mediocre writing. mediocre plot. mediocre style. nothing stands out unless you think a story can be bland in plot line, sentence structure, word choice, character development and any Lehrer metric and still be interesting. re-read the last book you red and lie will be better.
Terry Brooks must have become a far better author considering the range of this series. as the first book, the characters all constantly miss the obvious, forget nearly everything they are told, and generally make moronic decisions.
in this book, Brooks tries to draw out suspense by drawing out scenes without moving the story forward. this results in the reader painfully having to slog through chapters.
I have read some of Brooks other books years ago and thought they were fun. Unfortunately, the sword isn't that great. of I would have known, I would have just read the cliff notes online and tried book 2 of the series where his skill as an author might have grown.
This is a wonderful story, but the narrator attempts British accents throughout. He does not do it well. It detracts from the story and is completely unnecessary.
Good writers should show, not tell. This book had too much telling. Every noun has 3 or 4 adjectives attached to it, distracting from the action of the book. There are very few books I don't finish, but I couldn't get through this one.
The story of good vs. evil. It's timeless, as many times as it gets done.
This is one long book. I am afraid I didn't give it the proper attention it needed. The First King of Shannara was more digestible in this format.
Character voice differentiation is always nice to have.
I think it was too long a story for me to give it proper attention in this format. I found myself listening during my commutes to/from work - never a good idea - as our city is full of raving lunatics driving about all day.
The story itself fell into a rhythm to me that I think repeated a bit too much - group gets together, group travels, group encounters bad, bad things, group prevails. I never felt a sense that the good guys could really lose - there just wasn't any tension there for that - for me, anyway.
I know this story has been compared to The Lord of the Rings in the past, and maybe it is similar, but I still like a good fantasy tale - and this is a good one.
Great narration. Enjoyable story. My teenage son and I shared this book while having to travel a lot together recently. it made both of us happy
Was looking to see what the hype was about. The performance was adequate but after about 15 chapters I still didn't care about the story or any of the characters. Events are boring and formulaic. May have been great at the time but there are about a dozen books I'd rather re-read/listen than to bother finishing this one.
A fantastic story
Well narrated, two small things, the way he pronounces Shannara, and his belief that sometimes second should be said as secont. Not sure why?
The narrator is able to make many different voices convincingly.