• Naked Empire

  • Sword of Truth, Book 8
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Series: Sword of Truth, Book 8
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-05-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (197 ratings)

Summary

"'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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4 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 18-02-09

another good book in the series

Best thing about this was the great side plots woven in to the main Richard plot. Lots of philosophizing which can be a bit mind numbing at times, but it was gripping as most of these books.

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2 out of 5 stars
By MissyGful on 04-08-18

Just get on with the story!!!!

One of my least favourite books from the series. Only slightly above Pillars of Creation as it actually has the main protaganists that we have come to know and care about in it. However this book is used as a mouthpiece for the author to share his personal views on communism, capitalism and passivism, which is nothing new for writers throughout history except the good ones don't do it at the expense of the pace and narrative.

Far too many chapters of long speeches that have nothing to do with the plot, characterisation or driving the narrative forward. The editor needs to be shook as this book is waffle and I found myself drifting in and out. I watered the whole garden without really listening and didn't feel the loss of it. in fact I was glad that I was a closer to the end of the book.

The point of Jensen still eludes. I can't stand her character. Whiny, ineffectual and judgemental. The entire boring and pointless episode of being stuck in the rock I kept shouting LEAVE HER THERE!!

If I hadnt read the series of books before I would have jumped ship at this point but I know the series gets better and I I don't like to quit so easily. The character's of Cara and Khalen are sorely underused and come across as Richard's fan club rather than the powerful intelligent women that they are. I love their double act and when they are on form some provide some of the best moments of the series. I don't like the character inconsistency of Khalen. I love her as valkerie warrior and playful lover/ wife or sister of the agiel to Cara, merciless, but it seems daft when she is all doubt and indecisive or despite Richard's track record constantly doubts his instincts.

However I am a fan of the series and the baddies Jagang and The Slide are thoroughly worth the effort and the narrator does an excellent job at bringing them to life so I will buckle down and cross fingers that the editor wakes up for the next one as I am starting to seriously doubt whether or not I even like this author anymore.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Ray Draleaus on 29-09-15

No more Jim Bond

Ok so I just got read a story by someone that sounds like a damn speak an spell. No more Jim, shhhh just no, stop!

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1 out of 5 stars
By bjorn temple on 07-05-18

same story, preaching, nothing happens.

story is wrapped up in the last 3/70 excruciating chapters. tired of listening to the same incompetent characters.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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