I doubt I would try another Terry Brooks book, certainly not a Shannara story. While the world is amazing, the writing is not very good.
Show, do not tell. All the exposition is one things but the adventure is benign. The main "heroes" do not do anything but rather have things done to them. And aimless running gets old.
Learn to say Shannara correctly.
A let down.
I have been told my many people to try this series. The MTV series was on Netflix when nothing else seemed worth watching so binged it out of boredom. It had some issues but for being an MTV show was pretty good and I found it entertaining. This got me interested in the world so I checked out the first book. Awful. I hate comparing authors to Tolkien but in this case it is apt. Tolkien was a great story telling but an awful writer. Brooks makes a fantastic world but 1-dimensional characters and is poorly written. Besides being a knock off of the LotR it just was not much of a story but a series of events. I researched the rest of this first trilogy and I got the impression the writing does not get better. This series is going on my do not read list. Too bad, the world was fun.
good story albeit a touch similar to the fellowship of the ring during the first 40% the book takes off on its own and distinguishes itself rather well.
I felt at times that the narrator was just trolling mankind by his oddly opposing pronunciation of Shannara from the classically accepted pronunciation for 30 years.
he also needs to improve his vocal intonation match the mood described. at times he would read the line as if the characters were sitting around a table for tea, when the descriptor of the line given by Brooks was as follows "he said, with more ferocity than any of the others had before heard" or something to that effect.
apart from these few instances and the constant odd pronunciation of the titular name, which is mentioned constantly in the book, it was a decently good audio book.
I struggled to finish this book. I was not impressed with the narrator, I found him to sound sarcastic and use the same tone for all of the characters. I was also not overly impressed by the book. The author uses 20 adjectives to describe something when 1 or 2 would do. it was also very predictable.
Let me start off by saying that I'm not a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings series. It's not the story I don't like, but the telling of it. In many ways, the narrative flow of The Sword of Shannara is superior, despite the story, characters, and plot devices being obviously (perhaps shamelessly derivative). It's possible for that sort of thing to be entertaining and compelling (e.g., Hyperion), but you have to be extremely creative, and you have to tell a good story. The Sword of Shannara falls short on both accounts, with critical elements merely repackaged and character development shoved at you (told; not shown), all bolstered with often nauseating repetitiveness. I'm normally patient and frugal enough to slog through even a bad audiobook, but despite Scott Brick's adequate narration, it was a real struggle to see this one to its end.
Since I grew up with many high fantasy authors this is certainly a fun read, gently comparible to Tolkien or Anne McCaffrey's Dragonlance series. The writing is verbos, but clear, the diction is very refreshing to read, as most modern writers have lost much of their understanding and respect for the written word, but i digress.
An exciting adventure for all ages. I would certainly read this to my kids
When I read this as a teenager I never realized how closely it mirrors the lord of the rings. It's just condensed into one book rather then a trilogy. I have listened to Scott Brick narrate stories before and enjoy his work but not with this one. His voicing of Shea was weak and annoying. Additionally his pronunciation of Shannara drove me nuts. He placed all the emphasis on the first syllable. I always assumed it was pronounced like Shannon with an ara.