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  • The Pillars of Creation: Sword of Truth, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond

    Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin. Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land.

    D says: "Detour!"
    "Absolutely Awful So Far!"

    I'm about 12 hours into this book and nothing of significance has happened yet. The main character, Jennsen, acts like a complete idiot and trivial events are described in excruciating detail for no apparent reason, except maybe to make you want to pull your hair out and yell "JUST GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!" For instance, about 4 hours of the book is dedicated solely to describing Jennsen's trip to see and speak to a sorceress. The whole trip could have been adequately covered in about 10 minutes. But Goodkind makes us sit through 4 hours (about 4 days in Jennsen's timeframe) listening to graphic details of every person, tree, rock, bug, plant, flower, stream and animal Jennsen encounters or avoids while on this trip. All the while she's on this journey, Jennsen is engaged in a ridiculous and imbecilic internal dialogue about the danger she's in because she incorrectly believes that people she's never met are trying to kill her. Since the reader has presumably read all the previous books, the reader already knows, unlike Jennsen, that all of her facts and assumptions are completely wrong. Yet, we have to sit though hours and hours of her doing one stupid and unnecessary thing after another based on incorrect facts, false fear, bad assumptions and misplaced apprehension. It is extremely frustrating.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    Thomas says: "Excellent historical fiction"
    "Fire the Narrator!! Absolutely Aweful."
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first two books in this series, even though I don't normally listen to abridged books. So I was eager to finish the Pale Horseman and start the unabridged 3rd book in the series, Lords of the North. I'm about an hour into this book and the narrator is already driving me crazy. He is just awful. Pronouncing one syllable words as if they had four syllables, in explicable pauses in the middle of sentences for no apparent reason or effect. Incredibly bad acting. Every time he says

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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