The story is wonderful, possibly not original, although that is up for discussion in my mind. It does get compared to LoTR regularly, I don't see this, but it is the same type of story in that it is basically middle-earth.
Once it gets going it is quite an interesting story. I have always compared Terry Brooks and Stephen King in that they both take forever to get into the main part of the story, they both want to make sure you know the characters before the story begins.
Scott Brick has a wonderful voice for this type of book, he does a number of voices that are quite separate so that there is no need for him to read a name.
Yes, but as it is over 24 hrs...
Amazing Characters and Development ... high action/sword/sorcery with awesome plot and risks....
Author not afraid to do great things!
Male from Pittsburgh, PA.
This is one of my all time favorite books. I read or listen to it every year.
It follows the standard fantasy format an unlikely hero, guided by a wise man, surrounded by heroes, goes off to battle evil and save the day. LOTR, The Hobbit, Star Wars.
Nothing stands out, a good solid performance by the narrator.
Pannamon Creel and Keltset are my 2 favorite characters in this book. I really enjoy their story line.
YES, HIGHT ADVENTURE AND THE UNKNOW
THE STORY OF THE RELATIONSHIP WE CAN WORK TOGETHER
GREAT STORY TELLER
YES YOUNG UNKNOW PRINCES SAVE THE RACES AND THE WRLD
The story is a poor rewrite of LOTR. Events are rearranged, but the plot elements and characters are almost identical to Tolkien's. If you want an epic fantasy like this, just go with the originals, they're much, much better.
I read the Sword of Shannara years ago, when it first came out. I remembered the book as fairly imitative of The Lord of the Rings but didn't realize just how much Terry Brooks relied on Tolkein until listening to the audiobook.
What strikes me most about my second time through is how much the storyline sounds like a Dungeons and Dragons adventure. The plot is pushed along by a series of encounters with one monster or another, moving from battle to battle with a bit of story in between. Still, it's an enjoyable book and launched a whole new generation of Tolkeinesque fantasy novels into the world.
Scott Brick's reading is uneven and he frequently dropped into and out of accents, sometimes at random. I figure if the narrator's interpretation gets noticed, then he hasn't done his job correctly.
Overall, I'd recommend this book to young adults wanting a first taste of fantasy adventure. Just don't expect too much out of the story and read it as the fluff it is.
I enjoyed the paper version of this book greatly and thought I would enjoy it again as an audiobook during a long trip. The narration just destroyed the book and I was unable to get past the first instalment.
Scott Brick is usually an impediment to any book he narrates, but in the Sword, he was truly awful. Tremulous overemphasis on any speech made by the character Allanon just made me want to pierce my eardrums with a needle rather than continue to listen.
Disappointment that such an enjoyable book could be ruined in such a way
I met Terry Brooks not long after his novelization of Hook. He was a great guy (said that Hook novelization made him far more money than the Shannara series at that point) so it pains me that my opinion of this book has fallen so far. Not only does it hit the same basic characters and plot points as the Lord of the Rings but Brooks never uses a single modifier in a sentence when two or three would do (they crept slowly, cautiously, towards...). Every character has an additional handle (the highlander, the valeman, etc). He tries to ring tension out of minutia and spends a lot of time having the characters recap things for those with a short attention span. I never read any other books by the author so I hope his style improved because there is a certain high school feel to a lot of the writing here.
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
This story teller seems to lend him self well to whatever he's reading and reads fantasy with an intensity that leaves the listener craving more. This story is a great escape, typical of the "Lord of the Rings" type genres of a quest of a young lad struggling with himself on the edge of manhood and his struggles with an item of mystical improtance. The plot line is a little dry. The reader is left wishing for more romance or humor in the novel. However, it is made up for in the quests and characters the hero winds up getting involved in.
This audio book was well read with the proper level of emotion to add to the suspense of the story. Great job! I will be a long, repeat customer.