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James

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  • The Omen Machine: A Richard and Kahlan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (982)

    An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen....

    Alan says: "Different"
    "Was a great listen."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Omen Machine to be better than the print version?

    No never, only because I believe truly you get more out of reading than listening. Nothing against narrators. When you read yourself you also have the advantage of bringing the book to life at your own pace using your own imagination. Making characters sound the way you wish it, sometimes listening to others interpret the book tarnishes your own impressions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Omen Machine?

    I do not wish to spoil it for others but I always cherish when Zedd is proud of Richard much like my Grandfather use to for me.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Tsoutsouvas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have and the only thing I really didn't like before is the pronunciation of Nicci. I understand each narrator will have their own style and no one can fault them for that. However I believe the pronunciation of at least proper names should be consistent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I do smile often when I am able to discover the scheme of things before they are uncovered only because I have come to know the characters individually which only brings testament to Terry's ability to make people come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I lot of people were upset over the longevity of the book with no plot. My only advice is to reread(listen) to the book once more like I have the others and you will find each time hints you missed before. This will help with understand how Richard comes to the conclusions.

    Terry has a wonderful way of making magic both special and ordinary. Not every problems is solved with magic and sometimes magic is the problem.

    Also some readers can't believe people are this stupid. If you haven't run into people of so low of caliber consider yourself lucky. I engage in such people everyday.

    I hope I didn't ruin the book be exposing anything that should not have. It really is a good book that deserves the patience required to really receive the plot in whole.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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