Wizard’s First Rule Audiobook by Terry Goodkind – Sword of Truth Book 1


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About The Sword Of Truth Audiobook Series

The Sword of Truth Audiobook is a series of seventeen epic fantasy novels written by Terry Goodkind. The Audiobook follow the protagonists Richard Cypher, Kahlan Amnell and Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander on their quest to defeat oppressors who seek to control the world and those who wish to unleash evil upon the world of the living. While each novel was written to stand alone, except for the final three that were intended to be a trilogy, they follow a common timeline and are linked by ongoing events that occur throughout the series.

About Wizard’s First Rule Audiobook

Wizard’s First Rule Audiobook, written by Terry Goodkind, is the first audiobook in the epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth Audiobooks. Published by Tor Books, it was released on August 15, 1994 in hardcover, and in paperback on July 15, 1997. The book was also re-released with new cover artwork by Keith Parkinson in paperback on June 23, 2001. The audiobook was adapted to television in the 2008 television series Legend of the Seeker.

Goodkind had no trouble selling his first book to a publisher. “I’m sort of the exception that proves the rule,” he says. “I wanted to be represented by the best agent in the country and I wrote him a letter. He asked to see the book and he liked it. He showed it to a number of publishers. Three of them had an auction. Ten weeks after I’d written ‘The End’ it sold for a record price ($275,000),” the most money ever paid for a fantasy novel by a first time author.

Wizard's First Rule Audiobook by Terry Goodkind
Wizard’s First Rule Audiobook by Terry Goodkind

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Wizard’s First Rule Audiobook by Terry Goodkind is the quest story of young Richard Cypher, who must find three magic boxes mentioned in a secret book of his father’s. If he does not, the evil lord Darken Rahl will gain power over the living and the underworld, plunging the world into a reign of terror. Along the way Richard must outsmart an evil queen, a tribe of cannibals and a witch woman, as well as several magical beasts. He is aided by Kahlan, a beautiful but mysterious stranger, his wise elderly friend Zedd and his ally Chase, a huge, fierce boundary warden.

After his father’s brutal murder, Richard searches for clues to the killer. He happens to meet a beautiful young woman being pursued by three men in the forest. Richard helps Kahlan hide from the men and when they are attacked the two youths kill the four brawny men. Richard takes Kahlan to meet his elderly friend Zedd. Kahlan recognizes Zedd as the great wizard for whom she has been searching. Zedd realizes that Kahlan is a powerful Confessor and he names Richard Seeker of the Truth. They must stop the evil Darken Rahl from gathering all three of the boxes of Orden and opening the one that will give him power over everything living and dead, for good or evil.

The trio visit Richard’s friend Chase, who agrees to take them through a pass in the boundary to The Midlands. On the way, Chase and Zedd are injured, so Kahlan and Richard trek through the pass in the boundary alone. In The Midlands, they are accepted into the tribe of the Mud People. A council of seers sends them to Shota the witch woman, who tells Richard that Queen Milena has the final box of Orden, but will not have it long.

Kahlan and Richard, accompanied by wizard Zedd, travel to Queen Milena’s castle in Tamarang, encountering a young orphan named Rachel along the way. There, they learn that the wizard Giller has sacrificed his life to save the box from Darken Rahl. After leaving, they encounter Chase with Rachel, and learn that the little girl has the third box of Orden hidden in a loaf of bread. They rush the box to the protection of an army headed by Richard’s brother Michael.

Richard is captured by a Mord-Sith and horribly tortured. He tells Darken Rahl that the Book of Counted Shadows, the guide to opening the boxes of Orden, has been destroyed. However, Richard admits that he has memorized the contents of the book. To save Kahlan’s life, Richard decides to help the evil Darken Rahl gain dominion over all things, living and dead. At the last minute, Richard leaves out a crucial paragraph of the book, resulting in Rahl’s death. Richard becomes Rahl, ruler of all three lands. His love for Kahlan makes him immune to her Confessor powers and they ride a red dragon away to return the boy Siddin to his people and consummate their relationship.


Terri Windling identified Wizard’s First Rule Audiobook by Terry Goodkind as one of the best fantasy debuts of 1994, saying that although the novel was “derivative,” it “does have a certain charm and earnestness about it”. Kirkus Reviews called the novel “A wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring epic fantasy debut.”

Booklist favorably described the Wizard’s First Rule Audiobook by Terry Goodkind as the “first volume of a saga” and favourably within the “same breath as Robert Jordon” but “hardly an aspirant to Tolkien’s mantel”. The review concludes that “the characters and their world come to life, and Goodkind’s ambitious juxtaposition of modern ambiguities and the classical fantasy setting works more often than not.” Library Journal called the audiobook “an intriguing variant on the standard fantasy quest” recommending the novel for “mature fantasy aficionados” noting the sado-eroticism of the Mord Sith might “deter purchase by some libraries”

Terry Goodkind - Author of Sword Of Truth Audiobook
Terry Goodkind – Author of Sword Of Truth Audiobook

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Although Wizard’s First Rule Audiobook is a young adult fantasy audiobook replete with magic, kingdoms, wizards, dragons and swords, there are other scenes that some readers will find disturbing. These include the brutal murder of a young boy whose body is cannibalized. One character is a sadistic homosexual pedophile killer forced to eat his own genitals while another is a dominatrix who practices bondage and tortures the hero.

  • Written by: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 10 mins
  • Series: Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:15/10/2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio

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