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Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2 | [Terry Goodkind]

Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

In Wizard's First Rule, Richard Cypher's world was turned upside down. Once a simple woods guide, Richard was forced to become the Seeker of Truth, to save the world from the vile dominance of Darken Rahl, the most viciously savage and powerful wizard the world had ever seen.

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

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    Robert Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States 04-02-09
    Robert Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States 04-02-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Masterful storytelling"

    I am so glad that this series came to Audible as it has become my new favorite series. The author has a gift for making a 35 hour audiobook seem like it is only 8 hours long. Every word has purpose and meaning and builds the story. What I love about these books (the first two anyway) is that there is a completion to a story line while a new one is left open to develop for the next book. Having this closure in each book is unexpected as many of this genre like to end with a cliff hanger leading you into the next book. Mr. Goodkind just leaves the door open and takes you on a whole new journey with each new book. With many books in a long series I find myself losing that sense of wonder after the first few books. Not so with this series. I did note that several people complained about the narrator. While I respect each person's preference I would urge anyone who is on the fence to give the series a try. While I am not enthralled with the reader, he is not awful and it certainly is not a good enough reason to deprive yourself of some of the best stories ever written. My advice is the same as a classic commercial... Try it, you'll like it!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    ShayK ohio 01-20-09
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    "Story Enjoyable...Narrator not so much."

    I enjoyed the first book of this series and was excited to listen to this one and the story did not disappoint. The story was well constructed and the characters further developed. The narrator however, sounded as if he was recorded reading it the first time through, having never seen the script before. The voice inflections are lacking much of the time and counter to the dialogue other times. His voice is often very stilted and most sections have very little "flow" making it hard to concentrate and follow along. The 1st book's narrator, while not my favorite, was much better. I am hopeful that the 3rd book's narrator cannot nearly be as bad as this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 01-17-09
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 01-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Better than Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth"

    I liked this book better than the first book “Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth.” Lots of action, adventure and suspense but I think I will stop here (at least for now).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 08-30-08
    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 08-30-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Exciting continuation to the story"

    I very much enjoyed the first book in this series, and this sequel didn't disappoint me. The author provides enough detail to make you believe you're there - although sometimes she provides too much detail and makes me wonder if she is getting paid by the word. The first book was a little wordy - this book was a lot wordy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan McGee 07-23-09
    Dan McGee 07-23-09 Member Since 2006
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    "2nd in series is also sub par..."

    The first book in the series was ok although the character development was missing all around. The story line was sophmoric (if that's a word) with things falling in place conveniently at almost every turn... very predictable.
    Also, the narration was sub par.

    Having said all that I elected to purchase and listen to the second book in this series (this book being reviewed).... I won't be purchasing the 3rd. Same predictable pattern with a different sub par narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fraser BoroniaHeights, QLD, Australia 07-06-08
    Fraser BoroniaHeights, QLD, Australia 07-06-08
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    "Stone of Tears (Unabridged)"

    Very entertaining, very well constructed story line that flows as easily as water down a waterfall. Loved it.

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    Todd LAKE BALBOA, CA, United States 09-04-11
    Todd LAKE BALBOA, CA, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Too much sexually deviant material-NOT FOR KIDS!!!"

    I got to the second part. I hoped it would be cleaner than the first book, "Wizard's First Rule" and it is worse. I am going to avoid Terry Goodkind's books altogether.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Fairfield, IA, USA 12-15-09
    Ray Fairfield, IA, USA 12-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful"

    I did have some trouble with Jim's reading... but will give him the benefit of the doubt.

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    Carl Stamford, Ct, United States 07-14-09
    Carl Stamford, Ct, United States 07-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Why do a different narrater for every book?"

    This narrator was not nearly as good for me as for the first book. At first I thought the book was allot cornier than than the first, and maybe less well written. This may or may not be true, but much of that impression comes from the narrator. His timing and execution is robotic and somehow childish.

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    Shawn Denver, CO, United States 07-17-08
    Shawn Denver, CO, United States 07-17-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Fast paced action"

    I can't put this series down. Great characters you actually care about, mixed with fast paced action. Very entertaining.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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