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 have never written a review before, but I have been listening to books since before Audible was hatched.
I have noticed readers voices before, but never really been put off by one. This book had me wondering if it was read by a machine, initially. After getting hooked on Wizard's First Rule, I dove into this book only to be highly frustrated by the reader's voice and inflections.
I will likely abandon the Audible copy to read it - I hope you have a different experience. I will actively avoid anything read by this narrator.
Because there is no way, I can put up with this narrator for a moment longer, and that is a first for me. I tried, I really did, becuase I was interested in the future adventures of Richard Cypher and crew, but the way this man talks reminds me of a computer generated voice, and I just can not get over it, and boy did I try. The sad thing is I am not a picky person. Hence why I got this even after all the warnings, in all the other reviews. I figured I could handle it... I just never figured on how bad it truly was.
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.
The story is very well written but horribly read.
When I first started listening I thought something was wrong with my speakers. I am unable to listen more than 20 minutes before I MUST go to the hard copy.
The narrator drones on and on. I have difficulty telling male voices from female voices. Richard's voice makes me think of John Wayne and the Mudpeople are depicted as native sometimes robotic, like they are speaking broken english, though they are in fact speaking in there own language and then being translated by Kahlan. I am disappointed to learn this narrator is used again in this series. His lack of emotion and pathetic attempt of the characters makes it a very hard story to follow.
The story is very similar to WoT. But this narrator is no Michael Kramer. Jim Bond should keep to narrating westerns and mystery novels, keeping "The Duke" out of the middle ages.
If the many other narrators are as horrible as Mr. Bond, it's a good thing I have the series in hardcover.....bring back Sam Tsoutsouvas PLEASE
If I were reviewing the book itself I would have rated this story much higher. But as you can tell from my review, I am unable to enjoy this epic fantasy narrated by a man better suited for the westerns, mysteries and boring self help instruction books, he is better known for narrating.
I was so eager to continue with the series that I immediately downloaded the second book. Unfortunately the narrator is not as good as the one who read the first book in the series. I'm only one hour in and I'm hoping it will improve but so far the narrator can not maintain a consistent accent for the character's voices and it has become a distraction. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will get better.
I never occurred to me that they would have changed readers. I quite enjoyed the first reader. He brought an added dimension to the novel. I was expecting to hear him when I hit play and found myself extremely disappointed. I keep hoping that Jim Bond will improve. But after over 2 hours his voices remain a mixture of indistinguishable or unnatural. His reading of the narration is stilted at best. I find myself wondering if anyone at the publishing company *listened* to him before they hired him.
I really wish I'd checked the reviews before buying this book. I will force myself to finish listening because the story is actually interesting.
I wish all of the publishers of audio books took the care in hiring their readers that Recorded Books does. (Their stable of readers is consistently the best I've encountered.)
I listened to about 20 minutes.. Putting it down right away! WoT is what I listened to last summer, and then the Gunslinger the summer before that. Not to mention Lian hearn etc.. All had great readers, this one here I just can't jump on. And I noticed that there are many different readers for this series. No fun at all to re-learn the characters through every book. Also very similar to WoT. Richard is entertaining but Mat and Perrin and Rand are much more interesting. I'm moving on to something else. I find it very important to have readers that sound very similar. the gunslinger, for example, had 2 different readers and you could barely tell the difference. Sorry guys.
I can't take it... I quit listening. This Narrator's reading would make a great SNL skit! Is this guy immitating a text to speach program? I have never stopped listening to an audio book because of the narrater... Until now. OMG is this guy terrible. Run away, spare yourself the torment and money, buy the book if you must, but this narrator is all time worst. How much does this gig pay... If he is any indication of necessary talent... I may have second career. He pro-nounces-every word as if he were reading to a 4 year old... or alien just arrived from another planet.
It felt as if it was narrated by a Speak-n-Spell.
I would have given this book a 4 stars if it was someone like Sam Tsoutsouvas, Gerard Doyle or even John Lee who had narrated it.
But Jim Bond made it almost insufferable. Sorry, won't be buying any more narrated by mister Bond, Jim Bond.
"Terrible robotic narration"
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
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?
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
"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.
"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!
"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.
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!
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