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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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    Kevin Georgiades California 06-09-14
    Kevin Georgiades California 06-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Second half is good"

    I realize the first part needs to set up the story, but it felt like the story was just droning on and on about the same things. Halfway through its like Richard woke up and started acting like how he used to and the story overall got a little more interesting.

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    amber 04-23-14
    amber 04-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I still love Terry Goodkind"
    What did you like best about The Third Kingdom? What did you like least?

    I like the plot twists in this book. I did not like the death of one of my favorite characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cara has always been one of my favorite characters because of the beauty that her life turned into after all the horror she had faced.


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

    Nick Sullivan


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

    No. The tv series made out of the prior book series with the same characters was bunk. It changed too much of the storyline to keep interest. To make a tv series featuring the same characters would not work. In a movie, too much ground work would have to be laid. They would have to start at the beginning and make movies out of the entire Sword of Truth series first.


    Any additional comments?

    If I would have originally started listening to books written by Terry Goodkind with Sam Tsoutsouvas narrating, I would never have fallen in love with them in the same way. Nick Sullivan should take over all future Terry Goodkind novels. Sam is too boring.

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    Rich 03-23-14
    Rich 03-23-14
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    "Its great to return to an epic story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have listened to Nick Sullivan on previous books in this series, and Sam Tsoutsouvas, loses the uniqueness of the character's, with his mono tone reading.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Have it read by Nick Sullivan


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

    yes of course


    Did The Third Kingdom inspire you to do anything?

    read the next book in the series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory RENO, NV, United States 02-08-14
    Gregory RENO, NV, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "There is potential"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    After the Sword of Truth series, this series seems a little slow and lacks depth. I am hoping that will change


    What three words best describe Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance?

    He is average


    Was The Third Kingdom worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I am waiting for the story to get better.


    Any additional comments?

    Law of Nines was very good. I want more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K Slocan, BC, Canada 01-31-14
    K Slocan, BC, Canada 01-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't finish listening to it..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone; even diehard Goodkind fans. That said, it may be a 'necessary evil' to read it so that the next (and hopefully better book) will make sense. We'll see. If you want endless rehashing of the same concept over and over as if you were caught in an infinite cycle of groundhog days of Kindergarten learning ABC's, and you enjoy the most transparent of foreshadowing (if the shadow is removed then is it really just forelighting?) and you enjoy books that waste 90% of the story on meaningless drivel and then try to cram a books worth of good ideas into the last number of chapters that could have been fleshed out long before and to great effect; then this the book for you. Otherwise, save your money and just read an outline of the story on Wikipedia or some such.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

    Yes


    What about Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance did you like?

    Able to create voices and emotions that distinctly fit to individual characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Third Kingdom?

    Perhaps Goodkind has sold enough novels that his editor is mostly hands off when it comes to paring down redundant prose. If this is the case, Goodkind's editor should reevaluate the relationship in light of this trainwreck. If I were editor of the Third Kingdom I would likely have cut about one third of the entire book out, and then hired two more editors. Sadly that would hardly have made a dent in the incredibly repetitive writing. A third of the way through the book I was about ready to lose it from hearing about Richard being from 2 worlds for about the 100th time. Any explanation about what the third kingdom was /is/could/might be and Richards blatantly foreshadowed relationship to it, apparently had to be repeated the same nerve grating way every single time the subject was broached.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel for telling people not to buy this book because I would like to see Audible be a continuing success. That said I am sure I can mitigate my feeling by knowing that there are far better books to get, like say for instance any of the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher.Final note: let's hope Goodkind has hit rock bottom, found help and is now back on the path writing more interesting and engaging material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rashad Alpharetta, Georgia, United States 01-14-14
    Rashad Alpharetta, Georgia, United States 01-14-14
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    "Everything is in three's"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book has an excellent story, just like Terry Goodkind's entire series. The backstory, the interweaving of ancient civilizations/wars/prophecies is . . . incredible. 10 out of 10 in that regard


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

    Good grief though, this book could be a third as long and communicate exactly the same amount of awesome. He repeat's almost every single statement, concept, or plot device 2 to 3 times, just with different wording, and my god is it ever annoying. I understand if he just did that when going over what happened in a previous book, because it's been awhile since I read the Omen Machine, but it's literally every. Single. Thing. Except for combat, he manages to get out of doing that (mostly) because I guess that would break the flow.

    It's such an excellent story and performance though, just needs a bit of love from an editor with pruning shears.


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    Maela Plaquemine, LA, United States 12-28-13
    Maela Plaquemine, LA, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful! Great new world to add to SOT"
    What made the experience of listening to The Third Kingdom the most enjoyable?

    As with the other SOT books, it has a life lesson. That is what makes the SOT series so different and worthy when compared to other fantasy books.


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

    Can't say because I don't want to give away a monumental moment that will have an impact on you even after the book is finished.


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

    Sam is great in this narration.


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

    Another world, but no one knew it existed. The adventures continue....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith LIVERMORE, CA, United States 11-17-13
    Keith LIVERMORE, CA, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Decent but not great."

    Decent book. Not one of Goodkind's better efforts. It won't stop me from reading the next one though. The story seemed at bit predictable and the author seemed to stretch out a lot of scenes to make them longer. It reminded me of being in high school and filling in essays by adding words and unneeded sentences. The book was good enough though to get through to the end. Hopefully the next one is better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    11-06-13
    11-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Would be good at half the length"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like the Sword of Truth series, then even this rambling narrative still hits the spot for fans of Terry Goodkind's books


    What other book might you compare The Third Kingdom to and why?

    Any books he has written after the main series


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

    Do not think that worked out


    Any additional comments?

    Goodkind must definitely be getting paid by the word at this point. It is always a joy to hear Sam's voice and great to share more story with the main "Sword of Truth" characters. However, Goodkind seems to be writing his latest editions as if we are all 10 years old. Books are great in the fact that we can hear what the characters are thinking, but TK seems to think we need to hear every thought at every moment, multiple times.
    I will continue to listen to every book that involves these characters and will hold out hope that TK gets back to the kind of story telling that captured that loyalty when he wrote "Wizards First Rule."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark WOODINVILLE, WA, United States 10-07-13
    Mark WOODINVILLE, WA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2012
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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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