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Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1, Sword of Truth, Book 9 | [Terry Goodkind]

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

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. He 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.
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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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    Jeremy Mission, BC, Canada 08-01-13
    Jeremy Mission, BC, Canada 08-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my favourite, but the ending gives me hope"
    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Jim Bond?

    Absolutely


    Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Goodkind? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. I've thoroughly enjoyed the Sword of Truth Series so far


    What aspect of Jim Bond’s performance would you have changed?

    Jim is a great narrator, but I think his performance could be improved with more emotion in his voice.


    Could you see Chainfire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Definitely not. I wonder if Chainfire was originally supposed to be only 1 book, but then became too long and was split up. However, it wasn't quite long enough so filler had to be added. There are many sections of the book where the character's thoughts are repeated over and over again.


    Any additional comments?

    For most of this book, I was very frustrated. Richard keeps getting beat down and can't catch a break. And with all of the repeated thoughts, I often just hoped the book would get on with it and get to a good part. If you've bought Chainfire, suffer through it; the ending picks up and makes it worth it. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 04-14-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "A great start to a trilogy!!!"

    After nine books where can you go with this story? How about a trilogy!!! Terry hit it on the head..This is a great first book, i feel sorry for Richard everyone thinks he is crazy but he's not!! He's the seeker and he will find the truth..He always does but in this case their is no Kalyn!! Know one can remember Kalyn except Richard.. This kind've reminded me of Dallas when Bobby Ewing came back after a year,he's just in the shower.. Chainfire gets really good in the last chapters when they figure it out and The seeker,the bringer of death,the war wizard,THE SWORD OF TRUTH figures it all out.. watch out four headed viper Richard and Zed is coming!!!!

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    C. Mills San Antonio, TX 03-23-13
    C. Mills San Antonio, TX 03-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Decent start to the trilogy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like the Sword or Truth books already, you have to read it


    Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Goodkind? Why or why not?

    yes, I have enjoyed all of the sword of truth books as good fiction. The last few books before this have become more and more blatant with his personal philosophies and politics though.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Bond’s performances?

    If necessary...his voices are good, but he has a very "whiney" voice that he uses when one character is lecturing another (which happens a lot in these books) and it is one of the few inflections that he has. In long speeches it is very grating.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes - I miss the sword of truth TV series, I would like to see more of it translated to the screen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Spokane, WA, United States 01-18-13
    Deborah Spokane, WA, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "So Redundant"
    What disappointed you about Chainfire?

    For 3 out of the 4 parts of this audio book the story is sooooo redundant. The same story line stated over and over and over. If I boiled all the new plot down it would take up 1 page. Very Disappointed.


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    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 11-21-12
    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "classic fantasy"

    this is a must read for any fantasy fan. either you are one of us or you're not

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    Danny Johannesburg, South Africa 10-08-12
    Danny Johannesburg, South Africa 10-08-12 Member Since 2010

    Technology, Mobile and Gaming enthusiast. Mischief and fun...

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    "Another Epic Adventure"
    What did you love best about Chainfire?

    All my favorite characters were there, however, Kahlan plays a very small part due to her being affected by the chainfire spell...


    What about Jim Bond’s performance did you like?

    Jim Bond gets all the character and place names right... and even changes his voice a little depending on who is speaking...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Nicci had a talk with richard and encouraged him to carry on, even though no-one believed him about Kahlan's existence.


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    ROGER HIGH POINT, NC, United States 09-11-12
    ROGER HIGH POINT, NC, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Poor narrator performance."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't know what it is with this series and the narrators, but so far they are hit and miss. The narrator for this book seemed bored with his job. Very little effort put into his performance/reading. The story was well written, and you feel Richard's frustration and confusion as your own.


    What didn’t you like about Jim Bond’s performance?

    Didn't like... Though you could always hear him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorian Hope Mills, NC, United States 09-10-12
    Dorian Hope Mills, NC, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Jumping the Shark"
    What would have made Chainfire better?

    The author implies that those who believe in the Creator are hateful and ignorant people. I'm assuming that he is referring to God when he uses the term "Creator" ...not appreciating that in the story...


    Has Chainfire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's voice sounds mechanical, like a robot.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 05-01-12
    Mary United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "New expierence for reading books"
    Would you listen to Chainfire again? Why?

    this book was one of the first I have had as an audio. It was well read and I could still use my imagination of where they were and what was happening.

    I am now listening to the other audio books in this series and I am liking them as well


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard and Kalan as they want so little but still cannot have it.


    What about Jim Bond’s performance did you like?

    the way he could do different voices to emphase the way they could have talked.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction just an unusaul one as I could still think about other things and get thing done with my hands like washing up the dishes.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this was a good experience for me. I will be buying other books to listen to in the future

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Yuma, AZ, United States 04-23-12
    Tim Yuma, AZ, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is getting to be borderline


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

    Yes but I am beginning to wonder.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His character voices are weak.


    Did Chainfire inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is the ninth book in the series. The author spends too much time explaining what went before. I've read the prior books, quit repeating. The same applies to his idea of the way the world should be run. Get back to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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