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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

Epic edge: listen to more in the Chainfire Trilogy and the swordtruth series.

©2006 Terry Goodkind; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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    wonko 08-30-15
    wonko 08-30-15
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    "When Will it End?"
    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Sam Tsoutsouvas?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

    As I said, I do want to see how it all ends - I've invested a couple of hundred hours listening to this series.


    What three words best describe Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance?

    Average.


    Could you see Phantom being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    They tried with this series and when you read TG's remarks about it, you can tell he wasn't thrilled with it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Pine Hill, NJ, USA 11-08-09
    Marie Pine Hill, NJ, USA 11-08-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Phantom Review"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Raven Canberra, Australia 04-07-10
    Monica Raven Canberra, Australia 04-07-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Not a bad story, but way too long and repetitive"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Catie C. 08-11-10
    Catie C. 08-11-10
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    "Good but..."

    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!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenley Dillsburg, PA, USA 05-14-09
    Kenley Dillsburg, PA, USA 05-14-09 Member Since 2016
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    "better"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John 06-08-16
    John 06-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Terry Goodkind's Return to Form!"

    Okay, so, this book is definitely an improvement over the last few. It's excellent to hear Sam Tsoutsouvas narrate the story again, but it's lamentable that he doesn't do the voices for each character as he did in Wizard's First Rule. The grand plot of the Sword of Truth is finally beginning to take shape, and it's about time! Well done, Terry, well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael D Jensen 05-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "little better"

    this book was a lot better then the pervious. The story moved on. I only gave it three stars because there is still a lot of repetitive that to this point I have just tuned out. A lot of wasted chapters because of this. only downside from listing rather than reading, you can't skip over it.
    Sam did a great job. Just confused why he didn't bring zeds voice back like he did in wizards first rule and dept of bones. He really did great bringing zed to life. No he sounds like everyone else. That's the only thing that disappointed me with the narrator. Overall the book was good.

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    niya 03-29-16
    niya 03-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic series"

    I love this whole series. The characters are like old friends. I'm a repeat listener.

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    khaotic11 03-13-16
    khaotic11 03-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I think Sam Tsoutsouvas is a fantastic reader."

    Great reader. Best of narrator of them all imo. This story does go on and on at times, but dtill very good

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    Mikkel 02-25-16
    Mikkel 02-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Narrater and immersion"

    One of the better books in this series, and Sam really brought it to life with excelent voice acting

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    7/30/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aimee
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    9/7/14
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    "Another fanastic book in the sword of truth series"
    If you could sum up Phantom in three words, what would they be?

    Gothic, Magical, Suspense


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I love the sword of truth series the narrator really brings the books to life


    Any additional comments?

    Book 10 of 11 in the series another outstanding performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charmaine
    London, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth
    Wickford, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Great listen"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    Sheffield, S.Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    2/10/09
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    "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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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