This book is not a heavy intellectual thinker. It is a fun romp through an escape from reality into a different life. I wouldn't recommend listening with young children as the language is a little course but it is a nice break from reality and the characters are not children taking on impossible feats against more experienced adults.
I might have enjoyed this book as a very young teen, but wow, is it slow and plodding. Boring and predictable are words that also spring to mind.
The reader, Dick Hill, is great for books about vampires and gritty detectives, but this is not the right genre for his voice. It's not a horrible reading by any means, but the material doesn't suit his style.
I remember enjoying this book when I was younger. But listening now in audio form, I can't help notice how unnecessarily the narrative drags on. Action is too sparse. Descriptions are too long. The narrator's intonation is dull, but more than that, it feels just unfit for the fun fantasy feel the novel is at least trying to deliver. Lastly, the main character starts with a promising premise and hero qualities - smart, charismatic, with solid good character - but Terry Brooks consistently undermines his appeal and judgment by having him thrust himself into situations where he literally "has no plan". Listening to these moments after moments felt cringeworthy.
The narrator is superb, he makes the scenes come alive. The characters are very interesting, not of this world.
When Ben decides to buy the Kingdom from the catalog.
When Ben meets Willow and finds she is not human.
Ben and Willow in the Deep Thell.
It is wonderful to listen to the narrator does a wonderful job.
I read the original years ago and had largely forgotten the details. Listening to the Audible narration allowed me to experience the story in a refreshing way while reacquainting myself with the characters and setting.
Excellent clean read! A nice adventure in a fantasy land.
The narration was a bit stiff, but enjoyable.
I loved this book in 6th grade and waited for years to share it with my kids on a long car ride. This, however, was the first time the kids have asked not to finish a book. I can't say a blame them. The plot was as fun and interesting as I remembered but Dick Hill was simply terrible. He used this bizzare staccato narration which sounded like a drone. WHat was supposed to be a Chicago accent for the main character just sounded fake and cartoonish and made no sense. The whole story just blurred together. When even a 10 year old states "the story is ok but I just can't stand the guy who is reading it" you know you have a problem. What a let down! I dream someday this will be re-recorded with a better narrator.
You know, someone recommended to this me in my youth and I had always wanted to read this since. .. some twenty years later I am listening to this on Audible and really enjoy the story. A Warning , the build up is long but very much needed when you have such character buildup and attention to detail to help illustrate and lend to believability.
This story has many analogies to the human condition. There is symbolism and morals built in.
Swiftly now onto book 2!