"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.
©2005 Terry Goodkind; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"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)
Jim Bond is by far the best performance in the series, however this entire series as his voice reaches plurals or trailing words there's a high pitched metalic ringing and makes listening almost impossible...
Chainfire took awhile to get to the point, but it was a good journey. I'm looking forward to the next book and hoping for more story and less reflecting on all the things that have happened in previous books. I would say my biggest gripe with Goodkind is his constant rehashing of old material, even events from the same book! I'd rather he incorporate these things we've already learned in previous books into the following stories. Like- where are all the Gars? however, I love this series and overall I'm inspired to be my best "me" when I read.
Jim Bond, the narrator has done an excellent job with different voices, some animation, and dramatization that brings to life the various emotions and states that characters would be experiencing throughout the story.
The dialogue gets tied up in itself. Need, nature, only, you have to..., I have to..., and duty, are only a few of the words and phrases that are continually repeated throughout the story and make we want to scream at the characters to 'Shut Up!'
And why is it that I have to endure whole chapters of discussion about the evil of the Imperial Order or the difference between free will and enslavement? I get it. Now let's move on with the story already.
I enjoyed the book because I had already read it, but the narrator was less than good.
The First Confessor ----- Warheart,
The narrator started out slow and used the same voices for all characters. He(the narrator) finally did get into the book but it took him at least 50 chapters to do so, and he still did not have a very large variety of voices. He could be a decent narrator if he develops a larger selection of voices.
It already has follow up books.
I think you should use Christina Traister for all of the Sword of Truth books.
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.
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.
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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