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The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus | [Terry Goodkind]

The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.
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Publisher's Summary

In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

A Message from the Author

First and foremost, I'm a storyteller. Now, by producing what I write, I have a better, more creative and involving way to bring you books.

Stories have been with us since the dawn of mankind. Long before people invented writing, they told stories around the fire. Fantasy was born under the stars as parables of man's place in a mysterious universe. Later those stories were set down on clay tablets, and then scrolls and animal skins, and later yet, in the last, thin sliver of story-telling history, produced on the printing press. Stories in spoken form were only recently able to be recorded so people could listen to them at their convenience. Comic books and graphic novels told stories with words and drawings. When film came along, stories became movies.

The important thread through every form in which stories are told is the story itself.

I have long wanted to tell the story of Magda Searus, the First Confessor. Because this is such a special book, I wanted to bring it directly to readers myself. Now, I'm able to do that and be more directly involved in the entire process than was ever possible before.

I wanted to be involved in every creative aspect of the book, in its design, in the way it is promoted, in its presentation, in the messaging about it, and in selecting the talent for the audio edition. I wanted this story to come directly from author to reader, without the heavy filter of publishers.

By creating this audiobook myself I was able to have much more direct input with selecting the voice talent and with the time and care spent on final production.

I was willing to forgo a major publishing advance and absorb its expense, because I believe so much in the story within.... I wanted to present this story artfully, with innovation, vision, and passion that only I can bring to its production. I wanted to help breathe life into it the way I knew could be done. Most of all, I wanted to show that with, my creative input, the story you are about to listen to could be a remarkable, memorable, exciting experience the way I envision it.

Journey with me on this new path and let me tell you a story you have never before imagined and will never be able to forget.

As many of you know, when Richard was taken to the Old World he was told what to carve, how to carve it, where it would appear, and when. It was all out of his hands. What did he do? He carved his own statue, his own way, and revealed it on his terms, one man taking his work directly to the people. The First Confessor is my statue, my own creation through and through. The subtitle could very well be "It's my life. I am rising up and living it." Welcome to the New World.

We selected the best talent we could find to give Magda's story a memorable voice. I sincerely hope that you enjoy listening as much as I have enjoyed creating it. Thank you all for your trust and your support.

- Terry Goodkind

©2012 Terry Goodkind (P)2012 Terry Goodkind

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    Ryan 02-27-15
    Ryan 02-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "needs to be edited again needs to be edited again"

    the performance was good, Kellie Fitzgerald worked hard on this piece and you can tell because sometimes the editor did such a bad job you get to hear multiple takes. It is seamless however so hearing the same line repeated with only the slightest variation of inflection is the only way you can tell.

    Here is the deal with this book:
    The story is good, there is suspense, great characters and even some amazing cut scenes. however, it is muddled through and often times feels like TG is trying to reach a minimum word count on an essay. TG is great with description, creating imagery and developing characters you like and characters you don't, but it is all slightly bloated.

    Having read just about everything I can by TG I can honestly say, in my opinion TG is a really good writer working with a really bad editor. So when the audio editor messes up (alot) it detracts greatly from any overall enjoyment the rest of the talent work hard to ensure. I spent more time being amazed when 10-20 mins went by without a mistake than I did being amazed by the story.

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    Susan Vicksburg, MS, United States 02-26-15
    Susan Vicksburg, MS, United States 02-26-15 Member Since 2012

    "Without work nothing grows but weeds." (Pres. Hinkley)

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    "I loved it; it left me wanting more"

    The best books always leave me wanting to read everything I can get my hands on by the author. This book has left me wanting to read all of Terry Goodkind's books.

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    Joshua Mate 02-23-15
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    "Many mistakes"

    More than 10 mistakes in the reading of the book. Very distracting. I don't have eight more words to say.

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    Amazon Customer 02-16-15

    I love switching back and forth between reading and listening.

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    "Standard fare... same story, different names"

    He spins a familiar yarn. The bad guy is flat and not believable. The downsides to the Confessor's powers are glossed over, and the acceptance of Lord Rahl too pat. There is less preachiness and less offensive libertarian-fascist ideology in this one, but none of the sweetness of naive love nor awe and wonder with the magic It is Not _Wizard's First Rule or any of the Richard books.

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    Nora COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 02-14-15
    Nora COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 02-14-15 Member Since 2015

    I have a long commute during the week and listening to great novels always help the time go by more quickly. I love this website!

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    "Terrible"
    What would have made The First Confessor better?

    Another narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

    Don't know, maybe if they used another narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kellie Fitzgerald?

    Susan Erickson


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The First Confessor?

    All the boring descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed that I can't get my money back for this one!

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    Laura B. Daly us 02-12-15
    Laura B. Daly us 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book"

    The narrator in this book was perfect. I wish she had read all the other books. Granted that may have been odd since the other books had so many male characters but she had the perfect amount of emotion for each role. I wish there was another book to keep the early confessors story going.

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    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 02-05-15
    Jonathan montreal, QC, Canada 02-05-15 Member Since 2012

    There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island.(Walt Disney)

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    "one of the best female narrators i have heard !"

    Excellent audiobook,one of my favorite of Terry Goodkind.excellent quality audio in enhanced format. too bad she didnt narrate more books.Sam Tsoustsouvas is also excellent though.It would be nice to explore more the temple of the winds magic in a future book maybe...

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    no 08-06-14
    no 08-06-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "An excellent prequel"

    The First Confessor is an excellent prequel to Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. It tells the story of Magda Searus The First Confessor, War Wizard Barracus and Wizard Merrit The first Seeker. It is well narrated by Kellie Fitzgerald. The First Confessor goes into more depth about the war between the New World and the Old World and Magic versus Non-magic and reveals the truth behind the Confessors, The Sword of Truth, Dreamwalkers and the Book of Counted Shadows. Can be a little long winded at times but still an excellent listen and at a great price when you have purchased the e-Book and use Immersion Reading. Fans of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series should love this Audiobook.

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    amber 07-12-14
    amber 07-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to The First Confessor again? Why?

    Yes, because I love Terry Goodkind and the characters and world he has created.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Confessor?

    When Magda went before the council bloodied by her ordeal with the dream walkers and had it out with the ignorant men.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. Kellie Fitzgerald was the wrong person to narrate.


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

    of course. There were many.


    Any additional comments?

    I suggest finding Nick Sullivan and getting him to redo all of Terry Goodkind's novels and doing all future ones. He is the best narrator in the history of narration.

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    deb 07-06-14
    deb 07-06-14
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    "narrator takes no pride in her work"
    What did you like best about The First Confessor? What did you like least?

    the audio problems seriously detracted from this book. there have been other audio books in this series where the narrator fails to learn how to correctly pronounce a word used in previous books, like Kara (/kara/ v. /cara/), Kahlan (/kay-lin/ v. /kah-lin/, Aydindril (/eye-den-dril/ v. /ay-din-dril/) and the individual names of the mud people, and other minor characters and certain minor places, but they were minor characters so not as distracting.

    However, this narrator not only continuously mispronounces D'Haran and D'Hara (often pronouncing it /daran/) - completely leaving out the H sound, but isn't even consistent in how she pronounces it during the narration. other than the very annoying issue of HOW do you leave out the H sound when it is emphasized in the spelling, someone who takes pride in their work would at least make a note to themselves in how they pronounce a word so they were at least consistent. also, at the beginning of the book, the narrators toneless voice fit the scene - it was a time of mourning, but the same toneless voice throughout is grating. then there were the issue of where they picked up after a break and the sound level changes drastically. very difficult book to listen to despite a good story


    What didn’t you like about Kellie Fitzgerald’s performance?

    she takes zero pride in her work, mispronouncing words that she should have checked how all the other narrators pronounced the word, but even without checking - D'Hara is most definitely not pronounced Dara


    Any additional comments?

    is it really that hard to prep the narrators to use the same pronunciations throughout the series? using different pronunciations of very central characters - Kara and Kahlan (there was also lack on consistency in how the names of the mud people were pronounced), and central places like D'Hara and Aydindril are pronounces is a detracting annoyance and would have been very simple to fix

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