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Naked Empire Audiobook
Naked Empire
Written by: 
Terry Goodkind
Narrated by: 
Jim Bond
Naked Empire Audiobook

Naked Empire: Sword of Truth, Book 8

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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."

Epic edge: listen to more in the Sword of Truth series.

©2003 Terry Goodkind; (P)2003 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"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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    Maria BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 03-08-16
    Maria BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 03-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"

    This was a great addition to the series. A roller coaster ride of emotions, all of your favorite characters, I even enjoyed the triumph over mindless mob mentalities. A+ in my book.

    1 of 1 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 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph DiMartino Chapel Hill, NC, US 03-05-13
    Joseph DiMartino Chapel Hill, NC, US 03-05-13 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John ReadingUnited Kingdom 02-15-10
    John ReadingUnited Kingdom 02-15-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Enough, no more."

    There has been times when I've loved this series and times when I've really struggled to carry on. This one has finally done it for me. The start doesn't dove tail very well with the end of the previous book. Either I was asleep last time and missed bits, or this one referenced things not mentioned before. Either way I got a few hours into it and got hopelessly lost, bored and fed up, so I stopped listening and haven't returned to it in over a month. I'm done with this series now and my advise is don't waste your money.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Gerringong, Australia 05-03-09
    Andrew Gerringong, Australia 05-03-09
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    "Love Zed"

    The Saga continues, and Terry Goodkind keeps the story exciting with new twists! This time Wizard Zedicus Zoul Zorrander shows what magic he can muster!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Trip @ PUNKassPHOTOS 10-15-15
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    "Communism Suck.... Terry tells us why...."

    I see a lot of people complaining about book 8.... Terry in his own way is fighting the Apathy we see around us. If you have trouble understanding the points and logic he is making. If you can't figure out the simple comparison he is making to the bad guys in the novel to the Progressive movement we are seeing all around us. You're more lost than the society Richard saves.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lord 07-26-16
    Lord 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "one of my personal favorites in the whole series"

    Nicholas the slide like Richard said is one nasty piece of work and I loved his character although there are worse things that had this was one of my favorites

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    thomas 07-07-16
    thomas 07-07-16
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    "love this series, so excited to start the next"

    the book was great just like everyone before it. looking forward to starting chain fire, the narrator was great hope the next is as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Orosz 06-27-16
    Orosz 06-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting but..."

    This book was interesting but I felt like it was predictable. Wizards 8th rule.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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