The Omen Machine Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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“Goodkind's greatest triumph: the ability to introduce immediately identifiable characters. His heroes, like us, are not perfect. Instead, each is flawed in ways that strengthen, rather than weaken their impact. You'll find no two-dimensional oafs here. In fact, at times you'll think you're looking at your own reflection.” ―SFX on Blood of the Fold
“Few writers have Goodkind's power of creation--phenomenal piece of imaginative writing, exhaustive in its scope and riveting in its detail.” ―Publishing News on Temple of the Winds
“Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers.” ―RT Book Reviews on Faith of the Fallen
“Outstanding…. Highly recommended.” ―San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds
“Makes an indelible impact.” ―Publishers Weekly on Faith of the Fallen--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
One of the most popular writers of fantasy today, Terry Goodkind divides his time between Maine and Nevada.
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It is so profoundly disappointing to see that Goodkind's two main characters - our heroes Richard and Kahlan - have evolved from young, uncertain heroes fighting for what's right and overcoming their doubts, into super know-it-alls who barely tolerate the silly beliefs of the common folk.
A scene repeated frequently in the second half of this long, multi-book series is of one of our core group of enlightened heroes standing in front of a crowd - often on a raised platform - lecturing at length about some topic or another. Usually this is a thinly veiled monologue about how most people don't think for themselves, but instead allow others/superstition/fear/etc do the thinking for them.
They don't even need a crowd to do some lecturing - they do it to each other in the guise of solving some problem. For example, in Omen Machine, Zedd, a wise old wizard who taught Richard most of what he knows, suddenly becomes clueless and close-minded. He even acts like a book written in a language he doesn't recognize must be useless - simply to give our hero the chance to educate him (really it's us the Clueless Reader who is being educated). I think Richard goes on about how he knows the language of ‘emblematic representations’ at least 5 times. Ug.Read more ›
The Richard and Kahlan of "The Omen Machine" are only shadows of their former selves and the supporting characters are unbelievably flat and are used as unfortunate punching bags as Goodkind rails against the evils of Prophecy. I rarely try to read too deeply into a book of fiction but Goodkind seems to be unable to focus on his story long enough to make it interesting, he spends far too much time trying to illustrate the destructive force that religion or "Prophecy" has on government or free will in general. Coming from someone who actually agrees with him in most of his philosophy I found myself disappointed that he was unable to incorporate his views and still write an engaging novel.
Richard and Kahlan are some of my favorite characters in fantasy but in order to preserve my fond feelings for them I will be rereading "The Wizard's first rule" and other favorites and not be purchasing any more of their continuing adventures.
was horrid.... did I mention that the completely ineffectual reference to OMEN over and over and over and over and over completely bored me so badly. I actually finished the original series..... I could not finish this book... Terry writing for dollars maybe?
Most recent customer reviews
Love these books! Shipped in only a couple of days. Was very impressed with it.Published 2 months ago by Noelle B
Looks like a first writing: lot of repetitions, a few non sense and poor intrigue. I was deceive by this book.Published 17 months ago by Andrée Charron
A very fast paced story, I didn't want to put it down. This was certainly a shorter book compared to most of the other books in this series, but it flowed seamlessly from the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brad Herriot
If you read the previous books, it's just normal to read this one. It directly follows the last book. It might not entice new readers, but it's still a good one.Published 23 months ago by E. Meunier
it's a start to another great richard and kahlan adventure, slow in some parts but it's always a build up to something great that will make you not to put the book down.Published 23 months ago by Haitham Senoun
Kind of disapointing, was expecting more action,also it seems the autor rushed the ending, I dunno, it feels like a really weak level compared to the Sword of Truth seriesPublished 23 months ago by Sébastien KOEHLER
I feel like there was a lot of repetition in this book and no character development. I'm normally a huge fan of Goodkind but I feel like he didn't put as much effort into this... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2014 by Nathan
I have to agree with another reviewer that this book felt a little like it came from the young adult shelf. The characters seem a little dumbed down and slightly hollow. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2013 by Grim
I love Terry Goodkind, to me he is the best author ever! If you read all the previous Richard and Kahlan novels, you will not be disappointed.Published on Oct. 1 2013 by shr0hn
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