He was joined on this epic quest by his beloved Kahlan, the only survivor among the Confessors, who brought a powerful but benevolent justice to the land before Rahl's evil scourge. Aided by Zedd, the last of the wizards who opposed Rahl, they were able to cast him into the underworld, saving the world from the living hell of life under Rahl.
But the veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.
If Rahl isn't stopped, he will free the Keeper itself, an evil entity whose power is so vast and foul that once freed, it can never again be contained.
Epic edge: listen to more in the Sword of Truth series.
©1995 Terry Goodkind; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
The storyline continues in Stone of Tears. The adventure might be a bit overworked for this book, but otherwise a good story. Not the greatest of SciFi adventures, but enjoyable. The only part not enjoyable was the reader. He is stale and makes the book seem so as well. Not an enjoyable listen...
I've read these books before. Having said that, I thought I would listen to them while I work. I love this series. Have since I got the first book many years ago. But this narrator, although technically terrific, is not well suited to this book. He speaks clearly and well but is very flat and monitone in areas. Some of the sentences get run together because his tone doesn't change at all. It's distracting because I often have to stop and think about what I just heard to understand what was said. Yes, the words were clear, but when you speak it all in one monitone voice, it becomes hard to tell when it's a person talking or when they've exclaimed something, etc. It makes listening frustrating. You would think this guy was reading a computer user guide instead of a novel.
In audiobooks it's all about the narration. Book 1 and Sam Tsoutsouvas were great. It is ridiculous to change narrators, especially when you have a good one. What a disappointment. If he were equally as good as Sam I might have gotten used to it, but it was so distracting I could not get through 3 chapters.... and I don't want to skip 9 books to get back to Sam. VERY disappointed. Thought I was hooked.......NOT!!! This review is strictly about the narration, not the book. I will never get to rate the book. No time to read.
I loved the first book and just purchased the 2nd out of habit without reading reviews or checking to see if the narrator was the same I assumed it was, I can not even finish listening to this book. his voice is so bad I have listened to a lot of books and this is the first I could not finish the narrator was so bad.
Guy sounds like a robot. Can't beleive they allowed this guy to read this, donr they sample narrators before hiring?
I'm a recently retired software engineer, enjoying life in the great northwest, after emigrating from southern CA. Audiobooks are a godsend!
I regret to be critical of a narrator who is undoubtedly intending to do the best job possible, but I am so disappointed that I can't hold it back. I would have rated this book 4 or 5 stars, but the choice of narrator so detracts (and distracts) from the story that it barely deserves 2. This narrator's voice has a pleasant tone, but that is the extent of his talent. I cannot remember any of the MANY books I have listened to that were so spoiled by the narration. What a shame! When I decided to purchase book 2 of the series, I noticed that many different narrators were used for the various books, and I thought it peculiar. Now that I have invested a few hours into book 2, and am having to plow through it, wishing that it was being performed by someone else, I decided to look ahead to see if this narrator was chosen for any of the future books. I was so disappointed to find the answer is yes, that I am nearly certain that I will abandon the whole series and move on to something else. Too bad, because I think the author is very talented, and I would otherwise enjoy the series. I truly hope this narrator will seek a different profession, and do all us listeners a favor.
Defiantly not for kids shaping their world-view because of some really controversial ideology and situations. That being said, for less impressionable adults who can appreciate the story for what it is... its great. I really enjoyed it
Wow. I have heard some really terrible readings before but Jim Bond takes the cake with this narration. What the heck happened to the narrator from the first book?! If you like listening to a robot with four different robotic accents this may be the book for you. It honestly sounds like a text-to-speech program reading to you. I hate giving the book a bad review as I am sure it is only the narration making it horrible. But hey, I wouldn't own an Audible account if I wanted to read it now would I?
Good story, it follows directly on the end of The Wizard's First Rule. Just a different version of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, but fun to read.
The narrator often sounds like Stephen Hawkins talking computer. Inflection is off, and the voices are often annoying.
I got hooked on the Sword of Truth Series with the first book. I really loved the narrator of that book but this one is AWFUL! He has little change in inflection for different characters and sounds like a crazy robot most of the time. This guy should be working in voice recognition systems- not audiobook narration. I am probably going to go to hardcopy till the next book- too bad I lost $20 on this...
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