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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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    Robert D Ogburn 07-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    I really love the series. this narrator did an excellent job drawing me into the world.

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    Kathryn 06-29-15
    Kathryn 06-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    loved this book. a lot better than the last. focused more on main characters. Goodkind is a matter

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    Seán 06-28-15
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    "He is certainly quite the political commentator."

    Fantasy / Sci-fi has long been a genre for social commentary, and this is no exception. I believe the point of view on societal trends and political motivations to be incisive and quite a cautionary tale.

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    Oliver Baltimore, MD, United States 05-29-15
    Oliver Baltimore, MD, United States 05-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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    I found this book to be largely unnecessary to the overall story. It seemed to me to be an excuse to spew repetitive rhetoric and get paid for it. Even if you are a big fan of the story and author I would suggest skipping this book entirely.

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    C L Moses Lake, WA USA 04-07-15 Member Since 2015

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    I love the stories and how they actually relate so well with life in our day. I wish all would read these books and see the truth in them.

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    enjoyed very much lok so forward to the next installments. love terry good kind thank you

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    William M. Howland Louisiana 02-27-15
    William M. Howland Louisiana 02-27-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Bond gets it right most of the time"

    I love the story. Jim Bond voices the characters very differently than previous performers. it makes some of the characters seem like caricatures of themselves. I didn't like the way he voiced Emperor Jagang. it made him seem less dangerous than he is in the story.

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    Latiffah Carpenter 02-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    very enjoyable. I listened every chance I got and finished in less then a week. I will recommend to anyone.

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    Tony MIDLOTHIAN, VA, United States 11-06-14
    Tony MIDLOTHIAN, VA, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    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


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    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.


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    no 08-21-14
    no 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.

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