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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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    Dan 10-13-13
    Dan 10-13-13
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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 10-12-13
    ronald 10-12-13
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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 2010
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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 09-29-13
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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.


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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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    Ignacio 09-22-13
    Ignacio 09-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Still going downhill"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was a worthy continuation to the omen machine which was itself a bit of a boring book. Richard makes too much of a.difference in battle, the mother confessor is a problem as usual since chainfire.Also Richard not wanting to live without her is kind of repetitive.


    Was The Third Kingdom worth the listening time?

    No


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    Jesse longmont, CO, United States 09-17-13
    Jesse longmont, CO, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Love all the Books in the series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Third Kingdom the most enjoyable?

    I love that terry goodkind continued the story of Richard and Kahlan and does not disapoint at all. This series has some of my very favorite books and love that this one is mostly centered on Richard. I also love that Richard has developed into the character he is now in this story and has given up the woods guide persona completely and given way to the Lord Rahl that he has become.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sam Tsoutsouvas?

    A good storyteller. however there are times when improper voice inflections are used for the context and really pull you out of the immersion. I have listened to other readings by Sam Tsoutsouvas and the very same thing occurs once or twice in all of them. This is something easily corrected in the production process but obviously overlooked (continuously). A bummer but ultimately a minor hiccup.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are jumping into this book without reading the previous titles you are really cutting yourself short. Start back with Wizards First Rule and get ready for an awesome experience.

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    Jason 09-16-13
    Jason 09-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Dreadful"
    What did you like best about The Third Kingdom? What did you like least?

    12 hours in and i could tell you the entire story in 15 minutes without leaving out any important details. I love the Sword of truth because at least in that series when he started to ramble at least you had an over arching moral (wizards rule) to hang onto. I listen to books to stay awake at work and this one nearly got me in trouble. Good grief, I'm not even sure I can finish it.


    What could Terry Goodkind have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Severely condense the content. Quit milking me for my money. I'll buy your books just don't spend 3 books telling the story of one like you did with the Chainfire trilogy.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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