Version: Unabridged
Author: Terry Goodkind
Narrator: Sam Tsoutsouvas
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: N/A
# of Units: 20 CDs
Length: 20 hours
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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.

Reviews (8)

Written by Dennis onek on March 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

one more great book in the series but the narrator is annoying, creates too much drama and yells where not necessary and also reduces his voice where unnecessary i wish Jim Bond was the the narrator of all the series. anyhow, one cant have what one always wants, plus i believe this narrator is giving his best for the audience.

Fell Flat

Written by Christine from Monroeville, PA on June 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This is the first book I read in the series, by accident. My newness to the series aside, this book is seemingly endless; the narrator doesn't read, he lectures. The constant repetition lead me to say out loud, several times, "We get it, move on!" When it's made clear that time is short or the characters must hurry, there will be a long conversation on mostly inconsequential matters, or a deep soul searching on how much Richard loves Kalen. Richard's 'bereavement' is perhaps the most insufferable part of the book; however, the author's lovingly repeated description of 'the enemy' and their brutality and rape was also an emotional drawback. I would suggest this series to those listeners with patience and a lot of time on their hands. It's not a compelling narrator, the story drags, and quite often you can let your mind wander while listening only to pick right back up once the soliloquies die down, but at it's core the concept is sound.

MP3 Difficulties

Written by Larry Brinckerhoff on February 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I could not listen to this in my car - not set up for MP3s. I have since read this book in the print form. Great book. If you like Goodkind, you will love this!


Written by Anonymous on November 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

WOW! Although the series got lost a few books back, with Chainfire and now Phantom, I am so hungry for the last in the series, Confessor" that I might not be able to wait for it to come out in audiobook.

Terry doesn't disappoint!

Written by Mrs. Morgan in Az on September 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Terry's 10th volume of Richard and Kahlan again delivers everything that you have come to expect out of Terry and his masterful story telling. In this novel we come full circle in ways I never expected, wanna know what I'm talking about?? GET THIS BOOK and find out!! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this novel. And it definitely leaves me WANTING more! Can't wait to get a hold of the next and last book in November 2007!


Written by Susan Tortorici on September 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this series and this one kept me wanting more. I feel I know these characters as friends and family. Excellent as always and leaves me begging for more.

Wizards First Rule

Written by R M on July 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This series is a must for any fantasy reader, while soome books falter slightly, they are all part of the greater whole. My only regret to reading this series is that it will someday end...

Tying things together

Written by Jason Bailey on May 14th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Terry Goodkind is finally bringing things to a head. Loose ends that have been hanging out there since Wizard's First Rule are being revisited. This book pickes up where Chainfire left off and builds up a lot of momentum. I can hardly wait for the series conclusion coming out in the fall of 2007. If you've been following the series this book is a must. If you haven't start with Wizard's First rule. If you gave up on the series early before reading Faith of the Fallen, read it and then pickup again at Chainfire. I'm not saying that Pillars of Creation and Naked Empire are bad, but they are more on par with Temple of the Winds and Soul of Fire which are the books that lost a lot of casual readers of the series.

Author Details

Author Details

Goodkind, Terry

Terry Goodkind was born in 1948 and raised in Nebraska in the United States. Goodkind, slightly unusually for an author, suffers from dyslexia. He worked as a carpenter and a rare artifact restorer and painted some beautiful marine and wildlife paintings.

Whilst building his own home in the middle of a forest on Mount Desert Island, Maine, Goodkind began writing his first novel. The novel later became Wizard’s First Rule and was published in 1994. So began a series of books that formed the Sword of Truth series. The following year, in 1995, Stone of Tears was published and Blood of the Fold followed this in 1996. Of all of the Sword of Truth books only Wizard’s Rule and Stone of Tears have failed to reach the New York Times Bestseller List.

The series continued in 1997 with Temple of the Winds, with Soul of the Fire and Faith of the Fallen following in 1999 and 2000 respectively. The Pillars of Creation (2002), Naked Empire (2003), Chainfire (2005) and Phantom (2006) take the total number of books in the series up to ten so far. His latest book, Phantom, entered the New York Times Bestseller List at number one.

Each book in the Sword of Truth series has sold better than its predecessor and to date the series has sold over twenty million copies.

Terry Goodkind lists Ayn Rand as a huge influence on his writing. He has sold over twenty millions books and these have been translated into over twenty different languages. He also feels that while his novels are placed firmly within the fantasy genre, the philosophical and humane elements in his books take them into a different genre. He believes that the fantasy settings and themes of his books make it easier for him to get his ideas across.

Did you know? Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s Rule holds the record for highest amount paid at auction for a first fantasy novel (over five times the price paid for any other). He now lives in another self-built house with his wife Jeri. The house is located in a desert region in the south west of the United States.

Goodkind’s main reason for writing fantasy novels is to inspire. If you wish to get a signed copy of a Goodkind book then please go to, this is only way to get a signed copy.