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Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged)
Wizard's First Rule - Sword of Truth, Bk 1 - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Dick Hill (Narrator), Terry Goodkind Millions of readers the world over have been held spellbound by this valiant tale vividly told. — Now, enter Terry Goodkind’s world, the world of The Sword of Truth. — In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher’s forest sanctuary seeking help... and more. His world,... more » his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.
In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword-to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed... or that their time has run out.
This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.
Read by Dick Hill. 3 audio discs (approximately 180 min.)« less
Glen L. (frodereck) reviewed Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
Helpful Score: 16
I picked up this book looking for something new and thinking I could not go wrong with a series from a best selling author. As it turned out, this would become the second book that I ever stopped reading without finishing.
I found the whole book, at least the first half that I read, rather pedestrian. The plot was overly simple and the characters tragically under developed. The standard formula was used: Introduce a seemingly ordinary main character; introduce threat; find out main character has special ability; define quest; gather group around main character for quest; travel, travel, minor conflict, travel, hardship, travel; confront big bad enemy that you have no possible chance of defeating; be victorious; end (kiss girl and/or setup for next book).
What finished me off was the piece de resistance in run-on sentences. Actually, it was a whole string of them. By the time I finished reading the page, I was gasping for breath. To check out this literary phenomenon, see the fifth page in chapter 21 (page 289 in my paperback).
Maybe I expected too much after Robert Jordan or Tad Williams. Maybe I ended my read too early and this turns out to be a wonderful book. However, with so many good books out there worth reading I decided to waste my time no more. If this book did anything for me, it made me realize that anyone can be a writer and my hidden dreams of creating a best seller is possible.
Love, Love, Love this book! It starts off a little slow, but by the middle you can not put it down. I read the first 5 in the Sword of Truth Series all in a row because I just could not get enough and HAD to find out what was next in store for the people in the book. One of my favorite of all time.
This is a science fiction fantasy book with complex characters and a dense interwoven plot. The only thing that bothered me were a couple of scenes of horrible violence against women. The author just couldn't conceive of killing a woman, she had to violated and raped and tortured first. It was if someone else wrote those parts because this series has one of the strongest female protaganists I've ever seen in a book.
This is a great story and an excellent start to a wonderful series. If you're like me and you love fantasy/adventure books you'll love this book and be craving the rest of the series. I must warn you though... the series is addicting so make sure to set aside lots of time!!