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Bearers of the Black Staff Audiobook

Bearers of the Black Staff

Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war that tore apart the United States, leaving nothing but scorched and poisoned ruins, and nearly exterminating humankind. Those who escaped the carnage and blight were led to sanctuary by the boy savior known as the Hawk - the gypsy morph. In an idyllic valley, its borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyond, humans, Elves, and mutants alike found a place they believed would be their home forever.
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Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war that tore apart the United States, leaving nothing but scorched and poisoned ruins, and nearly exterminating humankind. Those who escaped the carnage and blight were led to sanctuary by the boy savior known as the Hawk - the gypsy morph. In an idyllic valley, its borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyond, humans, Elves, and mutants alike found a place they believed would be their home forever.

But after five centuries, the unimaginable has come to pass: The cocoon of protective magic surrounding the valley has vanished. When Sider Ament, the only surviving descendant of the Knights of the Word, detects unknown predators stalking the valley, he fears the worst. And when Panterra Qu and Prue Liss, expert Trackers from the human village of Glensk Wood, find two of their own gruesomely killed, there can be no doubt: The once safe haven of generations has been laid bare and made vulnerable to whatever still lurks in the wasteland of the outside world.

Together, Ament, the two young Trackers, and a daring Elf princess race to spread word of the encroaching danger - and spearhead plans to defend their ancestral home. But suspicion and hostility among their countrymen threaten to doom their efforts from within - while beyond the breached borders, a ruthless Troll army masses for invasion. And in the thick of it all, the last wielder of the black staff and its awesome magic must find a successor to carry on the fight against the cresting new wave of evil.

©2010 Terry Brooks (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amanda Tilley 01-09-16
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    "horrible narrator"

    couldn't get through 5 chapters. The female voices sounded rediculous, made it seem cheesy, and nothing like a normal Terry Brooks book.

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    Brian Boudrero Layton, UT 05-26-15
    Brian Boudrero Layton, UT 05-26-15

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    "Great Read!"

    Enough detail and description that you start to understand the characters.
    Book starts to describe the races of the four lands and how they interact.

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    icedragon86 02-08-15
    icedragon86 02-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    I really like this book it was hard to stop listening to it really good

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    Elizabeth 05-21-14
    Elizabeth 05-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Terry Brooks has done better"
    Any additional comments?

    Didn't end up finishing this one, so it may get better further in, but what I did listen to I found frustrating. I have loved many Terry Brooks novels in the past, so I was a kind of disappointed. Yes, they can be formulaic, but it's a formula I like and usually I enjoy them a lot. The main character in this one I found annoying and hard to buy into as a hero. He seems to spend most of his time suffering from contrived moral dilemmas without actually doing anything to get himself out of them or using his brain at all, ever. There's nothing wrong with the narration, and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to a different book with the same narrator, but it wasn't overwhelming either.

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    Nicole EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA, United States 11-21-12
    Nicole EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this story to a friend, it was an awesome story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the story line and the details.


    Who was the most memorable character of Bearers of the Black Staff and why?

    The most memorable character in the story for me is Cyder Raymond, known as the gray man.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a little rough at the beginning but has a great, great ending few chapters. I really liked how the story pulled together to show how all of the characters in the story are effected and how their lives are drastically changed by the occurrences that are happening around them.

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    Marly Bird Arvada, CO, United States 09-14-12
    Marly Bird Arvada, CO, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2016

    As a professional crochet and knitwear designer I have a lot of time to sit and listen to books. Makes the work day better!

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    "Boring..."

    I listen to a LOT of audiobooks. My profession allows for me to work and listen to audiobooks at the same time. I need a book that is going to keep my attention and entertain me. Usually, I finish a 13 hour book in a day and a half...this one is only 13.5 hours and I am on my fifth day listening to it and I am only 1/2 of the way through. It is so terribly boring!

    As for the narration, I actually really enjoy the way Phil Gigante narrates so that was the best part for me.

    IMHO:Save your credits and borrow this book from the library.

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    Rodney Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-12-12
    Rodney Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-12-12
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    "great audio"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bearers of the Black Staff to be better than the print version?

    I havent read the book, i work quite a bit so i like audiobooks to help past the time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bearers of the Black Staff?

    i loved it when they went to the elven city they gave great detail about the plants , flowers you can see them in your mind i just love the details of the story.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    I love phil voice i hope any other terry brooks books come out for audio that phil does the characters.


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    CarlB Torrance, CA USA 07-07-11
    CarlB Torrance, CA USA 07-07-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    The story is a decent one for fans of the series and part of a bridge between Shannara eras. The narration is overdone. The female voices are particularly painful. The reader would bring my grade lower, except I enjoy the series. If you want to have the bridge story, borrow the dead tree version from your local library.

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    J. Pitts 09-19-10
    J. Pitts 09-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Bearing with the narrator"

    Good story. Typical Terry Brooks. Some of the narrators "voices" are good, but most are awful and hard to get through. All the female voices are whiney.

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    Jerry Pennington 09-12-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Terry Brooks at his best."

    I found the Bearers of the Black Staff to be a very good listen. I was very glad to see the references to the previous books in the word & void series. If you listen or read armageddons children and the two after it then you should love this book. I feel like he is slowly leading us to what we are used to seeing in the shannara series. Get this book it is a must read!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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