War, monsters, and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Kahlan can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.
Terry Goodkind, author of the brilliant fantasy bestsellers of the Sword of Truth series, has created his most masterful epic yet, a sumptuous feast of magic and excitement replete with the wonders of his unique fantasy vision.
Epic edge: listen to more in the Sword of Truth series.
©1996 Terry Goodkind; (P)1999 Brilliance Audio
"A complex epic fantasy that crackles with vigor and magical derring-do." (Publishers Weekly)
"Buck Schirner is an adept reader, expert at rendering this vast, glittering tapestry of a world." (Library Journal)
The introduction of the NEW villain (villains) was well done. I read the series before I ever listened to a single audio-book, so I already knew what to expect. I believe that makes me a little more critical of the narrators, but I also believe I am being fair in my evaluations.
Buck Schirner is a much better narrator than Jim Bond (of course, everyone is better than Jim), and better than Sam Tsoutsouvas (although Sam did do a decent job on 2 of the books), but Dick Hill is the best (although he does need to learn how to pronounce Kahlan) and Christina Traister right behind him.
This book is one of the best in the Sword of Truth Series. Probably because there is so much going on, and a lot less chance for repeated dialog. The introduction of the main sisters of the dark, and finally getting to meet and visualize the Emperor was wonderfully depicted.
You will finally truly be able to get into this new world and understand what is at stake while allowing yourself to be enveloped in the story.You will be able to feel rage at the short term villains and glad they are dispatched, and fully believe you would done the same. You will be drawn into the world of the mord sith - and start feel a real sorrow for the women behind the appellation.
You will be looking forward to finding out what comes next.
I am not sure you could compare this book to any other, because, even though it could be a stand alone book - you would almost have to have read or go back and read the previous books.
However, I will compare it to other books in the series.
This book was well worth the time of the read and or listen. It was informative and exciting. I found myself wanting to skip chapters to get back to a specific story line. The way Terry writes - he has several stories going on, at the same time, within the whole book - you find yourself impatient to get back to where you left off in a previous chapter.
In comparison, books later in the series are packed with dogma/dialog running ON and ON to the point of frustration, and introduction of characters and story arcs that end up taking whole books - when they should have only taken 5 or 10 chapters. (ie. "Naked Empire", "Pillars of Creation").
"Blood of the Fold" was well worth Your time - whether you read it or listen to it on audio.
Like I wrote in a previous section. Buck Schirner does a decent job with voice inflection, and he is better than Sam and Jim, but I will not brag on him as a favorite.
I would have liked to listen to the audio all in one sitting, but that just isn't feasible. The narrator just did not have enough enthusiasm and voice differences to keep me interested for that long a period of time.
For as long as these books and more precisely this series has been around - I would think that Brillance Audio could get the best narrator/actor to redo the whole series. (ie. Dick Hill or Christina Traister)
Good read, better "reader" than 1st book. And.. "Wizard's rules" are absolutely applicable to today's world of pandering politicians!
Such a wonderfully twisted mind is that of Terry Goodkind. I've never encountered an author that has this depth of imagination.
I love reading the continuing adventures of Richard and his friends and I was delighted to hear it so well read. The reading was smooth and seamless and never detracted from my enjoyment. I'd recommend it to anyone.
but the story is worth it. his annunciation as well as pronunciation of some words coupled with poor inflection really ruin the experience. Some characters sound like villains from old Disney channel cartoons (no really like that one generic bad guy voice from the shows) and it's quite amusing. don't let the narrators voice destroy the book though, it's worth it.
Overall, this book was absolutely beautifully told and I would highly and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a story of a High Fantasy universe. Heroes and antiheroes, villains, monsters, Wizards, and a love across time. The only thing I can possibly knock on this is with the performance. And the only bad thing about it is the way the performer voices one of the monsters. I understand where he was going with it but it hurt my ears every time he did it. Other than that, I absolutely loved it.
I love this book. The performance was splendid! Character voices were consistent and entertaining. I have read the book before many years ago and I could not have been happier to hear it read to me. Great job!
The books themselves are awesome. However the narration could use some work. I guess maybe I can stand it cuz I've already read it. For those who can't stand the narration read the books cuz they are my favorites and the only books I've read twice.
I honestly believe that everyone should read these books because it's what's happening right now. To me they are an inspiration to get up and do something about the world we live in or end up in a war to be slaves.
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