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Van Dyche

Drew VanDyche (aka Drew VanDyke), brother of scifi writer David VanDyke is the co-author of Switchback: A Supernatural Siblings Novel.

Berkeley, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1, Sword of Truth, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (707)

    As Richard fought to focus his mind on his need to remain conscious, the breathless voices sounded to him as if they were coming from some great, dim distance. He wasn't sure who they were. He knew that he knew them, but right then it just didn't seem to matter. He struggled to put voice to his burning concern, but he couldn't form the words, couldn't get out any more than a gasping moan.

    Karanja says: "Much improved from the Naked Empire"
    "Chainfire sputters, sparks, and eventually fizzles"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is a lot of exposition in this story and quite a bit of redundancy. Not enough happens plotwise in and it plods out like a turtle, a long and weary task for the listener (but I am sworn to listen to them all even though I question if there really is enough "meat" to justify the existence of this piece as a separate book, at least not in the form that it stands now). I would advise Goodkind to "show not tell". There are a lot of talking heads in this book and way too much "explanation/conversation". Where are the characters that we fell in love with? {We want Gratch back!} Where is the chemistry? It also feels that this book was created more for the eye than for the ear. And how many times do we have to hear the word "engendered"? I would say unless you are bound and determined to make it through these books through listening (as I am), maybe you should buy the hard copy or e-book version and read it.

    2 of 2 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1589)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (883)

    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"
    "Goodkind Restores our Faith!"
    Overall

    Not only does Richard Cypher/Rahl restore the liberty and faith of those enslaved in tyranny, but Terry Goodkind himself, restores our faith in his ability to write a compelling tale with well crafted characters and a throughline that never loses sight and balance. Book 6 pulls the wool off our eyes in his clever indictment of a government and populace that maintains that only one specifically oriented group of people (think democrats or republicans taken to the extremes of secular-humanists or religious zealots) have the capacity to make decisions capable of benefitting the common good of all. With great power, comes great responsibility, and great humility, and a demand for compassion for those individuals who have no voice among the "order" of the day. Not only does Terry Goodkind tell a good story, but he demands that we think for ourselves and continuously challenge the status quo. Thank you Terry Goodkind, for being a light in the darkness of our own enslavement. Namaste'!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soul of the Fire: Sword of Truth, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1592)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (904)

    Now it has become terrifyingly clear that the Chimes have the potential to bring down all that Richard and Kahlan have worked to protect, and even the power of the Sword of Truth may not be enough to stem the tide of their unleashed magical force. But if the Chimes cannot be stopped, first they will ravage Richard and Kahlan, then all of D'Hara, and then the entire world.

    Costas says: "Soul of the Fire"
    "Goodkind Fails to Deliver in Soul of the Fire."
    Overall

    Goodkind should have paid me to waste my time reading/listening to this book. I'm surprised his editors let him get away with putting out such poorly crafted fiction. It's like he had two different books, and tried to press them together in some coherent sense, but he only serves to lose the formerly secure sense of the personalities of his characters, as if not only his characters, but he himself was having an identity crisis. Don't waste your time with this. You'll want most of the characters to die as quickly as possible, but unfortunately it is a sloooooow, loooong, and maudlin melodramatic death. Save your money. This book will only annoy you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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