War, monsters, and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Kahlan can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.
Terry Goodkind, author of the brilliant fantasy bestsellers of the Sword of Truth series, has created his most masterful epic yet, a sumptuous feast of magic and excitement replete with the wonders of his unique fantasy vision.
Epic edge: listen to more in the Sword of Truth series.
©1996 Terry Goodkind; (P)1999 Brilliance Audio
"A complex epic fantasy that crackles with vigor and magical derring-do." (Publishers Weekly)
"Buck Schirner is an adept reader, expert at rendering this vast, glittering tapestry of a world." (Library Journal)
I am very pleased to say that this is the first book in the series to live up to the hype. I found myself listening to the book even when I wasn't at the gym or driving, which is a good indicator of a book that draws you into the story.
I think the main factor that made this book worthwhile was the stories of the supporting characters. The intrigues at the Palace kept me wanting to find out more, and I think that Verna and Warren, as well as many of the supporting characters, show far more depth than we've seen in previous books.
Ann, Nathan and Zed's plot line was also fun to follow, and this is the first book where I really began to like Zed (I think the poor narration in the first book gave me a dislike for his character). I think that Nathan might prove to be a very interesting character as well, if he's given the right plot lines.
Even Richard's plotline was interesting, as in this book they finally appear to make consequences for some of the more idiotic things he does (although in the end it ended up being the perfect thing for him to do, but for a while they seemed to be slightly more realistic with him).
One of the best advancements in this book was the villains. The sisters of the dark's plotline kept me intrigued, and I couldn't wait to get more details on the Emperor (what powers did he have, what supporting characters did he have on his side), as well as the BoTF plotline.
My only hope is that the rest of the series is like this one, and not like the first two. If so then my faith in TG will be restored, as it was nearly destroyed by the first two books.
One note; did I hear correct? Ann's horse was named Bella? And TG says he never read WoT!
My Biggest Complaint on this Book is the Nararator.... It would help if he would have listened to the previous "3" books before trying to read this one.... In the first 2 1/2 minutes of the book I was in Awe as to how many times he can pronounce a name wrong. As I progressed through it I come to find out the guys is completely inept at pronunciation. He can't say a name the same way twice. He NEEDS to listen to previous works before attempting to read a continuing Saga.I am 2 hours into the first part of the book and am debating getting hard copy so i dont have to listen to him Butcher this Book any further. I am disappointed beyond all recognition and if I ever see a book in my list with this Nararator I WILL NOT LISTEN TO IT.This book needs to be re-read by a compitent Nararator. I Love the Series, But this Nararator is not the best choice. I cant wait for this book to be Over so i can hear the next Book from a more Adept Nararator..
Blood of the Fold is an outstanding continuation of the Sword of Truth series. The narrator is OK. Normally I don't write reviews; however, I saw a couple of other very unfair and negative reviews so I want to, so to say, 'shed some truth'. I have a 2-hour commute to work and only good audio books make the time bearable. The narrator isn't great but he's not terrible, and without a doubt, much better than any Kindle-like auto-reader (duh!)
OK, I got hooked with "Wizard's First Rule", and bought the next two books right away. I had to really struggle through the 2nd book because of the terrible narration. The story was great, but the narration of Jim Bond was the worst I have ever heard. On a scale of 1 to 100, I wouldn't have given him even a 007. After forcing myself to listen to this guy for over 38 hours, I couldn't wait to start "The Blood Of The Fold", becase I knew it had a different narrator and knew it couldn't get much worse... Well, it did. After less than 15 minutes I had to turn it off. Not only does Buck Schimer pronounce names differently, his voice just grates on you, and to top it off... He has a lisp! I couldn't take it any longer. I don't know who chooses the narrator for these books, but what would have been wrong with keeping the same guy for all of them? Then I looked, and books 4 and 5 both have a new and different narrator. What's up with that? Are they just trying to run off their listeners? This book is probably as good as the others, but I am afraid I will have to buy it in paper form and read it to find out.
Well I didn't last past chapter 2. I just can't take it anymore. I think I could stay with the story even though it has clearly ripped off Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series. BUT THIS NARRATOR IS THE WORST I HAVE EVER HEARD IN ANY AUDIO BOOK I HAVE LISTENED TO...EVER Brilliance Audio did not do Goodkind any favors here. Book 2 was a little tough with the narrator but Schimer's lisp is too much to take. Nice to know he is reading aloud to work on it but I would suggest he work on it some more before he goes Pro as a narrator....
Very Disappointed I was looking forward to a long series but both the book 2 narrator and this guy repeat in the series...so Moving On to something else
I have liked this entire series but think that the Blood of the Fold is the best book thus far in the series. The book is fast paced and holds your interest. Each book has an ending rather than a continuing story.
A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!
After listening to this book I have decided to stop listening to this series. As mentioned in a previous review this series rips off The Wheel Of Time so obviously that it makes it hard to enjoy. At times I would laugh out loud because I couldn't believe that anyone could take so much from another author's work. The narrator is the best one in the series thus far. I hope he does more work with a better series.
i like Sci-Fi & Epic Fantasy with a little romance mixed in
Yes! it was a good story of magic in a fantasy world
The Wizards Keep
Narration of the people in the story
yes it has one
epic story. horrible narrator.
the narrator from the first book was GREAT, but the one in second book was iffy and this one is terrible. i fear how the next one will be if this trend continues.
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