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3.00009001710325 out of 53.00009001710325 out of 53.00009001710325 out of 53.00009001710325 out of 53.00009001710325 out of 5 3.00 (22,218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Goodkind Narrator: Jim Bond Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sword of Truth Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597105248
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NAKED EMPIRE. It begins . . . "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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/26/2014

    " This book was much more overtly preachy than any it's predecessors. Several of the characters, especially Richard, would launch in monologues that were several pages long, but each paragraph was just a rephrasing of the one before it. And every time Kahlan went to use her power, Goodkind would describe it endlessly in much the same way Richard gave his speeches. They were very good descriptions, but anyone who's stuck with the series this long knows how her power works. That being said, I liked this story line better than the last few books. Some of the twists I didn't see coming, and I enjoyed how many of the hanging threads from past books finally came together. And i was thrilled to see Chase again! He was one of my favorite characters and I missed him while he was gone. I'm looking forward to the next three books, mostly because then this series will be over. I enjoyed the premise in the first few books, but it's dragged on much too long and I can't just stop the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 1/20/2014

    " The great Sword of Truth story continues! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy Dorrycott | 1/18/2014

    " Another good one by Goodkind the storyteller "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sammet | 1/17/2014

    " Possibly the slowest book in the series so far in my opinion, and thus the one I have liked the least. It was still interesting and intriguing and I'm just happy to follow Richard and Kahlan on further adventures, but I don't the first ~400 pages or so really added much to the story. What was the whole deal with the beacon system? In the end, it seemed like they completely forgot about it. I feel ambivalent towards this book, but am looking forward to Chainfire. (Note: I am also incredibly happy that they left Jennsen in Bandakar!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mamoizelle Nancy | 1/10/2014

    " Read the Goodkind serie many times over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morning | 1/9/2014

    " I love all these books of course. This one a little weird though. You know at the end when Richard killed The Slide? In The Slides point of view when he died, it sounded as if he did one final thing of magic. But in Richards point of view nothing happened. He just died. So right now I'm really confused whether The Slide did some magic or I read it wrong or he was never able to do anything... or even in Terry Goodkind meant for that to happen... I really don't know. This book was refreshing in a way that there wasn't that much... story so to say. Not my favorite of books despite learning of the new magical being they created, but it wasn't bad either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 1/8/2014

    " excellent as always looking forward to more of terry's books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shane | 12/7/2013

    " It was the typical Goodkind formula. Hero encounters adversity, realises a truth and triumphs over evil once again *yawn*. It was also very preachy, Goodkind certainly has a philosophy which he likes to spout to readers. Alternative pholosophies do exist but they are proven wrong in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Chapko | 11/19/2013

    " A little harder to get through, but nonetheless enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Xu | 11/15/2013

    " the best book that explains why war really is needed in order to maintain peace "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xavier | 9/7/2013

    " This book was Okay, I'm starting to get this feeling that Goodkind is extending the sauce :(. It wasn't a bad book but I've got that feeling the he doesn't know where he is going that much as compared to Wizard First Rule... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 3/5/2013

    " I was so happy to see Chase and Rachel again, I honestly thought that Goodkind forgot about them! I liked this book a lot better than the last one, mainly because it was less one sided, it had the multiple POVs like the others that works for the dynamic of the epic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 3/5/2013

    " Almost the best of the entire series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wesley | 1/13/2013

    " One would think; by book eight Goodkind's got to be scraping for ideas. Not true at all. After the frustrating Pillar of Creations, this book was all it took to get me back into the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/2/2013

    " A great book in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Wolfe | 10/8/2012

    " This is the best book in the series. The parallels between the 'Naked Empire' & the Tibetans is eerie. I re-read this book 3 times to pick out all of the nuances & I am sure I still missed some philisophical metaphors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Thurman | 9/8/2012

    " Loved this book! While there hasn't been a book in this series that I haven't liked this was one that I couldn't put down.(seriously I was up until 3am finishing it) While you can't just skip to this book and catch on to what is happening you definitely should be excited when you get here! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 5/29/2012

    " Amazing book! Incredible detail, makes you want to enter their world! I literally carried it around with me so any free minute was spent reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 4/30/2012

    " I don't remember much of this one, but I do remember that I liked it. Part of me seems to remember that it was more of a filler for the series and that it didn't really get into the meat of the story... well just a bit of it, but not enough to really be all that great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LC Piper | 10/13/2011

    " About here in the series I had just about had it with the repetative theme, but please hold on, the series is completely worth every page. Keep turning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 6/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one. Had a good story, fit in nicely in the series... wasn't entirely predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " I really like the sword of truth books, but they never seem to want to get out of diversion mode and get on with the story. They go off deal with things that seem very unrelated to the big picture. It was still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/4/2011

    " One of the best in the Series. Kept me reading non-stop till the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/25/2011

    " A little harder to get through, but nonetheless enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 4/21/2011

    " Copying my "review" from Pillars of Creation:

    Unless you're totally committed to reading every single book in this series, don't bother with this - it does almost nothing to further the storyline. Skip it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stevie | 4/21/2011

    " good as usual this one was a slow read for me and i think personally its the only one in the series that does that "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 3/29/2011

    " (Tom)

    Good vs Evil Life vs Death
    Richard(Wizard in training) and Kahlan(Mother Confessor) save THEIR world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LC Piper | 3/9/2011

    " About here in the series I had just about had it with the repetative theme, but please hold on, the series is completely worth every page. Keep turning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 3/2/2011

    " Not my favorite of the series, but nor was it my least favorite. Starting to get a little more antsy now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 matejcik | 2/18/2011

    " not as bad as the previous one, but still, most of the important stuff was concentrated in the last 50 pages and most of the preceding 250 were filled with fluff

    fortunately, by now i learned to skip over the fluff, so it was easy reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/16/2011

    " I think Cara is my favorite character and my favorite quote of hers is: "Mord-Sith are always ready to embrace death. We do not wish to die old and toothless." "

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About the Author
Author Terry Goodkind

Terry Goodkind is the author of the Sword of Truth series and the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Omen Machine and Phantom.

About the Narrator

Jim Bond is a writer and audiobook narrator who has voiced nearly two hundred titles including Blood Is the Sky, Escape the Rat Race, A Thousand Country Roads, and many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books.