Chainfire

Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1, Sword of Truth, Book 9
Narrated by: Jim Bond
Series: Sword of Truth, Book 9, Chainfire Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 26 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,984 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With Wizard's First Rule and seven subsequent masterpieces, Terry Goodkind has thrilled readers worldwide with the unique sweep of his storytelling. Now, in Chainfire, Goodkind returns with a novel of Richard and Kahlan, the beginning of a sequence of three novels that will bring their epic story to its culmination.

After being gravely injured in battle, Richard awakes to discover Kahlan missing. To his disbelief, no one remembers the woman he is frantically trying to find. Worse, no one believes that she really exists, or that he was ever married. Alone as never before, he must find the woman he loves more than life itself....if she is even still alive. If she was ever even real.

Epic edge: listen to more in the Chainfire Trilogy and the Sword of Truth series.
©2005 Terry Goodkind (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Bond's somewhat understated style and relaxed, steady pace keep the story moving and help listeners sustain interest from start to finish. The characters' secrets and political maneuverings are in good hands with Bond." ( AudioFile)

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Much improved from the Naked Empire

Terry Goodkind spends less time preaching his Ayn Rand derived ideas and more time telling the story. However, there are still significant flaws. While the preaching is much reduced there it still too much of it and it is poorly integrated in to the story. He fails to allow the story to make his points and resorts to having Richard simply "preach" his points. Further detracting from the book is Mr. Goodkind's appalling lack of skill when it comes to writing conversations. It is partly this and partly due to Jim Bond's presentation. The result is that almost every conversation sounds like the village idiot lecturing a slow child. I suspect that most (not all) of the fault is Jim Bond's as Phantom read by Sam Tsoutsouvas is much more palatable. If you like the Sword of Truth series, definitely listen to this book. If you used to like this series and gave up in frustration after the debacle of the Naked Empire (and a few of the books before it), this recording though heavily flawed, is worth hearing to advance the story.

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the voice actor was actually terrible.

at point he read in an angry voice where the text specifically says something different. i am glad there is a different actor for the next book. *crosses fingers that richard isn't a know it all in this one too*

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Narrator Problem

Finishing is painstaking process with this narrator. I struggled to finish. I own the book & should have just read it.

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worst narrator

I've owned quite a few audiobooks in my lifetime and Jim Bond makes the series almost impossible to get through.

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Chainfire sputters, sparks, and eventually fizzles

There is a lot of exposition in this story and quite a bit of redundancy. Not enough happens plotwise in and it plods out like a turtle, a long and weary task for the listener (but I am sworn to listen to them all even though I question if there really is enough "meat" to justify the existence of this piece as a separate book, at least not in the form that it stands now). I would advise Goodkind to "show not tell". There are a lot of talking heads in this book and way too much "explanation/conversation". Where are the characters that we fell in love with? {We want Gratch back!} Where is the chemistry? It also feels that this book was created more for the eye than for the ear. And how many times do we have to hear the word "engendered"? I would say unless you are bound and determined to make it through these books through listening (as I am), maybe you should buy the hard copy or e-book version and read it.

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Deja vu all over again.

The speeches are long and redundant. The villains the same. Evil's tool is still the same: to threaten one member of the lovely hero couple while the other suffers. And, of course, the most powerful wizard in three thousand years is still impotent. The only time he can do anything is when the story needs him to or it will end. What's more, it's never intentional. This smacks more of divine intervention than the magic every other wizard in the story possesses. Finally, and most annoying, the story now becomes almost identical to the first book.

Poor Richard - he doesn't know magic, and he can't lay with his wife. He's tortured, poisoned, or driven to madness in every book, and Goodkind makes him give the same speech several dozen times in each book. I'm beginning to think that Goodkind thinks I'm stupid.

Don't get me wrong, I embrace his ideals, but his writing treats them inconsistently. After all, if everyone has the capacity for individual excellence, then surely Goodkind can give his readers the benefit of the doubt that they will not forget his mantra after it has been delivered several dozen times. Surely those of us that have made it to book ten get the point.

This had the potential to be a fantastic and philosophically educational epic. Unfortunately, too many sermons and too little action has destroyed it. Nevertheless, I have to see how the lovely couple suffers through their next two ordeals. Who knows? Perhaps Richard will learn how to light a candle.

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Goodkind’s nonsensical preaching is nauseating

Terry Goodkind’s nonsensical preaching is nauseating. To quote... the most ridiculous thing I have yet to hear Goodkind write...'Appearance, was a reflection of what a person thought of themselves...and therefore by extension, of others. A person crippled by self loathing or self doubt reflected those feelings in their appearance' What nonsense! I so regret buying this idiot's books. What a waste of time. I certainly worry about what I am wearing because I want other to understand, BY EXTENSION, what my choice of attire means I think of them.... With each book Terry Goodkind writes, his belief in his own knowledge and Godlike understanding, grows beyond even the limits of fiction...

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Richard, Richard, Richard...

I love the series, but find the level of importance placed on two people nausiating. Not only does the current world revolve around Kahlan and Richard, but the world going back 3 millenia has also revolved around them. I'm also quite tired of hearing this character and that character profess their preachy, undying loyalty to Richard. Richard, Richard, Richard......RICHARD, Richard, Richard. "I would sacrifice my life to ensure he doesn't stub a toe." Good grief. If any character in a book were to mimick Jesus, this would be the one. Yet...he can never use his powers. Then she can't use hers. He and Kahlan are always separated and struggling to get back to each other. It's the same never-ending story.

Having said that, I will always admire the different directions Goodkind has taken this story on other levels. There's always older, more powerful, more complex magic to be found. Ah, I love it. Goodkind has also always had the ability to bring the depths of evil and heights of good to life - make them shocking and real. He's not afraid to let the pendulum swing well beyond what other fantasy writers would.

The narration was done quite well for male voices, but the female voices were annoyingly condescending and lifeless. Let's get real, someone with a great male voice will most likely not have a great female voice. lol I really, REALLY wish companies would employ multiple narrators.

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Flash Back Horror

In this book, I got tired of hearing about everything that happened in the past. If you didnt read the first 8, Oh Well. Your Loss. But I hate to admit, you would think that Richard, after 8 books, would be kick ass, instead of a pussy. The only thing he does well is TALK, and he does too much of that. I loved the first 8 books, but this one is not so good. 2 more to go so I can endure the much unneeded dialogue to hear what happens. (I wish Kahlan would DIE)

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Long and drawn out, but the ending made up for it

Same title as my review for the last book. There are not many books I would want to listen to the abridged version, but this is one of them. The story is great and the narration is good. The story line starts with Richard losing something important to him. He gives up everything to get it back. He is faced with an haunting danger while early characters are brought back into the story. The ending gets you ready to listen to the next book.

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  • Peter Scholey
  • 12-07-15

Not the best

A bit too focused on the love story between Richard and Khalan. This is the first book in the series I got bored with at times. I know its the first part of the final trilogy of the story. I just hope the next installment gets better

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  • Tanja
  • 02-12-20

1 book dragged into 3 books...

Every scene is dragged out way more than we are used to from his other books. Ir feels like he had to make one book in to three. The narrator is very uneven in the soundlevel. Sometimes it is way too loud, sometimes almoest a whisper.

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  • Rafael V P Lima
  • 07-07-19

greatest

Astonishing, this was the best book I have been read so far. I couldn't stop listening until the end.

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  • debs
  • 01-17-18

Back on track

Found the last book tiresome but this one reignited my love for the series, hard to stop listening.

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  • JustDazza
  • 06-21-17

an exciting installment compared to previous books

an exciting installment compared to previous books which felt as if they dragged on after Temple of the winds.

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  • T
  • 07-19-15

OMG where is Kahlan!

Good narration again from Jimmy Bond licence to thrill! What is Chainfire? Hmmm... Let's see what Phantom has in store.

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  • Aimee
  • 09-07-14

Another fanastic book in the sword of truth series

What made the experience of listening to Chainfire the most enjoyable?

The suspense is thrilling, worth the wait

Who was your favorite character and why?

Khalan and Jagang, so opposite characters and both narrated with both evil and compassion

What does Jim Bond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The indepth feelings of the characters

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  • L
  • 08-02-13

Awesome series but this book was pointless

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Love the series. But this book was pure filler, could have given the reader the entire storyline of this book in the first three chapters of book 10.

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  • Charmaine
  • 04-07-13

Wonderful listen

This is a great story. Goodkind is fantastic at creating characters and a world that you really care about. The narrator is very monotone but as you get into the book you notice it less and less. It is still worth a listen because the story more than makes up for it.

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  • Gareth
  • 12-24-12

Great listen

If you've read or listened to the starting books you'll know you want to read some more, personally I found the reading better than the listening, but these are still a great listen if you don't have the hours and hours to spend reading the books

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  • Kiera Webster
  • 10-13-20

Amazing performance

I Absolutely loved the performance by the narrator. It make the book extremely enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Mordsith
  • 05-10-19

I love this series so much I read them over & over

I love this series so much I will re read them over again love it

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  • Medeeks
  • 01-15-18

Frustratingly wonderful

Absolutely frustrating for 75% of the book but that extra 25% is brilliant. Once it gets good it gets really good!

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  • Juanita Caban
  • 11-19-15

Such a good series Such a boring chapter

The story was too protracted and by the end of the book I was about ready to kill Sister Niki. The end came clarifying points but in truth it was too drawn out and too slow.

Jim Bond was his usual self being interesting, with a voice that I enjoy listening to. Well done Jim