The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for 3,000 years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.
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©1997 Terry Goodkind; (P)1997 Brilliance Audio
The narrator kept calling the characters by the wrong names!!! It was very frustrating because it would throw me off everytime. I had to make a mental note everytime he said Collin he meant Kahlan. I wonder what Terry Goodkind would say about this. Didn't someone review this before they put it on Audible?? I think the narrator Sam Tsoutsouvas who read Wizard's First Rule was the best!!! His narration was captivating.
The narrator should have at least listened to one of the prior books. He is a poor narrator and has a poor sense of the characters. His vocal stylings more adapted to gangster novels than to epic fantasy. His insistent determination not to pronounce names in the same manner as written is more than disconcerting it is offensive.
The novel itself is a small jewel and deserves better treatment by the voice talent.
I would rate the novel as a 5 and the narration as a 1-. Thus the average is 3 out of five.
Like most people I have been ensnared by this series. Terry Goodkind knows how to weave a magical tale; however it is totally butchered by Dick Hill's narration. If you can get past the fact that this gentlemen mispronouces Kahlen's name often calling her different variations of Colin then it is worth listening to. I found myself every two minutes having to remember who Colin is!! Lucky for us he only narrates one of this series. It is amazing to me that the editors let this go. It is a long book and how do you not realize the mispronunciations!! I still enjoyed the story and will continue to purchase these books as long as Dick Hill is NOT the narrator!!
These stories are very good and deserve to be read by someone who cares about the story. I have enjoyed many stories over the years where the same narrator is used start to finish and it makes such a HUGE difference in the enjoyment of the story that is almost unmeasurable. Anyone who can't be bothered to even check the main character name pronunciation when starting in the middle of a series should not be considered for the job. If there is a QA team that listens before the story is brought to it's audience then they too should be replaced. Barring this - as always, the story will capture you and keep you wanting more. I highly recommend the story to anyone who enjoys the world of Fantasy.
I love this series of books. I find it a little disturbing when the narrators change from book to book in a series, but that can be okay if they are good narrators. But this narrator is really terrible. He doesn't pronounce the names of the characters correctly, and he made my favorite character "Zed" sound stupid with a really, really, exaggerated accent. I am almost to the point where I am thinking of finding a spoiler of this book so I can quickly move on to the next without having to listen to this guy anymore. The story itself is wonderful, the series is wonderful, so far, but I would buy the book of this one and leave the narration to yourself, you will be better satisfied.
Unfortunately, I started the series and so it has to be finished. I say unfortunately only because the audio in this series is terribly inconsistent. The audio for this SPECIFIC book in the series is the worst ever!
The narrator actually mispronounces the names of main characters over and over. Meaning, the narrator not only starts the book with his own twist on announcing the names of principal charaters but then goes on to pronounce the same name differently later on. Then he switches back and forth!!!! What! It doesn't make sense and it is frustrating. Yes, I had read the reviews before I bought this title. Unfortunately for me, I wanted to continue the series and now have to trudge through it. It's horrendous.
I have enjoyed the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind - I am afterall on Book 5 of the series.
The one disturbing element I have encountered is due to the change in narrator that came with Book 5 - Temple of the Winds. I am disturbed by the fact that the narrator pronounces some of the character and place names differently than what I heard in the first 4 books. Even the name of one of the main characters - Kaelin. It has gone from Kay-lynn to Collin. This may be a minor point to some, but it continues to bother me.
Troy, you are right.In the beginning, Im wondering who the heck is Colin? Some new character? Someone we have never met? No, just a real bad reader. Obviously, this was never editted by audible, or they would know that Terry Goodkind had intended that the name be pronounced correctly.(KAY-LIN). I doubt the narrator even listened to ANY previous copies of the books, so as to keep continuity to the story.I've been listening for 10 minutes,confused as to who Kara was talking to and had to stop to read the reviews, something I hardly do, as not to have my impression of the book tainted by positive or negative reviews. Do you think the narrators even care what we have to say? Probably not. I understand he reads Book 5 too...YAY!!!! Switching from one narrator to another in a long series is something that I am used to. They usually pronounce the names right, but come on Dick, next time...do alittle research before hand and avoid these negative reviews, that is, if you even care. Good luck people tolerating this title and the next one.
I thought the story was good but it could have been better a hole lot better. In the first 3 books the main female was called Kalin not colin like in the temple of the winds. I'm suprised when they made this recording nobody caught it.
The story holds up but the reader pronounces Kahlan's name as though it were Colin and it threw me off every time. I had to keep translating it in my mind. It was rather annoying.
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