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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.
104 of 104 people found this review helpful
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.
50 of 50 people found this review helpful
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...
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I don't care to mention much about the story in this series of books. I love them, you know what you're getting into and I'm never disappointed.
Regarding the performance of Dick Hill, he did more than all the other narrators in the past books, more accents, more expression.. But a couple things frustrated me, his voice for female characters made a lot of them sound whiney and weak. And that wasn't how i saw, or how I feel anyone should see Kahlan or Kara at least.
Lastly, a bit of advice for Audible - Use the narrations that pronounce names in the same way for each of the main characters. After getting used to hearing 'Kay-len' in the first three books, it took a really long time to get used to 'Kar-len' especially as it sounds like Collin in an US accent.
It is a marvelous story. The performance is good, but could have been improved some what by listening the previous books and attempting to remain a bit more consistent with tones and pronunciation. Still, really good listen, loved it.