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 PLOT AND LENGTH
Not too bad. Much better than the last guy !!!!
I've given up!! I really liked the first narrator. He had a large selection of different voices for the many characters When I started book 2 and heard Jim Bond's narrative skills I had to stop and listen to a totally different book before coming back to book 2. I honesty did not notice that one complete section did not down load and couldn't tell!! I just wanted to get through the torture while having a general knowledge of where the storyline was going. The third narrator wasn't too bad. However, with book 4 we are now with the fourth narrator! The first narrator was perfect for this series. Why did they not continue to use him? I'm not willing to spend any more money or credits on this bucket of odd nuts and bolts. Too bad. Even though it is certainly a WoT spin-off, it was still a decent story. Awe well on to other fantasies.....
I discovered this series by accident when I read the Omen Machine. This book, like the others in the series has a great mix of adventure, magic and romance.
Good info on past peoples and times, why and what they'did , and the reason - even if it's flawed
I like when it followed up on all the characters
Was good, but kept messing up a main character name, it was very distracting. But I like the book so much& his other voices were great
People should not over analyze anyof these books, they been all good, but not perfect but so what, the story great the people in the series get better
When Richard and Kehlan are finally reunited.
When Prelate Anne confessed her trust and respect for Verna.
Started this series because I watched the TV show..this third book is just as good as the previous two. If you like George R. R. Martin, I think you will like Terry Goodkind
Due to all the negative reviews of the narrator, I was apprehensiveness at picking up this audio book. I did, in the end, because I really enjoyed the first two books.
IMHO, the narrator didn't do a bad job at all. Though the narrator of the first book did better job I thought, this guy was not hard to listen to at all (no lisp or anything). Makes me wonder if this is a new recording.
Morid Syth (sp?) and the Sisters Of The Dark
I'm writing this because there were so many negative comments about the narrator. Had I really put stock in them, I might have never bought this book. This narrator is really underrated! There are complaints that he doesn't pronounce everything correctly or that he has a lisp... He doesn't do either in my opinion. I might accuse him of having "mush mouth" in that not everything is perfectly articulated, but really this didn't detract from the story for me. I think Jim Bond was simply horrid in the second book. Buck Shirner, however, is a welcome respite from that. I'd like to believe he sounds very much like Wharf from Star Trek Next Gen.
Again, there were so many bad reviews against Buck that I felt it was really unjustified and erroneous. If you want to focus your hate, send the publisher a nasty letter about Jim Bond (from Book 2, and several others)... I would rather hear Steven Hawking read the book than him... But for Buck Shirner, I think he does a very good job!
Development of characters is great. The story line is fabulous.
He did fine. I am disappointed that the series is read by various readers but this guy is WAY better than the reader for volume 2.
The other reviews were largely terribly negative! Especially about the reader. Believe me it's not bad at all. I listen to dozens of audio books and this guy is okay. The narrator for book one would have been excellent for the whole series but this guy is far less annoying than the previous guy. Buy the book and enjoy the story.
As is dangerous when dealing with a series of this length there is a very real danger of the author spending way to much time reminding you of all the details he has laid out in the previous volumes. This book is the first in the series where this nearly became unbearable. It was bad enough in the first book listening the characters explain their motivations to each other after already having read their motivations first hand but this book ups the ante by reminding us not only of the motivations of all the characters again but also goes on to reiterate some of the finer points of each character multiple times.
I was interested enough in the previous books to retain this information and I think anyone that has made it this far probably did so as well. The pace seems drawn out by this constant self reference to earlier plot points and character relationships. I've found myself shouting "Get on with it" while listening to this book on my way to work.
I have one further book in this series that I have already purchased and if it continues down this road of self reference I'm sure it will be my last.
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