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The Third Kingdom: Richard and Kahlan, Book 2 | [Terry Goodkind]

The Third Kingdom: Richard and Kahlan, Book 2

"Three knives were buried up to their brass cross guards in the man's chest. Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File. He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up to his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death." Sequel to the #1 New York Times best seller The Omen Machine.
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"Richard saw the point of a sword blade sticking out from between the man's shoulder blades. He spun back toward Richard after throwing the woman out of the opening, ready to attack. It seemed impossible, but the man looked unaffected by the blade that had impaled him through the chest.

"It was then, in the weak light from the fire pit off to the side, that Richard got his first good look at the killer.

"Three knives were buried up to their brass cross guards in the man's chest. Only the handles were showing. Richard saw, too, the broken end of a sword blade jutting out from the center of the man's chest. The point of that same blade stuck out from the man’s back.

"Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File.

"He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up to his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death."

Sequel to the #1 New York Times best seller The Omen Machine.

©2013 Terry Goodking (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Nimue Alberta, Canada 08-26-13
    Nimue Alberta, Canada 08-26-13 Member Since 2008

    Avid audible listener!

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    "Good story, too much rambling"

    Terry Goodkind is very good with his story line, he just tends to ramble so much it gets boring. It is like he has an idea, then because he doesn't really know what he wants to say, he just keeps repeating what he said in different ways until it feels like he is treating the reader as if they are incapable of understanding what he is saying. (I actually start to feel insulted at times.)
    An example is the section about the soulless and half-souled people. I think he could have written the section with Samantha in at least half as much space and not bothered to repeat everything again to Ester. It wasn't that difficult to figure out what was going on.

    I like the story and I like Sam Tsoutsouvas's narration; however, I would recommend reading this book rather than listening because at least then you can quick read the rambling sections.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    jonathan atlanta, GA, United States 08-22-13
    jonathan atlanta, GA, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "terry goodkind at his best"
    What made the experience of listening to The Third Kingdom the most enjoyable?

    once again his stories are so full and captivating . this takes on another level compared to the others he has done


    What did you like best about this story?

    getting more history and some of the back stories of Richards world


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

    hes fantastic....on the level of roy dotrice


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

    when sami and Richard looked like the halfmen were going to get them and she made the trees blow up. I yelled out loud and scare some of my cowworkers


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DDTAN Narnia 08-24-13
    DDTAN Narnia 08-24-13 Member Since 2011

    “I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."

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    "Terry Goodkind Returns With Vengeance"
    What did you love best about The Third Kingdom?

    What can I say, this is Terry Goodkind at his best. "The Third Kingdom" is finally the return of the Goodkind we've all been waiting for: character driven, compelling, action pack, emotional-joy-ride, suspense, all these factors will keep you reading/listening far into the late hours of the night.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Third Kingdom?

    The battle with the halfmen in The Third Kingdom during the escape. All I can say is "WOW!" Joyful, tear jerking, anger, despair, hope, hate, sadness, relief...'nuf said.


    What about Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance did you like?

    Sam Tsoutsouvas does what he does best, he brings intensity and authority to voice of Richard Rahl. His narration, especially the battle scenes, had me on the edge of my seat as the intensity of them sent chills up my spine; I could feel the hot anger from the Sword of Truth, as though I was holding it, as Richard cut and cut and cut the enemies to pieces. lol.


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

    Yes. And there are so many questions left unanswered. I can't wait for the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    I got a little worried there towards the middle part of the book, it felt a little dragged out with the dialog between Richard and Sammy, but after that, wow, all hell broke loose. The intensity, which I didn't think was possible but Mr. Goodkind somehow did it, it reached another level.

    If this was any other book from a different author, I would have given the story five stars, but because Terry Goodkind has spoiled me with such books as Wizard's First Rule, Stone of Tears, and Faith of the Fallen, I hold Terry Goodkind to a higher standard, so I only gave this book four stars because, although it is very good, it's still not as good as his earlier books and pales in comparison to "Faith of the Fallen" which I consider is a masterpiece.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jade Lyndhurst, OH, United States 09-11-13
    Jade Lyndhurst, OH, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Terry Goodkind does it again!"

    I am always a fan of Terry Goodkind; this book is no exception. I am ecstatic to again be on a journey with Kahlan and Richard. True to form, the storyline is fantastic and full of stimulating philosophical undertones. The character development is superb. A definite must read! I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Grapeland, TX, United States 09-02-13
    Michelle Grapeland, TX, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The Saga is Back!"
    What did you love best about The Third Kingdom?

    The Third Kingdom brings back the saga we love, with our beloved characters that we never want to say bye to. I love how it expands on some of the things we learned in The First Confessor, further entwining history in the current story. I can hardly wait for Book 3 to tie it all together with one of Terry's always satisfying climaxes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Samantha, because she really rose to the occasion! (Aside from our normal favorite characters.)


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

    I wanted to drag this one out a bit, because I hate that the story of Richard and Kahlan is going to come to an end again. I wanted to spend as much time in their world as I possibly could.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book! Post a review! Tell your friends about it! Help keep our favorite author writing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luke APO, AE, United States 09-02-13
    Luke APO, AE, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "As usual, Terry Goodkind delivers."
    What made the experience of listening to The Third Kingdom the most enjoyable?

    The narrator Sam Tsoutsouvas did a amazing job as ever with the reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was good as ever. It was the typical plot twist of TG laying all the elements out for the ending of the book for the reader to put together at the end.


    What about Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance did you like?

    The narrator Sam Tsoutsouvas did a amazing job as ever with the reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the point in the book when Richard 1st drew the Sword of Truth to battle, The scenes surrounding this are always vivid and build the readers imagery of the situation up.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Smith WY 12-15-13
    T. Smith WY 12-15-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Give me more"

    I have been a long time Goodkind fan. His characters are never one dimensional and his tales turn into something bigger by the end. This book is a continuation of his world with Richard and Kahlin and I couldn't have been more excited to read more about these heroes. If you haven't read the previous books, start with wizards first rule. I don't think you will be disappointing.

    If you have read the others, then you need to know that the magic rules have changed and it's in an amazing way that takes the whole story forward with new potential. I can't say more, I don't want to ruin the journey, but it's worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    IBGlitrbug 12-09-13
    IBGlitrbug 12-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice follow up to the Omen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure I would.


    What about Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance did you like?

    He has a nice solid voice and a great way of making the charc. stand out.


    Any additional comments?

    This one was a bit wordy going over the same things again and again but that's the nice thing about it being on disc is you can skip some of that and get to the meat.
    All in all it was a great follow up cant wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth CLINTON, CT, United States 11-14-13
    Kenneth CLINTON, CT, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The characters keep on coming"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Glad to see the continuation of Richard, Kahlan, and the "crew". Really can't wait for the next book (hoping it is longer ... not liking the shorten books). Great development of the characters and the story line. Have listened to all of Richard & Kahlan's books in the past year and am glad I started the series. Hope Samantha can join the "crew".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Third Kingdom?

    Richard losing his powers but still finding ways to beat MAGIC and helping others. Thought he did a very good job of trusting Samantha with his life and Kahlan's.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Tsoutsouvas – was your favorite?

    All of the characters were performed very well ... since I love the series I can't pick one that stood out the most.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were two moments that moved me ... the loss of Benjamin and Cara from Richad & Kahlan's "crew". We are going to miss them both. I really liked Benjamin, he was a very good "inner circle" friend/advisor/defender. And Cara was a trip to see develop from a Mord-Sith with strict rules to a woman that marries a man.


    Any additional comments?

    Must start from the beginning but can pickup up from any point in the series. But best done from the beginning and see how things and characters have developed. Plus you understand more about everyone and everything since each book is a building stone upon the previous ones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 11-13-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "15 Terry Goodkind books and I still want more!!!!"

    Wow, Richard and Kalen have been put through the test and now after the Omen machine it's still not over. The Third Kingdom is coming "the dead" is coming and they want your soul.Zed,Nicky,Kara and the best men Richard has are put down and missing. Kalen is on her death bed and only Richard can stop Lord Ark.. Richard will call on his death and living side of himself to save the day but without a little girl named Samantha this will not be possible.. Terry hurry up and finish the next book you have me again!!! Must read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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