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Debt of Bones

By: Terry Goodkind
Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
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A milestone of storytelling set in the world of The Sword of Truth, Debt of Bones is the story of young Abby's struggle to win the aid of the wizard Zedd Zorander, the most important man alive.

Abby is trapped, not only between both sides of the war, but in a mortal conflict between two powerful men. For Zedd, who commands power most men can only imagine, granting Abby's request would mean forsaking his sacred duty. With the storm of the final battle about to save the life of a child...but neither can escape the shadow of an ancient betrayal.

With time running out, their only choice may be a debt of bones. The world - for Zedd, for Abby, for everyone - will never again be the same.

©2001 Terry Goodkind (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Bags! This is a good prequel.

Would you listen to Debt of Bones again? Why?

Yes! This is a good prequel to the Sword of Truth Series. It is a bit short though. I would have loved to get to know more of the characters during that time. But, Zedd alone makes up for this. It was great to know the younger wizard.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Zedd! Bags! He is truly the Trickster!

What about Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance did you like?

His performance was spot on!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The trick.

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A debt that needs to be paid

Debt of Bones is the story of a sorceress' daughter Abby and the First Wizard Zed. Abby has a debt of bones owing and she wants Zed to pay it by saving her family from the clutches of the D'Haran army. Zed is trying to end the war between D'Hara led by Panis Rahl and the Midlands. Debt of Bones tells the story of the origin of the boundaries between D'Hara, the Westlands and the Midlands. It also reveals the role Zed played in the death of Richard's grandfather Panis Rahl and introduces us to Richard's mother, Zed's daughter as a child. It is brilliantly narrated by Sam Tsoutsouvas who captures the emotion of the characters and is a great little prequel to Wizard's First Rule the first book in the Sword of Truth series written by Terry Goodkind. I recommend that readers new to Terry Goodkind read and listen to Wizard's First Rule before Debt of Bones, so they will have a stronger understanding of what the story is about.

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Nice bit of background

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It's fairly common for authors to write prequels to their long series. Some prequels tell important stories that help to lay a good foundation for what they have already written about but never revealed in the series. In this case, although the story was interesting, it really didn't enhance the series. I'm not convinced the book was worth reading. If it had been included with a few more background stories, I would say the value (price) of the story would have been justified. Otherwise it comes close to disrespecting the loyal readers of the series.

What does Sam Tsoutsouvas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reader was excellent. He stayed fairly true to the pronunciation of used by most of the other readers of the series. The only divergence was in how he pronounced Zedd Zorander's last name.

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paid 15$ for 3 hours ripoff and can't exchange it

paid 15$ and thought stories was just filler to make money had nothingvtobdo with other stories and was only 3 hrs long..can not get a exchange or refund...if this is how audible is going to do buisness I will be switching to a different service..

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Wonderful back story

I really liked this book. It filled in so many places and questions about Zed and his history. It gave a great explanation of how the great barriors were put up and why. It shows a playful side of wizard life in the wizards keep. There is a wonderful connection that is made around the confessors and their duties in the new world. If you are a fan of the Wizards First Rule and the Sword of truth series, you will enjoy learning some of the reasons why things are as they are in the midlands. I recomend this one.

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Tha beginning!!!

Great story about Zed, a young Zed. Tells the story of the boundaries,how they got put up. Zed is a powerful funny start up first wizard. A great book and short,a sTart to finish book.

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just never took off for me

I did not think this book had enough good character development and all of the information was dumped on the reader in one small part of the book instead of in sequence as building blocks. The overall idea of the story is good, but the delivery was not well done. Wish I had something better to say about this book.

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Insite

Nice insite to how some things came about in the Wizard's First Rule, as well as a small back story on Abby.

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Great Reader and fun story

After reading so many 16-20 hour books in this series, this is a fun "intermission" to enjoy. It's a little bit mystery, feel-good fiction, fantasy and comedy. It's actually like a sitcom made to whet your taste buds for the binge-watchable series (without spoilers)!

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What would have made Debt of Bones better?

This book is a prequel that has very little to no value to the overall Richard and Kalin story. I wish I had my credit back...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-13-21

Good if you’ve read the series

A really good story but it assumes the reader is already familiar with the world of the Sword of Truth to a large extent.

If you aren’t familiar there might be a lot of things that don’t make much sense or are very under explained.

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  • 08-16-21

The start of The Sword of Truth series.

A great start to a fantastic series, if you plan to read The Sword of Truth series you have to start here.

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  • DarkDanni
  • 10-25-22

I love sword of truth, great prelude to the series

I love sword of truth, great prelude to the series. looking forward to when the mord sith get involved cos they are so awsome.

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  • k McGlone
  • 07-27-22

Enjoyable story

I was surprised to find I enjoyed the story, and listened to the story all Tuesday through. Great narration. Fully recommended

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  • michelle southworth
  • 03-11-22

out of this world

it is a fantastic book
you can't listen to it if your distracted as you will miss so much of it

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  • Trevor Lyons
  • 09-28-21

excellent

loved it from start to finish, the narrator's style made it easy to listen to, an excellent listen.

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  • jason mellor
  • 08-10-21

class

love it, I have read the book years ago, may now listen to the audio on the rest .

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  • Paul G
  • 05-29-21

Entertainingly Surprised

Previously read this series and was curious as to how it would translate to this my first Audio book. Loved hearing the story again excellently presented with expressive tones all bringing this again to life. So convenient to be played whilst doing that 'put off' Job.

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  • pullmybeard
  • 01-15-21

loved it

excellent prequel with a good twist at the end. love Sam's reqding of the story and his portal of Zed. short story compared to the rest of the sword of truth books but a good listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-20

Great backstory to the series

love the blanks it answers and gives depth to the characters from the series.
couldnt stop listening to it

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  • Xaphyn
  • 08-04-22

Surprisingly delightful

I was hesitant to listen to the series, I'm accustomed to the Nick Sullivan so this short book was a good intro to Sam's way of it.

But this will do in a pinch.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-22

Awesome.

Easy to follow, good story. Love reading Goodkind, turns out He makes good listening too. 3 hours was a sweet little starter for my first audiobook too!

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  • Toast
  • 11-11-21

Good introduction to the Sword of Truth series

This is a good short story in the Sword of Truth series. Gives a good introductory point by providing a good understanding of what the series is and isn't.

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  • squizmum
  • 09-21-21

Great first story about the Wiard Zeb

Wish I had heatd this story before listening to the Wizards First Rule series. I loved this story and the narrator voiced the characters beautifully.