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The Scions of Shannara: Heritage of Shannara, Book 1 | [Terry Brooks]

The Scions of Shannara: Heritage of Shannara, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In this first book of the Heritage of Shannara series, three hundred years have passed since the death of Allanon, and the Four Lands have sadly changed. The elves have vanished, and the dwarves are enslaved. The Southland is now under the rule of the Federation, and magic is forbidden. Par Ohmsford, who still has the power of the Wishsong, must venture forth with the other Scions of Shannara, Wren and Walker Boh. Together, they must recover the Sword of Shannara and restore the land - but can they do the impossible?

Copyright ©1990 by Terry Brooks; Copyright (P)1991 Dove Audio

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    08-02-06
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    "Where is the Unabridged Version"

    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

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Albuquerque, NM, USA 01-24-05
    Steven Albuquerque, NM, USA 01-24-05
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    "Not worth it..."

    Try to cram about 20 hours of reading into 3... It would have been better to buy the paperback and read the title headings.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Hundhammeren, Norway 02-16-11
    Christian Hundhammeren, Norway 02-16-11
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    "Want unabridged with new narrator!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin32 12-23-10
    Dustin32 12-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "once again not Scott Brick"

    Needed to be Scott Brick and unabridged. I went to reading the book because that guy narrating was HORRIBLE.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Round Rock , TX, USA 02-12-08
    Jimmy Round Rock , TX, USA 02-12-08
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    "Irritating narrator"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 07-18-13
    Amazon Customer United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't recommend"
    What disappointed you about The Scions of Shannara?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    An unabridged version would have helped.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer North Bend, OR, United States 05-14-13
    Amazon Customer North Bend, OR, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Such a disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Brooks before, how does this one compare?

    Very poorly, especially when compared to the unabridged version.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Theodore Bikel?

    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.


    What character would you cut from The Scions of Shannara?

    None of them


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rob LONG BEACH, MS, United States 04-17-13
    Rob LONG BEACH, MS, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Really Disappointed"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Allday Slidell, La USA 04-27-14
    Kimberly Allday Slidell, La USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2014

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    "First of the Heritage of Shannara Series"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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!


    What could Terry Brooks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Theodore Bikel’s performances?

    Bikel's reading was one of the better narratives and I found him very easy to listen to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Scions of Shannara?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Salem, UT, United States 04-21-14
    Melanie Salem, UT, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "You need the whole book."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Terry Brooks puts too much into his stories to have them abridged. You really need to read the whole book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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