I originally read this book many years ago and found this reading to be a fantastic way to rehear the story. Scott Brick does a superb job of reading, thoroughly drawing you into the story. I can hardly wait till The Elfstones of Shannara is released in unabridged form.
This is one of terry brooks best books and I am really glad it has came out in the unabridged version, can't wait for elfstones to come out unabridged and the rest of the series after the wishsong to be released.
It you can get past the narrator's HORRIBLE accents which seem to come and go at random, then you'll still have to contend with this basic, simplistic, boring, plagiarized story. It seems as though it was written by an eleven year old who just finished The Lord of the Rings for the first time and decided to use it as a step-by-step recipe for his own story (actually not far from the truth though Brooks was a decade or two older). My assumption is that those who have enjoyed it, read it first as children and like it for the nostalgia.
Parts of the story that should be tense are resolved almost instantly and without difficulty while other parts are drawn out past the limits of a reasonable attention span. Interesting points are left unexplained...What exactly are the Elfstones and what do they do? I guess they just get the author out of any difficulty he is too lazy or un-imaginative to write his way out of.
Characters are two dimensional, and don't ellicit much sympathy, empathy, or any other thy's.
Pretentious, juvenile, and unintelligent, a real dissapointment. Better to go with an unabridged Robert Jordan title or wait until Audible adds some additional fantasy works.
A friend recommended this book but apparently we have different taste. This book was a poorly written painfully simplistic version of Lord of the Rings. I kept hoping it would get better but it didn't! I would rather drag my fingernails across a chalk board than ever listen to this poorly written comic book.
I read this series years ago. When you read the first book, you feel like it's a Tolkien knockoff. But keep going! The world Terry creates is rich, deep and real. This is a wonderful series for teens that love fantasy. I have many dog-earred paperback copies that made the rounds of my boys friends. Of course, the best way to decide on books for your kids... read them first! Then you have something to talk about.
I am a fantasy lit fan. I love LoTR, Eragon, and Harry Potter. This book, however, left me so disappointed and repulsed that I couldn't finish it. I stopped listening after an hour. What to compare it to? Edward Bulwer-Lytton jumps to mind immediately. This is the infamous author of the novel, 'Paul Clifford' that has the memorable "It was a dark and stormy night" line. The chief criticism I make for Brooks' work is the same that has been directed at Bulwer-Lytton, which is, to quote from Wikipedia, that he displays a "broad style of writing, characterized by a self-serious attempt at dramatic flair, the imitation of formulaic styles, an extravagantly florid style", and redundancies. Every sentence is burdened with descriptive extremes. The characters are shallow and not credible in their relationships with one another, even for fantasy characters. Brooks himself said he undertook to write this novel to save himself from 'terminal boredom' during his first year of law school. As far as I'm concerned, all he did was to transfer that boredom into this novel. I don't know how his other works are. I am not motivated to find out. Scott Brick, the reader, is a perfect match for Brooks. His delivery completely captures and emphasizes the shallow writing style of the printed page. That this book has enjoyed considerable success in the marketplace only illustrates H.L Mencken's truth about the inverse relationship between profitability and the public's intelligence.
I normally like Scott Brick's narration but I think he was struggling with this material.
The language is repetative and the plot is both predictable and derivative.
I know a lot of people love these books but I think unless you are a fan I wouldn't bother.