Armageddon's Children is a new creation - the perfect opportunity for listeners unfamiliar with Brooks's previous work to experience an author at the height of his considerable storytelling powers.
Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall.
Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness.
Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined world's salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place - and a people - shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind...even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination.
Meanwhile, in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds - and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey.
In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have.
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"Characterizations are dynamic and multidimensional...the action and battles are mesmerizing, and, as is Brooks' wont, the ending is a cliff-hanger that leaves readers salivating for the sequel." (Booklist)
"Dick Hill commands the text with a stern voice but knows just how to lighten his tone to reflect the atmosphere." (AudioFile)
I'm surprised by the negative reviews. I came to this book not knowing it was a "Shannara" book and so had no preconceptions of what it should be--and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I am eager to get the next two installments and see what happens next. I really enjoy books with long plots, so I was not at all worried about the way the story develops. I just let it carry me along and enjoyed the ride. I will say one thing about the reader, and that is that he appears to have gone to the William Shatner School of Public Speaking. He has a very staccato delivery that can be a little hard to enjoy, but I got engrossed in the story any way and didn't let it bother me.
I read the original Shannara books when I was younger and really enjoyed them. I also listened to them again recently in audio format and did not find them as entertaining as I thought I would, especially since some of them cost me 2 credits. However, I did enjoy spending time with the characters I remembered from many years ago so nostalgia carried me through.
With the Genesis of Shannara, Terry Brooks goes back in the Shannara timeline to tell how our reality transitions into that of Shannara which is a more traditional fantasy setting populated by elves, dwarves, trolls, etc. I found that to be an interesting concept so I picked this one up with some high hopes.
While this isn't a bad book, I was slightly disappointed with multiple things. First off, the downfall of our civilization is well under way when the book starts so you don't get much of the initial transition from normal to Armageddon. Second, the characters are all ok, but not as interesting as I would have hoped for and some of the concepts like "the elves have always been here" just didn't resonate well with me. And lastly, this is a major cliffhanger on multiple fronts. One of the worst cliffhangers I have read, meaning that multiple big events are underway and all left unresolved, which left me pretty unsatisfied at the end.
So if you plan to go "all in" on the series go ahead and pick this one up, but if you want to dip your toe in the water first you will likely find yourself with the same dilemma I have: Do I take a chance that book 2 will leave me satisfied when book 1 didn't, or do I just walk away now? Do I buy book 2 simply because Terry Brooks left me out to dry with the ending of book 1?
I thought Dick Hill did a decent job on the narration and I do not share the negativity expressed by many other reviewers. Dick Hill is a veteran narrator with a large body of work, and I tend to enjoy his narrations even if he isn't my favorite narrator.
This book got be hooked on audible. Well written, perfect narration, and well paced. I'm a long time fan of Terry and this is one of his best stories. You will not be disappointed.
I'm a longtime Terry Brooks fan and read the original Shanara books for the first time in high school. I've devoured every new book, even as quality has declined and themes have become repetitive, and this trilogy has been no different. I have my reservations though. The first black character that I can remember in any Brooks book is a charicature with an attitude problem (even worse, named "Panther"), and the narrator doesn't improve the situation by voicing him as a jive-talkin' throwback stereotype. Also, even with the new, post-apocalyptic backdrop, many of the themes are rehashed from earlier Shannara books. You should read (or listen to) this book, but be aware that you are not getting the best of Brooks.
This series was...okay. Not the best writing and the characters could be pretty 1 dimensional and dense but it was mostly entertaining.
My biggest complaint was the narrators; both are terrible. Dick Hill might be good for the mostly male "Reacher" series but both he and Phil Gigante (who narrates books 2+3) are horribly melodramatic and make anyone young sound like a whiner and females sound like flamboyant males. Seriously, the overly-dramatic reading was almost enough to drain all the fun from these books when in reality they might not be literary classics but are entertaining at least.
I never read a Terry Brooks book before...this Audiobook was my 1st audiobook I've ever purchased (CD). Since then, I've read and listen to countless books...all thanks to Armageddon's Children (which is also the name of my fantasy football team). It's simply fantastic...reminds me of movies like The Road Warrior, Book of Eli, etc...but with a darker edge. Especially with the Demon Findo Gask...effin Amazing!!!
One of a Kind
The 1st chapter...when Logan Tom is a child...escaping the compound from which the Once Men led by The Void's Demon - Findo Gask.
Also the story of how man has fallen to it's demise.
The story in which Logan Tom is attacking the slave camps...trying to free the humans...yet encounters children, who have been....well just listen to it. It's truly heart breaking.
Make this into a MOVIE!!! I know MTV will bring the Shannara World to our tv's. Yet the pre-Shannara world is do amazing...please read Terry Brooks The Word & the Void series, then the Genesis of Shannara trilogy.
I enjoyed the story, but found it a difficult one to listen to. I like Dick Hill's performances, but not this one. The narration was hard to follow as the story jumped back and forth between characters and locations. There were no real breaks between chapters or when the story switched between characters or locations. If you can't devote your full attention to the story you will have to rewind frequently to figure out when the story changed. Mr. Hill seemed like he wasn't interested in this project because his reading was unusually flat for this complicated story.
I loved Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom series years ago and this story has me hooked AGAIN. I enjoyed Dick Hill immensely! He adds so much to the moods and emotions in the story. I just downloaded the next two books in the series! I recommend this to anyone who loves a GREAT "read". If you think you don't care for the fantasy genre, this might change your mind.
This is about the 3 book series. I remember starting to read The Shannara series 30 years ago and enjoying it. But I was an adolescent then. This new 3 book series is entertaining but it really is for adolescence as well. The sad thing for me is it is repeative of the boy/man savior of humankind. Not only is there one savior, but two. Both male. Only a couple of the characters have good development. The females are just supporting roles without depth. When you compare this series to a fairly new writer like Brandon Sanderson's series (which can also be read by young adults) - it seems amateurish. I guess I was hoping Terry Brooks would have gotten much better after 30 years.
For an adult book this is 3 stars, for young adult it could be 4 stars because it is interesting.
The story was great. The reader mumbled, especially at the end of sentences. Even worse, his character voice was AWFUL - mewly and simpering. For the most part he used this disgusting voice for all the characters. One exception was the character of Panther for whom he made a highly exaggerated African American voice who talked like he was on crack and had marbles in his mouth. SO glad the next book has a new reader!
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