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Chainfire Audiobook

Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1, Sword of Truth, Book 9

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Publisher's Summary

"How much of this blood is his?"

"Most of it, I'm afraid," a second woman said as they both rushed along beside him.

As Richard fought to focus his mind on his need to remain conscious, the breathless voices sounded to him as if they were coming from some great, dim distance. He wasn't sure who they were. He knew that he knew them, but right then it just didn't seem to matter.

The crushing pain in the left side of his chest and his need for air had him at the ragged edge of panic. It was all he could do to try to pull each crucial breath.

Even so, he had a bigger worry.

Richard struggled to put voice to his burning concern, but he couldn't form the words, couldn't get out any more than a gasping moan. He clutched the arm of the woman beside him, desperate to get them to stop, to get them to listen. She misunderstood and instead urged the men carrying him to hurry, even though they already panted with the effort of bearing him over the rocky ground in the deep shade among the towering pines. They tried to be as gentle as possible, but they never dared to slow.

Not far off, a rooster crowed in the still air, as if this were an ordinary morning like any other.

Richard observed the storm of activity swirling around him with an odd sense of detachment. Only the pain seemed real. He remembered hearing it once said that when you died, no matter how many people were with you, you died alone. That's how he felt now - alone.

Epic edge: listen to more in the Chainfire Trilogy and the Sword of Truth series.

©2005 Terry Goodkind; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Bond's somewhat understated style and relaxed, steady pace keep the story moving and help listeners sustain interest from start to finish. The characters' secrets and political maneuverings are in good hands with Bond." (AudioFile)

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    Dalton 08-02-16
    Dalton 08-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lecture"

    The only issue I have is that some chapters will repeat one rant until you either skip ahead by 15 minutes or you fall asleep from the droning on.

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    Daniel J Gutierrez 07-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "it was painstaking to get through chapter 52"

    I feel like we could have almost deleted the first fifty two chapters. Were it not for the very small nuggets of information, the author could have done just that.

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    Mike Larsen Orem, Utah USA 06-26-16
    Mike Larsen Orem, Utah USA 06-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm hanging in just to see how it ends."

    If you want to pass through this book, listen to the first few chapters then when you get into the (spoiler, well not really its the same story book after book after book) that kalen goes missing, skip to the last 3 chapters and you won't miss much if anything at all. The middle of this book was painful with a Capitol PAIN.

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    Sheryl 05-26-16
    Sheryl 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another bad narration. Sounds like a robot"

    Jim Bond's voice sounds like a robot. This is so disappointing. What could have been a great story but the narration was so distracting.

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    W. Logan Caldwell Jamestown, USA 05-19-16
    W. Logan Caldwell Jamestown, USA 05-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good"

    I thought I remembered this book and going into it I. didn't remember it being as good as I found it the second time. I did like that this is the first book in the series that doesn't have a rape scene in it... that was refreshing that no one got raped. spoiler alert.

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    Daniel 05-11-16
    Daniel 05-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "This is a filler book."

    I've listened to the entire series so far and this whole book could have been summed up in one chapter. I wish I had skipped this book and just moved to the next. There was NO payoff for the listener for making it through the whole book. I would recommend just moving on to the next book in the series. I am disappointed I spent a credit for days worth of just filler material. The performance was good. It's the same as the rest of the series so all the names are pronounced the same and its easy to flow from one book to the next that way.

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    Michael D Jensen 05-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Here we go again"

    I understand others review when they said this could have been done in one book not three. Just finished chainfire and going onto phantom with very little high hopes.

    If you just add up just the store itself and take away from all the repeated babble that you here in each book , This book would be only 20 chapter's. The story itself was good. Just having to set through all the babble and mind numbing long winded of the same thing. Also getting a little tired of the same events . It's either Richard or Khalan is missing and in trouble and one of them has to sacrifice everything to save them. Meanwhile good ol evil is always 3 steps ahead and crushing. You would think by now Richard would be a unstoppable force. I am a fan of the story and will continue on. Just no longer have high hopes anymore, like I did when I started it. Everything started to go downhill after book 4. Actually if Terry Goodkind would just focus on the story and stop repeating the same ideals it would be great.

    Jim Bond did a fine job narrating. I have no complaints. I am really happy that Sam is now narrating the rest of the books. He to me is my favorite. I would have given the story 5 stars if not the babble.

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    Cari Johnson 04-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than the last one!"

    Chainfire is definitely better than the last two books but still not quite as good as the first two and Faith of the Fallen. Performance was alright, not the best and not the worst.

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    Wesley 03-12-16
    Wesley 03-12-16
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    "Jim Bond ruins another good book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator, I would change the narrator for sure. Jim Bond's ability to ruin a decent book with his irritating robotic voice never ceases to amaze me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sam Tsoutsouvas doing the narrating would have made it better.


    Did Chainfire inspire you to do anything?

    Chainfire like all of the other books narrated by Jim Bond inspire me to find a Speak-and-Spell and destroy it with a sledge hammer. Very easy to believe the voice coming from that is actually Jim Bond.


    Any additional comments?

    Please Audible, I'm begging here, as a fan of audio books (many different genres) and a fan of Goodkind, please re-do the books narrated by Jim Bond, the man has no business narrating any books, but especially this series! I love the series, have read them all and was so looking forward to hearing them read, but it is more a torture, having to struggle through listening to Bond, than anything resembling a relaxing time listening to a beloved series.

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    Jonathan 03-03-16
    Jonathan 03-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a fan of Jim Bond"

    I like the story but the narrators tone of voice for female characters sound like they are whining all the time

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