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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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Can't wait for the next book!!

You won't stop reading, the story will build still the end and then you want more.
All your main character are back and some new ones to make it interesting.

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Contract Obligation Story Arc

You could stop with Confessor and be satisfied with the Series...but if you read The Omen Machine like I did, be ready for a time jumping story with repetitious dialogue that feels like he was filling space to meet the requirements of his contract.

I am in it now for new story arc but you could save yourself.

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Not one of his best books

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Samantha's repetitive questions were annoying. In fact I wonder if Goodkind had a shortfall of word count and had to restate phrases over and over and over again in order to have the book fall into "Novel" territory rather than Novelette.

Would you recommend The Third Kingdom to your friends? Why or why not?

I might recommend the book if my friends were Goodkind fans with the warning that it isn't quite as good as previous Richard and Kahalan books

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

I like listening to Sam. He does a great job of differentiating the characters of the books. He's awesome.

Was The Third Kingdom worth the listening time?

It was okay

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terry Goodkind should have Stopped at Conferssor

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I am a Goodkind fan but he should have stopped at Confessor even that had stretched the series pretty far.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was not interesting at all really

What didn’t you like about Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance?

He was WAY WAY WAY to quite. While driving in the car there was way to many times that I would miss things he said. It was very annoying. This is NOT someone I would chose to listen to again.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

While I agree with Goodkind's politics with each book he has become more and more preechy as every other reviewer has complained about. It gets to be way to much. Its like come on man. We know how you feel. Get over it all ready. And way to many plot holes. My god all the crap with the Mord Sith! RIchard has no fear of a Mord Sith and EVERY Mord Sith knows the touch of a Confessor is death! This was by far the WORSE book every by Goodkind.

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great way to go terry

Would you listen to The Third Kingdom again? Why?

yes and will the whole series. i love it!

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

nothing, maybe ra salvator a little

Have you listened to any of Sam Tsoutsouvas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes. good

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

most diffently

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What happened?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have enjoyed all of Terry Goodkinds books, until this one. The constant repeated "Richard knew"s, along with the apparent need to explain every concept 2,3 even 4 times in the same bit of dialog leaves me wondering if this is even the same author of the previous books? Or did he suddenly decide he is writing to small children? Terrible book to listen to. I can't recommend this book to anyone! Unless you are desperate, and, like me, hold out some small hope that Mr. Goodkind will put a lot more effort into the next one in this series

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

Write for an adult audience, way less "Richard knew"s stop the explications! A concept is clear after the first time!

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Second half is good

I realize the first part needs to set up the story, but it felt like the story was just droning on and on about the same things. Halfway through its like Richard woke up and started acting like how he used to and the story overall got a little more interesting.

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I still love Terry Goodkind

What did you like best about The Third Kingdom? What did you like least?

I like the plot twists in this book. I did not like the death of one of my favorite characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cara has always been one of my favorite characters because of the beauty that her life turned into after all the horror she had faced.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sam Tsoutsouvas?

Nick Sullivan

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

No. The tv series made out of the prior book series with the same characters was bunk. It changed too much of the storyline to keep interest. To make a tv series featuring the same characters would not work. In a movie, too much ground work would have to be laid. They would have to start at the beginning and make movies out of the entire Sword of Truth series first.

Any additional comments?

If I would have originally started listening to books written by Terry Goodkind with Sam Tsoutsouvas narrating, I would never have fallen in love with them in the same way. Nick Sullivan should take over all future Terry Goodkind novels. Sam is too boring.

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Its great to return to an epic story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have listened to Nick Sullivan on previous books in this series, and Sam Tsoutsouvas, loses the uniqueness of the character's, with his mono tone reading.<br/>

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Have it read by Nick Sullivan

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

yes of course

Did The Third Kingdom inspire you to do anything?

read the next book in the series

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  • Gregory
  • RENO, NV, United States
  • 02-08-14

There is potential

Is there anything you would change about this book?

After the Sword of Truth series, this series seems a little slow and lacks depth. I am hoping that will change

What three words best describe Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance?

He is average

Was The Third Kingdom worth the listening time?

Yes, but I am waiting for the story to get better.

Any additional comments?

Law of Nines was very good. I want more