Heart of Black Ice

Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles, Book 4
Narrated by: Christina Traister
Series: The Nicci Chronicles, Book 4
Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
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Heart of Black Ice is the climactic conclusion to Terry Goodkind's New York Times bestselling Nicci Chronicles.

In the wake of the brutal war that swept the Old World in Siege of Stone, a new danger is forming along the coast. Taken captive by their enemies, King Grieve, along with Lila and Bannon are about to discover the terrifying force that threatens to bring destruction to the Old World.

The Norukai, barbarian raiders and slavers, have been gathering an immense fleet among the inhospitably rocky islands that make up their home. With numbers greater than anyone could have imagined, the Norukai are poised to launch their final and most deadly war.

©2019 Terry Goodkind (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Narrated with a mouthful of black ice

I have loved Terry Goodkind since I bought Wizards First Rule when it first came out. Christina Traister’s narration of his latest book makes me cringe as she destroys the characters I have followed for years. Nicci sounds like a bitter, stuck up, child that needs a good spanking, maybe that would have worked to portray her character prior to Faith of the Fallen, but not over 10 books of growth later! And Nathan, the smart, cunning, adventurous ancestor of Richard Rahl sounds like he’s suffering from the worst fit of depression possible. Traister pauses where there should be no pause, and her men sound like they are either slow and stupid, or constipated. When Utros’s lovers speak seductively to him, she makes them sound fake, as if they are trying to deceive him.
I will have to buy this book and read it twice. Once just to undo the damage of listening to this version of it, and a second time so I can actually enjoy Goodkind’s work!

My recommendation, don’t torture yourself with this narration. Christina Traister doesn’t understand the characters.

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Might be the best Nicci Adventure Yet

loved this book ❤️ a true gift for Nicci fans. Her and her companions take you all over the new and old world in some heart stopping battles who lives who dies you need to listen to this one on the edge of your seat... chalk is the best book character ever.......

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Audible ruined the series with change of narrators

Very disappointing, not only have I had to adjust to 2 different narrators, which were nothing compared to Tom (first book); now a women's voice! I cant even get into the story.... I find myself thinking of other things and cant focus. This is the worst yet! Such a waste, why would they do this to the series? Such disrespect to the author and his remarkable story. I wont continue the series, it's that bad. If they will redo the audibles correctly, like they should have done, then I will purchase and listen.

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Great story! Terrible narration…

I have listened to dozens and dozens of audiobooks and Christina Traister is by far the worst I’ve ever heard. The reading was as if she was reading it for the first time, with hesitations all over the place, unlike a professional narrator. But the worst part was her attempts at doing male voices. She sounded like a 10-year-old boy who is trying to sound (mockingly) like a tough guy.
If there are going to be more stories in the series, please get somebody better!

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Just okay

I had never read any of Terry Goodkind's stories. I only knew of him because of the tv show Legend of the Seeker which I enjoyed overall. This is my first time using Audible but I enjoyed having a story read to me. Reading them myself makes me incredibly sleepy, to be honest. Also, I really don't have a lot of free time to just sit down and read. Having the story read to me each time I got in my car was great. I just wasn't happy with how the voice actress sounded as certain character. She made one of the heroes of the story sound like an idiot that couldn't change his tones. Everything he had to say came out sounding like a question. The writing really needed some work as I get really tired of hearing the same phrases said over and over again. As an example, one of the characters continually ended her sentences with the word "boy" which made me grit my teeth. Other than that, it wasn't terrible.

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Countless!

If you love the word "countless" your book has arrived! The author uses countless a countless number of times. At first annoying then amusing. Aside from that, still much better than any of his continuations of Richard's story. Not deep, but fun.

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Missing romance. Lots of War

This book is not a typical book for Terry Goodkind. The violence in the description of the war is either much more bloody, or the lack of offset with the love of Richard and Khalan makes it more overwhelming. I read the two previous books in the series and enjoyed them. This book was like Lord of the Rings Return of the King all guts and war.

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Amazing!

This was a fantastic ending to the Nicci Chronicles. I loved the performance. I don't want to say too much, but I was happy they left it with the possibility of another book. This was the first series I started on Audible and it being over makes me terribly sad.
Anyone who has listened to the other books in this series will be satisfied with this ending.

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can't wait

Now I have to wait until another book comes out about the group. I've loved every book!

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Good ending to a great series

Enjoyed the story telling, and voice inflections, this matched well with the great storyline and all that I read so far.