• Confessor

  • Chainfire Trilogy, Part 3, Sword of Truth, Book 11
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (5,112 ratings)

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By: Terry Goodkind
Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
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Publisher's Summary

Terry Goodkind's bestselling, epic fantasy series Sword of Truth continues with Confessor.

Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those people still free are powerless to stop the coming dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves…and has lost.

Join Richard and Kahlan in the concluding novel of one of the most remarkable and memorable journeys ever written. It started with one rule, and will end with the rule of all rules, the rule unwritten, the rule unspoken since the dawn of history.

When next the sun rises, the world will be forever changed.

Epic edge: listen to more in the Chainfire Trilogy and the Sword of Truth series.
©2007 Terry Goodkind (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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"Sam Tsoutsouvas compels listeners through the story with a deep, stern voice." ( AudioFile)

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This isnt Atlas Shrugged, but it tries to be.

I don't know if I could take another 30 minute diatribe about the sanctity of life and the abhorrence of despotism. I mean holy crap this book was just painful. I desperately wanted it to be good, as an end to the series i started loving when "Wizards first rule" came out, however i was severely disappointed. Imagine John Galt's speech in atlas shrugged, if you listened to the audio book, the speech alone is almost 3 hours. Imagine that speech about the evils of socialism/communism but about the sanctity of freedom of choice and life as a whole. But imagine it happening over and over over and over and over. Imagine every single chance any character has to talk to another character being a tired tirade about these themes. Every. Single. Time. I cant stress enough how often this book goes away from telling a story, and CONCLUDING a story, to this method or proselytizing from the author. It hurts, its painful, it almost makes me wish i had never ever ever read any of the other books in the series. But "Wizards first rule" was great. Read it as its own story, then forget any other books in this series exist. I wish audible had a return program, i would gladly return this product and drink some magic potion that made me forget i has listened to it. Go read some Brandon Sanderson books. They're Grrrrrreat!

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Wow.....More rhetoric?

I have been looking forward to the end of this series ever since I began reading The Sword of Truth series. After reading subsequent reviews which were quite negative I still chose to purchase this title. I am glad I finally got through the last book, I just wanted to know what happened in the end! But, it was very, very painful listening. I do not think I can handle much more of Terry Goodkind's brand of writing. The first few books were fabulous but when he started fixating on freedom and choice I got a little wary. As the series progresses it just gets worse with each book. There is less and less story and more and more about politics or rhetoric or whatever you want to call it. Really I am extremely fed up with long speeches that repeat the same ideologies over and over again! I am not ignorant, I got the message the first time and the second time and the third time and you get the idea. I am relieved to be done with it all. I will go back and read the first 3 or 4 books because they are the best, but I will NEVER read this one again! Download it, listen to it, and then be content that the series has finally come to a tortured end.

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FINALLY over

Best thing I can say about the book: the series is FINALLY over. Not sure why I kept going with this series -- perhaps like people who throw good money after bad in the stock market, I just kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. The entire Chainfire trilogy paints Richard and the "goodguys" into a corner that they can't possible get out of, only to give a solution in the last few minutes that seems incongruous to the events leading up to it, and made the struggles of the characters meaningless. Very unsatisfying ending to a series that started exceptionally, but quickly went down hill. If you made it this far and feel the need for resolution, go ahead and finish it, but it you're thinking of starting this series, consider looking elsewhere. I agree with the comments of the previous reviewer, in that this was the first audio book I have fond my self screaming at to "get on with it" during the long, repetitive and tedious diatribes of the importance of life and individuality.

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ridiculously repetitive and predictive

I became interested in this series for two reasons: The first is that I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and wanted a replacement while I waited for the final book to be published. The second reason is that I watched the Legend of The Seeker television series and wanted to see what happened once the show was cancelled. I was disappointed because in my opinion, the show was better than the books. This series was also a poor replacement for the wheel of time series.

I like the general premise of the books like most of you who made it this far in into the series, but at times I wanted to pull out my hair in frustration. The tediousness of certain parts of Richard and Kahlans lives was astounding. Goodkind spent a good portion of each book repeating long drawn-out speeches discussing the sanctity of life. I get it life is good. He also repeated the same points several different ways and times within each speech, within each book.

In addition to this, Goodkind would repeat facts, and remind the audience of events that had happened within the same book several times. I found this to be extremely irritating. I understand that the audience needs some reminders from book to book, but come on. We don’t need those reminders several times within the book we are currently reading. Goodkind appears to have the same respect for the intelligence of his readers and listeners as he does for the masses in his books. He acts as if the masses are morons, and that the solutions that Richard come up with are invaluable. However, most of us were able to predict the solutions that were so painstakingly discovered by Richard and Kahlan. If this were not annoying enough, Goodkind then generates random phenomenal solutions that just appear from the sky. One minute Richard and his followers will be screwed and then all of a sudden Richard did some fantastical thing that saves them all. The audience is then left wondering what the hell just happened. The concept of magic in this series is also badly portrayed. Goodkind seems to just string a lot of long scientific and impressive sounding words into a sentence, hoping that the confusion will just make the audience assume that they make sense. They don’t.

The concept of kahlan was also irritating for me. Goodkind makes endless devotions to kahlan’s intelligent green eyes, but she never appears to do anything that would warrant that intelligence. She just seems to get credit for the things that Richard does. The other annoying component of her character was her love for Richard. I know that love was an important part of this series, but come on we understand that she has a special smile just for Richard, we understand that she gives it to no one, but him. I have to admit that the Chainfire Trilogy did not dwell on the endless professions of love that the rest of the series did, but still listening to Richard and Kahlan repeatedly asking the question of one another: Have I ever told you that I love you was painful. Nicky and Cara were by far my favorite characters within this series, but I think that the only reason for this was that Goodkind did not ruin them with his repetitive and endless character development that he employed with Richard and Kahlan. For all of you like me that are at this point in the series, finish it and be glad you’re done, if you are just starting the series, don’t. This series had great potential and could have been well done, but Goodkind ruined his own creation.

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A book that finally means something!

While at times, Goodkind's writing can be drawn out and lengthy, the message he ultimately delivers in this final Sword of Truth novel is life-changing. The struggles that Richard, Kahlan, and all their friends overcome is simply stunning, and I cannot get these characters out of my head. After reading this series, every other book I touched seemed to be either frivolous or pointless (which is not always bad), but Goodkind's work really means something to the human life and spirit. I'm not a religious person or anything, but the simple messages of truth, kindness, and freedom are so moving in the summation of this whole series.

If you are looking for a group of people that will change your life completely, I highly suggest getting to know Richard and Kahlan. These two are my literary heros. Bear with Goodkind's lengthy and often repeated descriptions, and discover an incredible world.

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Good but....

I always get unabridged versions of my books, however, if ever there was a time for an abridged version the Chainfire Trilogy is it!!! OMG....some sections just go on and on! Don't get me wrong I love these books but why 3 books were needed for the Chainfire piece, I have no idea!! Whew...I'm glad I'm finally done with them!!!

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More bloviating

This is philosophy - not fantasy. What's more, Goodkind, in attempt to teach by extremes shows he is inconsistent.

Here is the mantra over and over:

1. You are your own person.
2. Live for yourself.
3. Blind faith is treason to yourself.
4. Blind faith embraces death.
5. "The creator had nothing to do with it."

Here are the inconsistencies, over and over:
1. Our heroes are not their own people in this story. They have absolutely no control over their lives.
2. Our heroes all live to please others.
3. Our heroes scorn faith, yet virtually all of them believe in "the good spirits" but only a couple of them have actually seen one (the definition of blind faith, I believe).
4. Goodkind, while scorning religion, has turned Richard into a Christ figure. After all, he descended into the dead for a few days to redeem mankind. Then rose from the dead, came flying amongst the clouds, and judged the entire planet. Seems kind of like religious themes.

What's also weird is that is seems that only bad guys have any talent with magic. Everyone else gets their butts kicked.

The only thing good in this book was the Jala games.

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It's about time!

I have been waiting it seems forever for the conclusion of this saga. Goodkind does not disappoint. Although very, very "talky" this conclusion to the adventures of Richard and Kahlen ties up almost all of the loose threads and hands it to the listener/reader. The dramatist who reads the book does quite well.

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Wanting to throttle Terry Goodkind

I really think these last 3 books could have easily been 1 book if Terry Goodkind had quit rehashing events from earlier books like we all had amnesia and quit the preaching. I believe he could have gotten his message across without the sledge hammer. What really annoys me is the series started off so well I did want to see how it ended. On another note while the narrator has a pleasant voice he screams to emphasis an emotion and he does it a lot.

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Disappointed

I must say that I was very let down by this and the installments after Faith of the Fallen. I enjoy the occasional main character summing up the philosophical idea of the book rant, but I lost track of the number of times that it was force fed to me in Confessor. That and when I am forced to restrain myself from yelling at the radio for the characters to hurry up and come up with what should be the simplest of connections in logic I tend to lose the enjoyment of discovery I got from the earlier books. If not for the name on the cover I would almost believe that a different author took over after FotF.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-21

Finally

The book series finally concludes its main arc, as I struggled to get through the last couple of books. It ends spectacularly with this book, but the books that came before had little progression and was dragged out for me.

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  • Dave
  • 07-15-15

Dissapointing end to a great series of books

Has Confessor put you off other books in this genre?

No.
I have read and listened to hundreds of books of this, my favorite genre.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

After listening to the narrative performances in audio books like 'Dune'.

Audio books should be vocally acted out, with narrators either acting the different characters themselves.

Or have a cast of narrators to play the parts of different characters.
It makes the experience of listening truly engaging and almost three dimensional.

Rather than the flat monotone one dimension of listening to someone read lines of text from a book.

Any additional comments?

It is a great pity that the last 3 books were basically one book out into three.
As they lost all the pace and excitment of the previous books up until faith of the fallen that I loved reading so much.
And since that book have felt increasingly padded with diction and stretched out.

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  • Gareth
  • 12-24-12

Great listen

If you've read or listened to the starting books you'll know you want to read some more, personally I found the reading better than the listening, but these are still a great listen if you don't have the hours and hours to spend reading the books

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  • Adam Clegg
  • 09-21-21

loved it!

this for me, as a series has pretty much everything I want from a fantasy, intelligent heroes, strong women and yes blatantly evil villain all included. This book as the end of this series doesn't disappoint and I'm looking forward to seeing how the story continues.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-20

Confessor

I didn't like it anywhere near how much as I liked the previous two books. However, it in it's own way was still quite good. Richard playing the game made me smile often. I wish that Kahlan was given a better voice in this book. I LOVED Cara in this book.

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  • Amazonaddict
  • 10-14-19

A great ending

A great ending to an amazing series. Love the ties into real life at the end.

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  • Cookie
  • 06-22-19

So good

I haven’t really ever liked books. But i finished 15 books from this series in 5 months. If you enjoy fantasy and a good story i would reccomend this book.

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  • Billy G
  • 06-17-18

brilliant

loved them all brillian series ............... .. .. ... .. .. .. .. .. ..

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  • Sam Edwards
  • 02-19-18

really enjoyed it

the narrator is the best if the bunch. hopefully they will keep using him in forthcoming books!

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  • JustDazza
  • 07-06-17

what a great ending to the series

a great ending the a brilliant series, full of surprising turns in events, great performance

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-21

average at best

Pretty disappointing end to a series with only a few really enjoyable books. As mush as Goodkind preaches about the importance of life, the story lacks any real character progression and the character interactions seem shallow for the most part in these books. many characters introduced only to become completely irrelevant. Story progression also seems far to coincidental and lazily written.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-21

Good way to finish off the chain fire series.

I'm still loving the series and this was a good way of finishing chain fire

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  • Mordsith
  • 06-16-19

love this series

I love this series so much, I will read them till the end of time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-19

conclusion to one of the best fantasy series

conclusion to on of the best series iv ever read tieing all those bit of information and keeps you guessing till the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-19

Get the freakin names right!

I love this story, it has been a great journey so far. I only wish that whoever is organizing all the different choice actors have a little cheat sheet explaining to them how to pronounce the names of main characters and locations. It has bugged me beyond belief the entire time.

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  • Medeeks
  • 02-03-18

I'm going to miss them all.

I can't be objective at all, so I will just say that even though there were some terrible books in the mix, this series has been amazing. The first book, narrated by Sam also, kicked it off brilliantly and this trilogy really brought it home so well. Thankfully Part 2 & 3 were narrated by Sam as well. His emotional range and absolute mastery of narration made it everything it had to be.

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  • steve
  • 03-16-17

As good as any in series so far :)

Thorough enjoyed this book. Back to the best. Equals any of the series so far :)