"'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)
great story and well written. i did notice that the narrator changes voices of characters which is slightly confusing, otherwise good. my second favorite book in the series.
overall the book was ok. Jim Bond did the best he could narrating. His robot voice and lack of emotions to the characters really sucked. Only one more book to get through before we get Sam back to finish off the story, thank god.
The story was better than the pervious book. Terry tends to repeat a lot of information that we already know, and hearing Richard repeat it to everyone he encounters is getting super old. For example, Terry we get what a Mord sith is by now. No needs to explain. Just getting sick of hearing back stories of the same damn thing in every book. I pray it gets better. If not, going to be highly disappointed.
Tired of the characters being reactive rather than proactive. Also the way the bad's get an edge and the goods narrowly pull through just feels tedious. Lots of preaching as folks said. I took a break during the climax and read two other books just cause I wasn't really all that interested. I'm really hoping chainfire is different.
Like many have said Terry Goodkind's books in this series almost grind to a stop while Richard (and Goodkind) explain the exact same things over and over and over again. That being said I am still a fan of Goodkind and will continue to read or listen to his books.
Jim Bond on the other hand should never be allowed to narrate another book. The statement (copy/pasted) below from this books main page could not possible be more wrong.
""What the Critics Say"
"Jim Bond's narration imparts a mythical quality while transporting the listener to a world of wizards, soul-stealers, potions, and magic." (AudioFile)""
I would really like to know what book the Critics at AudioFile was listening to, There is no way it was the same one I listened to. The only place Jim Bond's narration transported me to was a world of constant irritation as I listened to his mechanical voice. Please, please Audible redo all of the Jim Bond narrated books in this series, pretty much any narrator could do better...except the narrator of book 4 that was not intelligent enough to listen to the any of the first 3 books to find out how the names were pronounced.
A different narrator would have improved the book, pretty sure Stephen Hawkings could have made it sound better.
Too numerous to recount.
Very moralistic story. People are more important than government. Freedom is more important than tyranny. Weapons in the hands of freedom loving, law abiding, citizens, save lives!!!
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.
This is a step in the wrong direction for the Sword of Truth books. The story is a complete detour from the main storyline. There are a couple fun chapters sprinkled throughout, but Terry gives a "monster of the book" that goes nowhere and has no meaningful impact on our heroes. As the eighth entry in the series, Naked Empire is a major letdown.
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