• Phantom

  • Chainfire Trilogy, Part 2, Sword of Truth, Book 10
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (4,685 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bestselling author Terry Goodkind's epic Sword of Truth series continues with the next stunning installment, Phantom.

On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end.

As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will unleash annihilation. But Kahlan learns that if she ever were to unlock the truth of her lost identity, then evil itself would finally possess her, body and soul.

If she is to survive in a murky world of deception and betrayal, where life is not only cheap but fleeting, Kahlan must find out why she is such a central figure in the war-torn world swirling around her. What she uncovers are secrets darker than she could ever have imagined.

Epic edge: listen to more in the Chainfire Trilogy and the swordtruth series.
©2006 Terry Goodkind (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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When Will it End?

Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Sam Tsoutsouvas?

I'll end up finishing this series, but listening to Phantom feels like I'm just drudging through it to get to see how it all ends.

Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

As I said, I do want to see how it all ends - I've invested a couple of hundred hours listening to this series.

What three words best describe Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance?

Average.

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

They tried with this series and when you read TG's remarks about it, you can tell he wasn't thrilled with it.

Any additional comments?

Okay, so I've really enjoyed this series. Really, really enjoyed it. This end trilogy, though, is turning out to be so tiresome. Throughout the books, the characters have been a vehicle for TG to put forth his ideas about free will and the rights of the individual and a story of the atrocities of unchecked evil and how one must fight back against it. So far, this second book of the trilogy is pretty disappointing. There are HOURS where characters are retelling to someone a list of the goriest things TG could think of which go on and on to the point where one is just wishing whichever character was being told would just say, "Look. I get it. They're a bunch of ruthless savages. Geez. Move on, already." There is at least one LONG, LONG, LONG lecture - like an entire chapter - where a poor, ignorant character is enlightened about the evils of faith - any faith - and how those who have faith love to kill those who don't believe as they do. Not to mention, those who have faith are ignorant, stupid, illogical, blind, sheep-like, intolerant, egotistical, condescending, uncharitable, judgmental, misled fools who hate everyone around them and despise life itself. Believe it or not, that's not an exaggeration. The book is SO repetitive and wordy. Where TG could use 10 words, he uses 100. It reminds me of Jordan's Wheel of Time series where there were passages that lasted for 200 pages where literally nothing happened. It's like the author was told, "Okay. We want to end this with a trilogy. I don't care how short that story is, fluff it up to 800 pages so we can divide it into three books." It's like what Peter Jackson did with the Hobbit, but preachy.All in all, I've truly loved this series. It's so disappointing that this one book has turned it into a grind.

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Not a bad story, but way too long and repetitive

What can I say, I really should have read the other reviews and taken a bit more notice. I read the preceding books in the series when they were first released, and I must say and advantage to printed books is that you can skip the bits that are repetitive and dull. I think that the three final books in this series could easily have been compressed into a single story.

Although I have memories of the early books being very good, the final "trilogy" set have been something of a disappointment. The characters are dreadfully one-dimensional, and Richard himself has become unbelievable, overly righteous and at times downright dull. And was it just me, or were all the "bad" characters fat and/or ugly brutes, and the "good" characters slim and attractive intellectuals? Please!

I also found the switch in narrators disconcerting - the narrator who did the first book was better, but by then I was sucked into the "but I just need to see how it ends" trap.

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Finally finished reading Phantom. This book was the dullest of the series, it seemed like TG dragged it out too long, especially with Kahlan's storyline. Now off to finish the series with Confessor. Hopefully this one will be as good as the beginning of the series.

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Narrator

The story is great. However, Jim Bond is a much better narrator in this series. This book was narrated by Sam Tsoutsouvasand and is extremely monotone and flat in comparison. It was very hard to follow some of the dialog in the story without more variations in the voices.

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better

I was some what dissappointed with Chainfire, part 1, but this book was a lot better. My only wish is that the narrator would stay the same. I really dont care who, although Jim Bond would be preference, but when you are use to one person, a change in the characters voices can throw you off.

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getting increasingly violent, but I just want to see how the series ends at this point.

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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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Very Good Multi-Book Sci-Fi Fantasy MUST HAVE

What made the experience of listening to Phantom the most enjoyable?

This is the 10th Book out of the 11+ book Story of the Seeker which is a great Story which is an Addictive Original Story. If you like Sci-Fi Fantansy with Magic and the like; This series is a MUST HAVE starting with The Wizard's First Rule, The Sword of Truth. There is a TV series of which both are good.
Terry Goodkind is a great writer with original writing, he may be a little long winded but is well worth every penny and or credit.

I like these type of books and always have but this is one of my favorite of all-time. I am 40 years of age and Love Jim Butcher's Dresden File, Love Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles and this ranks right up there with them.

I totally Recomend All of Terry Goodkind's Books, I think Book 2 or 3 is the one where the narrarator messed up the names and pronounced everything wrong and made a mess out the Audio book but it was still a good story, Thank goodness they corrected this mistake on the next book.
This is a must have to any self respecting Sci-Fi Fantasy Reader/Listener.
Terry Goodkind is a master story teller!

What other book might you compare Phantom to and why?

There is no comparison!

What does Sam Tsoutsouvas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a Very Good Narrarator in which a bad one can screw the whole thing up. No problem with this guy.

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

Yes and Almost did!

Any additional comments?

Mr. Goodkind is a bit long winded but kicks butt with a Great Story and characters you learn to Love.

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Dear Spirits!

OK, with hands fisted at my sides I'm going to finish this series, heehee! Anyway, this is not really a bad book but I'm getting to think this author has a real problem with women and I will be happy to be done with all the violence against them. Other than that, we're moving toward the end I think... some good, some not so much but all in all I have to say I have been entertained. I liked this reader too, he's from the very frst book I think.

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Thrilling second book in the chainfire trilogy

Would you listen to Phantom again? Why?

As it is a part of a trilogy inside the The Sword of Truth series it would be perfect to listen to again when you revisit the series.

What did you like best about this story?

The entire backdrop of this trilogy is very exciting, there is alot of revisiting of characters from previous books. It keeps true to the main story line, the quest for unity, peace and freedom. Also the ever evolving journy of Richard Rahl. This book especially deals with alot of the questions you have from book one, but it still keeps you on the edge of your seat. You just want to hurry up and finish it so you can start on book three and the conclusion to this series.

Did Sam Tsoutsouvas do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He does not have the same broad specter of dialects and tones to differentiate different characters. Previous narrators have done a better job. But the main problem of a series this long is that it is near to impossible to keep the same narrator for the entire series. I have heard Zed's voice in alot of different ways so far, and you can not really get a feel for a character just based on its voice in The Sword of Truth Series. That being said I must say I enjoy Sam's deep voice, it is very pleasant and the small changes he does for the different characters is enough to know the difference, I feel now in book 3 that I can start to distinguish the difference on characters based on his twist on them.

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

If I could I would! I sneak in as much time as possible during my day to listen to books, and this one was very captivating indeed!

Any additional comments?

If I could chose a narrator I would go for Nick Poedehl, his performance of Kingkiller Chronicles day 1 is SUPERB!

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  • Stuart
  • 02-10-09

this guy is just wrong

Seriously, I have listened to the entire sreies up until now but this guy has no idea, he is just taking the mick. I posted a negative review about previous readers but n ow I realise that they were quite good; the current reader is atrocious. He has no idea about tempo, nuance or AAARGHHH, he is really bad. If I didn't care about the story I would stop now. It would be good if publishers did nlot rely on " he has a good voice" and went with a narrative that conveyed the story. Disapointing, but only because of the narrative...the story, of course, is compelling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-19

Inconsistencies & consistent bloviating

While I absolutely love the fantastic world the sword of truth series plays in, the protagonists are unbelievable, act (or rather do not act but talk) in a manner truly illogical, ,while reason and logic is at all times discussed and a hallowed notion. It felt since the first book of the series, as if the author was paid by line or word,, that much unnecessary fluff and endless reflection, discussion or simple pondering is stuffed into almost every chapter. The world literally is going under, while the protagonists engage in endless conversation which oftentimes circles around totally irrelevant issues. Pages and pages, hours of fatiguing, oftentimes frustrating dialogue or monologue. The actual story simply moves in a snail's pace while the heroes talk and talk and talk and talk in endless explanations and tiresome repetitions. Everything is talked and explained to death while in fact nothing really happens, So far almost all books consisted on 99% frustration and a storyline which did not develop with a couple of pages in the end delivering a rather anticlimactic ending. This especially frustrated me personally, as the author seemingly has some deep-rooted psychological issues, delving for hours into every gory aspect of rape and torture, again and again in an almost masochistic mindset, leaving not a second of nastiness out.. while much later these torturers & sadists do not incur real retribution in kind, but usually a quick, painless & anti-climactic death within a few minutes. All in all, the content of all the books of the series could have easily been condensed into a 2h booklet and probably ended up much better that way. Either the author or the editor failed us miserably here.. Endless talk with very little action. The whole thing is a mess. A beautifully designed garden, yet completely overgrown with unnecessary weeds. Especially sad considering that most ingredients for a truly epic sage were apparent. I skipped entire chapters several times throughout the series without losing a beat. I would never in a million years put myself through this effort of reading 12 books of the series again. This was no pleasure... this was hard, frustrating work. And thanks for the nightmares...as if our real world wasn't cruel enough. Please go and see a psychiatrist and get well, Dear Terry.

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  • Robert
  • 08-16-22

Not as good as the books

For some reason I don't remember the books being as tedious to read as these are to listen to. I don't need to be told for the 100th time Richard is the first to be born in 3000 years with both sides of the gift, I certainly don't need back story from each book in every book as if I might have just happenedto pick up the 8th book and read it without readingtheprevious7. I like the story but it could have been so much more concise.

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  • Rafael V P Lima
  • 07-27-19

Best book that I had so far

As the main history comes to the end the characters get more interesting and more engaging in their battle.

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  • Alison M.
  • 03-21-19

Change of narrator

At the beginning I was really disappointed the narrator had changed for this book and it took about 12/13 episodes to get into it. It is still a great story and I look forward to the next one, but I do wish it could be read by the same narrator for the whole series.

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  • Dobs Totev
  • 10-05-17

The story is dragging too long

It is a nice story and very captivating at places but at others i just bad to skip as it was too repetitive about things we know from the previous books.

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  • T
  • 07-30-15

Great book but slow in places.

This book is yet another great instalment in this epic series and although slow at times the twists and turns are just as frustrating and exciting.

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  • Aimee
  • 09-07-14

Another fanastic book in the sword of truth series

If you could sum up Phantom in three words, what would they be?

Gothic, Magical, Suspense

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

Yes I love the sword of truth series the narrator really brings the books to life

Any additional comments?

Book 10 of 11 in the series another outstanding performance

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  • Charmaine
  • 04-07-13

Another Goodkind marvel

This is book 10 in an 11 book series. I LOVED IT!! Such a rich world is created by Goodkind. At the end of the book I was so excited that I went straight on to the last one. This can be read alone but much more is gained if you read it as part of the series. The characters are so well conceived and the plot so well put together. The narrator is one of the better narrators of the series although to begin with he is a little robotic but once you get into the book you don't notice it.

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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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  • Medeeks
  • 01-24-18

Yes yes yes!

Had me the whole way through! Sam's performance is always flawless in my eyes, so much emotion in the way he tells the story.

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  • Mordsith
  • 05-16-19

I loved it

I'm reading this series for the 7th time it's the best series I've seen 💖