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The narrator kept calling the characters by the wrong names!!! It was very frustrating because it would throw me off everytime. I had to make a mental note everytime he said Collin he meant Kahlan. I wonder what Terry Goodkind would say about this. Didn't someone review this before they put it on Audible?? I think the narrator Sam Tsoutsouvas who read Wizard's First Rule was the best!!! His narration was captivating.
102 of 102 people found this review helpful
Troy, you are right.In the beginning, Im wondering who the heck is Colin? Some new character? Someone we have never met? No, just a real bad reader. Obviously, this was never editted by audible, or they would know that Terry Goodkind had intended that the name be pronounced correctly.(KAY-LIN). I doubt the narrator even listened to ANY previous copies of the books, so as to keep continuity to the story.I've been listening for 10 minutes,confused as to who Kara was talking to and had to stop to read the reviews, something I hardly do, as not to have my impression of the book tainted by positive or negative reviews. Do you think the narrators even care what we have to say? Probably not. I understand he reads Book 5 too...YAY!!!! Switching from one narrator to another in a long series is something that I am used to. They usually pronounce the names right, but come on Dick, next time...do alittle research before hand and avoid these negative reviews, that is, if you even care. Good luck people tolerating this title and the next one.
49 of 49 people found this review helpful
I love this series of books. I find it a little disturbing when the narrators change from book to book in a series, but that can be okay if they are good narrators. But this narrator is really terrible. He doesn't pronounce the names of the characters correctly, and he made my favorite character "Zed" sound stupid with a really, really, exaggerated accent. I am almost to the point where I am thinking of finding a spoiler of this book so I can quickly move on to the next without having to listen to this guy anymore. The story itself is wonderful, the series is wonderful, so far, but I would buy the book of this one and leave the narration to yourself, you will be better satisfied.
41 of 41 people found this review helpful
Unfortunately, I started the series and so it has to be finished. I say unfortunately only because the audio in this series is terribly inconsistent. The audio for this SPECIFIC book in the series is the worst ever!
The narrator actually mispronounces the names of main characters over and over. Meaning, the narrator not only starts the book with his own twist on announcing the names of principal charaters but then goes on to pronounce the same name differently later on. Then he switches back and forth!!!! What! It doesn't make sense and it is frustrating. Yes, I had read the reviews before I bought this title. Unfortunately for me, I wanted to continue the series and now have to trudge through it. It's horrendous.
59 of 60 people found this review helpful
I thought the story was good but it could have been better a hole lot better. In the first 3 books the main female was called Kalin not colin like in the temple of the winds. I'm suprised when they made this recording nobody caught it.
27 of 27 people found this review helpful
Like most people I have been ensnared by this series. Terry Goodkind knows how to weave a magical tale; however it is totally butchered by Dick Hill's narration. If you can get past the fact that this gentlemen mispronouces Kahlen's name often calling her different variations of Colin then it is worth listening to. I found myself every two minutes having to remember who Colin is!! Lucky for us he only narrates one of this series. It is amazing to me that the editors let this go. It is a long book and how do you not realize the mispronunciations!! I still enjoyed the story and will continue to purchase these books as long as Dick Hill is NOT the narrator!!
54 of 55 people found this review helpful
I have enjoyed the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind - I am afterall on Book 5 of the series.
The one disturbing element I have encountered is due to the change in narrator that came with Book 5 - Temple of the Winds. I am disturbed by the fact that the narrator pronounces some of the character and place names differently than what I heard in the first 4 books. Even the name of one of the main characters - Kaelin. It has gone from Kay-lynn to Collin. This may be a minor point to some, but it continues to bother me.
22 of 22 people found this review helpful
The story holds up but the reader pronounces Kahlan's name as though it were Colin and it threw me off every time. I had to keep translating it in my mind. It was rather annoying.
20 of 20 people found this review helpful
The narrator should have at least listened to one of the prior books. He is a poor narrator and has a poor sense of the characters. His vocal stylings more adapted to gangster novels than to epic fantasy. His insistent determination not to pronounce names in the same manner as written is more than disconcerting it is offensive.
The novel itself is a small jewel and deserves better treatment by the voice talent.
I would rate the novel as a 5 and the narration as a 1-. Thus the average is 3 out of five.
58 of 60 people found this review helpful
These stories are very good and deserve to be read by someone who cares about the story. I have enjoyed many stories over the years where the same narrator is used start to finish and it makes such a HUGE difference in the enjoyment of the story that is almost unmeasurable. Anyone who can't be bothered to even check the main character name pronunciation when starting in the middle of a series should not be considered for the job. If there is a QA team that listens before the story is brought to it's audience then they too should be replaced. Barring this - as always, the story will capture you and keep you wanting more. I highly recommend the story to anyone who enjoys the world of Fantasy.
44 of 46 people found this review helpful
OK, just downloaded this title and am a bit bemused. I have been listening to The Sword of Truth series from the beginning and the overall thread of the story is great, but each book has a different narrator. Although this has been a little annoying between books, in this book the pronunciation of one of the lead characters, Kay-lan, has changed to Car-lan. While this is surely a minor point, it detracts quite a bit from the fluency of the series. Hopefully it will not take too long to get used to the new character name.
It is a shame that this narrator hasn't listened to the previous volumes as some very good character personality traits have been developed by previous narrators. Looking ahead in the series the narration team recycles through the earlier readers, who have obviously "got into" the story and enjoyed reading it.
Because I have only just begun listening to this book I am hesitant to rate it at all, hence the non-commital three stars, but I am sure that the story as written is as fantastic as the previous volumes and probably warrants five stars. I just hope I can overcome my dread at hearing character names being pronounced wrong...
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The book itself is just as gripping as the rest of the series. It introduces Cara and the other girls properly, characters that I simply adore. You get swept away with anguish for the main characters as they are forced to make the hardest choices yet in the series.
Despite the amazing story, the narration annoyed me to the point where it made me not enjoy the audio book as much. Is it really that hard to at least listen to how people before you pronounced names? Kahlan is not some weird version of Carla. And even if it was, after three books pronouncing the name one way you can't just change it because you feel like it. It's even more frustrating because of the name Cara. They are pronounced so similar that it is sometimes hard to distinguish who he is talking about.
I managed to ignore the problems after a while and still enjoyed the book, but I find it sad that the producers couldn't pay a little more attention to detail.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really loved this one, the best of the series so far. The different threads were balanced really well, and there was none of the drifting plot that happens in books 2 and 3. I love all the books, but this is the best so far. Downloading book 5 already.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
the narrator changed the pronunciation of the heroines name completely from the previous 3 books. Quite why that was allowed is a mystery. He pronounces certain other words in a very strange way too. it was pretty distracting at times.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I really love these books, and the narration is good. Sadly he pronounces the name Kahlan wrong... He should have listened to the others first.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Still loving the series but recapping on storyline from previously read books is tedious if I’m on book 2-3-4 i don want to wast time recapping just as the storyline picks up also i don’t think that the narrator fit the story as his tone and technique is to soft for the characters , dont be discouraged by my words tho excellent series
enjoyable but this is now the 4th narrator who evidently didn't listen to the other's before him and pronunciation of characters very different. not bad but not great.
there is a LOT of discussion about marriage in this book, not exactly what I want from high fantasy but saying that I still want to hear the next book... I wonder who's reading this one '
I love the sword of truth books. I have read all of them and now listen through the audio books.
Dick Hill has read the book well. However, he doesn't seem to have done any research on previous books or audio books. Some of the voices are completely different to previous audio books (for example Zedd). Also he pronounces Kahlan wrongly. This makes listening to the audio book very irritating especially in the beginning.
Loved it. can be a tad long winded at times.
still one of the best in the series so far.
so far this is the best narrated of all the sword of truth books I've listened to. although he does make kahlan sound a bit wet. still, it's not the monotone drivel of the last book! the story is brilliant. this book is one of my favourites of the series.
I don't care to mention much about the story in this series of books. I love them, you know what you're getting into and I'm never disappointed.
Regarding the performance of Dick Hill, he did more than all the other narrators in the past books, more accents, more expression.. But a couple things frustrated me, his voice for female characters made a lot of them sound whiney and weak. And that wasn't how i saw, or how I feel anyone should see Kahlan or Kara at least.
Lastly, a bit of advice for Audible - Use the narrations that pronounce names in the same way for each of the main characters. After getting used to hearing 'Kay-len' in the first three books, it took a really long time to get used to 'Kar-len' especially as it sounds like Collin in an US accent.
It is a marvelous story. The performance is good, but could have been improved some what by listening the previous books and attempting to remain a bit more consistent with tones and pronunciation. Still, really good listen, loved it.
I read this series when they were first released, or shortly thereafter, and I'm happy to say that the vivid portrayal of this fantasy land and people is as entertaining now as it ever was.
My only negative criticism, is that this new narrator Dick Hill is missing something which I can't put my finger on exactly. When I listen to his narration, his voices and intonation seem to be patronizing and reduce the concepts of life and death, love and hate, and all the actions thus invoked to a child's story. Perhaps he is not truly capable of immersing himself in the fantasy and so reads from a purely intellectual standpoint? I hope that future books in this series revert to the original narrator from the first two books, who was excellent, or move on to another who is a little more open minded.
It is a great entry in the sword of truth series and is performed really well by the reader.