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Pint-sized Bookworm

I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin: Jack Ryan, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In the Soviet hills of Dushanbe near the Afghanistan border, an otherworldly array of pillars and domes rises into the night. Between the USA and the Soviet Union, no contest is more urgent than the race to build the first missile defense system, and no one knows that more than the two men charged with assessing the Soviet's capabilities: Colonel Mikhail Filitov of the Soviet Union, an old-line warrior distrusted by the army's new inner circle of technocrats, and CIA analyst Jack Ryan, hero of the Red October affair. Each must use all his craft to arrive at the truth, but Filitov gets there first?

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Double Agents and defections"
    "Double Agents and defections"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cardinal of the Kremlin the most enjoyable?

    Tom Clancy's writing is well researched and the scope of the story is incredible especially with many twists and turns the story takes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The double agent Cardinal. The character's bravery in the face of execution was a brilliant concept.


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

    I really felt for Cardinal when he passed away shortly after his rescue and defection to the United States.


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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
    (1042)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (914)

    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"
    "Prophecy must be heeded"
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    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.

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  • Confessor: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 3, Sword of Truth, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (698)

    Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those people still free are powerless to stop the coming dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves...and has lost.

    Randall says: "ridiculously repetitive and predictive"
    "Your life is your's alone!"
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    Your life is your' s alone. Rise up and live it. Wizard's 11th rule is unsaid, but inferred. Confessor concludes the original Sword of Truth series in an unexpected but incredibly beautiful way. The battle for freedom from the imperial order has begun but Richard has lost his power and is a prisoner of the imperial order. Kahlan is still unknown to everyone but a few and the world of magic is dying out as a result of the Chainfire spell contaminated by the three chimes. Surrender to Jagang and the Imperial Order maybe the only way to survive. Terry Goodkind is definitely a master of fantasy and The Sword of Truth is one of the best series in any genre ever written. Sam Tsoutsouvas gives his best performance as a narrator in his reading of Confessor. The Sword of Truth is a must read series for all fans of the fantasy genre and I recommend this series to anyone who has never read fantasy before and would like to experience what they have been missing. Absolutely love the whole series.

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  • Phantom: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 2, Sword of Truth, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (674)

    On the day that she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day when the world began to end.

    Marie says: "Phantom Review"
    "Treason to one's self"
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    Wizard's tenth rule - "Wilfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one's self". In Phantom Kahlan and the Sisters of the Dark are captured by Jagang who has been manipulating the sisters all along as the deal they struck to swear loyalty with Richard Rahl to use his bond did not work as they believed it had done. The three chimes have contaminated the Chainfire spell and more then just the memory of Kahlan is been lost. Magic and everything that is touched by magic is dying. Richard is captured by a witch woman named Six and the Boxes of Orden are once again put into play. Sam Tsoutsouvas gives a brilliant narration of Phantom by Terry Goodkind the tenth and penultimate book in original 11 Sword of Truth books.

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  • Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1, Sword of Truth, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (696)

    As Richard fought to focus his mind on his need to remain conscious, the breathless voices sounded to him as if they were coming from some great, dim distance. He wasn't sure who they were. He knew that he knew them, but right then it just didn't seem to matter. He struggled to put voice to his burning concern, but he couldn't form the words, couldn't get out any more than a gasping moan.

    Karanja says: "Much improved from the Naked Empire"
    "A contradiction can not exist"
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    "A contradiction can not exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole". This is the Wizard's Ninth Rule and is what Richard learns when a chainfire event is set off by four Sisters of the Dark and no one but he can remember Kahlan Amnell. The first of three Chainfire books that conclude the Sword of Truth series. Brillliantly narrated once again by Jim Bond this is a great listen and the beginning of the end of The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, and I believe one of the best fantasy series ever written.

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  • Naked Empire: Sword of Truth, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (690)

    "'You knew they were there, didn't you?' Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer. Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence."

    T. Baker says: "A little less talk, a lot more action"
    "Talga Vasternich"
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    Talga Vasternich the Wizard's Eight Rule meaning Deserve Victory is what Richard learns after been poisoned by a group of pristinely ungifted people who wish for Richard to destroy the Imperial Order army that is occupying their land, in return for the antidote. What Richard and Kahlan learn is that a weapon called a slide created using dark magic and a wizard named Nicolas is controlling the army and is spying on their camp and is intent on claiming Kahlan and killing Richard for Jagang in return for the land of D'hara. If this is not enough Richard's gift is also killing him, and it is only a matter of time before either the poison or his gift will kill Richard. This is another brilliant novel in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind and is again well narrated by Jim Bond. A great read and a great listen.

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  • The Pillars of Creation: Sword of Truth, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (739)

    Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin. Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land.

    D says: "Detour!"
    "Life is the future"
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    Life is the future, not the past. This is the Wizard's Seventh rule. The Pillars of Creation introduces Richard's half-sister Jenssen and his half-brother Oba Rahl. They are holes in the world, they have absolutely no magic and magic can not touch them. They are a danger to the world of magic if left alive and the Keeper of the Underworld is speaking to them and Emperor Jagang is using them to destroy Richard and the world of magic. Great narration by Jim Bond and another masterpiece from Terry Goodkind.

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  • Faith of the Fallen: Sword of Truth, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By John Kenneth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1578)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (873)

    A Sister of the Dark captures Richard and takes him deep into the Old World, to the very heart of the Order, while his beloved Kahlan remains behind. Free because of Richard's sacrifice for her, but unwilling to abandon the cause of the Midlands, Kahlan violates not only prophecy but her last pledge to Richard and raises an army against the advancing horde of the Imperial Order.

    Daniel says: "This is the one when he goes Ayn rand on you"
    "An amazing story"
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    Faith of the Fallen is an amazing and incredible story of how the spirit of love and freedom can triumph over the evil of tyranny. As the Wizard's Sixth Rule says "The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason". John Kenneth delivers a great performance of, I believe probably one of the most emotionally captivating stories in The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. This story will have you yearning to set your spirit free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soul of the Fire: Sword of Truth, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (891)

    Now it has become terrifyingly clear that the Chimes have the potential to bring down all that Richard and Kahlan have worked to protect, and even the power of the Sword of Truth may not be enough to stem the tide of their unleashed magical force. But if the Chimes cannot be stopped, first they will ravage Richard and Kahlan, then all of D'Hara, and then the entire world.

    Costas says: "Soul of the Fire"
    "Mind what people do."
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    "Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie", is the lesson Richard and Kahlan learn in Soul of Fire Book 5 in The Sword of Truth series. Kahlan unwittingly released the three chimes upon the world when she saved Richards life in Temple of the Winds, and as a result magic is dying. Together they travel to Anderith which is protected by the mysterious weapon the Dominie Dirtch, to try and set things right. A great read and listen although Buck Schimer tends to become a tad monotonous, in his narration after a while. Still an enjoyable listen and another great story in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.

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  • Temple of the Winds: Sword of Truth, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2016)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1128)

    The dangerous, fanatical Imperial Order, under the leadership of the power-mad Emperor Jagang and his multitude of demonic underlings, unleashes a deadly plague. To find a cure, Richard Cypher and his beloved Kahlan Amnell must seek out the legendary Temple of the Winds, a fortress of evil sealed away for three thousand years. But the path of the Seeker of Truth is never an easy one - even if he can reach the Temple at all, there is no guarantee he'll ever return.

    Danielle says: "Good book, poor narration"
    ""There is magic in forgiveness""
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    "There is magic in sincere forgiveness, in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive". This is the Wizard's Fourth Rule, learned by Richard and Kahlan in Temple of the Winds. Emperor Jagang sets loose a plague upon the world, a prophecy says that the Mother Confessor will betray Richard in her blood, the Temple of Winds sends a warning via three nights of red moon, Richard and Kahlan will marry but not to each other, a young woman named Nadine arrives at the palace claiming she will marry Richard, and Richard meets his half-brother Drefan Rahl a healer of the Raug-Moss. All makes for another amazing tale from Terry Goodkind. Dick Hill gives an excellent performance of the audiobook that deserves a Five Star rating. Absolutely brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (1103)
    Story
    (1120)

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "Passion Rules Reason"
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    Passion rules reason, for better or worse the Third Wizards Rule is the lesson learnt in Blood of the Fold. This time Kahlan, Richard and their allies must fight the Emperor Jagang's Imperial Order and the Blood of the Fold, as well as Mistwriths and Sister's of the Dark to prevent the New World been conquered and ruled over for a thousand years by Jagang from the Palace of the Prophets. Another brilliant masterpiece in The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. The narration performance from Buck Schimer is good but a little to monotonous at times, still well worth the money to listen to the book.

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