I've been a fan of this series, but the last two books 7 and 8, are very weak. I'm about 80% through this book, and have found it to be very disappointing. My main issue, is the same issue mention by other commentors - too much talk (preaching). For me the main issue is that Goodkind just repeats the same philosophical statements over and over and over and over ... As an example, when Goodkind mentions the 'Order', you can expect a paragraph or two follow-up regarding their misguided philosophies. Of course, the problem with this is that the Order is mentioned quite a bit, so we continually hear the same thing over and over and over. He does this with a multiple of other characters and philosophies as well, continually repeating the same statements, the 'pristinely ungifted' are just another example of this, continually reminding us what they are. It's as if Goodkind has forgotten what's already been stated ... numerous times over.
Additionally, with all the philosophical talk, it leaves very little room for action, which there is surprisingly little, which makes the book somewhat boring.
I will finish the book, because I've previously enjoyed the series, but I may have take a break from Goodkind once I finish this book, especially if the ending is more of the same.
I guess this book is good enough but it's certainly not as engaging and interesting as many of the other books that I've listened to previously. Audible's ratings always seem to be on the high side, but how this rates 5 stars in anyone's book is beyond me ... but to each their own. The story is disjointed as many other reviewers have noted, and many of the story lines rely on shock or sex more than substance. Not a bad read, but not a great one either.
I listened to the whole book before writing the review. First, the narrator is really bad in my opinion, it made parts of the book brutal to listen to. Second, it is long and drawn out for no apparent reason. Third, the combination of both a bad narrator and a really slow book make it painful at time. I don't think this rates anywhere near the other books. Listen to this one only if you feel like you'd be missing something in the series. By far the worst Sword of Truth that I've listened to. 6 out of 7 isn't bad. I'm hoping the next one is better.
OK, I enjoyed the first three books and couldn't wait to get to this one ... but then it happened, they replaced Dotrice with an over-dramatic, over-accentuating orator. This narrator sounds like he's trying to read poetry and empahsizes words in a non-sensical manner. It's like he's never actually read the lines he's reading. A horrible narrator, I hope the 'Others' take him away ... far away. But I pain my way through out of love for the story, which itself is good despite the narrator. If this guy was the original narrator, I may never had made it past the first book.
This was one series I could not wait to finish ... and I don't mean that in a good way. It started strong with book 1, but after 7 books it was clear the SK did not have any real plan or direction for the completion of the tale. It reminded of what programmers call spaghetti code, code hashed together, pieces at a time, somehow working, but no one really knows how or why. One last point, an author should be concerned, when the only way to conclude the story is to put himself into it as a primary character.
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