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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.

    5 of 6 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
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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 Master!! 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 2012
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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 2013
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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 04-02-10
    Joey 04-02-10 Member Since 2008
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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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    Dave Olsen 08-30-09
    Dave Olsen 08-30-09
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    "Great epic story with decent narration"

    This is my first review on this site though I am no stranger to writing them. The story was very entertaining and I look forward to the next book. Like Kody, I almost didn't get this book because of the poor reviews on the narrator. I eventually did get it on sale (3 for 2). Expecting the worst, I was very pleasantly surprised. I have listened to 20 some audio books and have heard a large variety of narrators. Jim Bond did fine. He used different pitches of his voice for different characters and was generally consistent. I could tell a couple of times when he started a new recording session, but it was only mildly distracting. Unless you are a very picky listener, don't let the narrator comments keep you from getting this book. I really just can't understand all the negative comments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jeremy
    washington, tyne and wear, United Kingdom
    10/3/13
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    "Terrible robotic narration"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a brilliant book, the strongest in the series in my opinion, but the only person to enjoy this narration would be someone addicted to text-talk handsets


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Ever get your handset or computer to read out a phrase to yourself? This sounded like Siri's less talkative and educated cousin was reading it, simply awful, I managed 15 minutes before deleting it. why change from the narrator of the first book?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    utter disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    If you want an example of excellent narration try the Wheel of Time series, the narrators bring characters to life, this reading sadly was more of the nail in the coffin of the Sword of Truth series

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barrie
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    12/17/08
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    "Excellent second book"

    This was a really good follow up to the first one in the series. Often the second book can be weaker, but not in this case. This really continued the story on, and took some original twists and turns. I've already got book 3, blood of the fold.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Stanley, Durham, United Kingdom
    2/15/11
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    "Awful narration!! Not worth one star!"

    I love this book and so I was amazed at how such a great book could be ruined by such bad narration. The reader puts emphasis on odd parts of sentences and words making it unbearable to listen to. I gave up after 5 mins of hoping it would get better. I don't normal write reviews but I had to comment on this waste of a credit that I always look forward to using!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    Hammond Park, Australia
    1/23/13
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    "The narrator put me off."

    I listened to the wizards first rule and I was very happy with the narrator for that book. I really wish they didn't change the narrator for the second book. By the looks of it there is upto 5 different narrators over the whole series... I don't understand the logic behind this.



    Each narrator has a different style of reading and it's off putting to change narrators between books. I can't be the only person who feels this way.



    All that aside I really enjoy this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/20/15
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    "Book 2 of series"
    What did you like most about Stone of Tears?

    Good Story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Had read the book and this was a recap


    What three words best describe Jim Bond’s performance?

    Not very good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No as too long


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    5/23/15
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    "Terrible"

    The narration is appalling and such a let down after the first book. I cannot listen to this - back to the printed version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T
    5/4/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philippe
    1/7/15
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    "Great story, great narration, awful voice acting"
    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Bond?

    Sam Tsoutsouvas, who did the first book in a wonderful manner!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garf
    Essex, United Kingdom
    2/14/14
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    "This story just gets better!"
    Where does Stone of Tears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3 for sure.


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

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Bond – was your favourite?

    Hmm, I love his portrayal of the Mud people and their accents. Chandalen in particular who goes on his own personal journeys.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merete
    Denmark
    12/3/13
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    "Awful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Stone of Tears?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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