Hard to stop listening to to this story. Finally, the series delivers fully developed characters who have to overcome internal struggles against fear, lack of confidence, desire for ultimate power and fight a galant battle to save the 4 lands. The female character, Brin, is more than window dressing and wields terrific power. Jer, brother, delivers powerful support in bringing her back to herself. The supporting character are well developed also and it is easy to care about what happens to them. Great fantasy but also grounded in the earthiness of its characters. I think you will love it.
Terry Brooks tells a terrific story. Even the filler is pretty good. The narrator leaves quite a bit to be dsired. His pronunciation of some of the words is incorrect and grateson the ears and nerves.
Add is inability to show a range of character voices caused me to wonder what character was speaking.
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.