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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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    Daniel 02-23-17
    Daniel 02-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Such a good story!"

    Narration was incredible well done. Story exilently written. Goodkind does it again. and damn cliff hangers!!

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    Rachel Nashville, TN 02-19-17
    Rachel Nashville, TN 02-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I have loved these stories for years."

    after the jagong story line wrapped up, it is like Terry goodkind decided all his characters needed to suddenly be stupid. there is so much explanation to simple things that the characters just seem dumb. I just listened to a line that said, "the people from beyond that wall aren't like us. they are a kind of cannibal. she frowned in confusion. a kind of cannibal? what do you mean? how can there be different kinds? they eat living people...." this happens often. simple things are questioned with incredulity and then when the simple explanation is spelled out, they are like, oh. yeah.

    it has happened with Richard and Sammi several times. it is infuriating. he is not a stupid man. why write him like this now?

    I started reading this series many many years ago. maybe I was young and it was always written this way. but this is ridiculous.

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    Joe 01-21-17
    Joe 01-21-17
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    "Pass on this one"

    So much needless filler, so many repeated lines to squeeze the end of the book into a few very rushed chapters. Loved the original series but it seems he could have given us two more great books instead of four watered-down drags.

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    ike UT 11-01-16
    ike UT 11-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I have to finish..."

    I've loved this series for my entire adult life. I took a few years away, but always wanted to get back into the story, beginning my audio book library with Faith of the Fallen, then continuing with Naked Empire, and so on. I'm not sure what has happened, but the writing has changed dramatically... 53 Chapters in inc had decided it was enough. There is so much that is said repeatedly (think [this battle happens], people travel then the story of the battle, in the exact same detail, is repeated to you 3 more times in the next 6 chapters) There is a part of the book that the immense devastation of an event taking "a mere moment" is literally explained in a 10 minute session of the audio book. I loved Goodkind's writing, I've read it for years, I will be happy to read the entire series, but when I'm done I'll only ever read Wizard's First Rule til Phantom, again. (I haven't read the first confessor, so I wait to find a good read once again)
    if you read Omen Machine, prepare for a lot of the same style of writing with some added story... if you haven't read Omen Machine, avoid it and this. They will taint the thought of this series, which truly becomes heart-rending.

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    Angela 10-18-16
    Angela 10-18-16
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    "Captivating"

    I love Sam as a narrator :). I think the characters are a part of him as much as they are me.

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    Lindsey 10-09-16
    Lindsey 10-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "love"

    i love sam tsoutsouvas. i wish he read all of this series. there are some that are just so bad.

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    Chris T. Rodman 10-06-16
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    "Now we're getting somewhere."
    Where does The Third Kingdom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not the top of my list, but it was very good - probably number 2. I still wish they would get a different narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I still like Cara the best, but Sammie was very good in this book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performances?

    I really have no choice if I want to listen to the Sword of Truth books. I will probably never buy a book narrated by Sam - unless he gets better at voice inflection - but because I love the Sword of Truth books - I will keep trying to listen to him, and enjoy the book for what Terry Goodkind was writing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I do not think it was an extreme reaction, but because I read the book - and I got angry while reading the book - I got angry all over again. I really do hate Abbot Drier. I know the character - Bishop Arc - is supposed to be one of the main bad guy characters, and he is a great bad guy character, but the abbot is just so totally obnoxious and demented, that I wanted to jump in the book, for Kahlan and Richard, and do a job on him myself. Maybe just for my own satisfaction.


    Any additional comments?

    The Story was excellent, and the new characters that were added were wonderful. Even though Sam did a better job narrating on this book, I still wish they had Christina Traister doing the job. To tell you the truth - I don't know if Sam is even getting any better. I may just be getting used to his small variety of voices, and have come to terms with the fact that I can't have it any other way.

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    John Thurmond 09-27-16
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    "Wonderful"

    Great book! As with all his books, Terry Goodkind does it again. I highly recommend this book!

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    gabriela ledezma 08-18-16
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    "I thought it was going to be better..."

    I have loved all of Mr. Goodkind books, but this one...oh man, I really had to force my self to finish it. Just way to much rumbling. I'm really hesitating to get the book followed by this one, hopefully is not like this one, I really want to know how it ends with Richard and kaihlan

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    Jayne A. Garver Harrisburg, PA United States 07-08-16
    Jayne A. Garver Harrisburg, PA United States 07-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Terry Goodkind, but"

    This is not his best work. The characters spend too much time over analyzing their every move.

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