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Stone of Tears Audiobook

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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    tjalfe roskilde, Denmark 11-29-13
    tjalfe roskilde, Denmark 11-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "awfull narrator :( couldnt finish it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the narrator is awfull, his voice is hurting my ears :/ after 5hours trying my best to get through it i had to give up becouse it was simply too terrible to keep on, really sad about it since i wanted to hear the story


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    Christopher United States 11-25-13
    Christopher United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Listener Beware"
    What did you like best about Stone of Tears? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed The Sword of Truth, but could not get past the change of narrator for Stone of Tears. The issue isn't just that the voice changed, but rather the voice became monotone and almost robotic. I have listened to many, many audio books, and this was the first one I ever stopped listening to just because the performance was unbearable.


    Was Stone of Tears worth the listening time?

    I found the narrator to be very monotone and almost robotic sounding. His performance rubbed me the wrong way, and I chose to stop listening rather quickly.


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    Allen Ellenton, FL, United States 11-08-13
    Allen Ellenton, FL, United States 11-08-13
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    "Great book horrible narrator."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have read this series before but have enjoyed having it on audible for while I am running and working. The series is excellent with a well developed plot and story.

    The narrator in the first book was excellent. In this book however the narrator Jim Bond is less then appealing. While he does indeed have a decent voice for the men he for some reason portray's all the women as being meek and weak willed in his voicing their parts. Not only is this in contrast to the words he is saying with his inflection it is in direct contrast to the story where the women are all very strong individuals with great character development for the most part.


    What other book might you compare Stone of Tears to and why?

    The wheel of time series is very comparable to this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators use of the same weak inflection for all the female characters is incredibly horrid and makes the strongest characters in the book less formidable.


    Could you see Stone of Tears being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It already has.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not purchase any additional books using this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew GAINESVILLE, GA, United States 11-03-13
    Andrew GAINESVILLE, GA, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic story ruined by dreadful naration"
    What made the experience of listening to Stone of Tears the most enjoyable?

    Terry Goodkind is a master of storytelling, and follows the success of the Sword of Truth with the powerful epic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cast of characters are more developed, and seem to come into the their own.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator sounds like a computer recording as there is no determinable inflection to any words. Furthermore, it is virtually impossible to tell one character from the next, as they each sounds alike.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was immediately prompted to return my purchase.


    Any additional comments?

    Please remake this with a better performer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Halee Ponder, Texas, United States 10-18-13
    Halee Ponder, Texas, United States 10-18-13
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    "Love book, Dislike Bond"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stone of Tears to be better than the print version?

    No, I would rather read if I had the time, but sadly I don't.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I haven't finished yet.


    What didn’t you like about Jim Bond’s performance?

    He is extremely bland and robotic. Sometimes I couldn't tell which character was talking because he uses the same voice. He expresses no emotion. Almost makes me not want to continue.


    Any additional comments?

    Was this the first time Bond read the book? He doesn't even follow punctuation. When there is an explanation point, YELL don't mutter!!!

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    Gary johnstown, NY, United States 10-16-13
    Gary johnstown, NY, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator lacks"
    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Jim Bond?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Bond’s performances?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    found the narrator lacks in his performance. as if it was a low budget narration.

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    P2 Northern Virginia 09-30-13
    P2 Northern Virginia 09-30-13 Member Since 2012

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    "engaging book with terrible narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This second book in the Sword of Truth series progressed the story nicely. It is easy to relate to the struggles of most characters in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Richard because he stays true to his beliefs as he struggles to find out who he is and what he must do to help save everyone.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jim Bond?

    Not if I can help it. His reading of the story was ok, but the way he read the dialogue parts (dead-pan like a zombie) was so horrible that it distracted from being able to appreciate what was being spoken.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    nothing extreme.


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    Kevin Smock, PA, United States 09-28-13
    Kevin Smock, PA, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Where are you Sam Tsoutsouvas? !"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've listened to hundreds of hours of books, and never once stopped listening..Until now. Perhaps I've been spoiled by other great readers, but I can not continue to listen to the narrator. I'll read from hear on out. I'd listen to every book in the series if they were by Sam Tsoutsouvas, the narrator of book one, but I'll be very careful to listen to samples before making any other purchases.


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    kristen Clinton, tn 09-19-13
    kristen Clinton, tn 09-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Avoid Jim Bond"
    Do you think Stone of Tears needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I love the sword of truth series by Terry Goodkind. I have read all the books, some more then once but thought it would be nice to listen to the series for once. I thought the first book was narrated nicely but this book....I found myself screaming in the car for the narrator to shut up. The accent for Jed went from american, to irish, pirate, Indian all the matter of minutes. I also question if Jim is a real person b/c most of the time his voice sounded robotic. Just horrible. I can wait to get through this book and I dread the The Pillars of Creation and Naked Empire (also by bond)


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    Julie Redding, CA, United States 09-16-13
    Julie Redding, CA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Wretched narration"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't mind listening to a robot voice for 38 hours


    What other book might you compare Stone of Tears to and why?

    Stone of Tears (along with the rest of Goodkind's Sword of Truth series) has brilliant character development and a richly developed world, much like Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The first two chapters were barely tolerable owing to the narrator's total lack of tonal variety, and everything after that was just plain wretched. In Chapter 6 I realized his voice sounded identical to the mechanized voice that reads text from your computer. Ridiculous for an auditory novel!

    I've read Stone of Tears (and the rest of the Sword of Truth series) before as paperback books and enjoyed them immensely, but listening to them now makes me wonder if I'll be able to put up with the robot voice for 50-something more chapters.

    Please buy ANY narrator other than this one; Goodkind's beautiful, complex worlds deserve a narrator that can do them justice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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