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Wizard's First Rule

Sword of Truth, Book 1
Lu par : Sam Tsoutsouvas
Série : Sword of Truth, Volume 1
Durée : 34 h et 6 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 notations)

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The masterpiece that started Terry Goodkind's New York Times bestselling epic 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, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them - for reasons Richard can't imagine and Kahlan dare not say.

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.

Wizard's First Rule is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.

Epic edge: listen to more in the Sword of Truth series.
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"Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring." ( Kirkus Review)

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amazing journey, a good complexity on human nature

love it
amazing journey
a good grip of the complexity of human nature
well narrated

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  • Suspect
  • 02/07/2019

First Rule. First Rate. However...

Wizards First Rule is thoroughly entertaining and an enjoyable listen.

Richard, the main protagonist, is somewhat of a dimwit. For example, despite having been cautioned multiple times by multiple magicians to ignore the callings of ghosts and shadow peoples, Richard still gets persuaded to enter the underworld by phantasmagoric images of his dead parents once or twice per day.

Sam Tsoutsouvas's narration is truly superb. But before you dive into this series you should know this is the only book that Sam narrates. The succeeding books are butchered by a revolving cast of utterly atrocious narrators. Therefore, I highly recommend that you read rather than listen to this series (aka, don't buy this audiobook!).

P.s. Do Not Leave a 5-Star Review If The Narration Is Only Worthy of 1-Star. People did this for each successive book in this series, so they appear on Audible with 4.5 star ratings even though every reviewer states that the books are "unlistenable".

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  • Kenneth M Brake
  • 21/10/2019

Just don't, really, dont.

Unless you're into torture porn and child abuse, like the author apparently is, this book is not for you.

When a lengthy section of the book is about the main character being tortured and learning to love his dominatrix (because let's just be real, that's what she is), and then that section has no relevance to anything in the book later on, it makes you wonder why the author made you sit through his pain fetish and BDSM fantasies. Not to mention the ritualistic child sacrifice, but everyone's got their kink right?

If you want to read a fantasy book/series where you can experience how real world building is done go read Brandon Sanderson, or Robert Jordon, or Michael J. Sullivan instead.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 09/05/2012

This book is a blast

I first listen to this many years ago on cassette. I loved it, so when audible offered it at almost nothing, I had to listen again. I was a little worried, since the first time I listened it was read by Dick Hill, who was great. It took I little while to get into ST, but by the end I thought he did a great job.

This book is a thrill ride from the first minute and all the way through the 34 hours of listening. The main character Richard is no super hero, he is a guy like you and me. He has anger issues, he makes mistakes, he questions himself, etc. I must admit that at times the book sounds almost YA and it is a little preachy about Friends and the Truth and working hard, but with all the action, all the drama, all of Goodkind's wild imagination, this can easily be overlooked. There are no filler chapters, something is always happening. Here are just some of what you will find in the book: Quad Assassins, Gars, Blood Flies, Shadow People, Wayward Pines, a night wisp, snake vines, The Book of Counted Shadows, a Seeker, Heart Hounds, Wizard Rocks, The Underworld, Night Stones, Bone Woman, grippers, birdman, Wizard's Fire, Mistress Denna, Additive and Subtractive magic, the Con Dar, The Blood Rage, Scarlett the Dragon, etc.

My favorites of any book I have ever read were The Mother Confessor, The Mud People, and Mord-Sith. The Mother Confessor can with one touch, make you her slave. You will be in constant anguish, worried that she is not happy. If she says to you "I wish you would just die." You will make your heart stop and die. The Mord-Sith are women torturers who dress in red leather, so your blood won't show as much. From little girls they are raised to torture others and are tortured themselves. There are some strong women in the this book. The Mud People have a great since of humor and are very funny. As a form of greeting they slap each other. Any of these three would have been great to make a book around, yet TG has all three and so much more.

There are probably only two books I like better then this, Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

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  • Fantasy Reader
  • 01/07/2018

A satisfying book.

This book was somewhat satisfying. The main character could be dumb at times, but for the most part he is a good seeker of truth. He comes to the obvious conclusions most of the time and I found it satisfying. Fantasy has too many books that have idiotic main characters that need to have things spelled out for them all the while talking around subjects. The main character is a little blind at times, but I found his interactions and conclusions realistic. I wish the magic was explained a bit more, but in the end it was a good book. Not something I will be rereading, but enjoyable. I probably will not finish the series though since the narrators on the others are different. Sam did a great job with this book.

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  • PoorCod
  • 16/04/2014

Possibly the worst novel I've read since I joined

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It could have had a spark of originality in it

What was most disappointing about Terry Goodkind’s story?

It is a mishmash of characters and improbable events from just about every fantasy novel printed before 1990. A sword who power corrupts the user unless the are "the rightful user", a Gollum like creature who originally owed the sword and wants it back, a land protected from magic by magic. How many more cliches can you squeeze into this book? I gave up when the talking dog turned up.......

How could the performance have been better?

It lacked conviction and passion. But given the material they did their best

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wizard's First Rule?

What would I cut out? chapters 2-49

Any additional comments?

It's truly terrible. Contrived, formulaic and derivative.

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  • Carol Cornsweet Barber
  • 19/10/2019

Warning: sadomasochistic porn in fantasy setting

For the first few hours of listening, this seemed like an ordinary, pretty much ok fantasy story and I was looking forward to listening to it, and maybe to sequels. However, it slid into graphic, detailed violence, and then to what seemed like hours (and was at least an hour, possibly more) of graphic torture scenes, gradually becoming more sexualised. When it got to a graphic rape scene, I couldn't take it any more. It feels like the author is reveling in the details of these events--like they are more than plot elements. I could tolerate some of this, but it goes on and on, and on and on.....

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  • John R. Weiss
  • 06/10/2018

A lukwarm pile of rubbish

I love authors like Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Neil Gaiman; but this... this was rubbish. The magic system is inconsistent, every encounter starts with a big anti-heroic philosophical lecture that basically amounts to "do whatever it takes to win, even if it means screwing your friends over", and that philosophy itself is so hard to stomach that even the characters themselves don't like it. And the magic system appears so poorly thought-out that it's basically all different versions of "handwavium". The author's foreshadowing is about as subtle as a frying pan in the face, and the only likable character in the whole book was a bartender, who was only seen briefly.

The one saving grace is the vocal performance. The voice actor poured his heart and soul into bringing the scenes to life, and used different voices well. That meant that I was actually able to enjoy the story, a little bit, by viewing it as an unintentional comedy. It's like watching the 1989 movie, "Sinbad of the Seven Seas" with Lou Ferrigno. The movie is such an awful train wreck that it becomes unintentionally hilarious to watch. That's what listening to The Sword of Truth is like, and with the voice actor taking his job *so* seriously, over such a poor quality book, it got me through to the end.

Unfortunately, the volume levels were so variable that I found myself adjusting the volume up and down throughout the story just to hear what was going on (as it jumped from loud, angry shouting to inaudible whispers and back again), and I often had to back up to catch whatever I missed. That should have been resolved in post-production, so I subtracted a star for that.

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  • DoctorStopMo
  • 08/06/2019

Awful

This was a struggle to finish. I put the book at 2.75x speed because it got to be torture to listen to. The book is derivative, the protagonist is a living Gary Stu, the plot is deeply uninteresting, there are endless Ayn Rand inspired monologues, and a huge section of torture porn that is some of the most puerile juvenile fiction I've ever read.

This is the absolute most abysmal, derivative, painfully unoriginal, most poorly plotted version of what an epic fantasy should be. The worst offense, though, is that Terry Goodkind thinks he is a good author with profound insights into humanity and human nature, and the smug tone permeates the entire narrative. Richard Cypher seems to be one of the worst author stand-in characters I've ever read.

One star reviews tend to be hyperbolic - what could be THAT bad, really and truly? This book. This book is THAT bad.

People like different things in fantasy. Some people like characters, or interesting villains, some like world building, and others like magic systems - all of those are of the absolute lowest tier in this book.

Standard hero's journey fantasy stuff has been done to death - but this is one of the worst examples of it.

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  • Shari
  • 28/03/2018

Not as good as I remembered

I read Wizards First Rule, and the rest of the series a few years ago and remember thinking the author was a bit puffed up, but the story was good. After this listen I've revised that opinion. The story could be good, if the author would just get on with it. If he would just tell the tale. If only he let the story flow. Instead he beat a dead horse, rewriting the same point in 2 or 3 sentences (see what I did there). It probably was meant to build dramatic tension, but it is such an overused technique that it makes the writing seem juvenile. As did the point in which while trying to enrage a would be rapist a character tells him to "do it to me".

As for the narrator, I don't know if he made the story worse, or the bad writing made him that bad. He cannot do a female voice, or really differentiate one character from another. This is not his genre. I imagine he'd do well with politicians memoirs.

As there is a different narrator I'll try Stone of Tears, but I have little hope for it. I would not recommend this book if you are an epic fantasy fan. If you like trashy semi-romance, cliche adventures that are poorly written, you'll love this one.

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  • Joslin
  • 16/10/2009

Great story, fantanstic narrator

This was my first choice for a fiction audio listen. I was a little worried about a narrated fiction because my own imagination is usually better, but I was not disappointed. In fact, I'm half-way in love with Sam Tsoutsouvas' voice! He narrated this story beautifully, made the characters and story absolutely come alive! I highly recommend this audio book for anyone who enjoys a good escape into another world with the bonus of a wonderful guide found in Tsoutsouvas's voice.

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  • Allan Jensen
  • 18/05/2016

Good story - bad plot

A well written fantasy novel, with some interresting world and character building. The overall plot however is unfortunately rather bad, and its stupidity forces the main characters to act like headless chickens or complete morons to not ruin it before the end, and even at the end the plot makes little to no sense except as a narrative journey.

The narrator does a great job.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • sanchacordelia
  • 28/02/2010

Das erste Gesetz der Magie

Die drei Länder Westland, die MIdlands und D'Hara befinden sich in Aufruhr.

Westland ist ein Land ohne Magie, bis Khalan Amnell, die Mutter Konfessor und Herrscherin der Midlands, nach Westland kommt, um den großen Zauberer um seine Hilfe zu bitten, denn die Midlands und auch Westland werden von D'Hara (bzw. dem Herrscher D'Haras Draken Rahl - einem Zauberer) bedroht!

Obwohl es ihr gelingt die Grenze der Länder zu überwinden folgen ihr vier Mörder, die von Darken Rahl geschickt wurden.

In letzter Sekunde trifft sie Richard einen Waldführer aus Westland und gemeinsam besiegen sie das Quadron.

Richard nimmt Kahlan mit zu seinem besten Freund Zedd, der sich als "der" Zauberer entpuppt - aber Darken Rahl ist ihnen auf den Fersen.

Er hat die drei Kästchen der Ordnung ins spiel gebracht und wenn Richard, Khalan und Zedd ihm nicht aufhalten wird er am ersten Tag des Winters eines von ihnen öffnen:

1. Darken Rahl stribt
2. Er herrscht über alles und jeden
3. Die Welt wird vernichtet

Keiner weis welches der Kästchen welches ist, aber die Suche nach dem Buch der Gezählten Schatten ist in vollem Gange!

Zedd ernennt Richard zum Sucher der Wahrheit und übergibt ihm das Schwert der Wahrheit, als Hilfe gegen Rahl.

Doch auch Khalan ist nicht ohne Kräfte - die sich jedoch auch gegen die Freunde stellen könnten!

Das Hörbuch ist Spannung pur - Witz, Verrat, Trauer und Liebe, machen das wegdrücken fast unmöglich!

MIt klarer, englischer, Stimme trägt der Vorleser zum Hörvergnügen bei.

Persönlicher Tipp für alle die ihr Englisch verbessern/ auffrischen wollen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/08/2011

Mediocre Fantasy

First let me say that my reading (and listening) leans heavily towards fantastic fiction.
Out of scepticism I have long avoided the long, multiple-books tales of Jordan, Martin and Goodkind, but during a vacation 2 years ago I ran out of books and started reading the Wheel of Time and was pleasantly surprised. Subsequently I went on to read the complete series as far as it had been published and started listening to a Song of Ice and Fire and again my initial scepticism was proven wrong.

So I thought I'd give The Sword of Truth a chance and lo: it sucked.
Well, statiscally one bad apple had to be in the bunch.
Maybe my expectations were too high, but I found no pleasure in listening to Wizards First Rule, the plot was seethrough at best and the storytelling not very original.
The narrator does a good job I'll grant him that, but that does not help the story much, it only makes it bearable.

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  • Roman Kalocsay
  • 07/10/2019

Exeptional bad author with lack of storytelling

this was hard to bear.

the author is really lacking any deepness. He has no skill in storytelling. Each idea is simply said after another in short sentences, rather than letting the audience discover the story. Once you realise how simple he transports his plain context you cant stand it for long.

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  • F. Katharina
  • 08/04/2019

furchtbarer Schund

das Buch klingt anfangs gut, ist aber furchtbar langatmig und langweilig, besonders die Gewaltszenen ziehen sich unglaublich zäh dahin.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 03/10/2017

without a doubt the worst book I have ever paid 4

this book was a predictable boring and badly written waste of money. don't buy it.

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  • Sabine Martini-Hansske
  • 26/07/2014

oh je

Würden Sie gern ein anderes Hörbuch von Terry Goodkind und/oder Sam Tsoutsouvas ausprobieren?

Ich glaube, ich habe noch nie so lange für ein Hörbuch gebraucht, wie für dieses. Zäh, zäher, am zähesten.

Würden Sie sich wieder etwas von Terry Goodkind anhören?

Entgegen besseres Wissen habe ich mir Teil 2 der Serie gekauft, aber da bleibe ich schon wieder an der ersten Stunde "hängen".