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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.
122 of 125 people found this review helpful
I loved book one, but I will never again purchase or listen to an audiobook narated by Jim Bond.
109 of 112 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
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
How did the narrator detract from the book?
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?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
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
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does Stone of Tears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
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...
3 of 3 people found this review helpful