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Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2 | [Terry Goodkind]

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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    Chuck Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-01-09
    Chuck Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-01-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable Listen"

    While I at first agreed with all the negative reviews I now feel obliged to disagree respectively. At first (especially after having listened to Wizards First Rule narrated by Sam Toutchivis sp?) I tended to agree but after the 3rd part of 5 I am really ejoying Jim Bonds narration.

    I think that the change of narration is an annoyance but Jim Bond is talented and technically different but does a fine job of deliniating the character representations and a pleasure to listen too.

    There is a bit of a "computer generated" vibe to the narration but not as much of a distraction as some note.

    I would not pass on this Audible based on the reviews and furthermore allow time to get used to a new narrator and you will be pleased.

    Regards. Another great read by Terry Goodkind.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Campbell, CA, USA 08-06-08
    Donald Campbell, CA, USA 08-06-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Better"

    I'll start by saying that the narration does seem better than in the first book. The writing has also become much better, mainly in the fact that he has finally begun creating a world, as opposed to the random seeming locations in the first book.
    While this was much better, there were still some flaws. The first is that I can still sum up most of the story by the following: Richard does something idiotic, it ends up being the exact thing he needed to do, everyone tells him how great he is. I thought with the introduction of the sisters that this would change, but it does not.
    Next, one reviewer said that it is unfair to compare this series to Jordan's WoT (which had 5 books complete when this series started), but how can you not. Nearly every new character type is directly taken from Jordan. Sisters of the Dark=Black Ajah, Blood of the Fold = Whitecloaks, Aes Sedai=Confessors (1st book) & Sisters (2nd book), both even having novices and sisters, long lives and live on an island, Darken Rahl=Ishmael, Mord Sith=Sul'dam (first book) & Maidens (second book on), Pebble in the pond=Ta'Veren, etc., etc.
    I'll admit that most authors borrow from others, and even Jordan took from LoTR and Dune, but he took basic principles and character sets and built from them. Goodkind takes nearly every concept from WoT and just changes the name (with Blademasters he did't even do that). As I'm hungry for more epic fantasy I could be fine with this, but the main issue is that, unlike WoT, LoTR, SoI&F etc., in this series you don't care about the main character. As of book 2 there is no character that I really couldn't wait to hear about. Richard's arrogant, Kahlan is boring and neither have any depth. The depth of the characters is what makes reading 100 pages of description setting up a single scene worthwhile. With boring characters it becomes a chore.
    I'm on book 3 now, and I really hope that it continues to improve.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    matthew newberg, OR, United States 04-06-12
    matthew newberg, OR, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst Narrator Ever!!!"
    Would you listen to Stone of Tears again? Why?

    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!


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

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What would be the tag line be? wow


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. Great series and an amazing Author.

    TERRIBLE NARRATOR!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jody amarillo, TX, United States 04-03-12
    Jody amarillo, TX, United States 04-03-12
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    "narrator sounds like a computer generated voice"
    Where does Stone of Tears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10


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

    other books in the series


    How could the performance have been better?

    if the guy didn't talk through his nose and sound like a robot


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the whole of the book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Batavia, OH, United States 03-28-12
    Katie Batavia, OH, United States 03-28-12
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    "I love this book, but the reader almost ruined it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stone of Tears to be better than the print version?

    Never!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard of course! He is so caring and strong even when confronted with very difficult tasks.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Bond?

    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!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Kahlan is forcing Richard to put on the collar. I love that part, but it was too mild in the narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 03-10-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "A GREAT SERIES!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Stone of Tears the most enjoyable?

    I WANTED TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    RICHARD,HE IS THE BRINGER OF DEATH


    Which scene was your favorite?

    THE FINAL CHAPTERS


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    THE BRINGER OF DEATH


    Any additional comments?

    BOOK ONE AND BOOK TWO IS AWESOME,STARTING BOOK THREE.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Mesa, AZ, United States 08-12-11
    Sarah Mesa, AZ, United States 08-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Bad narrator"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SciFi Fantasy Fan Porterville, CA United States 05-16-10
    SciFi Fantasy Fan Porterville, CA United States 05-16-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Sam Tsoutsouvas????"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica I March West Lafayette, IN United States 04-04-10
    Jessica I March West Lafayette, IN United States 04-04-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Ditto from James"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joey Chicago, IL, United States 04-02-10
    Joey Chicago, IL, United States 04-02-10
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    "Another review against the narrator..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Yoda voices!"

    This is the best book in the series (perhaps the last three are as good) but sadly the narrator often makes every woman character sound a bit like a relative of Yoda. It's a shame that it's not dual narrated like Robert Jordan's Gathering Storm which was superbly narrated. Still, I am enjoying listening to it, hence 4 stars.

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