I read the Thomas Covenant series many years ago and enjoyed them, but I could not get into this book at all. I struggled through the whole thing,but found it very boring---none of the characters were developed well enough to get me involved with them, even the main character.
After making it to the end, I found out that this is also a series of books, so no real ending.
Unless you have read the initial series lately and are very loyal to Donaldson, forget this one.
This is coming from a long time listener(8 years?) to Audible books and I have never felt strongly enough about one to right a comment until now.
I have read all kinds of fantasy novels and there are some great ones on Audible. Runes of the Earth is certainly not one of them. I gave it a good shot I listened to the first seven hours. It is utterly boring. I keep waiting for it to get good and waiting for something exciting.
As a side note the prologue will not catch you up on the characters properly. This book is a waste of my credit. I wish I could return it.
Although this is obviously a popular book, I did not find it so at all. After plodding through about 4 hours of repetitious doggrel and (I thought) poorly done hallucinations, I abandoned the book entirely.
Even the brilliance of Scott Brick couldn't save this pile of self-indulgant nonsense. These are hours of your life that you will never get back -- use them wisely and skip this literary bucket of ooze.
When I heard that Stephen R. Donaldson, who I completely abandoned during the awful Gap series had revisted "the land" I was quick to snap up this title from audible.com. I loved the first two Thomas Covenant series. Even if I had discerned these mixed reviews for myself, the phosphene glow in my mind that were the land, the white gold fire, and the Staff of Law, I would still have given this book a try. Either way, my discernment was flawed, clouded, "covered with dirt" if you will, dirt on the much abused and worn out Arch of Time if you will indulge me a bit further on...
What a horrible disappointment. Linden Avery is simply the weakest lead character I have ever seen - period. If I hear the words discernment or any variation of phosphorous/phosphenes again, I can't be held responsible for what I might do.
Repetitive, redundant, rehashed, ridiculous - take your pick for which of the above you want to substitute for the "R" in Stephen R. Donaldson on this one.