Stone of Tears

Version: Unabridged
Author: Terry Goodkind
Narrator: Jim Bond
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: October 2006
# of Units: 32 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 40 minutes
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In Wizard's First Rule, Richard Cypher's world was turned upside down. Once a simple woods guide, Richard was forced to become the Seeker of Truth, to save the world from the vile dominance of Darken Rahl, the most viciously savage and powerful wizard the world had ever seen. He was joined on this epic quest by his beloved Kahlan, the only survivor among the Confessors, who brought a powerful but benevolent justice to the land before Rahl's evil scourge. Aided by Zedd, the last of the wizards who opposed Rahl, they were able to cast him into the underworld, saving the world from the living hell of life under Rahl.
But the veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.
If Rahl isn't stopped, he will free the Keeper itself, an evil entity whose power is so vast and foul that once freed, it can never again be contained.

Reviews (23)

Written by Robert S. on November 19th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book was great as stated by others this was the worst narrator I've ever heard. He got better later on and it seemed he did a few random parts fairly well but overall it significantly impacted my enjoyment of the book.

Written by Monica D. on June 29th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very good story and full of suspense and great moments. A lot of hard time to the heroes also!


Written by Kelly D. on June 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Not as good as book one, abit upsetting in places, author doesn't hold back on the worst side of human nature. Took a little while to get used to the narrator, who sounds like John Wayne. I kind of liked the John Wayne accent by the end of the book, it gave the book a different flavour. ☺


Written by Stevi W on March 31st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The story was a fun and creative romp with lots of action and good character development. I continued listening despite how terrible I felt the narrator was - the worst voices I’ve ever heard. He seemed to have 3 to choose from: whining, awestruck (but for whole pages of dialogue, not just a statement or two for emphasis) or droning on. I fell asleep listening so many times I had to relegate this audiobook to when I was walking outside only.

Written by Elijah R on March 29th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It took determination to get through this book simply because of the narrator.

Great book

Written by Anastasiya K on February 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book is AMAZING! The narrator is that much AWFUL. Please, republish this brilliant book with another narrator!!

Written by David G on October 30th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Finished book one so so so excited to jump into the second. All my hopes and dreams crashed and burned once i heard this narrators voice... i hate reading, thats why i listen to them instead. Never read a book in my life other than ones i had to for school. But after this i think ill go buy the hard copy cuz for as bad as i want listen to it i cant with this guy. Gonna choose to go pick up a book and read for the first time in my life. Smh

Written by April B on October 9th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have read the books myself but then again having them read to me is awesome. I have the whole collection, and I have read them 8 times I guess now makes 9 :) thank you

Written by Makinzie K on July 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Looooovvveeeeee. My favorite series I've newly discovered. It's beautiful and imaginative.


Written by Jessica White on March 9th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Why oh why isn\'t it the same narrator? I love these books, I love this book. It makes me bawl like a baby every time (SPOILERS) Richard leaves Kahlan behind and thinks that she sent him away. This book tugs at the heartstrings at every turn. The narrators dead, tone less, strangely inflected voice brought no emotions forth from me when I heard him read this book. It\'s like, maybe he\'s an alien who just learned how humans speak? It was weird and off and his voice is entirely unpleasant for narrating a near 40 hour book. The narrator for wizards first rule is far superior, I especially enjoyed his voice for Zedd.

Author Details

Author Details

Goodkind, Terry

Terry Goodkind was born in 1948 and raised in Nebraska in the United States. Goodkind, slightly unusually for an author, suffers from dyslexia. He worked as a carpenter and a rare artifact restorer and painted some beautiful marine and wildlife paintings.

Whilst building his own home in the middle of a forest on Mount Desert Island, Maine, Goodkind began writing his first novel. The novel later became Wizard’s First Rule and was published in 1994. So began a series of books that formed the Sword of Truth series. The following year, in 1995, Stone of Tears was published and Blood of the Fold followed this in 1996. Of all of the Sword of Truth books only Wizard’s Rule and Stone of Tears have failed to reach the New York Times Bestseller List.

The series continued in 1997 with Temple of the Winds, with Soul of the Fire and Faith of the Fallen following in 1999 and 2000 respectively. The Pillars of Creation (2002), Naked Empire (2003), Chainfire (2005) and Phantom (2006) take the total number of books in the series up to ten so far. His latest book, Phantom, entered the New York Times Bestseller List at number one.

Each book in the Sword of Truth series has sold better than its predecessor and to date the series has sold over twenty million copies.

Terry Goodkind lists Ayn Rand as a huge influence on his writing. He has sold over twenty millions books and these have been translated into over twenty different languages. He also feels that while his novels are placed firmly within the fantasy genre, the philosophical and humane elements in his books take them into a different genre. He believes that the fantasy settings and themes of his books make it easier for him to get his ideas across.

Did you know? Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s Rule holds the record for highest amount paid at auction for a first fantasy novel (over five times the price paid for any other). He now lives in another self-built house with his wife Jeri. The house is located in a desert region in the south west of the United States.

Goodkind’s main reason for writing fantasy novels is to inspire. If you wish to get a signed copy of a Goodkind book then please go to, this is only way to get a signed copy.