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
Though it picked up a little later on, this was a generally dreadful performance of the book. The reader had a range of three tones, and never used more than two in the same paragraph.
That aside, Goodkind's stories are good enough and one can ignore some of the more excruciating prose.
The story was great, but the narration of Jim Bond was the worst I have ever heard for a long time... After awhile I was able to tune hine out and focus on the story...
Although I read these books years ago, they left such a good impression on me that I decided to re-visit them with the audible versions. The story so far (part 1 and 2) is as good as I remembered it to be. The world crafted lovingly and the characters behaving realistically, albeit annoyingly at times (said with a smile on my face). However, it is most unfortunate that the narrator was changed from the first book (I seem to recall his surname was something like Tsoutsuvas - apologies if I've misremembered his name) as this one, Jim Bond, is so patronizing. He reads this as if he is reading to a group of 5 year olds and his inflection denoting emotions is completely off. It's as if he does not think highly of the book itself, so is trying to belittle it and is therefore simply narrating for the income.
I will most likely continue with subsequent books in this series, even if Jim Bond continues to be the narrator because I like the story so much, but I will avoid any future books (another series or stand-alone) if he is the narrator.
Jim Bond has the voice of a robot. Who authorised this? They should without a doubt be fired and burnt at a stake. Terrible.
I have read a physical copy of this book before and very much enjoyed it. The Narrator of the first book in this series was exceptional, Jim Bond however did not do this story justice. His monotone voice and lack of emotion make it difficult to discern one character from another at times and can break the flow of an otherwise engaging story.
I loved book one, but I will never again purchase or listen to an audiobook narated by Jim Bond.
"The Journy Ends Here"
Because there is no way, I can put up with this narrator for a moment longer, and that is a first for me. I tried, I really did, becuase I was interested in the future adventures of Richard Cypher and crew, but the way this man talks reminds me of a computer generated voice, and I just can not get over it, and boy did I try. The sad thing is I am not a picky person. Hence why I got this even after all the warnings, in all the other reviews. I figured I could handle it... I just never figured on how bad it truly was.
"Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"
I have never written a review before, but I have been listening to books since before Audible was hatched.
I have noticed readers voices before, but never really been put off by one. This book had me wondering if it was read by a machine, initially. After getting hooked on Wizard's First Rule, I dove into this book only to be highly frustrated by the reader's voice and inflections.
I will likely abandon the Audible copy to read it - I hope you have a different experience. I will actively avoid anything read by this narrator.
I love the series. The book is awesome, but I don't know why they couldn't bring back Sam Tsoutsouvas to do the narration. I got used to his inflections, and he seemed to be really into the story. This guy seems like he is just reading words off of the paper; sometimes it appears it's the first time he has seen the words. Where was the director?
The worst part? Zed. Sam Tsoutsouvas gave a great voice to Zed. Jim Bond turned him Irish for some reason. When I thought of Zed, I didn't picture him as Darby O'Gill.
Anyways, the story is still great, and if you can ignore the narration and just listen to the story for what it is, it's still a decent purchase.
"Good read, bad listen"
The story is very well written but horribly read.
When I first started listening I thought something was wrong with my speakers. I am unable to listen more than 20 minutes before I MUST go to the hard copy.
The narrator drones on and on. I have difficulty telling male voices from female voices. Richard's voice makes me think of John Wayne and the Mudpeople are depicted as native sometimes robotic, like they are speaking broken english, though they are in fact speaking in there own language and then being translated by Kahlan. I am disappointed to learn this narrator is used again in this series. His lack of emotion and pathetic attempt of the characters makes it a very hard story to follow.
The story is very similar to WoT. But this narrator is no Michael Kramer. Jim Bond should keep to narrating westerns and mystery novels, keeping "The Duke" out of the middle ages.
If the many other narrators are as horrible as Mr. Bond, it's a good thing I have the series in hardcover.....bring back Sam Tsoutsouvas PLEASE
If I were reviewing the book itself I would have rated this story much higher. But as you can tell from my review, I am unable to enjoy this epic fantasy narrated by a man better suited for the westerns, mysteries and boring self help instruction books, he is better known for narrating.
"Good Narration Makes All the Difference"
I was so eager to continue with the series that I immediately downloaded the second book. Unfortunately the narrator is not as good as the one who read the first book in the series. I'm only one hour in and I'm hoping it will improve but so far the narrator can not maintain a consistent accent for the character's voices and it has become a distraction. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will get better.
"I really should have checked the reviews first..."
I never occurred to me that they would have changed readers. I quite enjoyed the first reader. He brought an added dimension to the novel. I was expecting to hear him when I hit play and found myself extremely disappointed. I keep hoping that Jim Bond will improve. But after over 2 hours his voices remain a mixture of indistinguishable or unnatural. His reading of the narration is stilted at best. I find myself wondering if anyone at the publishing company *listened* to him before they hired him.
I really wish I'd checked the reviews before buying this book. I will force myself to finish listening because the story is actually interesting.
I wish all of the publishers of audio books took the care in hiring their readers that Recorded Books does. (Their stable of readers is consistently the best I've encountered.)
"Good Book - Terrible Narration"
It felt as if it was narrated by a Speak-n-Spell.
I would have given this book a 4 stars if it was someone like Sam Tsoutsouvas, Gerard Doyle or even John Lee who had narrated it.
But Jim Bond made it almost insufferable. Sorry, won't be buying any more narrated by mister Bond, Jim Bond.
"Sword of Truth "Hurts My Ears" - Book 2"
I can't take it... I quit listening. This Narrator's reading would make a great SNL skit! Is this guy immitating a text to speach program? I have never stopped listening to an audio book because of the narrater... Until now. OMG is this guy terrible. Run away, spare yourself the torment and money, buy the book if you must, but this narrator is all time worst. How much does this gig pay... If he is any indication of necessary talent... I may have second career. He pro-nounces-every word as if he were reading to a 4 year old... or alien just arrived from another planet.
"See Spot Run is the feeling that I get."
I listened to about 20 minutes.. Putting it down right away! WoT is what I listened to last summer, and then the Gunslinger the summer before that. Not to mention Lian hearn etc.. All had great readers, this one here I just can't jump on. And I noticed that there are many different readers for this series. No fun at all to re-learn the characters through every book. Also very similar to WoT. Richard is entertaining but Mat and Perrin and Rand are much more interesting. I'm moving on to something else. I find it very important to have readers that sound very similar. the gunslinger, for example, had 2 different readers and you could barely tell the difference. Sorry guys.
"Terrible robotic narration"
This is a brilliant book, the strongest in the series in my opinion, but the only person to enjoy this narration would be someone addicted to text-talk handsets
Ever get your handset or computer to read out a phrase to yourself? This sounded like Siri's less talkative and educated cousin was reading it, simply awful, I managed 15 minutes before deleting it. why change from the narrator of the first book?
If you want an example of excellent narration try the Wheel of Time series, the narrators bring characters to life, this reading sadly was more of the nail in the coffin of the Sword of Truth series
"Excellent second book"
This was a really good follow up to the first one in the series. Often the second book can be weaker, but not in this case. This really continued the story on, and took some original twists and turns. I've already got book 3, blood of the fold.
"Awful narration!! Not worth one star!"
I love this book and so I was amazed at how such a great book could be ruined by such bad narration. The reader puts emphasis on odd parts of sentences and words making it unbearable to listen to. I gave up after 5 mins of hoping it would get better. I don't normal write reviews but I had to comment on this waste of a credit that I always look forward to using!
"good follow up book but narrator is horrific"
If you enjoyed wizards first rule then you'll enjoy this follow up story in the series.
But seriously consider reading the story instead of listening to it.
There's a change of narrator, this is a bit jarring at first but ordinarily you could get used to it after a chapter or too (Dune changes narrator frequently and it's fine after a while). This narrator however is beyond terrible. He had a horrific, wooden voice and doesn't seem to have learnt how sentences are spoken. He pauses all over the place and never reads a sentence in full, his tones of voice used to represent certain characters are extremely off puting and don't seem to match the characters (Zed is particularly bad, Darken Rahl also ridiculous).
Thankfully they seem to have a new narrator for book 3.
"The narrator put me off."
I listened to the wizards first rule and I was very happy with the narrator for that book. I really wish they didn't change the narrator for the second book. By the looks of it there is upto 5 different narrators over the whole series... I don't understand the logic behind this.
Each narrator has a different style of reading and it's off putting to change narrators between books. I can't be the only person who feels this way.
All that aside I really enjoy this series.
"great book bad narrator"
love the book but I am not a fan of the narrator he murdered some of the characters the way he potraid them
"Great Story, not the best delivery."
Love the story and it's many layers. The delivery is a little dull and unnatural however.
"Disgusting robotic aweful narrator"
It's such a shame that this amazing story is ruined by a narrator who is so bad, robotic and incapable in changing his voice into the different character personality. If you buy a PDF version of this book and run it through a reading software would be better!
I want to know how the story ends so I will bear with it but I really had much higher expectations from audiobooks in audible.
Once again truly disgusting narration that is starting to make me sick every time I hear this annoying robotic voice!
I have read the book along with this recording and have found that there is a small but vital part to that particular part of the story it is around chapter 65 somewhere. also the reader used different words that what terry good kind has written, though few and I allowed as little mistakes. still though it would be noticeable if listeners read along with the story. the first book was read better and I enjoyed listening to the reader it is a shame that he did not continue to this book too.
"wonderful series of books"
a wonderful series of books beautifully written and works wonderfully as an audio book now buying the next in the series :-)
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