• Heart of Black Ice

  • Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,012 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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better

Reader did better with this one than the first two, but the story is still lacking. Unimportant minutiae are overstressed, and scenes that should have been momentous were glossed over.

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excellent book

loved it. the writing is amazing. the characters are fun. Nicci is at her best. I love her and Nathan.

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Sweet Sea Mother!

This book gets the job done. Wraps everything up decently enough (about how you’d expect). And is serviceably written. It does everything it needs to.

Writing quality wise, it’s about at the middle of the the Bell curve for Terry Goodkind. Nothing inspired or particularly remarkable. But it was a satisfying conclusion, which is more than I can say for most book series finales nowadays.

Dropped a star for how many times Bannon said “Sweet Sea Mother”. He said it so much that it would shatter my immersion into the book.

He’s the only one who says it, he’s the only one who even makes exclamations, and he only ever says that one. It would set me off every time I heard him say it toward the end there.

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A great adventure

The Nicci chronicles is a worthy addition to the Goodkind epic masterpiece. However the centuries old Wizards are disappointing. Even Nathan Rahl shows little ingenuity. First Wizard Zeddicus Zu'ul Zorander would have devastated these antagonists.

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Excellent conclusion to the series! What's next?

The ending leaves open the possibility (likelihood?) of more Nicci & Nathan tales, as well as a sweet Bannon & Elsa spinoff! I can't wait . . . !!

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different narrator and the series would have been perfect I feel like who should have sounded like adult women sounded like tweens and vise versa although she did been with book for than the other 3 it was hard to stay focused with this narrator infound myself getting bored an my mind wondering sonic kept having to go back ....love all of the Terry goodkind books looking forward to hearing children of dahara