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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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    Jessica Bautista Winchester, CA 09-23-16
    Jessica Bautista Winchester, CA 09-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Another great piece of the Sword of Truth series"

    This was my first experience with a book on tape and it was surprisingly wonderful. I was able to follow along without a hitch and the storyline was great as per Terry Goodkind's usual work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alpheus 02-22-16
    Alpheus 02-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Just A Soap Box"
    Did Jim Bond do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The worst thing about this book, is the pedantic voices and inflections given to every character, except Richard. This, more then the actual text, lends the whole story the sound of a pulpit pronouncement.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is worth a listen, and not as 'preachy" as all the other reviews claim; the plot is advanced, as are the characters, in many substantial ways; however, I will agree that Goodkind makes the same mistake in this book as the previous ones whilst regailing the reader of his political ideology. He *tells* us about instead of allowing the action to *show* us; any internal moment of cathartic understanding of the political themes are denied the audience, in favor of a constructed and sometimes unsubstantiated world view. Even this I would find forgivable, if it were not for teh pedantic manner Richard assumes in these moments, and the way his core supporters seem to be child-like and vapid as they listen to Richard, as if he were exactly the type of pedagogue he warns his allies (and readers) against blindly following. They never reach these lessons through the contemplation of their own circumstances, but only through his speeches. In spite of these things, the book was well worth the listen, and some new ideas are developed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    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.


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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.

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    Diana WA, United States 03-16-10
    Diana WA, United States 03-16-10 Member Since 2012
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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!

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    Kimberly Willamina, OR, USA 07-06-08
    Kimberly Willamina, OR, USA 07-06-08
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    "Preaching repeatedly the same thing over and over"

    and over and over and over and over and ... get's annoying doesn't it? I agree with the concept but repeating it in every conversation has made me hate this series!

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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.

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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!

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    Eric 09-21-17
    Eric 09-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Works well"

    Twenty some books still using !wating for next will keep watching for more good work

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