I am currently listening to this book. I have only started listening to Terry Brooks novels a few months ago. I am very pleased with Terry Brooks and Scott Brick. But this books narrator is horrible. Not nearly as clear speaking as Scott Brick. I almost stopped listening but I can't only out of respect for Terry Brooks. I only wish it was Scott reading it to me.
I am a big Terry Brooks fan. I've not read the entire set of the Shannara series, but I did read the trilogy just previous to this. I've listened to both Jarka Ruus: High Druid of Shannara and book 2. Both excellent to listen to and, IMHO, much easier to follow than reading them.
The writing quality is consistantly good in all of Terry Brooks' efforts. I was hesitant to purchase the book because I really like Scott Brick as narrator and was not sure I would like the transition to Paul Boehmer. I was right. While Paul Boehmer's voice is not unpleasant, the difference in the voices is a huge distraction from the story for me. I keep listening for the inflections/tonal quality in the other volumes and not hearing them. I believe that it is a mistake to switch narrators in the middle of a series. I will probably purchase book 3, but under protest and only becasue I want all the books in the series on Audio.
I wanted to write a quick review to say that I was at first dismayed to find that Scott Brick was not narrating Tannequil and Straken, however, after listening to both, I have to say that I think the new guy is GREAT! There are times (as has been said) where his character voices change or overlap, so it's confusing, but overall, I think he adds so much drama and suspense, that he's in fact better than Brick. Don't get me wrong, Scott Brick has a certain feel to his narration that I love, but after the initial shock, I'm grateful for the change. Oh, and the book is great too.