Great story. Great performance of all the different characters. Parts are too slow when read aloud that one would skim over when reading
As the novel progresses, the pacing gets pretty great. Events in the story make the stakes clear. Terry Brooks has a way of making the odds seem incredibly dire, and while it's not quite as effective as in Elfstones, Brooks' talents are still on display here. There's a unique style to Brooks' writing, a sort of throwback to yesteryear that has the ability to just hit the spot for me.
The Lord of the Rings. They both are fantasies revolving around desperate quests to destroy a powerful object. The differences are in the style and details, and there are enough to make Wishsong a worthwhile read in its own right.
There's something about hearing a fantasy story read out loud that takes me back to my childhood. Scott Brick knows when to give magical elements the proper dramatic weight, and there's a good cadence to his reading.
Nothing that extreme, but it had me listening intently during the tense climax, and there moments of genuine emotion.
Scott Brick has a weird way of pronouncing "Shannara." Thankfully, outside of the title, the word isn't used all that much. Also, Audible seems to be missing some of the books in this series, and it would be nice to see the full set, particularly the Heritage sub-series.
I have also enjoyed this series by Terry Brooks, but the reader really drew me in. He was terrific!
Other than the author's other books in this line, I am not sure how to respond. I do not know many others in this genre other than Tolkien. However, I don't think the two are the same. While I enjoy Tolkien's stories, they can sometimes drag - Brooks is always moving forward.
I can't honestly say, I stayed engaged throughout the entire book. I guess I especially enjoyed the interactions between Jair and Slanter.
Yes - the same goes for the first two books in the series "The Sword of Shannara" and "The Elfstones of Shannara."
These books are the main reason I joined Audible. Once I am done with the full series, I am looking forward to checking out other authors who write and elves and such =)
I would recommend this book and have already to my wife. The third book in the original trilogy is the best of them all. Once again, the author gives us memorable characters doing heroic, selfless things. Slanter is by far my favorite character so far in all the books.
Lord of the Rings books. The influence is quite evident here.
Slanter. Awesome character.
Sure, if I had 20 hours to kill.
Listen to this book and enjoy the great characters.
I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.
I see bits and pieces of a lot of different books in this one. Pern, Eragon, LOR, Hobbit, and etc..., Really thought he did a nice job of putting all the races on the same playing field.
Scott is a natural and always look at what he has done recently. I know if he is reading it I will listen to it. Might not always be the best story line but he can make a bad story line better.
The power of a love between a brother and sister.
Grand escapism adventure!
Love adventure/quest stories
Most with Slanter
Another Quest begins
Scott Brick really does a good job creating characters who can be kept up with solely by the voice.
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Never straying too far from the standard fantasy elements that Brooks’ helped define, The Wishsong of Shannara is at best a moderately satisfying conclusion to the original Shannara series. The story follows the adventures of the third generation of Ohmsford’s as they follow Allanon on a quest to save the world again from another evil force that threatens all life. The plot is nearly identical to both The Sword of Shannara and the Elfstones of Shannara and for that this particular novel doesn’t stand out or earn high praise from prolific fantasy fans. Although there are a few tragedies tossed in and some babbling about the “end of an age” this novel in no way feels like the end of anything. Filled with a colorful assortment of predictable, paint-by-number fantasy characters and your standard assortment of travel-fight interesting monster-travel-fight interesting monster passages I found this book to be only moderately enjoyable. If you’re a fan of standard, predictable fantasy you might enjoy this book as a stand-alone read (having read the previous novels in the series is not at all necessary) but there are definitely better books out there. The audiobook narration is adequate.
I just finished listening to the third book of the Shannara series, and I was so sorry to come to the end. Terry Brooks did a fantastic job in creating this world and the characters in it. With the help of Scott Brick's eloquent talents, the stories unfolded in my mind like a movie. The action was great and the story moved along well, though told in great detail.