"'Yes,' Richard said. He gestured over his shoulder without turning to look. "There are two more, back there." Kahlan briefly scanned the dark jumble of rock, but she didn't see any others. Lightly grasping the silver pommel with two fingers, Richard lifted his sword a few inches, checking that it was clear in its scabbard. A last fleeting glimmer of amber light played across his golden cape as he let the sword drop back, in place. In the gathering gloom of dusk, his familiar tall, powerful contour seemed as if it were no more than an apparition made of shadows.
"Just then, two more of the huge birds shot by right overhead. One, wings stretched wide, let out a piercing scream as it banked into a tight gliding turn, circling, once, in assessment of the five people below before stroking its powerful wings to catch its departing comrades in their swift journey west. This night they would find ample food."
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©2003 Terry Goodkind; (P)2003 Brilliance Audio
"Jim Bond's narration imparts a mythical quality while transporting the listener to a world of wizards, soul-stealers, potions, and magic." (AudioFile)
The worst thing about this book, is the pedantic voices and inflections given to every character, except Richard. This, more then the actual text, lends the whole story the sound of a pulpit pronouncement.
This book is worth a listen, and not as 'preachy" as all the other reviews claim; the plot is advanced, as are the characters, in many substantial ways; however, I will agree that Goodkind makes the same mistake in this book as the previous ones whilst regailing the reader of his political ideology. He *tells* us about instead of allowing the action to *show* us; any internal moment of cathartic understanding of the political themes are denied the audience, in favor of a constructed and sometimes unsubstantiated world view. Even this I would find forgivable, if it were not for teh pedantic manner Richard assumes in these moments, and the way his core supporters seem to be child-like and vapid as they listen to Richard, as if he were exactly the type of pedagogue he warns his allies (and readers) against blindly following. They never reach these lessons through the contemplation of their own circumstances, but only through his speeches. In spite of these things, the book was well worth the listen, and some new ideas are developed.
A better narrator and no repeated passages.
There are multiple times in this recording that entire sentences and paragraphs are repeated exactly in what appears to be very poor editing.
The narrator has a very nasally whiny and monotone voice whenever narrating side characters and makes it difficult to tolerate at times.
Nope. Moving on!
1) cut the 2.25 hour preaching dialogue(s) to a concise concept that the moronic characters can understand and that the reader can tolerate. I drove across the state hearing " but Lord Raul" and Richards pleading imploring preachiness. One conversation was 2.5 hours. At some point I tuned out the stupid book and found the road noise more enjoyable. How bad is that!
2) at some fricken point Richard has learned some magic. For pity's sake start developing the characters. Stop keeping him back in book 2.
3) Kahlin is a wimp. Kill her off already if she hasn't figured out how to actually be the Mother Confessor she claims to be.
4) Start treating the books as a series. Stop reintroducing primary characters over and over again.
Nope not a chance.
I hope he was paid well ... how could anyone read the same two or three thoughts a thousand times ........ yikes. He should get an award
I considered going forward, but honestly I was using fast forward to get past the same thoughts repeated over and over and over and over and over and over ..... almost from book one. So no more credits for Terry ... and althought I enjoyed the early books unless you can let go .. do not start this very long trip. I should have stopped about three books back.
I am an Army Wife and full time student who loves to read. If I'm not reading a book I'm listening to one.
The series started out pretty well. At this point though, I'm done. Goodkind has started to preach... nonstop! I get the point already. Quit the ... whining!
and over and over and over and over and ... get's annoying doesn't it? I agree with the concept but repeating it in every conversation has made me hate this series!
There has been times when I've loved this series and times when I've really struggled to carry on. This one has finally done it for me. The start doesn't dove tail very well with the end of the previous book. Either I was asleep last time and missed bits, or this one referenced things not mentioned before. Either way I got a few hours into it and got hopelessly lost, bored and fed up, so I stopped listening and haven't returned to it in over a month. I'm done with this series now and my advise is don't waste your money.
The Saga continues, and Terry Goodkind keeps the story exciting with new twists! This time Wizard Zedicus Zoul Zorrander shows what magic he can muster!
the story is great and he author includes alot of philosophic thinking. His characters aren't perfect but they have a certain morality that they stick to. The thing I like least is that it seems like the same thing over and over book after book. This series really didn't need to be this long
horrible.... different people are read in the same monotone. Phrases that should be read with some sarcasm or some kind of emotion are read with the same tone... I wanted to return all jim bond read books but audible wouldn't let me
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