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The First Confessor Audiobook

The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

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Publisher's Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind comes The First Confessor, the prequel to the Sword of Truth series.

In a time before legends had yet been born....

Married to the powerful leader of her people, safe among those gifted with great ability, Magda Searus is protected from a distant world descending into war. But when her husband, a man who loved life and loved her, unexpectedly commits suicide, she suddenly finds herself alone. Because she is ungifted herself, without her husband she no longer has standing among her people, and she finds herself isolated in a society that seems to be crumbling around her.

Despite her grief, she is driven to find the reasons behind why her husband would do such a thing - why he would abandon her and her people at such a profoundly dangerous time. Though she is not gifted, she begins to discover that there may be more to her husband's suicide than anyone knew. What she finds next, no one is willing to believe.

Without anyone to help her, she knows that she must embark on a mission to find a mysterious spiritist, if she even exists, so that she may speak with the dead. This quest may also be her last chance to unravel what is really behind the mysterious events befalling her people. What she discovers along the way is that the war is going far worse than she had known, and that the consequences of defeat will be more terrifying for her and her people than she could have imagined.

As mortal peril begins to close in around her, Magda learns that she is somehow the key to her people's salvation.

Journey with Magda Searus into her dark world, and learn how true legends are born.

©2012 Terry Goodkind (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    T. Stankard 10-29-15
    T. Stankard 10-29-15

    Audible has increased my multitasking skills, since Audible I've been able to fulfill my fantasy of reading while doing other activities.

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    "Spells it out so even a dummy would get it"
    Would you listen to The First Confessor again? Why?

    I liked it but there are some things I wish I didn't know and I won't spoil it for whoever is going to read it but i will say this...DO NOT READ THIS UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE ORIGINAL SWORD OF TRUTH SERIES!!! For 2 reasons.... 1 it will spoil the mystery and intrigue of the 14 books that come before it and 2 it will make no sense to you whatsoever. To me this is not a stand alone book. I think I would listen at least once more in case there are things I missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Magda's rebirth as a confessor


    Which character – as performed by Christina Traister – was your favorite?

    She is one of them


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

    I wanna listen to all my books in one sitting...however, who has an 8 - 36 hour block of time to do so?


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, read this one...but read it last.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 03-04-16
    Denise 03-04-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The first confessor"

    The story itself begin very slowly, but the development of the characters was worth the wait.

    This story began 1,000 years before Kahlan and Richard's adventures.

    The Temple of the Winds has just been desecrated, strange things are happening within the Keep, who or what is trailing on Magda's heels as she tries to "Find Truth."

    Follow through the eyes of the Lady Magda Searus, widow of the First Wizard Baraccus, as she discovers what has happened and what she will become. What will the future hold for her people?

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    Arthur AZ 01-11-17
    Arthur AZ 01-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Great Prequel"
    If you could sum up The First Confessor in three words, what would they be?

    I don't know whether to advise you listen to the original series before or after this book, but it is also good as a stand alone or an intro into the series. The book was all you would expect from Goodkind and sets the stage/ sums up the facts for the rest of the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Dorsey Schenectady County NY 11-21-15
    K. Dorsey Schenectady County NY 11-21-15 Member Since 2012

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    "A great listen."

    Perfect voice for this part of the saga. Should another be written from this point of view, please choose this lady for reading. The amount of emotion injected was perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 11-18-15
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 11-18-15 Member Since 2017
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    "One of my favorite in the series. "

    I really like the Sword of Truth series. Sometimes it's a bit of a "simple" sword and sorcery series, but it has some well thought out magic concepts, and extensive lore, and that's what I like about it. This book goes back to the very beginning of the lore and answered some questions I had. The negative about the audio book version of the series as a whole is that all of the narrators are bad, Except This One (FYI...this is the 2nd woman to narrate this book. This book was re-recorded and the first female narrator's version was dropped and replaced by Christina Traister's performance.). I really loved this narrator. She did an outstanding job. She paused in the right places, kept the perfect pace, put the right emotions behind the character voices based on the current scene, and it was really a pleasure listening to her. Next I'm moving on to the most recent, and final, book of the series titled Warheart. I read somewhere that this book is tied to the last, and it was recommended that one might want to read this one again before listening to the last, so that is what I did.

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    Jerry 01-31-17
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    "A must read prequel. "

    provides great back story to the series.

    loved the performance and it was best to have a woman's voice.

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    Robert J. Green 11-04-16

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    "Great Story!!!"

    I wish I would've read this prequel before reading tha sword of truth Series! It added a lot knowing where, when and how the First Mother Confessor came about!!!

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    Julie Caton 10-17-16
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    "More! Please give us more!"

    loved this book. Would love to see more written to fill in the gaps between this time and the rest of the series. great narrator great story

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    Chris T. Rodman 09-30-16
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    "Wonderful Narrator"
    Where does The First Confessor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top of my list. I have listened to several and the narration is the most important part. I tried listening to another narrator for Terry Goodkind books and I think the other narrator is terrible.


    What other book might you compare The First Confessor to and why?

    WarHeart, Confessor - Same Author


    What does Christina Traister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings feeling and different voices. She should do all of Terry Goodkind's books


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

    Yes, but I couldn't stay awake.


    Any additional comments?

    Get ride of Sam Tsoutsouvas!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip E Bailey 09-17-16 Member Since 2016

    A college professor with a background in science and the military.

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    "Want more"

    I would love to read more adventures Magnda Searus.This story sets up the sword of truth series but has so much potential on its own.

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