Its about half the as long as his other books and sad to say its not even half as good. It repeats the same things over and over!! I love all the other Sword of Truth books but this ones not so much. Save your time and money and pass this one up.
I love the characters, especially Richard. This book was so very Scooby-Doo. All mystery and supposition. The story is full of buildup, though not what people were used to.
However, my problem is that after all these books, Richard still hasn't gotten around to really learning to use his gift. The Temple of The Winds gives you the possibility that he will some day learn to use it, as he did in the book of the same title, but his impotent lack of its use irks me to no end. His growth is limited by it, whether on purpose or not by Mr. Goodkind, yet, I dislike the fact that he still doesn't have the basic control of his gift yet.
I like the story, personally, but I want to see the war wizard be a wizard in a book. He has done a lot of the Scooby-Doo variety of magic, where he does mystery solving stuff and a lot of excellent deductions to get to the end of each story. It's very mystery oriented, but I want him to be a wizard as we all know of them. The deductive reasoning and Scooby-Dooing about is great, but I want him to be a wizard in the classic sense as well.
No. The story is not as compelling as what Goodkind would write for the Sword of Truth novels. It was a good listen, but the story was not as complex as I am used to.
Zed and Nathan.
More of a plot. Less filler. I like what he was doing with prophecy but he could he gone much farther.
This series used be so good, used to have so much depth. Now it seems like Goodkind has a page quota writes the book comes oujt 100 pages short and decides to go back and add things like, for example (not in the story but similar to what you hear)
Richard: I know! It is a raccoon.
Zedd: Scratches his head. "How do you know its a raccoon."
Cara: I dont see it.
Richard: Clearly its a raccoon because it has the same colored fur!
Zedd: So its a raccoon because it has the same colored fur?
Richard: Yes! And because walks on 4 legs and smells like a raccoon.
Sam Tsoutsouvas is okay he has a strong voice but that is it! He has little or no characterization. At times even with he strong voice he sounds monotonous and gets into the same vocal pattern. I love Stephen Rudnicki of all the Orson Scott Card books. He is great but Sam can I get some characterization please.
The leaders of the Midlands gathered in the People's Palace wish for prophecy to be heeded and wish that Richard and Kahlan would allow prophecy to lead them as well. Meanwhile Hannis Arc the leader of the remote Faijin Provence in D'Hara is plotting revenge against the House of Rahl with the aid of a Hedge Witch named Jitt. Richard discovers The Omen Machine after the sky falls in. Is the omen machine evil or just been exploited by evil people. Another great performance by Sam Tsoutsouvas and while The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind is not as good as The Sword of Truth books it is still an enjoyable and fantastic read.
I tend to buy stories that are over 10 hours in performance, but The Omen Machine was a mistake. One indication is that if I fall asleep during the story and wake up 90 minutes later and I can still understand what's going on, I think the story is moving too slowly.
I couldn't finish it. In good conscience I did due diligence to listening to the story - but it failed to keep the human mind alive, which is what I am equipped with. The overuse of the word 'prophesy' was another one of the author's tics. Perhaps when the editors read it silently, the word didn't irk. But when read aloud, it's obviously irritating.
Curious phrasing and emphasis by the narrator and a bit overplayed. Of course, the length and plodding pace could have overtaxed his talent.
The premise of the story was interesting, which is why I bought it. In the beginning, the characters were quickly established, the plot and premise were set in motion -- it appeared as though it was going to be an interesting fantasy, but eight hours later, I was crawling out of my skin waiting for something to happen.
I dislike writing negative reviews. Perhaps it will be a warning sign for another from wasting a credit.
It is definitely not the best of the books in the series, but it is not bad. The people are portrayed the same way as in the other books of the series and Richard doesn't use much magic as usually. One of the things I like there is almost no explanations of the things a reader should already know from the previous books, which I find very annoying (we already know what the Mother Confessor power does, who are Mord Sith, etc).
I was thinking that ordinary people portrayed as way too stupid or gullible, but now after looking at the recent and historical elections I think it is just a little bit exaggerated.
The story is unfinished and we can read about the new enemy emerges, so I'm looking forward for the next book it the series
Finale as usually
I enjoyed the continuation of the story line.
A found it all a little boring.
The reader was fine, clear , however the story was just long and boring.
No. I only continued listening to it because I really enjoyed all of the previous books and the continuing story line.
I was very disappointed. it was very long and boring.
Good story until the end. Too short, it almost seemed like several chapters were missing from the end. I have been a huge fan of Goodkind since I read wizards first rule about 15 years ago. You could always count on a good long story with several plot lines. This one as well as his last book law of nines have been a lot shorter and less going on. I would only recommend this to someone who has read all the books and is a big fan of Goodkind. If you haven't read any of his books read (or listen to) wizards first rule. It's a great book and Goodkind at his best.
Not as good as his others, about half the length and just doesn't have the usual quality of his other works. Almost seemed thrown together, not a bad story just not up to par with what I am used to from him.
I've heard better but I've heard much worse, several people have narrated the other books and Sam is by far the best. A lot of the voices sound similar but he does a good job of showing the emotion the people are feeling. He has a powerful voice and it's pleasant to listen to. He is no Jim Dale, he is absolutly amazing, but he's better than most.
Yes, it's commute time anyway