I listened to the audio version of Firstling of Shannara, and while I enjoyed the narration, I found the story a little boring and predictable. For some reason the plot failed to grab me. There are elves. There is a dwarf. There is a druid muttering some mystic mumbo-jumbo. They are out to find/forge the sword of Shannara, and everyone is reluctant. Reluctant to become involved, reluctant to believe, reluctant to wield the sword properly. Reluctant to fall in love.
Relationships are passionless and handled poorly. The three major romantic relationships featured in this book are quite dysfunctional. The only person I actually really liked was Bremen. I felt sorry for him and the pain/sacrifice he bore at times. But the rest of the characters had as much personality as department store mannequins.
Look. If a story is going to have romance in it. Make it ROMANTIC. The romances were hasty and very contrived.
Not quite up to par with the rest of the books. And what?s with all the female character?s being called ?girl?? The author refers to Preia as ?the elf girl? and Merrith as the ?druid girl? but the male characters are all called ?men? come on now. These characters are WOMEN. Lets call them such, shall we?
The narrator was excellent 'tho. Good job with what he had to work with.
I agree with Howard.
Terry Brooks is one of my favorite writers, (I actually meet him once and he's really very nice) and all his books are just wonderful, it's a shame that more of the audio ones are abridged, I wish all of the Shannara series were unabridged. Actually I wish all his books were unabridged.
I read/listened to this book after watching the series and having a few hour discussion with a friend about the series/books. He recommended I start here and work my way through the books. I enjoyed it and listened to it on my way to and from work. Makes the long drives bearable.
simply a classic. I haven't read this novel for years and it was a great treat to revisit. I now have the urge to acquire and listen to the entire collection , very addictive
A brilliant book, probably the best part was the way it was incorporated into the original, which, being the first novel, there was no certainty or even likely hood of there being many more.
This book needs a different narrator. I made it 4 hours in but couldn't handle the performance any longer.
Each sentence was overly flourished and exaggerated as though coming from a bad theater actor trying to pay the bills by reading books. I can imagine the narrator being breathless and exhausted after nearly every sentence. It turns even the most casual conversation between characters into a boisterous exchange that's difficult to listen to. I only made it through about 4 or 5 hours before I gave up. I will have to be more careful when picking books in the future.
I don't know how the narrator was hired for this series of books. Must of had a really low budget.