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Publisher's Summary

In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power. War, monsters, and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Kahlan can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.
Terry Goodkind, author of the brilliant fantasy bestsellers of the Sword of Truth series, has created his most masterful epic yet, a sumptuous feast of magic and excitement replete with the wonders of his unique fantasy vision.
Epic edge: listen to more in the Sword of Truth series.
©1996 Terry Goodkind (P)1999 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"A complex epic fantasy that crackles with vigor and magical derring-do." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Buck Schirner is an adept reader, expert at rendering this vast, glittering tapestry of a world." ( Library Journal)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 09-26-09

Narrator... From bad to worse in this book

OK, I got hooked with "Wizard's First Rule", and bought the next two books right away. I had to really struggle through the 2nd book because of the terrible narration. The story was great, but the narration of Jim Bond was the worst I have ever heard. On a scale of 1 to 100, I wouldn't have given him even a 007. After forcing myself to listen to this guy for over 38 hours, I couldn't wait to start "The Blood Of The Fold", becase I knew it had a different narrator and knew it couldn't get much worse... Well, it did. After less than 15 minutes I had to turn it off. Not only does Buck Schimer pronounce names differently, his voice just grates on you, and to top it off... He has a lisp! I couldn't take it any longer. I don't know who chooses the narrator for these books, but what would have been wrong with keeping the same guy for all of them? Then I looked, and books 4 and 5 both have a new and different narrator. What's up with that? Are they just trying to run off their listeners? This book is probably as good as the others, but I am afraid I will have to buy it in paper form and read it to find out.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Donald on 09-05-08

Finally!!!

I am very pleased to say that this is the first book in the series to live up to the hype. I found myself listening to the book even when I wasn't at the gym or driving, which is a good indicator of a book that draws you into the story.

I think the main factor that made this book worthwhile was the stories of the supporting characters. The intrigues at the Palace kept me wanting to find out more, and I think that Verna and Warren, as well as many of the supporting characters, show far more depth than we've seen in previous books.

Ann, Nathan and Zed's plot line was also fun to follow, and this is the first book where I really began to like Zed (I think the poor narration in the first book gave me a dislike for his character). I think that Nathan might prove to be a very interesting character as well, if he's given the right plot lines.

Even Richard's plotline was interesting, as in this book they finally appear to make consequences for some of the more idiotic things he does (although in the end it ended up being the perfect thing for him to do, but for a while they seemed to be slightly more realistic with him).

One of the best advancements in this book was the villains. The sisters of the dark's plotline kept me intrigued, and I couldn't wait to get more details on the Emperor (what powers did he have, what supporting characters did he have on his side), as well as the BoTF plotline.

My only hope is that the rest of the series is like this one, and not like the first two. If so then my faith in TG will be restored, as it was nearly destroyed by the first two books.

One note; did I hear correct? Ann's horse was named Bella? And TG says he never read WoT!

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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 08-25-08

Brilliant

Stone of tears is a bohemoth of a book. This has had me spellbound from start to finish. Told in the style of lord of the rings, where the author flits between the players after they have gone different ways, is done well but not portrayed by the narrator too well. Do not listen/read this book without having first listened to The sword of Truth which is the first book in this series. As with the first book the narrator is a little 'wooden' but this by no means subtracts anything away from this masterpiece. A word of warning to parents though there are parts of the book which are not suitable for young children with references to rape and brutality. An excellent book and I am downloading the next book- Blood of the fold -as I write this.

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7 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-01-18

great read

love the sword of truth books have read and listened to them many time I think this is my favourite of the 11 books

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 11-14-17

Loved it, top performance!

Pros: Great series despite the predictable nature of the narrative generally, I found myself laughing with excitement at some parts, Perfect performance!
Cons: Some lengthy preachy parts.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kaz on 01-04-17

Great story continues, excellent narration.

This being the third book in the series the significance of this story is more in setting up premises and ensuring the 'players' are in the right place.

(Spoiler alert): Richard and Kaylen spend most of the time just trying to get back together, which they finally do by the end. However, in the meantime they separate from Zed who it's clear by the end, it's working off on his own tangent.
The sheer power and force of the danger emanating from Jagang and the Imperial Order just starts becoming clear.
All this, with obvious subplots along the way, sets us up nicely for the next book in the series. I can't wait!
Incidentally - the narration on this book is superb. I hope that the same narrator (Buck Schirner) is selected for the next book in the series.

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