I have been reading Terry Brooks since Sword of Shannara was released. I have re-read the books and listened to all of them on audiobooks. The first book in this new series was okay. This one is an okay listen and I will still buy the next book in the series but this book seemed like several old books put together. Ellcrys is dying; go get the seed but chosen is ambushed; Ard Rhys captured in forbidding, go rescue her. Old Ard Rhys up in the far north, go save her. Presumably another Tannaquil will be needed.
This is the book that made me love fantasy 50 years ago. I have read it more times than I can tell you and I read it to my son when he was 5 and it made him love fantasy too. Then, ten years ago or so, I listened to Rob Inglis read the book. So now I can say this is also the book that made me love recorded books. Rob Inglis is such a fantastic narrator- every hobbit, every dwarf, every elf has his own distinct voice and Inglis rich English voice adds to everything. This is one of those rare books that is actually better to listen to than it is to read. And, given how much I love this book, that's saying a lot. And the good news is- if you love the book you can then spend HOURS listening to The Lord of the Rings, which is equally good!
One final thing- the Hobbit movie (third part recently released) is a horrid bastardization of the book. It does have a Hobbit in it but that's about where the similarity ends. Tolkien must be rolling in his grave.
As the daughter of a WWII pilot who became a career officer and ultimately gave his life for this country I can only say thank you to Laura Hillenbrand for bringing me this story. And above all, thank you Louis Zamperini and all the others like you of the greatest generation.
I can't get enough of these books. Funny, scary, even informative. A great light-hearted who-dunnit for my LOOONG daily commute. And no dog lover could resist! Great narrator; nails every character- especially Chet!
George RR Martin has written a fantastic story. Complex characters, intricate plot, excitement, suspense, fun. Superlative! And the books maintain the same quality as the story goes along. Thank goodness Martin wrote such an awesome series , because Roy Dotrice does such an awful job with the narration in this 5th book (as well as the 4th) in the series, that it is only the plot line that keeps me going. I, like many other reviewers, wonder HOW Dotrice could have done such a great job with the first 3 books and mangle the 4th and 5th SO badly?!?! As many noted in Book 4, Aria sounds like an old crone. I didn't like that but it didn't grate on my nerves nearly as much as Daenerys in Book 5. She sounds like a little old (male) leprechaun. Beautiful, sensual, strong, sexy Daenerys! It is possibly the worst narration I have ever heard. All the characters sound male; all sound like uneducated oafs, many (even big, strong knights) sound like squeaky little wimps.
I have a sincere plea for Mr. Martin: You have two more books coming out in this series. PLEASE FIND A BETTER NARRATOR FOR THEM! I'm not sure I can stand to listen to the Mother of Dragons in her squeaky little Irish brogue much longer!
If you liked the first 18 you'll probably like this. All your favorite characters are here, Stephanie is in all her usual messes, it will make you laugh. Lorelei King is wonderful. I love her voices. However, the entire book is just a few hours long and the story line is very simplistic. But then, we don't read these books for intellectual stimulation, do we? We read them for fun and this book is fun.
I read this book years ago. Recently, I listened to it. It is one of the few books that is actually better as an audiobook than as a physical book. The stories are poignant, funny and timeless. Christopher Timothy is perfect in his narration. My only complaint is that he has not done more audiobooks. Buy this, listen to it, then buy the other books in the series. I guarantee you will have hours of pleasure and will listen to these books over and over.
If you love Shannara; if you love Terry Brooks, you will enjoy this book. Interesting but familiar characters; good story. I wish Scott Brick was back to read the book; even Phil Gigante would be okay. Rosalyn Landor is a great narrator but she just isn't a good fit for a Shannara book. Overall, this is definitely "credit-worthy"! One caveat: this is the first of a trilogy and all sorts of things are left hanging at the end of the book. It is NOT a stand-alone book. But it's a fantasy trilogy, right? So relax and enjoy a trip back to Shannara!
I bought this because Jim Dale narrated it and I realized I had never actually read the book. Jim Dale does not disappoint (of course) and the story is a great story for grownups. Listen and enjoy!
This is a great series. Funny, exciting, different, well read. My only complaint with this particular book is that Oberon, the Irish Wolfhound, is not there much and I LOVE him! New book in this series coming out soon-- can't wait!
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