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.
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©1995 Terry Goodkind; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
I love the first book and narrator. It never occured to me they would switch I wasn't able to get very far with his dry, monotone, computer voice. My husband and I will just have to get the book.
Someone with emotions in their voice
Sounded like a computer generated voice reading. Very monotone voice.
This is a great series and I very much enjoyed this books very much in spite of the terrible narrator.
The person reading this on this Audio is the most terrible, boring, emotionless narrator I have ever heard. I seriously only continued on with the series because I found out the next book has a different person reading it. The person from the first book was great so I don't know what they didn't have him read it again!! FRUSTRATION!!
Amazing book, read!
The narrator seemed kind of monotone for this series. There are some great audible voice actors, Jim Bond is not one of them.
Worst narration ever.
Wow, the audio is sooooooooooooooooooo bad. The guy sounds worse than if Siri is reading it to you. And the writing is flat, repetitive and has few characters worth caring about. If it wasn't for my need to finish a story once I start it, I'd have stopped this series 2 minutes after this book started. But maybe I'm being too hard on it... While it's no WoT, LotR or GoT, it's on par with the drizzt series I think. Diehard fans of the genre will probably enjoy the book... But no one will like the narration.
I would listen to any Terry Goodkind book but I would not wish this Narrator on my worst enemy.
Zed is not a leprechaun. So many times i was expecting him to say, Where be me lucky charms.
No, no contest. The audio version ruins the characters.
The audio version of "Stone of Tears" was bad. Terrible even. To take a fun book, direct sequel to "Wizard's First Rule", with characters that you've grown to like, and have them portrayed by this wooden stilted narrator borders on criminal. After the wonderful performance of Sam Tsoutsouvas for the first book, the narration offered by Jim Bond is pathetic. He often sounds like a screen reader or a GPS voice. His portrayals of the main characters is so totally different from what Sam Tsoutsouvas established in the first book as to be distracting. It's not just the sounds of the voices (im not expecting him to replicate Sam Tsoutsouvas voice) but it's the personalities of the characters. I no longer really care about them, they seem so different and lame.
Frequently Jim Bonds version of Kahlan sounds like a stupid tween, with nothing between her ears - incapable of complex, abstract, or even coherent thought, much less be the supreme ultimate leader of the Midlands, and the final arbiter of truth. Perhaps this is due more to Goodkinds writing - I've not finished the book yet - perhaps her sudden one dimensional character and lack of critical thought is part of the plot. However I assume that she was written the same in the second book as in the first. The difference is the narrator. Perhaps she was stupid all along, but I only notice now with Jim Bonds narration.
Other character issues: Richard sounds like he's disinterested in everything - even when operating as the Seeker. The words he speaks say he's in one emotional state while the narration implies another. Zed is no longer charming, He now comes across as an old boring windbag who thinks of himself as everybody's favorite boring grandfather. Chase has become indistinguishable from any ole soldier type and in fact sounds just like the Captain of the Guard and the Peoples Palace. Scarlet sounds different though no worse than in the first book - I thought the "Sultry 40's Dame" persona didn't really work for a fantasy book. In the end, the problem is that Jim Bond is not Sam Tsoutsouvas. And he's not as good an actor / performer.
When he's not destroying the personalities of the characters, his narration becomes worse. He over-pronounces words in an awkward way that sounds super unnatural. While it may keep things clear and understandable, it's incredibly distracting - breaking the spell of the story. I would prefer a stoy-tellers performance where I missed words here and there to a strange and uncomfortable reading where everything was clear but sounds little better than Steven Hawkings voice system.
Ultimately, if you liked "Wizard's First Rule" you'll like "Stone of Tears" though be prepared for 30 hours of uncomfortable listening to get through it.
Richard must learn that the great harm can come from the best intentions if he is to prevent his father Darken Rahl from releasing the Keeper from his prison in the Underworld. Richard is trapped in time by the Sisters of the Light in a palace in the Old World and Kahlan finds herself imprisoned and sentenced to be executed for treason. Zed and Adie can't remember who they are after been poisoned and saved by three sorceresses. Richard has also been marked by the Keeper and the world is at risk of been destroyed unless the Box of Orden opened by Darken Rahl in Wizard's First Rule can be closed. Stone of Tears is another fantasy masterpiece by Terry Goodkind. I did not enjoy Jim Bond's narration of Stone of Tears as much as Sam Tsoutsouvas' narration of Wizard's First Rule, but he still gave an excellent performance.
I have read the first 11 books, and then listened to the audiobooks of ALL of the SoT series. Stone of Tears is the best book in my opinion. The story line is amazing; it is full of both plot twists and great characters. The most enjoyable experience? The story.
Zedd. I love Zedd in every book because he is at once wise and serious, and loving and funny. The chapters around Zedd are always great to listen to.
Richard. It is hard to say whether I was drawn to Terry's written voice or to Jim's narration. Both, I guess.
The ending. No spoilers.
The other reviews here are VERY extreme. I think Jim bond did a great job with this book and did seem like he enjoyed the story. You need not take my word for it. Just listen to the short audio sample. Of course he isn't perfect in his reading, but who is? If you stop listening to a series this amazing simply because you don't like a narrator it is a shame; and your loss.
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