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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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    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 Member Since 2015
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Kenneth 09-06-13
    Kenneth 09-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Fantasy, sci-fi, Motorcycles, and my granddaughter. And I am a rail road engineer.

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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 2015
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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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