• 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 4.5 (193 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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Critic reviews

"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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Sam Edwards on 27-12-17

long winded in places

bit long winded in places. narrator made the women sound a bit damp. bit too rambly

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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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19 of 21 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Shake-n-Bake on 14-09-10

A little less talk, a lot more action

I've been a fan of this series, but the last two books 7 and 8, are very weak. I'm about 80% through this book, and have found it to be very disappointing. My main issue, is the same issue mention by other commentors - too much talk (preaching). For me the main issue is that Goodkind just repeats the same philosophical statements over and over and over and over ... As an example, when Goodkind mentions the 'Order', you can expect a paragraph or two follow-up regarding their misguided philosophies. Of course, the problem with this is that the Order is mentioned quite a bit, so we continually hear the same thing over and over and over. He does this with a multiple of other characters and philosophies as well, continually repeating the same statements, the 'pristinely ungifted' are just another example of this, continually reminding us what they are. It's as if Goodkind has forgotten what's already been stated ... numerous times over.

Additionally, with all the philosophical talk, it leaves very little room for action, which there is surprisingly little, which makes the book somewhat boring.

I will finish the book, because I've previously enjoyed the series, but I may have take a break from Goodkind once I finish this book, especially if the ending is more of the same.

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15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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