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Terry Goodkind spends less time preaching his Ayn Rand derived ideas and more time telling the story. However, there are still significant flaws. While the preaching is much reduced there it still too much of it and it is poorly integrated in to the story. He fails to allow the story to make his points and resorts to having Richard simply "preach" his points. Further detracting from the book is Mr. Goodkind's appalling lack of skill when it comes to writing conversations. It is partly this and partly due to Jim Bond's presentation. The result is that almost every conversation sounds like the village idiot lecturing a slow child. I suspect that most (not all) of the fault is Jim Bond's as Phantom read by Sam Tsoutsouvas is much more palatable. If you like the Sword of Truth series, definitely listen to this book. If you used to like this series and gave up in frustration after the debacle of the Naked Empire (and a few of the books before it), this recording though heavily flawed, is worth hearing to advance the story.
36 of 42 people found this review helpful
The speeches are long and redundant. The villains the same. Evil's tool is still the same: to threaten one member of the lovely hero couple while the other suffers. And, of course, the most powerful wizard in three thousand years is still impotent. The only time he can do anything is when the story needs him to or it will end. What's more, it's never intentional. This smacks more of divine intervention than the magic every other wizard in the story possesses. Finally, and most annoying, the story now becomes almost identical to the first book.
Poor Richard - he doesn't know magic, and he can't lay with his wife. He's tortured, poisoned, or driven to madness in every book, and Goodkind makes him give the same speech several dozen times in each book. I'm beginning to think that Goodkind thinks I'm stupid.
Don't get me wrong, I embrace his ideals, but his writing treats them inconsistently. After all, if everyone has the capacity for individual excellence, then surely Goodkind can give his readers the benefit of the doubt that they will not forget his mantra after it has been delivered several dozen times. Surely those of us that have made it to book ten get the point.
This had the potential to be a fantastic and philosophically educational epic. Unfortunately, too many sermons and too little action has destroyed it. Nevertheless, I have to see how the lovely couple suffers through their next two ordeals. Who knows? Perhaps Richard will learn how to light a candle.
26 of 32 people found this review helpful
Found the last book tiresome but this one reignited my love for the series, hard to stop listening.
is Jim Bond in the clergy? everything turns into a monotone trudge! apparently women only sound like long suffering scolds who preach and simper and have no backbone whatsoever. which, with the strong female characters in this series, is a real challenge! he managed it however. I love these books but they are almost impossible to listen to with him reading it.
the story is a bit of repeat though. Richard notices something, instinctively something is amiss, no one believes him, everyone nags that he's wrong, magic doesn't work that way, he's wrong and by the end of the book they remember who he is and realise they're wrong and should have known better! There. I've saved you paying for it.
Absolutely frustrating for 75% of the book but that extra 25% is brilliant. Once it gets good it gets really good!
The story was too protracted and by the end of the book I was about ready to kill Sister Niki. The end came clarifying points but in truth it was too drawn out and too slow.
Jim Bond was his usual self being interesting, with a voice that I enjoy listening to. Well done Jim