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.
A great listen
Risca is by far the best, weapon skills as well as magic...he's like a one dwarf wrecking ball
Great voice, easy to tell the difference when he goes from character to character.
Oh yes, and I tried
Probably in the top 20
The story was a great way to experience the back round of the characters in previous books.
About the same
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 am extremely dyslexic and if it was not for audio books I probably would never read. I travel a lot and love to have a audio book playing
I love Terry Brooks and I love it but I personally could not get invested in the story
I know this is suppose to be an amazing book and I normally like these kind of books but this was really not worth my time
Audiobooks depend greatly on the speaker. A good speaker can turn a bad story into a great experience. The same holds true for the reverse, though.
This speaker speaks clearly, he is easy to understand but he makes every sentence an epic event, dulling dramatic events. All characters sound the same and I just can't concentrate on him.
If you do not know what I mean, try one of the first three audio books of George R. Martins Saga.