The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for 3,000 years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.
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©1997 Terry Goodkind; (P)1997 Brilliance Audio
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.
"Good book, poor narration"
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.
"Wow, this narrator really ruined this book"
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.
"Hate the Narrator"
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.
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.
"Please no more Dick Hall"
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.
"Her name is Kahlen not Colin!!"
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!!
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.
"Temple of the Winds"
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.
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.
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.
"whats with the narrator?"
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...
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.
"The best yet"
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.
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.
"amazing book! only one niggle!"
fantastic book, only issue i had was how the narrator pounced kaylen's name. other than that it was very well read!
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.
"great book, not so great narration"
the 4th book in the series and another great addition, unfortunately having listened to the 3 previous books it became awkward when this narrator decided to pronounce the names differently, I am unsure how they are supposed to be pronounced but with it changing on book 4 it's harder to keep track as I think they are talking about a different character. But overall a pretty solid narration.
"Best story in the series so far!"
I think this book is the best story in the series so far. There are far more story lines woven together well.
Narrator still wooden at start but gets better. Kahlan sounds more like Colin at the start lol
loved it. Excellent narration and wonderful story as expected from Terry Good kind. so imaginative.
I love these books so far but it is a little upsetting that they use a different narrator for each book and the fact the narrator for this book can not pronounce 'Kaylin' properly is very annoying.
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