I believe this was a book that was great when not a lot of the same genera was available...it promises a great adventure, which I really love but since the elements on the history are same as many others have ,was hard to keep the interest. Additionally the narrator didn't help. Couldn't pass the 15% mark on this one :-(
I thought I might try this audiobook after watching the first season of the Shannara Chronicles TV show which I enjoyed well enough. I liked the post apocalyptic setting and the idea that humans evolved into different races similar to H.g. Wells' Time machine. Unfortunately, this first novel doesn't really touch on that aspect too much. What it does focus on is our protagonist Shea who is as generic as they come. With very little to set him apart, Shea comes off as boring and unlikeable. In fact I have yet to find an interesting, relatable character so far. The Sword of Shannara basically feels like a Tolkien emulator.
Finally, this is the worst audiobook narration I have heard thus far. All of Terry Brooks' voices sound incredibly similar to one another and I find his rough voice unsuited for most of the characters in the novel. He sounds like David Carradine (Bill from Kill Bill). I would like to think that if the Sword of Shannara were re-recorded I might enjoy the novel more.
The characters in the story are as standard as they can be. Story is predictable but the characters are stupid enough so they stumble at every point which makes it painful to listen to their adventures and makes me wish they die for their stupidity already but the author keeps on rescuing them. The enemy is rather undefined and I am still not sure why he wants to take over the world or kill everyone or something. It is unclear why spirit world is evil.
Brooks introspective approach to epic fantasy sets his masterpiece apart from the rest of the genre.
Read this story countless times in book form, thought I'd try the audible version. I despise the accents the author gave to the characters as it pulled me out of the story and away from the plot. It did nothing but distract from the story. Great story, poor reading of it.