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An epic of awesome power from Terry Goodkind, the second installment of the bestselling series A Sword of Truth

Kahlan has at last gained the one goal she had always thought was beyond her grasp...love. Against all odds, the ancient bonds of secret oaths, and the dark talents of men long dead, Richard has won her heart.

Amid sudden and disastrous events, Richard's life is called due to satisfy those treacherous oaths. To save his life, Kahlan must forsake Richard's love and cast him into the chains of slavery, knowing there could be no sin worse than such a betrayal.

Richard is determined to unlock the secrets bound in the magic of ancient oaths and to again be free. Kahlan, alone with the terrible truth of what she has done, must set about altering the course of a world thrown into war. But even that may be easier than ever winning back the heart of the only man she will ever love.

War, suffering, torture, and deceit lie in their paths, and nothing will save them from a destiny of violent death, unless their courage and faith are joined with luck and they find the elusive...Stone of Tears.

©1995 by Terry Goodkind. (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Shit

Voice sounds like a computerized monotone the story is good but the narration is shit

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Very disappointed

The first book in this series on audible is so good. I loved the narration. I rushed to get the next one but didn't noticed the narrator had changed. This one sounds like a robot. I am so sad....Better off reading the book.

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Great book, horrible narration

Awful narration, to the point that I almost quit listening to it. I love these books, they are one of my favourite series and I've read them multiple times but I don't know if I can bring myself to listen to another one if Jim Bond is narrating. He reminds me of nothing so much as the old Speak and Spells that I had as a kid.

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Sometimes narrator sounds robotic.

I'm only 6 or so hours into the book. the narrator sounds robotic in his speech. I've listened to a few mediocre narrators that had odd speech inflections and tones. this is the most frustrating of them. sometimes hes on point and in the next robotic and dull which makes it pull you from the story. Wizards First Rule had a better narrator, what happened?

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Great Book, Terrible Performance

Sadly, Jim Bond is nowhere as good reading as Sam Tsoutsouvas. It is shocking to go from the dynamic reading of Wizard’s First Rule to the deadpan delivery in Stone of Tears.

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The performance is terrible

I loved the first book but am painfully trying to get through this book. The voice actor had no idea how people have conversations. He sounds like a scooby doo ghost throughout the book.

It’s the first time in 60+ books I’m forced to listen at 2X speed to get it over with.

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Great book

Book is great but narrator is a bit monotone during it. Still worth a listen though

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Great story, terrible narration

Terry Goodkind, as usual, doesn't disappoint. I'm truly invested in the stories of Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, etc. Having read this series previously makes no difference. The narrator, however, leaves much to be desired. His voice is often monotone, his inflection misses the mark and when he does try to affect a character's voice, his attempt comes off as amateur. I would have preferred the series stuck with the narrator for the Wizard's First Rule.

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terrible narration

have listened to over 100 audiobooks. this is the worst narration I have heard. very unfortunate that each book in the series has a different narrator.

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Hard to listen to but a great story

I got through it but the narration left much to be desired. very mechanical and poorly done.

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  • Bo Laughlin
  • 2010-05-12

Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator

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.

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  • Christina
  • 2009-05-05

The Journy Ends Here

Because there is no way, I can put up with this narrator for a moment longer, and that is a first for me. I tried, I really did, becuase I was interested in the future adventures of Richard Cypher and crew, but the way this man talks reminds me of a computer generated voice, and I just can not get over it, and boy did I try. The sad thing is I am not a picky person. Hence why I got this even after all the warnings, in all the other reviews. I figured I could handle it... I just never figured on how bad it truly was.

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  • Uncle Cresty
  • 2010-03-16

Egh ....

I love the series. The book is awesome, but I don't know why they couldn't bring back Sam Tsoutsouvas to do the narration. I got used to his inflections, and he seemed to be really into the story. This guy seems like he is just reading words off of the paper; sometimes it appears it's the first time he has seen the words. Where was the director?

The worst part? Zed. Sam Tsoutsouvas gave a great voice to Zed. Jim Bond turned him Irish for some reason. When I thought of Zed, I didn't picture him as Darby O'Gill.

Anyways, the story is still great, and if you can ignore the narration and just listen to the story for what it is, it's still a decent purchase.

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  • RooKitty
  • 2009-09-08

Jim Bond!

I loved book one, but I will never again purchase or listen to an audiobook narated by Jim Bond.

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  • chicagoalum
  • 2009-05-01

Good Narration Makes All the Difference

I was so eager to continue with the series that I immediately downloaded the second book. Unfortunately the narrator is not as good as the one who read the first book in the series. I'm only one hour in and I'm hoping it will improve but so far the narrator can not maintain a consistent accent for the character's voices and it has become a distraction. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will get better.

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  • Jesi
  • 2009-01-30

Good read, bad listen

The story is very well written but horribly read.

When I first started listening I thought something was wrong with my speakers. I am unable to listen more than 20 minutes before I MUST go to the hard copy.
The narrator drones on and on. I have difficulty telling male voices from female voices. Richard's voice makes me think of John Wayne and the Mudpeople are depicted as native sometimes robotic, like they are speaking broken english, though they are in fact speaking in there own language and then being translated by Kahlan. I am disappointed to learn this narrator is used again in this series. His lack of emotion and pathetic attempt of the characters makes it a very hard story to follow.
The story is very similar to WoT. But this narrator is no Michael Kramer. Jim Bond should keep to narrating westerns and mystery novels, keeping "The Duke" out of the middle ages.
If the many other narrators are as horrible as Mr. Bond, it's a good thing I have the series in hardcover.....bring back Sam Tsoutsouvas PLEASE
If I were reviewing the book itself I would have rated this story much higher. But as you can tell from my review, I am unable to enjoy this epic fantasy narrated by a man better suited for the westerns, mysteries and boring self help instruction books, he is better known for narrating.

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  • Jennise
  • 2009-03-03

I really should have checked the reviews first...

I never occurred to me that they would have changed readers. I quite enjoyed the first reader. He brought an added dimension to the novel. I was expecting to hear him when I hit play and found myself extremely disappointed. I keep hoping that Jim Bond will improve. But after over 2 hours his voices remain a mixture of indistinguishable or unnatural. His reading of the narration is stilted at best. I find myself wondering if anyone at the publishing company *listened* to him before they hired him.

I really wish I'd checked the reviews before buying this book. I will force myself to finish listening because the story is actually interesting.

I wish all of the publishers of audio books took the care in hiring their readers that Recorded Books does. (Their stable of readers is consistently the best I've encountered.)

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  • Ronald H. Mers
  • 2009-03-19

Sword of Truth "Hurts My Ears" - Book 2

I can't take it... I quit listening. This Narrator's reading would make a great SNL skit! Is this guy immitating a text to speach program? I have never stopped listening to an audio book because of the narrater... Until now. OMG is this guy terrible. Run away, spare yourself the torment and money, buy the book if you must, but this narrator is all time worst. How much does this gig pay... If he is any indication of necessary talent... I may have second career. He pro-nounces-every word as if he were reading to a 4 year old... or alien just arrived from another planet.

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  • Peter
  • 2010-01-01

Good Book - Terrible Narration

It felt as if it was narrated by a Speak-n-Spell.
I would have given this book a 4 stars if it was someone like Sam Tsoutsouvas, Gerard Doyle or even John Lee who had narrated it.
But Jim Bond made it almost insufferable. Sorry, won't be buying any more narrated by mister Bond, Jim Bond.

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  • Johnathan
  • 2009-01-19

See Spot Run is the feeling that I get.

I listened to about 20 minutes.. Putting it down right away! WoT is what I listened to last summer, and then the Gunslinger the summer before that. Not to mention Lian hearn etc.. All had great readers, this one here I just can't jump on. And I noticed that there are many different readers for this series. No fun at all to re-learn the characters through every book. Also very similar to WoT. Richard is entertaining but Mat and Perrin and Rand are much more interesting. I'm moving on to something else. I find it very important to have readers that sound very similar. the gunslinger, for example, had 2 different readers and you could barely tell the difference. Sorry guys.

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