"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)
"A contradiction can not exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole". This is the Wizard's Ninth Rule and is what Richard learns when a chainfire event is set off by four Sisters of the Dark and no one but he can remember Kahlan Amnell. The first of three Chainfire books that conclude the Sword of Truth series. Brillliantly narrated once again by Jim Bond this is a great listen and the beginning of the end of The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, and I believe one of the best fantasy series ever written.
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I loved Chainfire! The story is definitely a unique one. It has the epic elements of a damsel in distress story, but with original, and really good, twists.
Absolutely. I've thoroughly enjoyed the Sword of Truth Series so far
Jim is a great narrator, but I think his performance could be improved with more emotion in his voice.
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.
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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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!!!!
If you like the Sword or Truth books already, you have to read it
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.
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.
yes - I miss the sword of truth TV series, I would like to see more of it translated to the screen.
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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All my favorite characters were there, however, Kahlan plays a very small part due to her being affected by the chainfire spell...
Jim Bond gets all the character and place names right... and even changes his voice a little depending on who is speaking...
When Nicci had a talk with richard and encouraged him to carry on, even though no-one believed him about Kahlan's existence.
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.
Didn't like... Though you could always hear him.
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