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Naked Empire: Sword of Truth, Book 8 | [Terry Goodkind]

Naked Empire: Sword of Truth, Book 8

"'You knew they were there, didn't you?' Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer. Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence."
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"'You knew they were there, didn't you?' Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer. Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence.

"'Yes,' Richard said. He gestured over his shoulder without turning to look. "There are two more, back there." Kahlan briefly scanned the dark jumble of rock, but she didn't see any others. Lightly grasping the silver pommel with two fingers, Richard lifted his sword a few inches, checking that it was clear in its scabbard. A last fleeting glimmer of amber light played across his golden cape as he let the sword drop back, in place. In the gathering gloom of dusk, his familiar tall, powerful contour seemed as if it were no more than an apparition made of shadows.

"Just then, two more of the huge birds shot by right overhead. One, wings stretched wide, let out a piercing scream as it banked into a tight gliding turn, circling, once, in assessment of the five people below before stroking its powerful wings to catch its departing comrades in their swift journey west. This night they would find ample food."

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©2003 Terry Goodkind; (P)2003 Brilliance Audio

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"Jim Bond's narration imparts a mythical quality while transporting the listener to a world of wizards, soul-stealers, potions, and magic." (AudioFile)

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    Diana WA, United States 03-16-10
    Diana WA, United States 03-16-10 Member Since 2007

    I am an Army Wife and full time student who loves to read. If I'm not reading a book I'm listening to one.

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    "I'm done"

    The series started out pretty well. At this point though, I'm done. Goodkind has started to preach... nonstop! I get the point already. Quit the ... whining!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tony MIDLOTHIAN, VA, United States 11-06-14
    Tony MIDLOTHIAN, VA, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Too much backstory filler"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Naked Empire to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I can't imagine rereading so much recap for each successive novel. At least with the audio version I can tune out for the pages of backstory that have been told and retold constantly


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

    Yes!! No one starts a 10+ series of novels on book eight or book nine or even book five, and if they do, they should expect to not understand some of the backstory. The author is either trying to fill space and make a series of 10+ book out of what should be perhaps as much as 30% less... OR ... he's trying to allow new readers to pick up any book in the series and get a feel for what is happening by inserting a little back story dozens and dozens of times. Which ever reason it is, it backfires on both counts; the readers that have followed since book one get tired of the same stuff over and over; the readers that are new, don't get enough back-story to be useful or particularly relevant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm 08-21-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "Talga Vasternich"

    Talga Vasternich the Wizard's Eight Rule meaning Deserve Victory is what Richard learns after been poisoned by a group of pristinely ungifted people who wish for Richard to destroy the Imperial Order army that is occupying their land, in return for the antidote. What Richard and Kahlan learn is that a weapon called a slide created using dark magic and a wizard named Nicolas is controlling the army and is spying on their camp and is intent on claiming Kahlan and killing Richard for Jagang in return for the land of D'hara. If this is not enough Richard's gift is also killing him, and it is only a matter of time before either the poison or his gift will kill Richard. This is another brilliant novel in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind and is again well narrated by Jim Bond. A great read and a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 04-29-14
    Kelly 04-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the Good Kind of Naked"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book unless they really wanted to complete the series.


    Has Naked Empire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, somewhat, but since I have been reading since the first book, I feel like I want to finish the rest of the series, even if it's painful.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Bond’s performances?

    I don't want to, but I will have to if I want to finish the series.


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

    Probably not. The plot was very preachy and slow.


    Any additional comments?

    I really do not care for Jim Bond as the narrator. His female voices are especially bad, but his voice for Richard also sounds very pompous. Part of that can be blamed on the writing, however. I remember when Richard was a character you liked and cheered for. Now he sounds like a self-righteous jerkwad. The pacing is also slow as molasses. The entire first two thirds of the book is filled with Richard's sermons and a dreadfully long and boring voyage. I sure hope Goodkind can redeem himself after this flop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Rockford, IL, United States 08-14-13
    Michelle Rockford, IL, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Repeat, Repeat"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator and no repeated passages.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Bond?

    George Guidall


    What character would you cut from Naked Empire?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    There are multiple times in this recording that entire sentences and paragraphs are repeated exactly in what appears to be very poor editing.

    The narrator has a very nasally whiny and monotone voice whenever narrating side characters and makes it difficult to tolerate at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 06-22-13
    Kimberly 06-22-13
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    "ugh"
    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Jim Bond?

    Nope. Moving on!


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

    1) cut the 2.25 hour preaching dialogue(s) to a concise concept that the moronic characters can understand and that the reader can tolerate. I drove across the state hearing " but Lord Raul" and Richards pleading imploring preachiness. One conversation was 2.5 hours. At some point I tuned out the stupid book and found the road noise more enjoyable. How bad is that!
    2) at some fricken point Richard has learned some magic. For pity's sake start developing the characters. Stop keeping him back in book 2.
    3) Kahlin is a wimp. Kill her off already if she hasn't figured out how to actually be the Mother Confessor she claims to be.
    4) Start treating the books as a series. Stop reintroducing primary characters over and over again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Chapel Hill, NC, United States 03-05-13
    Joseph Chapel Hill, NC, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Uncle .. I give up"
    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Jim Bond?

    Nope not a chance.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

    Nope


    What didn’t you like about Jim Bond’s performance?

    I hope he was paid well ... how could anyone read the same two or three thoughts a thousand times ........ yikes. He should get an award


    Any additional comments?

    I considered going forward, but honestly I was using fast forward to get past the same thoughts repeated over and over and over and over and over and over ..... almost from book one. So no more credits for Terry ... and althought I enjoyed the early books unless you can let go .. do not start this very long trip. I should have stopped about three books back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G.David H. 03-04-13
    G.David H. 03-04-13

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Good Story & this; A must have piece of the puzzle"
    Where does Naked Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among this great story with Richard & Kahlan. It's needed for the story but it's kind of
    Redundant and some parts are obvious and long winded awaiting that NEW Piece of the puzzle, But this one rates about in the middle of my favorite in the season.
    The sisters of the Dark and the light I guess seem to be very deep on the bench, I guess there were more of those sisters than I originally thought.


    What other book might you compare Naked Empire to and why?

    Any other of MR. Goodkind's books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably when Richard destroyed all of those guy's in the desert all at once.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It's ok but a must have in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leia 03-01-13
    Leia 03-01-13 Member Since 2007

    Kindle when I'm still and Audible when I'm moving.

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    "Back to the main story line!"
    Would you listen to Naked Empire again? Why?

    I probably won't listen to this again since I usually listen to series of stories and then just push through them. Since this is in the middle of the series, I will probably never get around to it again before I'm sucked into another series that will encompass my existence.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Naked Empire?

    I really did enjoy getting back to the main story line. While I now see why the Pillars of Creation was good information to have for this book to require less information about these characters, it just seemed like Richard and Kahlan were almost non-existent. However, Richard and Kahlan are back in full force in Naked Empire. All of our main characters are back, doing what they do best, saving the empire from evil.


    What about Jim Bond’s performance did you like?

    Jim Bond is one of my favorite narrators for the Sword of Truth series. I enjoy how his voice changes for Zed and some of the other characters. It really helps bring the book alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have any extreme reaction to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    katie olympia 02-20-13
    katie olympia 02-20-13
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    "terry goodkind"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Naked Empire to be better than the print version?

    That's apples and oranges...i listen to audio when i can't read..like long drives. I usually read books. I have this in print and audio


    What did you like best about this story?

    Im a goodkind fan. Wasn't my favorite if the series but decent. I liked the history of the pristinely ungifted


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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