disappointed in the performance, but I love these books with a passion, so I still enjoyed the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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