Copyright ©1990 by Terry Brooks; Copyright (P)1991 Dove Audio
A excellent series to read, but if you cannot get the unabridged version, not worth the listen. So uch happens that is lost trying to condense it down to 3 hours. Look for the other unabridged Shannara series books
The "magic" dissapears with the abridged edition. And when the narrator fails to give the characters personality throu diffrent voices, this is not worth a listening for those who enjoy a good book. A unabridged edition with Scott Brick etc would be worth all the money and even more.
Still this might be worth it just to catch up on the basic story for those who have read the book earlier, or have any other reasons to fast forward to the next books in the series.
Sounds like James Earl Jones but with contrived inflection and with individual parts of a sentence uttered as though each one had its own period. Makes it. very hard to follow. This is my first exposure. to this author. but can't and won't go to the next. in the series. if it's read. by the same person.
This book is Abridged and incredibly shortened. None of the characters or voices used are present as was in previous books such as Wishsong. Just not my cup of tea.
An unabridged version would have helped.
I'm not sure if this reading seems so horrible to me because of the abridgement or if it was the narrator, or both. I love this story and have read it several times, but the abridgement just didn't do it any justice. It seemed like all of the excitement and magic of the story were lost when it was abridged. The reading seems rather flat and boring as well. If this was my only introduction to this book or Terry Brooks I probably would not read any of the other books.
Very poorly, especially when compared to the unabridged version.
I don't know. I'm not sure that I would have necessarily picked anyone else, I just couldn't get into the book. I didn't even finish listening to it because it was so frustrating.
None of them
Please get the unabridged version of this entire series. I'm trying to find it via amazon or something so I can listen to the full story, but I would rather get it through audible and have them all in this library.
The story is short and shallow compared to the original Sword and First Druid books. I had to tune out the horrible narration and horrible audio quality. It sounds like someone ripped this from an old cassette tape. The narrator pronounces the names as if he was acting in an Elizabethan theater--he stresses the final syllables of names in the most unnatural way; e.g. "Shanuh-RAH" and Morgan "Lee-Ah" (Leah). Audible really let me down on this one.
Sadly, ALL of the Heritage of Shannara novels are narrated and produced by the same actors/producers. So, for the next three books I will have to suffer. The fact I like this book series is the only reason I am not erasing them from my hard drive completely.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book it brought me back into the world of Shannara from the very beginning and all the way through. If you enjoyed the Sword of Shannara trilogy then You will be very glad to read the Heritage series as well!
Being the first of the series I expected it to drag a little at the beginning and was happily surprised to find just the opposite!
Bikel's reading was one of the better narratives and I found him very easy to listen to.
As usual for me, when it comes to Terry Brooks' story telling, I just don't think I'd edit a thing. The man is magic when weaving a tale and this tale like his others simply is a wonderful tapestry of storytelling!
Terry Brooks puts too much into his stories to have them abridged. You really need to read the whole book.
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