First of all, I don't like to write bad reviews... in fact I never do, generally because I don't think I'm the end all of opinions about books. There are lots of books I love that have horrible reviews out there and some that I can't stand that are best sellers that my friends rave about. I figure it's just me... but this book just demanded a review. Hopefully it will help others see what they are in for before they start chapter 1. (this being said, I was always going to read this, good or bad reviews, it's part of one of my favorite series' from one of my favorite authors)
The overall plot seemed like a great idea, but the execution seemed a bit off the mark. Most of the story was dialogue. I fell asleep while listening to this book, woke up 2 chapters later and I was still hearing the same conversation (which was repeating things i'd already heard). When i replayed what I had slept through, I realized I hadn't missed anything!
I am a huge fan of the Sword of Truth series, and I've gone through the books several times. While it does get a bit redundant with history recap from previous novels, I sincerely enjoy the story and with the high expectations I had for this novel I found myself crushed.
The characters didn't seem to grow or change any, it was extremely slow, and the dialogue itself seemed halting and forced.
While I had issues with the story itself I think it would have been better if I had just simply read this novel instead of getting this audio book. As other reviewers have stated, the edit was horrible!! There were more than one place in the recording where the edit repeated a sentence or phrase with a different intonation (as if they were going to cut a better run of that line in and didn't bother double checking the edit to ensure they got the split right). It was distracting, but not as distracting as the text to speech sound of the narrator herself.
I'm not sure if the blame lies with the editor or the narrator, but it was barely a step up from listening to my kindles text to speech function. To top it off it is as though she forgot which character was speaking (while i did enjoy it when she got the accents/voices right for the characters, despite the choppy nature of the flow) and used the wrong voices at times. This makes it hard to follow who is talking in a conversation at points.
All in all, I was disappointed... I had such high hopes... I truly can't believe that Terry Goodkind listened to this as a final product and still decided it was great and ready for release!!
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