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Phantom

Sword of Truth, Book 10
Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
Series: Chainfire Trilogy, Book 2, Sword of Truth, Book 10
Length: 22 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)

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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.

©2006 Terry Goodkind (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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  • Stuart
  • Sheffield, S.Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • 10-02-09

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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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
  • 30-07-15

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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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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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
  • Wickford, United Kingdom
  • 24-12-12

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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  • Marie
  • 08-11-09

Phantom Review

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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  • ahintz17
  • 21-12-12

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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  • wonko
  • 30-08-15

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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  • Catie C.
  • 11-08-10

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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  • Monica Raven
  • 07-04-10

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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  • Kenley
  • 14-05-09

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-19

Goodnight!

I know Terry's writing is always great. But not even finished yet with the first chapter and I'd love to say that Sam Tsoutsouvas brings a new life to it. The sheer expression of the characters is phenomenal and purely emotional. Love it!

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  • William Dale Clark
  • 23-10-19

A necessary step to the end, but a slow journey

First I want to praise the voice performance of this title. The voice artist rendered a superb performance and is a welcome relief over the voice artist who read Chainfire. However the writing was very slow and there were chapters which Mr. Goodkind was spreading his support of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism once again. When he spoke through his character of Richard Rahl in the first books it was new and insightful, but giving the same speech book after book has grown stale. Read to lead to the end of the Sword of Truth series only. After Confessor Mr Goodkind and I will part ways.

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  • W. Greenway
  • 31-08-19

Great story, poor performance

Amazing continuation of the story. The performance is really bad through unfortunately. I really wish audible would re-record this with a different narrator.

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  • Amazonman
  • 07-08-19

5 thumbs up!

could not put this book down. the story and writing style draw you in completely!