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The Pillars of Creation

Sword of Truth, Book 7
Narrated by: Jim Bond
Series: Sword of Truth, Book 7
Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin.

Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land. Their quest turns to terror when they find themselves the helpless prey of a tireless hunter.

Exploited by those intent on domination, Jennsen finds herself drawn into the center of a violent struggle for conquest and revenge. Worse yet, she finds her will seized by dark forces more abhorrent than anything she ever envisioned. Only then does she come to realize that the voices were real.

Staggered by loss and increasingly isolated, Richard and Kahlan desperately struggle to survive. But if they are to live, they must stop the relentless, unearthly threat that comes out of the darkest night of the human soul. To do so, Richard will be called upon to face the demons stalking among the Pillars of Creation.

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©2001 Terry Goodkind (P)2001 Brilliance Audio

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WORST NARRATOR EVER

The narrators performance is robotic and borderline unbearable. Terry Goodkind’s incredible storytelling is the only thing that kept me listening. Amazing book, once again.

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Average story, great narration.

To be honest, I was expecting much worse when I read certain articles about TPoC and Book 8 being terrible, it really wasn't bad. The storyline was quite enjoyable and was a bit of a throwback to Wizard's First Rule in that everything felt new again. There was an incredible amount of filler though, waaaay too much detail and repetition in describing thoughts and surroundings. All in all, by not paying attention through filler and loving Jim Bond's performance, I enjoyed this book.

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Another great chapter to the story

Not only was the book great, but this performance was the best of the series so far. 100% recommend this version.

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Very Hard Work

What disappointed you about The Pillars of Creation?

Poor story following the previous excellent novels.

Did Jim Bond do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Found a little monotonous, struggled to listen for extended periods

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  • Wesley
  • 12-03-2016

Ruined by the Narrator

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think anyone that really enjoys a robotic style voice with improper inflections would really enjoy listening to this book.

What did you like best about this story?

Due to the narrator I liked the story being over best.

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

I think Stephen Hawkings could have read this book for us and sounded less mechanical than Jim Bond did. However, if I could have my way in the matter I would have cast almost any of the other narrators from this series...preferably Sam Tsoutsouvas, but Buck Schirner or John Kenneth would also have made it much better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pillars of Creation?

The scenes where Jim Bond is reading are the ones I would have cut...sadly that is the whole book.

Any additional comments?

Please Audible, I'm begging here, as a fan of audio books (many different genres) and a fan of Goodkind, please re-do the books narrated by Jim Bond, the man has no business narrating any books, but especially this series! I love the series, have read them all and was so looking forward to hearing them read, but it is more a torture, having to struggle through listening to Bond, than anything resembling a relaxing time listening to a beloved series.

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 11-04-2009

Detour!

If you know up front that the Richard,Kahlan, and the usual cast are not the main characters in "The PIllars of Creation" then the story is not dissapointing. They serve as the background story for most of the book until the last several chapters. This book centers around 2 other offspring of Darken Rahl, Jennsen and Oba. Rather then distracting from the series, these new characters expand and inrich the story. It starts off a liitle slow but worth listening to the end.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • 03-04-2009

The Pillars of Creation

This story took a different track and introduces new characters to the ongoing saga but this does not detract from the overall story. If the reader is patient and allows the writer a chance to provide the necessary character building it gives the end of the story great depth and understanding and provides intrigue for the next segment of this story. It also fills in gaps from the previous stories and answers some questions or ideas that have lurked from the start of this adventure.

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  • Hunter
  • 23-08-2012

The story told from the other side!!

I seen a lot of bad reviews on this book,Why? I think Terry was doing a lot of character building and the story was told from the other side, Emperor JaGangs side!!! Also tells the story of Jensen Raul... Richard and Kahlan is not in this book untill the last 7 chapters the last two hours.. Of course they saved the day and left right off from the last book. Zed and Addi shows off their powers and take out a whole army!! Overall this was a good book different from the other six but good,I think Jim Bond can do a better job on switching up his voices at times it seems their all the same.. Stay the path getting ready to start the 7th book!!!!

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  • Grady
  • 29-03-2009

Absolutely Awful So Far!

I'm about 12 hours into this book and nothing of significance has happened yet. The main character, Jennsen, acts like a complete idiot and trivial events are described in excruciating detail for no apparent reason, except maybe to make you want to pull your hair out and yell "JUST GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!" For instance, about 4 hours of the book is dedicated solely to describing Jennsen's trip to see and speak to a sorceress. The whole trip could have been adequately covered in about 10 minutes. But Goodkind makes us sit through 4 hours (about 4 days in Jennsen's timeframe) listening to graphic details of every person, tree, rock, bug, plant, flower, stream and animal Jennsen encounters or avoids while on this trip. All the while she's on this journey, Jennsen is engaged in a ridiculous and imbecilic internal dialogue about the danger she's in because she incorrectly believes that people she's never met are trying to kill her. Since the reader has presumably read all the previous books, the reader already knows, unlike Jennsen, that all of her facts and assumptions are completely wrong. Yet, we have to sit though hours and hours of her doing one stupid and unnecessary thing after another based on incorrect facts, false fear, bad assumptions and misplaced apprehension. It is extremely frustrating.

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • V
  • 30-06-2008

Change of pace

I really liked this book. I've listened to the last 6 books in the series, and was almost tired with the constant turmoil. This book was a little slower paced and didn't have as much of the main characters (Richard and Kahlan) in it; however, it delivers a wonderful subplot to the ongoing story. I actually loved this book!

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  • Clay
  • 24-09-2015

Why?

What would have made The Pillars of Creation better?

To focus on the series main characters and change the robotic sounding narrator.

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

I hope not, but I may be forced to if I continue the series.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pillars of Creation?

Honestly it's just a total deviation from the series with the different character focus, just doesn't work for me.

Any additional comments?

I really know very little about the process of turning a novel into an audiobook. However, I just don't understand how some of these narrators can get through the producer's quality control mechanism in place. How do you think Jim Bond is a good narrator and continue to use his services for the series? It's beyond me....

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael Reynolds
  • 06-03-2010

Repetitive

I have really enjoyed the series so far, but this book is really repetitive. The first 10 Chapters and the last 10 chapters tell the majority of the story. The rest of the book is Jennsen repeating what she must do, and Oba repeating how important he is, constantly reminding the reader that he likes to learn new things. However, it is interesting to see the story through new eyes other than the normal main characters.... that alone is what gives it 3 stars in my opinion. I hope the next book is better.

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  • Jennifer Robertson (O'Dell)
  • 06-06-2018

Narrator is TORTURE

The Narrator RUINED the whole experience. It's like Ned Flanders reading a scary story. Just...Noooo. Heidi-ho neighbor, I'm cracking this witch's sternum pretty good, gosh oh gee! Whatever shall I do. <<heavy sigh>> I even sped it up to 1.5x to get thru it faster. My fiance read the actual book & said it was not his fave in the series, so perhaps it's not all the narrator's fault.

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  • Matt Davenport
  • 27-02-2019

Love the book, hate the reader

Jim Bond makes another of my favorite books almost impossible to listen to. He's HORRIBLE. I wish it were possible to give zero stars for performance. It's as if he were either a robot or an alien who has never actually heard human beings speak the english language to each other in real life.

He ignores punctuation and pauses in places that make no sense and serve to change the meaning of words and sentences. His character voices are in no way believable and are frequently so off putting as to detract from the content.

The Sword of Truth series is one of my favorites but I struggle to finish any book he reads and always speed up the performance to finish faster.

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  • Hattie
  • 28-01-2014

Struggle

If I hadn't invested in 6 books up to this point I would have returned this book, although the story wasn't awful it wasn't on par with the previous books. For the most part Goodkind ignores the majority of his main characters introducing new ones that I struggled to either like or loathe. Hoping that in future books he returns to the usual suspects!

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  • Rachel
  • 08-02-2009

Unexpected disappointment

This series has been gripping and adictive for me so far, but I did not enjoy this book. I struggled through it so that I could move on to the next one. Very little of the main characters. The best advice I can give is to not keep wondering when Richard will turn up, as I did, as it is not until near the end..

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  • T
  • 24-06-2015

Good Book

I liked the new characters but was disappointed it didn't have more of Richard. Roll on the next book!

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  • Mark And Shell
  • 20-01-2015

other books in this series were wonderful.

this was a little to drawn out. I loved the last three hours. but struggled with the rest. really hopeing the next book is more like the pervious publications.

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  • Ashley Shelton
  • 04-01-2015

No more arigato Mr robato

Audio a bit robotic, as in the quality not Jim's narration. Which as ever was great.

Decent book, enjoyed the story.

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  • Aimee
  • 07-09-2014

Any one who loves might and magic with love this

What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of Creation the most enjoyable?

I like how more characters are introduced and they all seem to be related a great addition to the story

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pillars of Creation?

Finding out the characters special ability was not having magic

Any additional comments?

keep reading the other books it worth it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gareth
  • 24-12-2012

Great listen

If you've read or listened to the starting books you'll know you want to read some more, personally I found the reading better than the listening, but these are still a great listen if you don't have the hours and hours to spend reading the books.



Less Richard and Kahlan in this book but still a good listen, I was a bit unimpressed with the lead girl but I think her character fits really well with the story of her life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • 11-10-2011

A Drag

I found this book to be the worst in the series so far. It was quite repetitive in many parts which dragged the whole experience out. In all the most forgettable in the series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2019

amazing book and very well read

Amazing book and the was was read, all the characters came to life, as the story unfolded in front of you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-2019

good read

Love these books going straight on the the next one after such and epic story