Likewise, Angel Perez has her own quest, one that will take her from the wreckage of Los Angeles to a distant, secret place untouched by the horrors of the nationwide blight - a place where the race of Elves has dwelled since before man existed. But close behind these lone Knights of the Word swarm the ravening forces of the Void.
As the menacing thunder of war drums heralds the arrival of the demons and their brutal minions in Seattle, the young survivors who call themselves the Ghosts are forced to brave the dangerous world of gangs, mutants, and worse to escape the invasion. And Logan Tom must infiltrate a refugee compound to rescue Hawk, the leader of the street urchins, who has yet to learn the truth about who and what he is.
Meanwhile, Angel Perez has joined an equally urgent mission: to find the Ellcrys, a fabled talisman crucial to protecting the Elven realm against an influx of unspeakable evil from the dread dimension known as the Forbidding. But Angel and her Elven allies must beware - for a demon spy, with a monstrous creature at its command, walks among them.
As the legions of darkness draw the noose tighter, and the time of confrontation draws near, those chosen to defend the soul of the world must draw their battle lines and prepare to fight with, and for, their lives. If they fail, humanity falls.
Listen to more in Terry Brooks' Shannara series.
©2007 Terry Brooks; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world." (Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass)
Elves continues the story created by Terry Brooks in the Genesis of Shannara trilogy. The well-written characters develop very well, growing out of old problems and confronting new ones.
I've listened to Book 1 from this series, Armageddon's Children. Unfortunately they had to switch readers for this book, and it suffered a little for it. The content has the same great setting and pace, but suffers a little for being the second of third book in a cliffhanger series. So it seems to wrap up the first book, but only set the stage for the third, with nothing to help it breathe on it's own.
I have listened to 80 or so audiobooks and lots of different narrators. The hardest thing for a narrator to do is follow someone else who has started the series and already given the characters life. Though the female characters are a little rough and kind of sound the same, I think his pace is right on and a lot of the characters sound the same from the first book. I think he had an almost impossible task in matching the first narrator but he does an admirable job. Phil at least did his homework. I listened to one series where the second narrator did not even pronounce the main characters names the same. That will throw you WAY off.
I just finished listening to Armageddon's Children the first in this series and was so hooked that I immediately ordered this the second in the series. These stories are extremely compelling from the first line. I am now hooked on the series. Two things that let this particular version down for me though were the reader and the format.
Dick Hill read the version of Armageddon's Children I listened to and he read really well in a moody fashion that enabled me to really visualize the scenes and get deeply involved with the characters. Phil Gigante however on reading this story rushed through the narration at such a pace that I found myself getting quite irritated.
Phil, SLOW DOWN!!!!
The version of Armageddon's Children I listened to was recorded in 'MP3 CD' format. Now after having downloaded a few books from Audible with DRM restrictions on how many devices and an authorization process that I find a real pain in the rear end I will go out of my way to only buy audio books in this 'MP3 CD' format. Because the 'MP3 CD' has no restrictions I was able to share the book with my family all of whom are now hooked on the series.
Audible - migrate to MP3 CD or just MP3 format! I for one will not be purchasing anything else from you until you do!
You must listen to Armageddon's Children (Book 1) first! It sets up everything, but then you'll need this one as well.
I am also a long time audible listener, and I have to agree with other reviewers about the narration of The Elves of Cintra. Dick Hill was an excellent narrator for Armageddon's Children! He managed a very subtle and realistic Native American accent for one of the characters - it sounded like a separate/different reader he was so good. I was very disappointed when I realized Phil Gigante had replaced him. I thought I would get used to it, and the arbitrary and inconsistent use of a quasi-british accent (why british?) - for some members of the Elf family - it was off putting, but was not the worst part. His pronunciation of words like 'sense' sound like 'since', and 'descent' becomes 'descint'. At least he's consistent about it, but I found it jarring each time. Maybe if this was a tale of the old west, it wouldn't bother me. But come on, this is a professional narrator.
GIT a voice coach, and fix it!
His reading of the fun and entertaining story by Terry Brooks was not all bad, he was able to develop a great deal of dramatic effect with the many action/suspenseful sections, but then he'd say 'injun' instead of 'engine', and I'd think of how great Dick Hill did with that Native American 'Injun' voice - and it'd pull me right out of the story.
Mr. Brooks' book deserves more than 3 stars, but not with the narration....
I like Terry Brooks stuff. I love the universe, so hearing about all the various adventures is fun. So even if it's bulk manufacture inside Brooks' canon and universe, I generally like the telling. But, this reader kills me. I almost stop listening at the change of every character voice. He whimpers like every character is a weakling, and when a character is strong and astute he still sounds like he never got his man voice. He tends to over do characterization like he is on Sesame Street on Broadway or something. He reads well and portrays each character in their own light, but can't seem to nail a compelling tone.
My escape from reality is listening to all the different adventures each of these characters go through! Sometimes I feel kike I am "listening at the edge of my earlobes" LOL
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