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Naked Empire

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Terry Goodkind

Narrated By: Jim Bond

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2004

Duration: 22 hours 34 minutes


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.


  • Tanner Foster

    Love the whole series. One of my favorites. Narrator is excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    This is the first in the Terry Goodkind, Sword of Truth series that I grew tired of. I am ok with the preaching that was present in the past books, but in this one, all of the new characters were as though they were ignorant children and everything was repeated in a painful and tired pace. I did get parts that I enjoyed out of the book, but had to work much too hard for those parts. This is one that you should read the extended story brief on Wikipedia and move on to the next book. Sorry Terry.

  • Shannon Lowry

    I absolutely love this series with my favorties being book 1, Wizard's First Rule and book 6, Faith of the Fallen. This book is developing the plot that the previous book, The Pillars of Creation, was named for. I'm glad that the story has returned to Richard and Kahlan as the focus instead of others. This book is probably my least favorite because of one of the new characters. I am reading details explaining things similar to Richard's perspective in the first book when he didn't know anything about what was going on outside of Westland. This new character has to be brought up to speed on the events of the last 7 books and instead of sparing you it has been copy/pasted from previous books. Everytime Kahlan uses her power it is described in painful detail as though this were the first time the reader encountered it. My advice is to get a synopsis from someone who has already read it.

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