Seriously, make a count of how many times "determination" was used in every chapter. Spoiler ... a lot 😀!
But, in my reading of the Sword of Shannara trilogy, this is, by far, most book was most enjoyable. No more borrowing from J.R.R. Tolkien, not even a little. All of it original, wonderfully crafted, albeit ... with determination (LOL's, sorry couldn't resist.)
Scott Bricks reading was fantastic. Never boring or overdramatic. He has that perfect voice for book reading. Very nicely done.
This book will take you on a ride of great adventure full of epic struggles without and within, full of mythical creatures and inanimate evil, and heroes displaying feats of great courage and valor in the face of overwhelming odds. And...it will come to an end with a promise of more goodness to come.
Thank you, Terry Brooks.
The narrator was hard to follow and took away from a great story.
Hell No! Scott needs to ensure the reader :feels" him. Needs a little more emotion.
loved it as much as when I was a kid. good narration and this one at least had no war to take up pages of pages.
Not add useless adjectives that were constantly overused and superfluous
He brought the characters to life and gave the book depth that I otherwise would not have seen.
disappointment. I had heard so much about Terry Brooks as an author that I was excited to read his famed Shannara Chronicles. However, upon finishing the third book I was disappointed to find that the story was unoriginal and the same basic story line was used for all three books. He never once diverted from the stereotypical "hero's Journey" plot and all of his character were cut-and-dry fantasy characters.
The first book is great, but that's where the excitement ends. If you are looking for a VERY run-of-the-mill fantasy that is easy to listen to and does not involve a lot of thinking than it's a very good book. Otherwise, I would not recommend it.
Yes, classic high fantasy.
Jer Olmsford, good and simple person. What you see is what you get.
Notice the 1985 beginning and 2016 ending? Well my second reading was by Audio and what a lifesaver it has been. Being able to just push the play button on my Fire kept me from giving up! The final battle with the Ildatch the Book of Dark Magic was masterful. Even the tiny detail of how the Elfstones were returned to Jer was clever.
The Shannara tales are marvelous stories to read. They are tales for all time! Listening to Scott Brick narrate The Wishsong (and The Sword and The Elfstones), took me on an exciting journey back into the stories I read and loved from the past, with superb characterizations by Mr. Brick. Thoroughly satisfying!
The characters are great in this book, but I think I preferred reading them myself. The voice acting was superb except it overly softened the male characters. They felt unrealistically soft indeed. I do recommend looking at a picture of Scott Brick, however, which -for whatever reason- caused me to feel more comfortable with his voice in the reading.
Don't expect game of thrones brutality, this series will prove itself appropriate for many ages. The message of the book is somewhat unclear to me so I cannot speak to any depth which may have been there. It is mainly another adventure chronicle, but unlike the previous two stories, focuses much less on battle and more on individual characters.
I first read it in middle school and loved it, and just revisited the series via audiobook on my daily commute. I do recommend the unabridged versions because the depth is such an important part of any fantasy world.