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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 13 pages
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD Value Priced; Unabridged edition (July 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146920150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469201504
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,755,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Against my initial reluctance to reopen a favourite, concluded series, I bought the paperback edition of Omen Machine and read through the whole story. It was heartwarming to read about characters I've come to care about and have missed for the past few years. It was a nice reunion, and despite any other criticisms of Terry Goodkind, the man can write action scenes like no one else. Heart pounding, gripping and masterfully descriptive. That said, I wish I had left the series alone.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
If like me you enjoyed the first books in the sword of truth series then found yourself becoming bogged down in Goodkind's heavy handed metaphor but kept reading because you still enjoyed his first rate action sequences and likable and well spoken character please do not purchase this book. This series was wrapped up in the thrilling but rather underwhelming Confessor and should have been left that way.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I truly loved the original series. But, to be very honest... The Omen Machine was was was was was OMEN OMEN OMEN OMEN horrible. I started with great anticipation, but the repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition repitition
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?
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Format: Hardcover
After seeing his new series based on the United States(Earth) fall on its face, it was nice to see him return to the sword of truth series. I have read all of this series and own all the books. I found some of his novels too preachy or just dragging on as if he was simply stalling, but I was quite happy to once again return to this world. It was a shorter book than his first of the series, but still refreshing to have these amazing characters come alive once again. I do think; however, this book was a bit rushed at the end, yet this is something Goodkind often does...he slowly works his way through most of the book like slow often irritating foreplay, then rushes to the finish line. The end came so quick that I was afraid of a cliff-hanger! In addition, this is not the last book of his series, for he's opened up a new road for at least one more. I haven't read any novels of interest since his last book, but flew through this in two days. There are not many books that will have me reading for a whole day. If you like his work, you'll find this a refreshing return to Richard Rahl and his family.
cheers,

Seadrive
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