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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."

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©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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    Sheryl 05-15-16
    Sheryl 05-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "This story was such a disappointment"

    It droned on and on....and I really felt that the story line was so weak. PLEASE REDO THE SERIES WITH THE ORIGINAL NARRATOR! I hoped Jim Bind would get better in his narration but his voices are so mechanical, it sounds like the story is about a group of robots! Bad bad bad! I plan to just skip the next one and get back to the excellent narration of the original.
    I will not listen to anything narrated by Jim Bond ever again.

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    W. Logan Caldwell Jamestown, USA 05-02-16
    W. Logan Caldwell Jamestown, USA 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good"

    great story and well written. i did notice that the narrator changes voices of characters which is slightly confusing, otherwise good. my second favorite book in the series.

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    Michael D Jensen 04-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "little better"

    overall the book was ok. Jim Bond did the best he could narrating. His robot voice and lack of emotions to the characters really sucked. Only one more book to get through before we get Sam back to finish off the story, thank god.

    The story was better than the pervious book. Terry tends to repeat a lot of information that we already know, and hearing Richard repeat it to everyone he encounters is getting super old. For example, Terry we get what a Mord sith is by now. No needs to explain. Just getting sick of hearing back stories of the same damn thing in every book. I pray it gets better. If not, going to be highly disappointed.

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    Robert 04-09-16
    Robert 04-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Naked Empire Review"

    This one was a bit long winded and multiple times information was repeated. Too wordy and not enough action.

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    Fathas Houston, TX USA 04-06-16
    Fathas Houston, TX USA 04-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Took a break during this one"

    Tired of the characters being reactive rather than proactive. Also the way the bad's get an edge and the goods narrowly pull through just feels tedious. Lots of preaching as folks said. I took a break during the climax and read two other books just cause I wasn't really all that interested. I'm really hoping chainfire is different.

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    Wesley 03-12-16
    Wesley 03-12-16
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    "Narrator ruined an OK book"
    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Jim Bond?

    Like many have said Terry Goodkind's books in this series almost grind to a stop while Richard (and Goodkind) explain the exact same things over and over and over again. That being said I am still a fan of Goodkind and will continue to read or listen to his books.
    Jim Bond on the other hand should never be allowed to narrate another book. The statement (copy/pasted) below from this books main page could not possible be more wrong.

    ""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)""

    I would really like to know what book the Critics at AudioFile was listening to, There is no way it was the same one I listened to. The only place Jim Bond's narration transported me to was a world of constant irritation as I listened to his mechanical voice. Please, please Audible redo all of the Jim Bond narrated books in this series, pretty much any narrator could do better...except the narrator of book 4 that was not intelligent enough to listen to the any of the first 3 books to find out how the names were pronounced.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

    Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator would have improved the book, pretty sure Stephen Hawkings could have made it sound better.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Naked Empire?

    Too numerous to recount.


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    Dan 03-11-16
    Dan 03-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "pretty good"

    nice story, this had me on the edge of my chair till the very end.

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    Robert J. Green 03-11-16

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    "Good story! Democrats might not like it."

    Very moralistic story. People are more important than government. Freedom is more important than tyranny. Weapons in the hands of freedom loving, law abiding, citizens, save lives!!!

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    Daniel 12-03-15
    Daniel 12-03-15
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    "loved it"

    love the whole series. Great work Terry. just realized there is a new one out too. on to that one.

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    John 11-29-15
    John 11-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Some good chapters, but weak overall"

    This is a step in the wrong direction for the Sword of Truth books. The story is a complete detour from the main storyline. There are a couple fun chapters sprinkled throughout, but Terry gives a "monster of the book" that goes nowhere and has no meaningful impact on our heroes. As the eighth entry in the series, Naked Empire is a major letdown.

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