The attention to detail in building each scene was exceptional. I labored none to build the movie in my mind, which played seamlessly. The narrator was of great talent and brought to life each portrayed character in voice and expression. When I reach the end of the book, I though to myself, "What a great movie!" This book I highly recommend.
Terry Brooks has a knack for sucking me directly into the four lands, i get hooked very soon into every book!!!
This is a wonderful journey with fantastical characters and a brilliant narrator! YES there are some similarities to Lord of The Rings- as there are in ANY fantasy writings. However, it is hardly noticeable as the story progresses and you get sucked in. Then you realize that there is SO MUCH more to it then just what folks say is similar to J.R.R.'s works. For example: 19 books. Thats a VAST difference. So don't be swayed by the color of others opinions and do what I do. Read it and make your own. You won't be disappointed. Im beginning the second right now!!
Despite the fact that almost every character and some entire scenes from Sword are straight up rip-offs of Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring, the story is still pretty good. Though the obvious thefts can get a little distracting at times, the original portions of Brook's tale are interesting and fun. If you enjoy epic fantasy and can ignore the stolen scenes and characters from LoTR,, or if you have never read The Lodz of the Rings, I think you'll enjoy this book. I plan on finishing the trilogy and maybe check out some more of this world through Brook's other books.
Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.
Yes, to both the author and the narrator. This was the first book that I've experienced by either one of them. I think Scott Brick did a fine job with the story. I probably would've rated it higher, but the nature of the story didn't really allow him to shine as a narrator in my opinion. As far as Terry Brooks goes, I found this to be too much like a "For Dummies" retelling of Lord of the Rings. Despite that, I don't think he's a terrible writer. If I'm not mistaken, this is his first book, right? I'm interested to see how he has evolved over 40 years as a writer.
I think my next listen will be the second book of David Anthony Durham's epic fantasy, The Other Lands, from his Acacia Trilogy. I listened to/read the first book at the same time as this book. Even though I had a lot of fun with this book, I enjoyed that book stylistically more than this one. Reading this was more like watching a terrible movie that you can't help but love anyway. I do plan to continue this trilogy soon, but I'd like to complete Durham's first because it's a far more compelling story for me.
Of course! I had no problem at all with his narration. At times, I did find it a bit sterile and nondescript, but as I mentioned, I think that's more because of the nature of the book itself and not the narrator's fault.
It's an epic adventure story set in its own world and all epic adventure stories need a follow-up. It's fun to explore more in the world the writer has created, to get an even better taste of the people, the land, the culture of the stories.
While I wasn't bowled over by this (I can be so wishy-washy about fantasy, especially in this vein), this was a palatable enough experience for me and fit well within my expectations for it. I had fun with it. Will I finish this trilogy? I think perhaps I will. I was entertained, and there's nothing more that I could ask for from this book. I don't need savant-like brilliance from a story to be entertained.
I was immediately thrown off by the rhythm of the narrator. I felt like I was listening to a Shakespearean stage show or listening to a dramatic reading of a children's book. Every single word was over-emoted. DEFINITELY listen to the sample first. If you don't mind it, give this a go. It had a fascinating beginning. But now I have to return this and look for a version that suits me better.