Wizard's First Rule


Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
635
Narrator
162
Release Date
October 2008
Duration
34 hours 14 minutes
Summary
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.
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Jonathon Wilson

one of my favorite writers and he helps me get through my boring shifts at work. thank you Mr goodkind for writing this masterpiece.

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Robert Elz

This is not a good book, linear and outright boring more often than not. The narrator is alright, but tends to be a bit melodramatic at times that don't warrant it.

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Ben H.

The last time I read this book was the third reading I believe. It has been many years, and because of VERY negative reviews I avoided the audio books. After all, I know the story very well. There is nothing wrong with this title and I have enjoyed it. The only thing in the more critical reviews that I find to be true is that the narrator did scare me a time or two. He really takes the dramatic and suspenseful scenes quite seriously.

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Kristina I

Love the book. The narrator just scared me couple of times as he screamed through the book.

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Tina Xu

The narrator was overly dramatic especially at all the unnecessary moments...but then again he tried his best and there wasn't much he can do with such a linear and pedantic story. It was like Lord of the Rings watered down with stock characters, unimaginative names, predictable plot, and a boring villain. Can't believe this is a whole series...

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Anonymous

Amazing read and even better to listen. Amazing narrative.

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Anonymous

the narrator is amasing, giving life to the book

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Clifford N.

I have read these books a couple of times and this narrator was amazing. I could picture the intent of every word.

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Betty S.

So much....too much.... everything....it feels like the author decided to put every plot or fantasy trope into one book. The characters are cookie cutter bland and predictable, same with the plot. Overdone emotionality and bad dialogue. Lots is self righteous idiocy on display. Props to you if you can get through it. chapter 26 I just decided to look up the ending because I couldn't deal with the overly predictable plot movement anymore. Let me tell you I needn't have bothered. It ended the way I thought it would when I was at about chapter 15....

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James R.

Really good series!

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Anonymous

I love this series wish they could make it into a TV series starting with this as the first season

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Anonymous

Love this series. The reader is ok.

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Anonymous

Good book. Makes you laugh and brings tears. The book completely sucks you into the story

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Ray S.

this was a great listen ! Narrator voice was impressive. Story was had enough convolutions to keep you interested.

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gregory cummins

Fantastic book and a great narrator.

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Andrew M.

Very good book.

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Monica D.

Very good reading, with unexpected drama and hard passages to go through. Want to read the next book.

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Kelly d

Love it :)

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Joakim L

Love this series it's fantastic. It's one of my favorite fantasy series ever:D

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issa sissoko

Best narrator, great series.

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Michelle Dale

Narrator is my fav, great book in a great series........................

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Andrew J.

I’m not even done with this book yet but I am hooked Definitely recommend. I love the narrator as well

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Seth R.

I love the story of Richard and his adventures. The narrator was great except for a few voices but the performance (and it was a performance) was great! Highly recommended.

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Anonymous

love this book! and the narrator has a great voice really captivating the characters perfectly

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Anonymous

".. having wizard thoughts" Felt very generic with magical magic that magically does magical stuff. And the plot felt very hand fisted and you very quickly will feel like you know where the hole story is going.

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Philip Spall

Great story. I will be moving on to the next book in the series

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Laurel M.

epic story telling voice and the details provided in each novel are perfect for creating that mental movie image and allowing you to drift into the story. wonderful on both parts!

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Thomas H.

Definitely NOT for children. Overall the story is good and I mostly enjoyed it. However, the descriptions of the antagonists and the "training" they conduct on others (read that as 'torture' instead of training) are TOO graphic and disturbing. Frankly, I just stopped reading it. I tried to skip over the worst parts but found that it had ruined my enjoyment of the book. Indeed, I consider it very unlikely that I will read anything else by the author. If you are not disturbed by "Man's inhumanity to Man", then you may enjoy it. I certainly did not.

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Anonymous

While it hasn't precisely aged well as a full series, once upon a time this was my favorite. This first book is still one I love.

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nate haas

my favorite book ever

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Austin Becker

One of my favorite books of all time and the start of one of my favorite series. I have listened through the whole series more times than I can count and I never get tired of listening to this great story.

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Leonard M.

it would be nice for a woman to read the wemons parts

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Jack

Loved every second of this book fantastic, narrator excellent with accents

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Sergio C.

These books are a mixed bag for me. There are some beautiful imagery and storytelling at times. At others, it feels bloated by filler and unnecessary stories. There's so much in here with the good and bad that it all depends on what you want as a reader. Be warned that there are speeches galore in here. There will be some predictable plot lines. But on the other hand, you will have some interesting takes on some old tropes, you will see some twists that you might not expect, and there are some graphic moments that feel stretched but in some ways were entirely needed for the later stories in the series. If you like high fantasy but are limited by time, you might do better with shorter, more concise stories, but if you want to rip into every facet you can of a world and don't mind some heavy handed dialogue at times, definitely give WFR a go.

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Anonymous

This is not the original audiobook. This narrorator's voice sounds too old to be Richard, like a 60 yr old reading a 30 yr old part. He also reads stiffly and too fast making the story feel rushed.

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John G.

Great book

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David G.

Great book and well narrated. The narrator brought the written lines to life.

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Chris A.

I listened to this YEARS ago in the car on a family trip when it was on cassette. ive read every book in the series and the more recent Death's Mistress series. I have loved every word and adventure. I don't know if Mr. Goodkind will ever see this, but thank you...From the bottom of my heart. Thank you for putting your imagination out there for us all to see.

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Rosemary C.

Endured 9 books by Ms Hobb treatment of Fitz. Thought that was bad Mr Goodkind I endured one book this one with Richard. Felt every abuse he went through. Will not go through anymore.

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David F.

it was a very good book. How ever the characters seemed to almost be an iteration of the same person.

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Glen D

A very enjoyable listen. I have been meaning to read this book but didn't have the opportunity. This app gave me the chance.

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Amber L

I've never liked this narrator for this series. I feel as though his narration ruined my favorite series.

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Dennis onek

A fantastic series but the narrator is a bit too melodramatic. He tries too hard to express the feelings of the characters in the book.

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Thomas Vormwald

Loved the tv series. The book is even more amazing. The narrator here is perfect. He almost sounds like Zed from the TV show which made it even better!

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Janet Dunn-Muse

First book I have listened to on Audiobooks.com and loved it. I intend to listen to the rest of the series. The narration was perfect.

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Eric Thompson

Great book and the narrator was good. I can't wait to listen to the next book.

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Aaron Perez

Fantastic story. Have read, and listened to this book many a time. Solid narration as well. Love this series

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Shaun Perez

A finely crafted work of art and masterfully narrated. Love this series.

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Corrie Collier

Very well done, I loved this book when ni was young and listened to it for the first time recently and loved it all over again!

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James Harris

Ive loved this book ever since I had first picked it up in high school. Its an amazing and engaging story, focused on characters that you will genuinely fall in love with as the chapters quickly pass by. The magic, and mystery, of this World coupled with the passion, pain, joy and love, we find along the way with it truly entice your heart and mind with every turn of the page. I love this story. And I'm so happy the Narration did it justice. The voice over artist really did a great job captivating me as he lead me through Richard's journey, just as reading the pages had those years ago. 5/5 You wont be displeased with the time invested into this rich and wondrous story.

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wendi line

This story is 1,000 times better than the television series "Legend of the Seeker." It is a great listen.

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Allen Lake

This book has been my favorite book since I was young. Awesome storyline, characters, and twists. The narrator does great as well. I was a little worried that he would be doing all of the female voices as well, but as soon as he flipped up and did Shar, I was convinced. He didn't disappoint.

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Joshua taggart

I really enjoyed the narration, fantastic book. Really wish they would've kept him around.

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