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.
the story filled in a few blanks but it was much too predictable and I really don't like the narrator. He puts in way to much emotion into passages that really don't need it
Best prequel ever!
An exceptional prequel, best I've heard or read. Listening to the audible version was a real Joy.
Scott Brick was masterful!
Who says, "Money can't buy happiness? It buys Books & Yarn....I'm happy! 💜
I enjoyed listening only because I've read all the books & listening to them again kept my mind busy while I knit. Scott Brick reads as if every word written is a matter of life and death. Even the drop of dew weighing down a blade of grass was in danger of impending catastrophe.
Good character definition...they are from many diff walks of life and are believable. I like how Terry Brooks connects them to each other, gets them to work together & accomplish the goal even though some do not trust or even like each other. Their reasons for going on the quest are often very diff, but the goal in the end is the same.
Only because he reads books I like and no other narrator has take them on. I don't care for Scott Brick's overly dramatic style on just about every word.