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
The narration was quite well done, but there were certain times when the text repeated itself as if she repeated it meaning for the original speaking to be edited out. These repetitions occurred several times throughout the book.
I had the hardest time getting through it. The story is not bad, but man, AWKWARD. Awkward dialogue, awkward characters (every single one).... It was like watching high school play. At first I thought maybe a teenager wrote it. Oh, the repetitive speech! Drove me crazy. I think more thorough editing would have made the book so much better.
This is a horrible, bad listen. I finished it because I paid for it. I'm sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, which is going to make me late for work and possibly fired, and that is better than this book. The bulk of the book was composed of needless repetition dialogue, melodramatic, one-sided characters. I can only guess that the repetition was an attempt to build climatic tension, but it made the characters seem unenlightened and made me feel dumb. There was about 8 hours in the middle where two characters give talking head back story accounts meanwhile the main character asks things like, "then what did you do?"By the way, 40 minutes have gone by since I started this in stop and go traffic. I've traveled about two miles and STILL a better experience than this book.
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.
"Without work nothing grows but weeds." (Pres. Hinkley)
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.
I love switching back and forth between reading and listening.
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.
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!
Don't know, maybe if they used another narrator.
All the boring descriptions.
Very disappointed that I can't get my money back for this one!
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.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island.(Walt Disney)
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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