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 primary reason for my low review is the lack of good decisions by the producers when it comes to narrators.
I cannot for the life of me understand how these production companies cannot find good readers. Furthermore, why on earth do they change so often? Do they not realize the benefit of consistency in narration throughout a series? The inflection and pronunciation make audio books what they are and these change with every book in this series. If you ever listened to George RR Martin's series and were disappointed when Roy Dotrice stopped reading the series, prepare to be more so.
When it comes to the book itself I can say I enjoyed it mildly, though it is extremely long winded and an obvious rip off of Robert Jordan's 'Wheel of Time' series. This becomes more and more evident with every chapter to the point of being almost funny.
If you haven't read (listened to) the W.O.T series, get those instead.
I am not listening to any more of these.
A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!
Wheel Of Time fans beware!! I read the first book in this series and thought it was ok. Certainly nothing to compare to Robert Jordan or George R.R. Marin. I gave this book a try to see where the story would go..it went quickly into ripping off the Wheel Of Time! I couldn't believe it! I have found websites dedicated to pointing out how obvious the similarities are. The story is also very degrading towards men, which gets tiring very fast. I'd advise all Wheel Of Time fans to skip this series all together.
Maybe the fact that the wheel of time series has kept the same narrators throughout the whole of it has spoiled me but this was terrible.
I wish they would have kept the same narrator from the first book, I loved his voice for Zedd especially. This narrator is mechanical to say the least. It sounds like they typed the book through a computer voice generator. I think Stephen Hawking could have done a better job.
Did Jim Bond even read the book before he read it in the recording studio? There are pauses and inflections in this reading that do not exist in the book. I am seriously considering not purchasing any of the other books in this series because of this fact alone.
It took several hours to get use to Jim Bond's performance, but after awhile Mr. Bond truly seems to get into the energy of the story. He may not be Sam Tsoutsouvas, but Jim Bond did very well. As for the story itself, there were moments where it seemed to linger a little too long, but overall it's an awesome continuation to an awesome story series!
The uncanny resemblance of Jim Bond's voice to Jack Webb - who began in radio - threw me there for a minute as visions of Dragnet rather than our collection of Sword of Truth characters came to mind. I grew accustomed to it though and focused more on Terry Goodkind's problem with over-writing and poor grammar. He tells a good story though and I enjoyed the book. His plots knit together nicely, build tension superbly, feature terrific action sequences and he doesn't leave dangling loose ends or tells the truth too soon. I know it would be better if we had one, great narrator throughout, as we do with Patrick Tull and the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin naval novels - all twenty of them - but that's rare and Tull was gifted. After you've spend 34 hours with one narrator a different one will, almost by definition, seem jarring and awful to you. Don't fret. Bond is just fine and, before you know it, the story takes over.
I was looking forward to this series after listening to book one. But the reader changes in this book, book two. It's an unfortunate way of life in audio books - although it doesn't happen after only one book, usually. It was enough to derail me in this series, however. Maybe I'll come back when the contrast will no longer be remembered.
Wizard's First Rule was a wonderfully narrated by Sam Tsoutsouvas. I couln't believe how badly this edition was narrated. I didn't make it through the first half hour. The reading of dialogue was mechanical and annoying. The inflections and pauses seemed almost random. I had looked forward to hearing the entire series, but now I may drop the entire series.
The first book in this series was a little darker than it needed to be, but it was still respectable. However, this second book...WHOAAA! The narrator just makes it SUCH a chore to listen to. I have my favorite narrators, and I like to think that I'm a patient kind of person, but this...mmmm, good luck making it to the end of it.
This is, I think, one of the strongest books in the Sword of Truth series and I highly recommend it. I truly enjoyed listening to Sam Tsoutsouvas narrating Wizard's First Rule, and as I moved on to Stone of Tears I couldn't help picturing Buzz Lightyear telling the story.
I was able to listen to the book and still enjoyed it but Jim Bond almost convinced me not to.
The story is easy to follow and you like the characters but why can't they find one good narrator and stick with him? The one from the Wizard's First Rule was solid and the one from Blood of the Fold was excellent. He gave the story a very realistic and gritty feel.
Bond seemed to never know what emotion the character was feeling at any given moment and that was translated in his narrative.
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