I just finished this book, the third in the series and it was the best 40+ hours of audio book I've ever listened to. I have listens to well over a hundred audio books and all 3 of these books stand out as the very best. 110 hours and I could do it all over again. I will wait and check each day until the next book to ready. Powerful fantasy written for adults.
I have always enjoyed Terry Goodkind's fantasy storytelling. I put up with hours of his political views (socialism and liberalism bad) blended into his stories because the actual fantasy or swords and sorcery part is generally good. Plus he normally wrote large novels so even if he rambles on about individualism for a few hours, I still feel like I get my moneys worth.
Here we are in a new series about the old characters and even though he has kept his lectures down he spends much of the book having the same things happen that happened before. Something has happened to Kahlan. For one reason or another Richard can't use his magic. I am so tired of those two things being used over and over. Richard can finally use his magic to some degree but it did not work on the Hedge Mage. Then something stops him from using his magic at all. Kahlan is in trouble. Richard can't use his magic. The bond has stopped working. All things that have happened more then once. He has also just about cut the length of the books in half.
I did find the last 2 hours of the book to be exciting and the kind of adventure story I like.
This was surprisingly good. I have read (listened) to all the Anita Blake books. This book goes back in nature to some of the earlier books. It has less of the tedious hour long sex scenes then most of the later books. Kimberly Alexis is quite good as normal.
After listening to Jeff Lindsay read his own books I was disapointed with Nick Landrum. His pauses are to long, they cause me to check my player to see if it is still working. He does not put enough feeling into the side characters or even Dexter. As a straight reading it is ok? As a performance it lacks. Out of the 400 or so audio books I have, this narrator is near the bottom.
I never get abridged books, no other book in this chain is abridged. I did not notice!
I hate it.
This is meant to be the first of 3 books (I think I read it in EW). Weber is normally fast and 3 books turn into 5. I think his style and writing have improved since his "Honor" books.
I read these books as they came out. They are a masterpiece of modern fantasy writing. Martin has created a vast and colorful world that is for removed from Tolkien. There have been many good fantasy novels or groups or novels but most are in some way a Tolkien descendent. Martin?s books are powerful and original. They are not for the timid or uncommitted reader in much the same way as Herbert or Tolkien.
I could not wait the listen to these books. I have to disagree about the reader. I was a little disappointed at first that it was not one of the readers I am more familiar with but after an hour or so I began to hear the way Roy Dotrice create an atmosphere that really fit the novel.
Al Franken is the first liberal with both the wit and sharpness of mind to compete with Rush. This book is both funny and to the point. I listen to fiction most of the time and have heard around a hundred books. This is the first one I have reviewed. I highly recommend this book.
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