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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

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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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    • Kimberly
    • 22/06/2013

    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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    • AtadQuirky
    • 24/05/2018

    Series deteriorating and redundant

    I enjoyed the first 6 books in the Sword of Truth Series. Pillars of Creation went downhill, becoming redundant and in need of more editing. I should have stopped there, it had been a couple of years and I was headed on a road trip and thought I would give the series one more chance. What a poor choice and poor use of an audible credit. Scenes dragged on. Writing is lazy and preachy. Done with the series.

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    • Lisa White
    • 13/10/2010

    Tired...

    I was devistated when I started book 2 in this series and Sam Tsoutsouvas was replaced by Jim Bond as the narrator. I can't stand how Bond gives everybody with magic the voice of a simpleton and somehow makes Richard sound like Superman from an old cartoon show. He has done no better with book 7 and book 8. At least Bond can pronounce Kahlan correctly (ref: Book 4 narrative disaster). Can I honestly endure another book with Jim Bond narration to get back to Sam in book 10? Maybe I could, if the series it's self was not spinning out of control into garbage.

    As for Terry Goodkind and this series, I have had enough. I can not stand the fact that 50% of this book is a pile of repeated social lecture and babble. I literally stopped countless times to cry out in frustration as Richard goes ON AND ON AND ON AND ON...blah blah blah blah blah. It's horrible. The story is also completely predictable and nothing gets accomplished. So I was just counting pages waiting for Kahlan to try to kill herself to save Richard just like every other book. It's pretty pathetic writing in my opinion and Goodkind is just cashing in on the first books as we're all compelled to see how it ends. Don't start this book expecting any real progress in the series. You start and finish in the same place. When the story does move it goes in circles and is frequently blocked by endless babble...kind of like this review. I've said enough.

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    • Michelle
    • 14/08/2013

    Repeat, Repeat

    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator and no repeated passages.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Bond?

    George Guidall

    What character would you cut from Naked Empire?

    none

    Any additional comments?

    There are multiple times in this recording that entire sentences and paragraphs are repeated exactly in what appears to be very poor editing.

    The narrator has a very nasally whiny and monotone voice whenever narrating side characters and makes it difficult to tolerate at times.

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    • Ray
    • 29/09/2015

    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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    • Katherine
    • 28/01/2009

    One word: PREACHY.

    When I started to read this series, I had great expectations from Terry Goodkind.

    The first five books of the series were excellent, the sixth a little long-winded, yet still a pretty masterful work, but by the time he wrote Naked Empire, Goodkind had devolved into shameless preaching that takes up a good 95% of this installment. Not only is it annoying, it's insulting: he repeats the same philosophical material over and over and over, while the reader (listener) starts to feel like they're being beat to death with a blunt object. While he has a few good nuggets and zings, most of the dogma could have been summed up in a paragraph or less, making the story about fifty pages (and an hour) long. I'm extremely disappointed that such a talented writer doesn't know better or have editors who know better than to publish this kind of self-indulgent rant. It's like being in purgatory for a reader or listener.

    As much as I've liked Jim Bond's narration, the whiny condescending tone he lapses into during the dogmatic sections gets extremely annoying really quickly.

    Lobby for an abridged version and hope those editors had better judgment-- avoid this one.

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    • Shake-n-Bake
    • 14/09/2010

    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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    • Michael
    • 16/06/2008

    Good, but getting redundant

    It's great that we're back to the main plot, but the long speeches on individual rights, while inspiring, are getting old.

    The most frustrating, however, is Richard's continued impotence. The most powerful wizard in 3000 years can be pretty boring and weak.

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    • Brooks Grow
    • 26/07/2019

    Terry... the cold war is over.

    Terry Goodkind seems bent on changing what was once a great epic fantasy series, into a thinly-vield, pro-Libertarian, cold war and Vietnam Conflict political allegory. Yes Terry, of course those policies work for everyone in your book, it's YOUR fantasy. With every new book the libertarian narrative gets more heavy-handed and writing an epic fantasy seems to be pushed aside further and further. if you want to have a political discourse book maybe don't change the narrative of your already-established high fantasy series, and instead create a different series where we can expect Tom Clancy-esque anti USSR from the theme.

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    • Scott
    • 25/02/2012

    Someone stab me with the Sword of Truth

    Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Jim Bond?

    I really don't think so. I gave it every chance, but putting words on a page and using previous write ups to fill each new book is a waist of everyone's time.
    I'm done with this series

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    • Jonathan
    • 03/08/2017

    This one was basically unnecessary...

    As much as it pains me to say so: This entry of the Sword of Truth series was completely pointless. If you would skip this one, there would be absolutely no difference between where the characters were at the end of book seven and the beginning of book nine. So if you want to skip it, go ahead, you are not missing out. If you still interested in the story, I will give you a short - non spoilery - rundown of the major plot points. Richard and Kahlan are still deep in enemy territory. In book seven they just left the place called pillars of creation, and that is basically where this book picks up. It starts with the little group encountering a batch of birds, that have been following them for quite some time and Richard spots a strange figure made out of sand, that seems to be watching them. After a lot of callbacks to former stories and once again stating the beliefs of all the characters over and over again, they meet a young man called Owen. He lived in a place called Bandakar. His homeland was invaded by the Imperial Order and desperate for assistance, he poisons Richard, in order to force him to help his people. This is the point, where I really struggled, not you turn off the audio book and throw my phone in the furthest corner of the room, because from this point on, this person - Owen - follows them around and constantly goes on about his enlightened views of condemning all forms of violence and how everyone else is a savage. This goes on and on and you actually root for them to cut this guy into little pieces. However, Richard, having - once again - serious issues with his gift, is forced to go help Owens people and so his group travels to the "naked empire" of Bandakar. Obviously, he goes on, trying to convince the people there, that the beliefs they held for thousands of years are invalid and that Richards own principals are the only right ones. I would have to lie, if I were to say, that there are not some very interesting and well-written dialogue chapters between all this nonesence, obviously there are. Nonetheless, this entire plot is utterly predictable and besides one or two smart twists not very original. Their main antagonist in this book is Nicolas "the Slide" and even tho the concept behind this character is quite fascinating, he doesn't really do much and poses no real obstacle. Over in the new world, Verna and her sisters are holding the passes into D'Harra against Jagang's horde and at the wizard's keep, Zed is overwhelmed by a special sort of enemy. This is actually one of the really cool ideas, that kept me going. All of Zed's chapters are very interesting. Where all the other books had a final act, that completely justified, the slow pace, this one just kind of ends. It was very disappointing. One is tempted to call it an ex Machina, even tho there is a logical explanation for most of the things happening. To avoid any major spoilers, I will not get into the conclusion of any of those plot lines, but be assured, that everything happens basically the way you would anticipate. Would I recommend this audio book? Obviously not. I managed to enjoy parts of it. Richard's way of convincing people and the way he explains how life is his most important value are very captivating. That is what I enjoyed most about the other books and when you get it within this one you will be satisfied. Nonetheless, it was incredibly hard to get through the first six to ten hours, for listening to Owen and his people is pure torture. I refrained from just looking up the plot details simply because I wanted to listen to all eleven books again and basically for no other reason. To everybody else I recommend you skip this book in the sword of truth saga and continue with book nine instead. As always, Jim Bond does a good job reading. He manages to somehow not sound bored during some of the speeches and not disgusted during a few of the more graphic segments and for that, you have to respect the man. Sadly he does not always manage to really captivate you with his performance.

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