take lord of the rings and widdle it down to a mere shadow of itself and there you have it, although it was interesting to see how the author stole the content and rewrote it.
I could not have been made better unless it wasn't written at all
I've always liked Scott and will gladly listen to more books he narrates
I decided to listen to this because it has been around for a long time and has a rather large following, and I was looking for some good fantasy. It did not live up to the hype.
At best, it is a tepid rewrite of The Lord of the Rings, or at least the structure of the classic story. I'm sure some might say that this work was "influenced" by Tolkien but I would disagree. The patterns are too close to be called influence or homage. The thing is, Tolkien did it so much better. I won't get nitpicky and go over all the various things that bugged me about this book. Let's just say that I was hoping to start a series that would keep me wanting more and carry me through each book and looking forward to the next, but instead I found a book that made me groan and force myself to stick through and see it to the end. Waste of money, waste of time.
I enjoyed listening to Sword of Shannara. It reminded me of Lord of the Rings, and gave me many hours of entertainment. The story was well-written and very descriptive. Scott Brick did a good job of narrating.
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A friend told me this was a great book. And Terry Brooks is a great author.. I'm glad I listened this book is great. The sword of Shannare reminds me of The Lord of the Rings. I hope the other books are just as good.Must read!!!!
Yes. I don't have time to read and the audio book allows me to enjoy the stories. Also the reader is good and helps to bring the story to life.
Alanon, He is powerful, but kind, honest but mysterious.
Hard to say. I liked several of the characters.
I'm on my 315th audiobook since 2007. I only discovered Audible in 2010 and I find it's a great way to manage my audiobook budget.
This is the first book I have heard narrated by Mr. Brick. I read this book originally in the 5th grade (1985) and again in the 9th. I am still following Mr. Brooks' series. It is one of the greatest fantasy novels ever written and re-ignited the genre which had petered out after Mr. Tolkien's death. Mr. Brick's lack of emotion as he read this book almost in a monotone made me never want to hear another book read by him and never want to hear another Fantasy novel via audiobook. Hopefully, my mind will change one day. And honestly, I had just finished my third trip through the Harry Potter series and EVERYONE pales in comparison to Jim Dale. I do not recommend this book though. Whether you are already a Terry Brooks fan or you're thinking of becoming one. This narrative will kill that spark. AND for 2 credits, the price is pretty dear!
Very well read entertaining book. Terry Brooks is a very good writer and I would recommend all of his work. Scott Brick is awesome in his ability to tell the story and makes it very entertaining.
Reading a book may be a bit different then listening to it. I don't read reviews before I buy something because a lot of times they compare to other books. I typically don't compare and treat each book as a new and unique story and adventure. However as I was listening to the book I noticed several problems:
-1. I heard this story before, the first 8 Chapters follow a nearly identical plot as LOTR. Including the Mines of Moria or the Path of the Kings. Surprised the Dragon didn't steal the Sorcerer and he pop up dramatically later.
-2. Everyone seems to have spiderman senses. Granted psychic abilities might have improved post-apocalyptic earth.
-3. The conveying of emotions was very shallow, and requires more study of human reactions to situations in order to improve his creative influence on the book.
-4. Some parts are rushed, skipped, or drawn out inappropriately.
It is a creative work of art and still would require a read, I think the narrator actually makes the book feel more drawn out or rushed. So I can't fully put all the blame on the book itself.
I expect this much from some budding writers without good editors. I fully expect the series to improve so will continue to listen or read them.
The overall plot and story don't need 1 star and are not good enough for 5.
In the 70s when this type of writing didn't have a place on a book shelf in the store,Terry Brooks was starting something that he now knows was part of history. I read this when it first hit the stores in the 70's and I've listened to it again now and love it even more. This his LOTR beat all over with many pains. Wow, what a trip. I've enjoyed the entire series.