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The Third Kingdom Audiobook

The Third Kingdom: Richard and Kahlan, Book 2

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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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    Joanna Brockton, MA, United States 11-05-13
    Joanna Brockton, MA, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The best book series ever!"
    If you could sum up The Third Kingdom in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, moving, inspiring


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

    The Third Kingdom fits seamlessly into the entire series of novels from Terry Goodkind. The story continuously flows through to this novel. I highly recommend reading the previous novel of the First Confessor which this new novel weighs highly on. Although the stories flow this novel can stand on its own without too much confusion to the main story line for a new reader. Even if you have not read the other novels you are able to build that strong connection to Richard even without following him through the beginning of this journey. . .however unlike the other novels I feel Kahlan's character is not made out to be as strong and powerful as previously she seems weak rather than the true heroine she really is. The truth is I have never been a big reader. These are the first and only novels that I cannot stop myself from wanting to read over and over again. You are truly transported to another world and the action and adventure never stops. But the thing I truly love most about these novels is that the characters are so powerful. They are not only easy to relate to but inspirational. Terry Goodkind's words and characters are truly magical.


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

    YES!!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 10-08-13
    Richard 10-08-13 Member Since 2012

    As a visually impaired person, it has always been difficult for me to read books in print, but Audible makes books enjoyable again!

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    "A dark twist to the series."

    Both this and it's predecessor, The Omen Machine, are very dark compared to the rest of series. I can't decide which take is better, the original books or the new, darker side of the story. They're both great and highly recommended. Anyway, I loved this book!

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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


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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 10-05-13
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "Good story but the cliche "hero loses his power""

    I'll mention it because it's mentioned in the book description and review so I'm not Spoiling anything, once again Richard can't use his magic. How many times has Mr Goodking played this card? I really hope he gets around to Richard really learning about his power soon. This "anger" is the key to a war wizard's power is just plain incorrect and Mr Goodkind knows it. The readers know it. In the Temple of the Winds Richard learned all about everything in the Temple as well as his Power, so he was able to use his gift at will. He was bored sitting on his throne and with no anger involved he was able to use his magic. I'm thinking Mr Goodkind is saving this part of the story for a later book and Richard will probably learn that his Gift involves the "Balance" they keep talking about and just like with the Sword of Truth, his power will have both the anger and the love aspects to it. (and boredom as well if the Temple of the Winds events can be applied)

    Regardless, this isn't his best work but it's not his worst. I was surprised at some of the events and I am actually looking forward to the next book. something happened at the end here (No Spoilers, its ok) that at first I was shocked and a little angry, but then as I thought about it, I was more and more intrigued. I think we'll get to see one of the main characters grow as the haven't yet since they were introduced. I'm sorry to be so vague but I don't want to ruin someone's read or give out a Spoiler.

    As far as the other events in the book, I did enjoy most of it. I did speed up the narration when Mr Goodkind went on and on about explaining some of the intricacies of their magic but to be honest I didn't do it too much.Overall The Thrid Kingdom is classic Richard and Kahlan, which is why I bought the book in the first place.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris McMillon Dallas, Tx 09-04-13
    Chris McMillon Dallas, Tx 09-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Rough Start, but Exciting Finish"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great addition to the series. The only reason I rated the story down a bit is because Mr. Goodkind slipped back into some of the habits that detracted from the story. For example, the explanations and re-iterations of how things are done magically are a bit involved. Specifically conversations between Richard and Samantha tend to get a little long winded and re-iterate things over and over again. The Omen machine and The legend of Magda Searus got away from these drawn out scenes, which is one of the great parts about the books.

    The story is amazing as always, just could have been edited down in parts. It felt like the first quarter of the book was drug out, then the action began and it totally became worth it.

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    Jonathan 08-27-13
    Jonathan 08-27-13 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "in the top 5 of terry goodkind`s books !"

    although the conversation with samantha(a wizard)was very long,she really kicked ass afterward!Sam Tsoutsouvas is really pleasant to listen to and brings a plus to the story it was worth hanging on in there.i hope the sequel is as good with cara on a rampage!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-27-13
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2015

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.

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    "Zombies, Cannibals, & Soulless Oh My!"

    The Third Kingdom picks up where the Omen Machine left off but reading The First Confessor (the story of Magda Searus, Barraccus & Merritt) will be useful background.

    Sadly a peaceful world does not make a good story so Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, Nicci, Cara & others are again thrown into the brink of war for the survival of the human race. Like the other books of the Sword of Truth series, the stand alones & the Richard & Kahlan series the main theme is to believe in yourself, live with honor, and be prepared to fight for the rights or yourself and others.

    (Kind of a spoiler, though you find this out very quickly) In this book you get a chance to see the leader Richard has become without the ability to access his war wizard powers. It is nice that there are men out there (well in fantasy anyway) who know how to apologize.

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    Guy NAPLES, FL, United States 08-26-13
    Guy NAPLES, FL, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2016

    I listen to a LOT of audio books. My genres are Sci Fi fantasy, History, some Fiction, and Bio's, Education.

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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.

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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.

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    Amazon Customer 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 3 people found this review helpful

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