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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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    Mark WOODINVILLE, WA, United States 10-07-13
    Mark WOODINVILLE, WA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A decent read, but not"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was a good story, even if the whole you have death in you thing was a little too unbelievable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Goodkind before, how does this one compare?

    No Sword of Truth, or even Omen Machine, but still good.


    What about Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance did you like?

    Clear voice, with the right amount of emotion called for the situation.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth tobyhanna, PA, United States 09-06-13
    Kenneth tobyhanna, PA, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing book!"
    Would you listen to The Third Kingdom again? Why?

    No, but only because I usually read a book only once. But If I wanted to read one twice, this would be the one.


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

    I would love to say, but it would be a spoiler, and I don't want to ruin it for anyone. Trust me though, there are many, many memorable moments. I just stayed up till 4:30in the morning to finish it. I NEVER do that!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to count


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The soulless ones have escaped their prison.The dead have been awakened from beyond the veil. The greatest evil the world has ever known has returned from the dead, and they are all marching inexorably toward the Taharan empire. The only hope is Richard, Who has become the bringer of death. But will even that be enough to triumph against the Spirit king who has been beyond the veil for millennia? It's good versus evil at its finest. And even prophecy can't tell who will win.


    Any additional comments?

    The best Richard and Kalen book ever! A must read for any fantasy fan. Richard's journey will stand up even to Frodo's fantastic adventure! The Omen Machine pales in comparison! And the cliffhanger ending will leave you screaming for the next book. Terry Goodkind has said it should be along in about a year. A Mord Sith couldn't be so sadistic! Kudos to the author on a fantastic journey into his incredible imaginative world.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Guy NAPLES, FL, United States 08-26-13
    Guy NAPLES, FL, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Glad to see the characters still alive"
    Would you listen to The Third Kingdom again? Why?

    No, it was hard enough to survive the narration the first time. There are so many good narrators out now, that a change would have been a good idea. I have grown used to being able to tell what character is speaking since most good narrators can change inflections and tones, Sam Tsoutsouvas just doesn't have that.


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

    The dialogue about how long a person is dead for. It is only surpassed in duration by the amount of time Terry Goodkind keeps going on about it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performances?

    no, no, no!


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

    Do you mean to hit the fast forward button? Terry Goodkind has mastered the art of saying the same thing in every way possible. This book is the first one that would actually be better if it was abridged. This is a tough review since I like his books so much. You just get in spots where you know the book is going into a rut and that you'll have to wait out the rant, all the time shaking your head and yelling, come on now, get back to work!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll still read his next ones, but it gets tough to slog thru the long winded dissertations about nothingness.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Rome, GA, United States 10-15-13
    Jason Rome, GA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst book from Goodkind"

    Terry Goodkind got very long winded. He spent way to much time describing the same thing from 14 different angles. Then twenty minutes later he'll say it or some version of it again. I have been a big fan of the Sword of Truth series and was thrilled when the story continued with Richard and Kahlan series but I almost didn't finish the book. The next one I will be watching the reviews to see if it gets better.

    Sam Tsoutsouvas did a good job with the voices but he read it a little bit to slow. That combined with all of Goodkinds rambling made it almost impossible to keep my mind from wondering. This was the first book I have ever altered the speed on and I just kept turning it up until I got to 2x!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Continental, Ohio, United States 10-13-13
    Dan Continental, Ohio, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Even Sam Tsoutsouvas couldn't save this one."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better writing. Goodkind has great ideas which would make great screenplays. As a novelist he is lacking. I am finding him to be redundant and increasingly more so. It's almost as if his editors have come to him after reading his manuscripts and said "This isn't long enough for a novel." Instead of expanding his character repertoire and making the stories more interesting, he repeats everything to fill out space. Sometimes, it seems to be a contest with himself to see how many times he can use the same word in a chapter. Another aspect of his writing that irritates me is every character, no matter their education or station in life, speaks with the pompous arrogance of an elder statesman. Children using what my father called 'ten-dollar words' as if they were normal conversational words. Preaching on and on when a simple or statement or two would have had the same effect. In fact, if you cut out the repetition you could probably eliminate at least a third of the novel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

    Not likely any time soon.


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    ronald San Diego, CA, United States 10-12-13
    ronald San Diego, CA, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "disappointing"
    What disappointed you about The Third Kingdom?

    story drags and repeats. exremely boring and certainly not his best effort.


    Has The Third Kingdom turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, i enjoyed the previous books in the series


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sam Tsoutsouvas?

    yes


    What character would you cut from The Third Kingdom?

    maybe not remove Samantha but the conversations between this character and Richard are horrible


    Any additional comments?

    not worth the time spent listening or the credit spent buying it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooks United States 10-11-13
    Brooks United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Husband, Father, Gamer, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy Lover.

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    "Good but it be tough and repetitive at times."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Explaining things is fine but rewording and explaining everything makes the book harder to stay interested in. Be descriptive and explain things thoroughly once. It is a book and can be re-read if someone does not understand it.


    Would you recommend The Third Kingdom to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I would warn them to be patient.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Do you think The Third Kingdom needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes it is obviously not over.


    Any additional comments?

    The overall story is good and the idea compelling, but readers don't need nor do they enjoy all the rewording and restating of the same thing many times over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bennie Boynton Beach, FL, United States 09-29-13
    Bennie Boynton Beach, FL, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2003
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    "The same overused plot devices."

    I have always enjoyed Terry Goodkind's fantasy storytelling. I put up with hours of his political views (socialism and liberalism bad) blended into his stories because the actual fantasy or swords and sorcery part is generally good. Plus he normally wrote large novels so even if he rambles on about individualism for a few hours, I still feel like I get my moneys worth.
    Here we are in a new series about the old characters and even though he has kept his lectures down he spends much of the book having the same things happen that happened before. Something has happened to Kahlan. For one reason or another Richard can't use his magic. I am so tired of those two things being used over and over. Richard can finally use his magic to some degree but it did not work on the Hedge Mage. Then something stops him from using his magic at all. Kahlan is in trouble. Richard can't use his magic. The bond has stopped working. All things that have happened more then once. He has also just about cut the length of the books in half.
    I did find the last 2 hours of the book to be exciting and the kind of adventure story I like.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BOTHELL, WA, United States 09-29-13
    Amazon Customer BOTHELL, WA, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Eh..."
    What did you like best about The Third Kingdom? What did you like least?

    It's still a solid performance by the narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Terry Goodkind’s story?

    The book repeats itself endlessly...re-affirming things already stated over and over without actually adding anything new, and the magic continues to be inconsistent to the rules set down earlier.


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

    I have, this is on par with his other performances. He is a great narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book wouldn't really fit in a movie. Maybe a tv show, but that's been done and already messed up.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Hughes Phoenix, AZ 09-24-13
    Joshua Hughes Phoenix, AZ 09-24-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Terribly annoying repetition"
    What disappointed you about The Third Kingdom?

    I can't believe the amount of base level repetition in this book and excessive detail into which things are laid out over and over. It is as though the author thinks his audience is terribly stupid and he keeps having to repeat everything and lay it out as slowly as possible. If you take out the repetition in this book it would only be an hour or two long. A simple conversation in a cave about drawings on the wall takes a good 2.5-3 hours!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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