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In Wizard's First Rule, Richard Cypher's world was turned upside down. Once a simple woods guide, Richard was forced to become the Seeker of Truth, to save the world from the vile dominance of Darken Rahl, the most viciously savage and powerful wizard the world had ever seen.

He was joined on this epic quest by his beloved Kahlan, the only survivor among the Confessors, who brought a powerful but benevolent justice to the land before Rahl's evil scourge. Aided by Zedd, the last of the wizards who opposed Rahl, they were able to cast him into the underworld, saving the world from the living hell of life under Rahl.

But the veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

If Rahl isn't stopped, he will free the Keeper itself, an evil entity whose power is so vast and foul that once freed, it can never again be contained.

Epic edge: listen to more in the Sword of Truth series.
©1995 Terry Goodkind; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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Excellent book. Good (enough) narration.

I usually don't comment or leave many reviews. But, I felt like I should since the comments regarding Jim Bond's narration almost prevented me from buying it...

Story:
I was relieved to find that it didn't seem as dark, or perhaps I'm used to the author now. In book 1 there were several times it seemed the violent/torture scenes went on too long and were to graphic/detailed.

Narration:
I thought the guy did a fine job. Yes, there are some times when he sounds like a robot, but I really don't think it is him. It sounds like recording artifacts to me more than anything else. Most of the time I listen at an increased speed and don't notice the words anyway- my imagination filling in the details. Also, I just finished the 5th audiobook and all of the books so far have had the same artifact noises where the voice is garbled slightly. It does occasionally sound like a computer generated voice.

What I did find very irritating however is having a different actor voice each book. That normally isn't very frustrating as you get used to the new voice. However, in the five books I've listened to so far, only two of the actors pronounced Kahlan's name the same.. four variations of it in five books! One was so bad (I think book 4) it sounded like he was saying colon. There were a handful of other character name's getting changed (repeatedly) by different actors, too.


In short, I enjoyed it. I liked the story more than the first book. If you hear the words as you listen, you might not like any of the books in the series. If your imagination leads the way as you listen and you enjoyed the first book, you'll probably love this one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 02-27-09

Great book; Horrible Narration

I have read all of the Sword of Truth books and really like the series. I got the first audiobook and loved it. The narrator was great with all the voices and after it was finished, left me wanting the second audiobook. Little did I know that the narrator had changed. I listened to this guy for 3 minutes and couldn't take anymore. His voice is monotoned and its almost as if a robot is reading it. Download at your own risk!!!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, not so great Narrator

I love this story and have heard it narrated before, but this one was definitely not a favorite.

It felt like the narrator was just reading the lines, not telling a story. not a very large variance in tone and a continual pace in reading made it hard sometimes to understand which character was talking. The narrator read way too quickly, not taking the time to emphasize the emotion of the scenes or characters in the book. The character would say something in pain, love, etc and it would be said the exacr same way, throwing me off and less engrossed in the book. The narrator from the first book (wizards first rule), Sam Tsoutsouvas was great, you could tell he enjoyed reading the book, rather than just doing a job. This narrator seems better suited for children's books then books with intense emotions or have scenes that hold deeper meanings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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narrator sounds like a robot

the story was good although a little predictable. the narrator should stick to reading the weather for the 9 o clock news.

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Love the book! But....

Love the book but the reader was droning and not into the book.. Not to mention it was hard to pay attention to the story, when the reader clearly had no interest. But I loved the book! Did not like the person reading it.. And he did not pronounce the names of some of the characters correctly..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable Listen

While I at first agreed with all the negative reviews I now feel obliged to disagree respectively. At first (especially after having listened to Wizards First Rule narrated by Sam Toutchivis sp?) I tended to agree but after the 3rd part of 5 I am really ejoying Jim Bonds narration.

I think that the change of narration is an annoyance but Jim Bond is talented and technically different but does a fine job of deliniating the character representations and a pleasure to listen too.

There is a bit of a "computer generated" vibe to the narration but not as much of a distraction as some note.

I would not pass on this Audible based on the reviews and furthermore allow time to get used to a new narrator and you will be pleased.

Regards. Another great read by Terry Goodkind.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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I like the author but not the reader

I enjoy Goodkind's writing style but I'm afraid I don't much care for Jim Bond's reading of this volume... especially after listening to Sam Tsoutsouvas read the first book. It seems they have totally different interpretations of Wizard Zorander. I would prefer it if Audible would stick with the same reader throughout the series in the way Patrick Tull is the voice of Patrick O'Brian's books. (23 volumes)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great epic story with decent narration

This is my first review on this site though I am no stranger to writing them. The story was very entertaining and I look forward to the next book. Like Kody, I almost didn't get this book because of the poor reviews on the narrator. I eventually did get it on sale (3 for 2). Expecting the worst, I was very pleasantly surprised. I have listened to 20 some audio books and have heard a large variety of narrators. Jim Bond did fine. He used different pitches of his voice for different characters and was generally consistent. I could tell a couple of times when he started a new recording session, but it was only mildly distracting. Unless you are a very picky listener, don't let the narrator comments keep you from getting this book. I really just can't understand all the negative comments.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Narration

The story was enjoyable but the narration was a constant distraction. After the first book the narration for this one was almost unbearable.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good fanasty book

This is a good continuation of the book 1. Sometimes, I felt like it was a bit 14-year old boyish but for the most part it was fun. The narrator took a bit for me to like but he definitely gets better and by the end of the book has mastered the reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-15

Book 2 of series

What did you like most about Stone of Tears?

Good Story

What did you like best about this story?

Had read the book and this was a recap

What three words best describe Jim Bond’s performance?

Not very good

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

No as too long

Any additional comments?

Good story butt let down by narrator who spoke in a very monotone manner at times not as good as the narrators in first and third instalments

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  • Mr
  • 05-23-15

Terrible

The narration is appalling and such a let down after the first book. I cannot listen to this - back to the printed version.

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  • T
  • 05-04-15

Great story wooden narrator

The story itself is of the usual high standard come on this author but the narrator isn't a patch on the one from the previous book. This one sounds like a speak & spell.

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  • Philippe
  • 01-07-15

Great story, great narration, awful voice acting

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Bond?

Sam Tsoutsouvas, who did the first book in a wonderful manner!

Any additional comments?

The story is as always great and keeps you interested throughout the whole book. The narration by Jim Bond is great, except for the voice acting. <br/><br/>I don't like to say this, but often when he tried to do voices, tried to put emotions or feelings into them or tried making them unique, they made me cringe incredibly hard... It is either underacting, overacting or a horrible combination of the two, mostly with flat intonation. It felt like a robot who does not understand emotion/feelings, trying to emulate them. Which is an achievement on it's own, i guess...<br/><br/>It's really sad because i felt i missed a big part of the immersion because of this.

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  • Garf
  • 02-14-14

This story just gets better!

Where does Stone of Tears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 3 for sure.

What other book might you compare Stone of Tears to, and why?

I really don't like to compare stories - they should be taken on their own merits but ok, as you ask and at at push, possibly The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant but only in the scope and depth of narrative.

Which character – as performed by Jim Bond – was your favourite?

Hmm, I love his portrayal of the Mud people and their accents. Chandalen in particular who goes on his own personal journeys.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book is an enticing mix of laughter and tears in equal aspects. When war breaks out and you get to enter a certain castle with Kahlen, the visualisation is horrific!

Any additional comments?

The Sword of truth series is so far accelerating into a seriously good story. The author didn't set out to write a fantasy novel apparently. Oh well, never mind on that score, fantastic it is! He apparently set out to just write a damn good story. Mission accomplished.<br/><br/>I was happy to purchase this series through Audible and just listen away during the long commute but seriously, the books deserve pride of place in my library! I'll be buying them too.

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  • Merete
  • 12-03-13

Awful

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Well... a better story! I wasn't entirely convinced by the first book in the series but I pressed on hoping for improvement. I made it about a fifth of the way through this one and that was as much as I could stomach. Absolutely did not like it.

How could the performance have been better?

I quite liked the man who narrated the first in the series, but given how awful this one is, I wouldn't be surprised if he had actually refused to even touch this one, therefore necessitating a change of narrator. I didn't particularly mind the new narrator all that much, I just don't think he was as good as the first one. And it would have been really nice if he would have paid attention to how the previous narrator pronounced certain names, because it was really annoying to have the stress suddenly moved to a different syllable.

What character would you cut from Stone of Tears?

Oh gosh, all of them. Apart from maybe three or four people, every single character in this book is completely identical to all the others. All the men are potential sexual predators and all the women, especially if they are women with even a smidge of power are bloodthirsty animals. This book is about 50% violence, 10% sex, most of it non-consensual, 20% crying and 20% clumsy copying from Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother with this. Go for Robert Jordan instead, because although his books tend to be very very slow moving indeed, he did this plot so much better.

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  • Fleur
  • 06-23-13

Ruined by Narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

With an audio book the choice of narrator is everything, it can bring a dull book to life, or in this case, ruin it. The dull, plodding and stilted reading of Jim Bond makes it unbearable to listen to, however good the story is, I can't bear to hear any more. <br/><br/>The reader of the first book was excellent, so why change?

Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Bond’s performances?

I will never try another book read by Jim Bond!

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  • Robert Shipley
  • 04-07-13

Good Follow On

After listening to the first book I was eager to get started on the second in the series. I was not disappointed. The book has some very good plots although at times it can get distracting following the many threads of story running through the book.



I founds some of the "sex scenes" a little cringe-worthy and slightly unnecessary to tell the story of the book. The characters get portrayed as base urge driven which although gives the characters more depth could make those of a less open disposition to be put off from continuing.



I also found this book to draw a great deal of parallels from the Wheel Of Time Series of book by Robert Jordan. In a way this is good because I enjoyed the wheel of time series and this book is in a very similar vein. The negative from this is that I find my self drawing too many parallels and hope the remaining of this series is no so closely linked. Only time will tell...



All in all... worth a read/listen.

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  • PatriciaWN
  • 12-29-12

Sword of Truth

I am following the Sword and I find the narrator extremely good. It is easy to listen too - even when I am falling asleep. Would recommend that you start with Book 1 however, to get the full subtleties of the plot as they do switch back and forth.

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  • David
  • 11-02-10

Tv

Watched the TV season loved the book's love the voice of Zac loved the story great bed time listen.