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 was not a fan of this narrator, I preferred the narrator from the first book. story was amazing. moving to book three as soon as I finish writing this review.
other books in the series
if the guy didn't talk through his nose and sound like a robot
the whole of the book
Richard of course! He is so caring and strong even when confronted with very difficult tasks.
I don't know enough narrators to make that suggestion. I have read this book very many times and Jim just did not get the emotion across. He made Richard sound very childish, even when he is supposed to be showing the anger from the sword. And the scenes with Kahlan should have been more emotional, but it just wasn't!
When Kahlan is forcing Richard to put on the collar. I love that part, but it was too mild in the narration.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
I WANTED TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.
RICHARD,HE IS THE BRINGER OF DEATH
THE FINAL CHAPTERS
THE BRINGER OF DEATH
BOOK ONE AND BOOK TWO IS AWESOME,STARTING BOOK THREE.
I'm only a bit in to this book, but I'm already gritting my teeth. I love the story and author, and intend to listen to the entire series. But the dude that reads this reminds me of the guys you hear on automated response systems ... "if you would like to speak to the customer service division, press 1." He is horrible. But I see he doesn't do the third book, and hope the people who cast these books realize this in all the books after number two.
I agree that the narrator is bad. He reads like someone that has learned English as a second language, often breaking up sentences inappropriatly. I was extremely surpised when I read these reviews and saw that someone else had narrated Wizard's First Rule. The version that I purchased here has the same narrator! I struggled through Wizard's First Rule because it had been a long time since I had read the print version and wanted a refresher before listening to Stone of Tears. I am now struggling to get through this book. I listened to a sample of the first book that is currently available and I have to say, Sam Tsoutsouvas is a much better narrator and I would have enjoyed his version so much better. All I can say now is shame on Audible for not having this available when I purchased it.
Below is a copy paste from another reviewer, it fits my sentiment so perfectly I thought I would take advantage of something already written :o)
I love the series. The book is awesome, but I don't know why they couldn't bring back Sam Tsoutsouvas to do the narration. I got used to his inflections, and he seemed to be really into the story. This guy seems like he is just reading words off of the paper; sometimes it appears it's the first time he has seen the words. Where was the director?
The worst part? Zed. Sam Tsoutsouvas gave a great voice to Zed. Jim Bond turned him Irish for some reason. When I thought of Zed, I didn't picture him as Darby O'Gill.
Anyways, the story is still great, and if you can ignore the narration and just listen to the story for what it is, it's still a decent purchase.
No! This is my favorite book series and i could read it over and over again.
But Jim Bond is the worst Narrator I've ever listened to. He took a good story and dulled it 100 times over. A good narrator can bring a story to life and bring fullness to characters. Jim Bond Killed It!
Well Stone of tears is a part of the sword of truth series. And i would relate the sword of truth series to the wheel of time series by Robert Jordan. And that is another good series.
Dull, Monotone on and off. Narrating is not just reading the words. A good Narrator puts flowing motion into the words.
This Narrator just spewed the words out randomly, not flowing. I almost thought at times that maybe he just recorded a bunch of words and then pieced the audiobook together that way. Im really displeased my the Narrator.
What would be the tag line be? wow
Great story. Great series and an amazing Author.
The written narrative is wonderful, in so many ways; great characters, interesting twists, generated tension that binds all of the pieces together. In my mind this is a wonderful example of great fiction, in any genre. That being said this *is* an audible book so the narration is vital. I have been an Audible listener for many years (9 to be exact) and I have listened to a lot of narration, add to that that I was a professional actor for over 30 years, I have listened to a lot of voice. I have to say I am shocked at the poor quality of the narration. His interpretation is simplistic, his characterization tedious, his rhythm predictable and amateurish. The material rises above the narration but I think its a shame the producers selected this narrator to continue the series, very poor choice.
Let me start out by saying that I like this series very much and the content of the book was good. However, as with several other reviews, I really disliked this narrator, Jim Bond. One reviewer said he made Zed sound Irish - I thought he made Zed sound like he was from India. In any case, Zed's voice was weird and the rest of the book was only slightly better. I liked Sam Tsoutsouvas, who did the first book in the series, so much better, plus I like when they use the same narrator for an entire series (glancing through the rest of the books, it seems they jump haphazardly from narrator to narrator... why?) I can't rate the book and narrator separately so I split the difference and gave three stars.
"The second book in one of the Epic stories"
in the top hundred and that is because of the story it is fab.
i cant really . there isnt an epic this grim and dark that focuses on only two people this much. im a big fan
i hate that there is 7 diffrent narrators for this series. i may pay for them to be all done by one as it makes me cry. tears. many of them.i may have to go clutch by teddie bear and drink whiskey
the book moved me.
ladies and gents for what its work i love this series but how ever the swap in narrators ruins immersion and the change in the pronunciations is frustrating
"Book 2 of series"
Had read the book and this was a recap
Not very good
No as too long
Good story butt let down by narrator who spoke in a very monotone manner at times not as good as the narrators in first and third instalments
The narration is appalling and such a let down after the first book. I cannot listen to this - back to the printed version.
"Great story wooden narrator"
The story itself is of the usual high standard come on this author but the narrator isn't a patch on the one from the previous book. This one sounds like a speak & spell.
"Great story, great narration, awful voice acting"
Sam Tsoutsouvas, who did the first book in a wonderful manner!
The story is as always great and keeps you interested throughout the whole book. The narration by Jim Bond is great, except for the voice acting.
I don't like to say this, but often when he tried to do voices, tried to put emotions or feelings into them or tried making them unique, they made me cringe incredibly hard... It is either underacting, overacting or a horrible combination of the two, mostly with flat intonation. It felt like a robot who does not understand emotion/feelings, trying to emulate them. Which is an achievement on it's own, i guess...
It's really sad because i felt i missed a big part of the immersion because of this.
"This story just gets better!"
Top 3 for sure.
I really don't like to compare stories - they should be taken on their own merits but ok, as you ask and at at push, possibly The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant but only in the scope and depth of narrative.
Hmm, I love his portrayal of the Mud people and their accents. Chandalen in particular who goes on his own personal journeys.
The book is an enticing mix of laughter and tears in equal aspects. When war breaks out and you get to enter a certain castle with Kahlen, the visualisation is horrific!
The Sword of truth series is so far accelerating into a seriously good story. The author didn't set out to write a fantasy novel apparently. Oh well, never mind on that score, fantastic it is! He apparently set out to just write a damn good story. Mission accomplished.
I was happy to purchase this series through Audible and just listen away during the long commute but seriously, the books deserve pride of place in my library! I'll be buying them too.
Well... a better story! I wasn't entirely convinced by the first book in the series but I pressed on hoping for improvement. I made it about a fifth of the way through this one and that was as much as I could stomach. Absolutely did not like it.
I quite liked the man who narrated the first in the series, but given how awful this one is, I wouldn't be surprised if he had actually refused to even touch this one, therefore necessitating a change of narrator. I didn't particularly mind the new narrator all that much, I just don't think he was as good as the first one. And it would have been really nice if he would have paid attention to how the previous narrator pronounced certain names, because it was really annoying to have the stress suddenly moved to a different syllable.
Oh gosh, all of them. Apart from maybe three or four people, every single character in this book is completely identical to all the others. All the men are potential sexual predators and all the women, especially if they are women with even a smidge of power are bloodthirsty animals. This book is about 50% violence, 10% sex, most of it non-consensual, 20% crying and 20% clumsy copying from Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.
Don't bother with this. Go for Robert Jordan instead, because although his books tend to be very very slow moving indeed, he did this plot so much better.
"Ruined by Narrator"
With an audio book the choice of narrator is everything, it can bring a dull book to life, or in this case, ruin it. The dull, plodding and stilted reading of Jim Bond makes it unbearable to listen to, however good the story is, I can't bear to hear any more.
The reader of the first book was excellent, so why change?
I will never try another book read by Jim Bond!
"Good Follow On"
After listening to the first book I was eager to get started on the second in the series. I was not disappointed. The book has some very good plots although at times it can get distracting following the many threads of story running through the book.
I founds some of the "sex scenes" a little cringe-worthy and slightly unnecessary to tell the story of the book. The characters get portrayed as base urge driven which although gives the characters more depth could make those of a less open disposition to be put off from continuing.
I also found this book to draw a great deal of parallels from the Wheel Of Time Series of book by Robert Jordan. In a way this is good because I enjoyed the wheel of time series and this book is in a very similar vein. The negative from this is that I find my self drawing too many parallels and hope the remaining of this series is no so closely linked. Only time will tell...
All in all... worth a read/listen.
"Sword of Truth"
I am following the Sword and I find the narrator extremely good. It is easy to listen too - even when I am falling asleep. Would recommend that you start with Book 1 however, to get the full subtleties of the plot as they do switch back and forth.
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