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Onetime lieutenant of the evil Emperor Jagang, known as "Death's Mistress" and the "Slave Queen", the deadly Nicci captured Richard Rahl in order to convince him that the Imperial Order stood for the greater good. But it was Richard who converted Nicci instead, and for years thereafter she served Richard and Kahlan as one of their closest friends - and one of their most lethal defenders.

Now, with the reign of Richard and Kahlan finally stabilized, Nicci has set out on her own for new adventures. Her first job being to keep the unworldly prophet Nathan out of trouble...

Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness will launch The Nicci Chronicles, Terry Goodkind's entirely new series with a cast of characters centered on one of his best-loved characters in the now-concluded Sword of Truth.

©2017 Terry Goodkind (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Narration is Extremely Subpar

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the story and the characters. It would have been better with a different narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The pacing is horrific. The narrator's voice isn't bad, but the flow of the book is choppy--whether from bad narration or shoddy audio editing, I'm not sure--and it's often difficult to tell who's speaking and to whom at any given time because there is no pausing between character dialogues.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I could only handle so much of the narration.

29 of 29 people found this review helpful

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can't finish because of the narration!

I'm into the story but I cannot handle this narrator!
she's the same one that narrated the first Confessor.
I had no problem with her on that book, but she sounds completely different narrating this book.
her inflection at the end of each sentence sounds like she wants to say DUH! so very irritating! as a huge fan of the sword of truth series it's very annoying how she pronounces the characters and places that we are so familiar with.
I'm a little over halfway finished and have decided to stop. I would rather read the book myself, which stinks because I don't have the time to read like I have the time to listen.
plus that means I have to buy the book again because I really do like the story.

39 of 40 people found this review helpful

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This person needs to stop narrating

I'm just getting this out there, I have not finished and I assume the story is good, but I can't possibly know because this reader IS SO BAD. Her rhythm, pronunciation of characters and other thing in the world of SoT is just cringe worthy. I can't focus on this book at all. I already ordered the hard back copy so I can read it when I ever get the time. It's a shame, really looking forward to this but the narrative makes it impossible for me to get into.

71 of 74 people found this review helpful

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Why Can't these Readers Check Pronunciation Before

What did you like best about this story?

It's a continuation of a familiar tale.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Traister?

Allyson Johnson but then just about anyone else would have been better.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I hope these actors are better than the one who provided narration for the audio book.

Any additional comments?

Is the author to blame for not providing then insisting these readers use a name pronunciation guide? Or is it the arrogance of the reader for feeling their way is proper regardless of the usage in most of the previous books in this universe? Whatever the cause it seriously detracts from my enjoyment of this book.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Great but...

Goodkind's great work as usual but the narrator mispronounces words and names. Very irritating. They should have used the same narrator from the Sword of Truth series.

30 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Great story wrought with mispronounciations.

All I ask is a little preproduction research. When you're reading a book spun off a 20 plus book series, please listen to a book or ask the author how to pronounce names of people, places etc. Also it's additive magic. It's simple but important. Overall the story and performance is excellent. it's just very distracting with so many mispronounciations.

Again excellent story, excellent voice, great inflections. Would have been perfect with a few hours of research.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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great book, narrator sucks

this is a great continuation of the sword of truth world, told from Nicci's perspective. loved the book, but hated the narrator. she had know clue of names or places from previous books. almost stopped so many times because her horrible narration, but told myself it was for the story and was able to finish. if Sam Tsoutsouvas would re- narrate this book i would buy it again just to hear him do it. some people might be tired of Terry explaining things but he does that for new readers/listeners and to set the scene. i love it. it let's my mind be more engaged in the story. since i drive truck it's even more encompassing to get involved in the story and let the miles go by. can't wait for the next book. thank you so much Terry for the journey to the land that started in your mind and is now in all of ours. wish i could tell you mine. i hope i can get my kids to listen when they are old enough. please keep writing!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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PROPHECY WAS NEARLY ALWAYS MISs INTERPRETTED

SWEET SEA MONSTER
This plot had so many holes, I fell through. A young man is a naïve farm boy, yet he was raised by an abusive father. His robbers are killed, but it never occurs to him to get his money from the corpses. Pearl divers wear weights to go down deep, stay 10 minutes and do it again and again for hours. Where are all these weights coming from?

RULER OF A FREE COUNTRY
I don't know what happened to Goodkind. I loved the first three books of his Sword of Truth series, but nothing since than even seems readable. Did he write those books or pay someone else to. Did he blow his wad on those and now he is washed up. It is just sad.

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  • Joe
  • Yakima, WA, United States
  • 05-18-17

Far better than previous followups.

The story was much better than the ones that followed Richard and Kalan after the main epic. Better characters and more original problems to solve. The narrator tended to over-pronounce words, and some odd timing of delivery was present. You won't have trouble understanding her though. It was very similar to Jeri Ryan as 7 of 9 on Voyager, in fact I checked to see if it was her at one point. Still, it was enjoyable and a very good start to a new set of adventures. Mr Goodkind seems to be back!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not what I'd hoped for.

Deaths mistress was one of my favorite characters throughout the sword of truth series. I was left disappointed when what could have been an epic tale turned out to be a scooby doo montage of bad monsters and villains.
Will I read the next book in this quest if there is another? Yes, I probably would :/
As for Christina Traister... she speaks with an upward inflection like she's always asking a question. Maddening when it's deaths mistress who sounds like a high school girl. She changes the names of characters and places and overall sounds unfamiliar with the genre or story line due to the way she mentions things like wizards fire or other story specific terms.
End rant.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful