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The Elfstones of Shannara Audiobook

The Elfstones of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 2

Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying.
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Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying. Amberle Elessidil and Wil Ohmsford must set out to find the Bloodfire and put the sacred Ellcrys seed within it. But dark on their trail comes the Reaper, most fearsome of all Demons, aiming to crush their mission at any cost. Only the Elfstones of Shannara can protect them.

©1982 Terry Brooks; (P)2003 Books on Tape

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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 09-10-07
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 09-10-07 Member Since 2012

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "Great story"

    Carrying on two generations later from "Sword of Shannara", you taken on another fantastic journey. Though this story is filled with great action, it lacks any occasional humor to help endear the reader to the characters, leaving the story a little dry. Also the continous waves of action seem repetivite when the story hits on large scale events, but does not take away from the enjoyment. Just don't try to listen to the battle events at 1AM. I can't wait till the next book.

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    Aaron Holden, ME, USA 05-03-06
    Aaron Holden, ME, USA 05-03-06
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    "A good story"

    Terry Brooks is often accused of plagiarising J.R.R. Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I would encourage people not to think of these books as plagiarism but as a further exploration of a world that we didn't get to see enough of before Mr.Tolkien's death. After I finished the Lord of the Rings I really wanted more. There were so many corners of Middle Earth that were left unexplored, so much more to see. I think that's what authors like Terry Brooks offer us. His world is not Middle Earth, as that's a copyrighted name, but it's clearly based off of it. None of the ideas here are unique. They are taken from better series like the Lord of the Rings and put into a post-apocalyptic world just like Stephen King's Dark Tower series but if you want more of the same, which I did, these books will deliver. I wouldn't recommend them as your first fantasy novels, I'd recommend LoTR, Dark Tower, The Song of Ice and Fire and The Wheel of Time series first, but when you're done with those and want more, as many fans do, the Shanarra books are a good read. They have all your favorite monsters and creatures revisted. There are better books out there but I feel the Shannara stories are good extensions of those tales for people who don't feel like they've had enough yet.

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    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 08-27-07
    Euryleia Buena Park, CA United States 08-27-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Read the book"

    I remember enjoying this book when I first read it, many years ago, so I was pretty excited to get the unabridged audiobook... Then I started listening. Scott Brick's voice is clear and rich, pleasant to listen to, but his narration style makes me want to stab myself in the ear with a sharp object. EVERYTHING is dramatic- extremely dramatic- whether or not anything important is happening in the story. This style might work for reading Poe or Shakespearean drama but it doesn't work here. It completely destroys the flow and pacing of the story by trying to add artificial tension. The overall effect is 23 hours of torture. My advice is to read the books and spend your Audible credits elsewhere.

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    Terri 07-27-15
    Terri 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful read, tugs the heart"
    If you could sum up The Elfstones of Shannara in three words, what would they be?

    good chick book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elfstones of Shannara?

    the metamorphosis of amberle


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when wil went back to his lady, the tree


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes, it made me cry a couple of times, i was very involved in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    i could start 10 other books but i am hooked on this series and am ready for wishsong. i am also thrilled that mtv is producing the series, should have been done long ago, i love game of thrones but it's too graphic for my granddaughters but the shannara series is absolutely perfect for them.

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    READ THIS BOOK!! 02-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book. a bit excessive on some details for me"

    got way to excessive on some of his details and lost me during the long ones but I liked the book overall good story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K Australia 01-11-15
    K Australia 01-11-15 Member Since 2009

    Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.

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    "Fantasy Classic"

    This is the second book of the Shannara series and it should be noted that it is the one of the first epic fantasy books written after Lord of the Rings. It started the the flood of the many fantasy offerings that we have today.

    I could be biased, being a fanatical Terry Brooks Fan, but this book is probably my favourite of the Shannara series. Without giving too much away, a magical tree is dying, and the next generation of Ohmsfords' (the main family of the series) must aid the search for the magic required for the rebirth of the tree.

    The thing I really like about Terry's work, he normally has more than one story thread running at the same time, but rarely more than can be followed, makes the reading of the book hard work. Sometimes simple is best.

    The book is a long read. So if you get into the series, be prepared to lose many hours of your reading time on this story. But in my opinion its a rewarding escape.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Compton Birmingham, AL USA 11-18-14
    Henry Compton Birmingham, AL USA 11-18-14 Member Since 2011

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    "A Good Story But..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I may recommend this story but I would have to offer some caveats.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elfstones of Shannara?

    They all blur together. I think the thing that I will remember is how insecure and whiny the characters all are.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was overly dramatic. I think that some of the weaknesses of the story were exacerbated by Scott Brick's overblown reading. I think in my mind, when I read the book, I read them with a little less emotion. Maybe more sincere and less exaggerated.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story, I really did. But I got annoyed with the characters questioning and questioning everything. The main character is absolutely certain he will never be able to use the Elfstones again after ONE FAILURE. I could understand him wondering what went wrong but he is just ready to pack things in because they let him down one time. I think that Scott Brick, whom I adore reading many other books, simply was overly dramatic on this one. A more measured approach may have make the listening more enjoyable. It is almost like he highlighted all the weakness of the writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nate Hatch 10-24-08
    Nate Hatch 10-24-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Elfstones"

    I thought that this was a great book. I liked it much more than sword of shannara. The plot was better and I thought the characters were developed better. I think that Brooks is a great author and look forward to finishing this series.

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    Kristi Gainesville, FL, USA 03-11-07
    Kristi Gainesville, FL, USA 03-11-07
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    "Very Good Story"

    After reading the first book in the series, which was complete Tolkien plagiarism, I was very hesitant to listen to anything else in the Shannara series. However, after about an hour into the "Elfstones", I found myself captivated by the story. There were some similarities to Tolkien, but, for the most part, this book showed a clear divergence from LOTR. Not to leave the review on that backhanded compliment, I will write that if you are a fan of the genre, this is a worthwhile listen.

    Scott Brick is NOT a good fantasy narrator, but once you get over his annoying and seemingly constant (Brooks writes in extremes) "ANYTHING" inflections, the story keeps you interested enough to continue.

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    Amazon Customer 12-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Only 5 Hours In"
    What did you like best about The Elfstones of Shannara? What did you like least?

    I like the story and how this guy reads it but overall the story is so simple... I would recommend for this for boys from 12 to 22.


    What was most disappointing about Terry Brooks’s story?

    I wish this wasnt so slimier to the hobbit. I barley even liked that book. Terry does not pull off the epicness of the Lord of the Rings.


    Did The Elfstones of Shannara inspire you to do anything?

    Not even to write a book even remotely similar....


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this unless you like simple and easy to follow story-lines combined with interesting but not particularity unique characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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