I bought this during "bargain sale" at the Audible site. I listened to it as I walked, cleaned house, cooked dinner, and other activities. Overall is was a good "listen" and encouraged me to get my exercise in. This series is very popular. I did note however that when it was first released Publisher's Weekly didn't give it a glowing review.
The book is "epic" in scope and the series continues for eleven books. I'm not certain I'm up for that much. I was enjoying the book--although it was fairly predictable as far as "fantasy epics" go. Then, near the end we ran into some sadomasochistic torture. It discouraged me. I was really enjoying the adventures of Richard Cypher, Zedd and Kahlan. If it weren't for the S&M near the end, it would be a book I could recommend to any teen who needed something after finishing Lord of the Rings. I won't be reading the next book right away. Maybe an audio book for gym/greenbelt is something I will enjoy in the future, but I have quite a backlog of audio books from that Audible sale to get through.