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
I read this entire series in print, and listened to the first book in the series ("Wizard's First Rule", read by Sam Tsoutsouvas) recently and loved it. The series is fantastic, albeit dark and disturbing at times.
This reading is AWFUL. It actually sounds like text-to-speech, especially the omniscient narrated parts. There are even those odd pauses and lurches like a computerized voice that doesn't know where one concept stops and another starts.
I wish I'd read the reviews first, I had no idea how terrible a reader could be. Has ANYONE at audible listened to this recording? I want my money back, I can't stand this.
I really like the way that Terry Goodkind gives you the sites and sounds of his novels. Great listening.
The narrator's voice literally sounds like a robot, very annoying. Listening to it with headphones he really does not sound human. I had to check on this site to see if a person was actually listed as the narrator. Unfortunately, I like the series so I'll keep listening.
This is my absolute favorite book out of the series so far. I love the companionship between Addie and Zed. There is one part that I read over and over again.
The SOT series is fantastic, and Stone of Tears as the second book is a good continuation of the story, though I thought not as exciting as the first book. Still, I enjoyed it all the way through. I feel sorry for Jim Bond's narration getting slammed so hard, but the truth is... it is pretty bad. I did eventually get used to it, and the story is so good that even though the narration bugged me, I enjoyed listening anyway. It would have been much better to stay with one narrator through the whole series, as you start to recognize charaters by the voice the narrator uses (when done well anyway) but that is not the case with this book. Nonetheless, I still give it a good review because the story is great, and there is much more to come in the series.
As to it being dark, I don't find it to be any darker or more disturbing than many books in the fantasy genre. There are certainly graphic descriptions of torture, (Though not as much as the firs book) but only enough to really get across the extent of what the character is forced to endure. This plays an important roll in what is to come, and I didn't find it to be too much. I will say that if you are new to the fantasy genre, or if you find books like the Harry Potter series "Dark", then this might be a bit more than you are used to.
If you can get past the issues might have with the narration, I think you will truly enjoy Stone of Tears and be ready to jump right in to the next book. (Blood of the Fold)
This book is good. It is a little drawn out at times but all in all it is good. The only thing I didn't like is the change of narrator!!!! Jim Bond is good but has nothing on Sam! I will continue to read on in this series. I suggest you do as well.
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.
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