As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will unleash annihilation. But Kahlan learns that if she ever were to unlock the truth of her lost identity, then evil itself would finally possess her, body and soul.
If she is to survive in a murky world of deception and betrayal, where life is not only cheap but fleeting, Kahlan must find out why she is such a central figure in the war-torn world swirling around her. What she uncovers are secrets darker than she could ever have imagined.
©2006 Terry Goodkind; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio
I'll end up finishing this series, but listening to Phantom feels like I'm just drudging through it to get to see how it all ends.
As I said, I do want to see how it all ends - I've invested a couple of hundred hours listening to this series.
They tried with this series and when you read TG's remarks about it, you can tell he wasn't thrilled with it.
Okay, so I've really enjoyed this series. Really, really enjoyed it. This end trilogy, though, is turning out to be so tiresome. Throughout the books, the characters have been a vehicle for TG to put forth his ideas about free will and the rights of the individual and a story of the atrocities of unchecked evil and how one must fight back against it. So far, this second book of the trilogy is pretty disappointing. There are HOURS where characters are retelling to someone a list of the goriest things TG could think of which go on and on to the point where one is just wishing whichever character was being told would just say, "Look. I get it. They're a bunch of ruthless savages. Geez. Move on, already." There is at least one LONG, LONG, LONG lecture - like an entire chapter - where a poor, ignorant character is enlightened about the evils of faith - any faith - and how those who have faith love to kill those who don't believe as they do. Not to mention, those who have faith are ignorant, stupid, illogical, blind, sheep-like, intolerant, egotistical, condescending, uncharitable, judgmental, misled fools who hate everyone around them and despise life itself. Believe it or not, that's not an exaggeration. The book is SO repetitive and wordy. Where TG could use 10 words, he uses 100. It reminds me of Jordan's Wheel of Time series where there were passages that lasted for 200 pages where literally nothing happened. It's like the author was told, "Okay. We want to end this with a trilogy. I don't care how short that story is, fluff it up to 800 pages so we can divide it into three books." It's like what Peter Jackson did with the Hobbit, but preachy.All in all, I've truly loved this series. It's so disappointing that this one book has turned it into a grind.
Finally finished reading Phantom. This book was the dullest of the series, it seemed like TG dragged it out too long, especially with Kahlan's storyline. Now off to finish the series with Confessor. Hopefully this one will be as good as the beginning of the series.
What can I say, I really should have read the other reviews and taken a bit more notice. I read the preceding books in the series when they were first released, and I must say and advantage to printed books is that you can skip the bits that are repetitive and dull. I think that the three final books in this series could easily have been compressed into a single story.
Although I have memories of the early books being very good, the final "trilogy" set have been something of a disappointment. The characters are dreadfully one-dimensional, and Richard himself has become unbelievable, overly righteous and at times downright dull. And was it just me, or were all the "bad" characters fat and/or ugly brutes, and the "good" characters slim and attractive intellectuals? Please!
I also found the switch in narrators disconcerting - the narrator who did the first book was better, but by then I was sucked into the "but I just need to see how it ends" trap.
I always get unabridged versions of my books, however, if ever there was a time for an abridged version the Chainfire Trilogy is it!!! OMG....some sections just go on and on! Don't get me wrong I love these books but why 3 books were needed for the Chainfire piece, I have no idea!! Whew...I'm glad I'm finally done with them!!!
I was some what dissappointed with Chainfire, part 1, but this book was a lot better. My only wish is that the narrator would stay the same. I really dont care who, although Jim Bond would be preference, but when you are use to one person, a change in the characters voices can throw you off.
the narrator sounds like he's is yelling all the time. it made the characters always seem angry even when they weren't. also the added music distracts from the story when I try is used.
This book was less preachy than the last two. The plot moved along finally. Goodwin's needs to not remind the readers of every detail from the previous books. If a new reader comes in for the tenth book, they will be missing far more than what he reminds us of and should know better than to pick the series up when it's this far in.
Wow, I loved listening to this on my road trip. The end of this series lives up to the other books and finally answers so many burning questions that go all the way back to the very beginning of the series. So good!
Not until there is a different Narrator. This one was better than Warheart, but it is still no where near as good as The First Confessor.
Cara -- She is always one of my favorite, but this one she has a little more levity and feeling and I liked that - In this book, she out-shined Richard and Kaylan.
Yes, but only because I have little choice with the Sword of Truth books.
Not really. I was very happy to see the evil sisters get what they deserved, and I laughed a few times with some of Richards responses when speaking to his three gifted advisors, but there were no extreme reactions.
I would really like to have ALL of the Sword of Truth books narrated by Christina Traister. I would buy them in a heartbeat. She uses several voices and inflections. I think it is because she is an actual actress and knows more about what she is doing.
"Great book but slow in places."
This book is yet another great instalment in this epic series and although slow at times the twists and turns are just as frustrating and exciting.
"Another fanastic book in the sword of truth series"
Gothic, Magical, Suspense
Yes I love the sword of truth series the narrator really brings the books to life
Book 10 of 11 in the series another outstanding performance
"Another Goodkind marvel"
This is book 10 in an 11 book series. I LOVED IT!! Such a rich world is created by Goodkind. At the end of the book I was so excited that I went straight on to the last one. This can be read alone but much more is gained if you read it as part of the series. The characters are so well conceived and the plot so well put together. The narrator is one of the better narrators of the series although to begin with he is a little robotic but once you get into the book you don't notice it.
If you've read or listened to the starting books you'll know you want to read some more, personally I found the reading better than the listening, but these are still a great listen if you don't have the hours and hours to spend reading the books
"this guy is just wrong"
Seriously, I have listened to the entire sreies up until now but this guy has no idea, he is just taking the mick. I posted a negative review about previous readers but n ow I realise that they were quite good; the current reader is atrocious. He has no idea about tempo, nuance or AAARGHHH, he is really bad. If I didn't care about the story I would stop now. It would be good if publishers did nlot rely on " he has a good voice" and went with a narrative that conveyed the story. Disapointing, but only because of the narrative...the story, of course, is compelling.
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