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The Scions of Shannara Audiobook

The Scions of Shannara: The Heritage of Shannara, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Since the death of Allanon, life in the Four Lands has drastically changed. Yet Par Ohmsford still has some power of the Wishsong. And when a message from the ancient Druid, Allanon, reaches them, Par is ordered to recover the long-lost Sword of Shinnara and the glory that once was the Four Lands....

©2000 Terry Brooks (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat." (Rocky Mountain News)

"If you were delighted and entranced by Michael Ende's The Never Ending Story, you will definitely want to sample one of more of Terry Brooks' books." (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

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    Neill 07-12-16
    Neill 07-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The best of Shannara."

    I've been a Brooks fan since I read Sword of Shannara at age 12 in 1991 on vacation. I didn't put the book down the entire drive. I love the world and the characters.

    Some years later I discovered books on tape and my audio book life began. Since I discovered Audible, I've been hoping this four book Heritage of Shannara series would receive the full, unabridged treatment (an abridged book is an appalling blasphemy).

    I couldn't be more pleased with the results. If you wish to pick apart some oft-used or too-familiar fantasy tropes in this series, you can certainly do so. Good on you and I hope it makes you feel smugly pleased with yourself. But, if you genuinely love Brooks's Shannara world with all its rich life and wonderfully familiar groups like the Leahs, Ohmsfords, Druids, Elves, Rock Trolls, Dwarves and all the familiar landscapes, lineages and a beautiful and reliable narrative with enough changes to stand apart from past series, then you owe it to yourself to listen to these books and immerse yourself in the stories.

    The narration is just right, neither dominating the tone nor detracting from the story. It is inviting and at no point forces you out of the Four Lands.

    I always loved this series for the separate but equal storylines followed in the four books. I can't wait to begin The Druid and follow it immediately with The Elf Queen. This is a must-listen for Brooks fans.

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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 08-27-16
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 08-27-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Exiting, very well paced epic story"

    Definitely a bit dark but a wonderfully written story that is very well read by John Lee. The story is clearly a setup for the reminder of the books in this series but sets up the characters and the storyline nicely. Unlike a lot of YA books in this genre, these characters have depth and are very vulnerable at times. The author's world building is pretty good and continues to develop as the story and series continues. It is the classic good versus evil but a very good story with interesting plot twists and main characters struggling with their own doubts and whether they have the courage to do the right thing. Very well done, especially for a first book in a new series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott A. Minar Chillicothe, Ohio United States 08-14-16
    Scott A. Minar Chillicothe, Ohio United States 08-14-16 Member Since 2010
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    "One of Terry Brooks' Best Fantasy Series"

    This is one of Terry Books' Best fantasy series. Some of us have been waiting for a very long time for the unabridged versions of these. And they were well worth the wait. John Lee does a terrific job narrating. He was an excellent choice. Brooks' fan should love these. This is the author in his prime. Don't miss it. Drop what you're doing and get these books!

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    Nick Blade 09-23-16
    Nick Blade 09-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Self doubt is the main trait of all the characters"
    What disappointed you about The Scions of Shannara?

    If you took out all of the self doubt, unwarranted negativity, pointless arguing and overall mistrust among supposed friends in this book it would half as long.


    What was most disappointing about Terry Brooks’s story?

    Every quest in the story is a let down. Even the whole goal of the book is to get the sword of Shannara and (spoiler alert) when he finally gets it instead of being the most powerful magic talisman of the lost ages it has no magic at all and does nothing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    The author only tries to make one character, the hero, likable but even he is so full of self doubt and self blame that even he is not heroic. Instead he's just pitiful. I love fantasy and have read many, many books in this genre, but the more I read this book the more the story and characters just aggravated me to the point that I could barely finish it and when I did I was sorry that I had wasted my time.

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    Camber governski 09-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read, but slower than his other books."

    I have grown used to Brooks diving right into the story and each book being a full story on their own. This one is mostly a set-up for the rest of the series and is a lot slower to develop than his previous books. Still intriguing, but not as enthralling as the others.

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    Amazon Customer 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Master at Work"

    This is Terry at his best. I love this series and period of time within the Shannara world. wonderfully developed characters and story.

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    Terra Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-16-16
    Terra Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I'll always love Terry Brooks"

    I think because this is the first if 3, the pace was a little slow, building the characters and plot. Hoping for more action in the next two and a great resolution!

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    Dawnn Vogel 09-07-16
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    "This is a great book. One of the best."

    I have to say this is one of the better series in this group of books. I love the whole Shannara series, but one of my favorites in the Heritage of Shannara. It tells the story 300 years after the Wishsong for Shannara. He explains what has happened to the Four Lands since the time of Brin and Jair Ohmsford. I could go into greater detail but feel you would enjoy it better if you would listen to it. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed any of the Shannara Series.!!!!!

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    Gregory RENO, NV, United States 09-03-16
    Gregory RENO, NV, United States 09-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!!!"

    Terry Brooks knows how to tell a story. Very entertaining and well read. I recommend it

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    Charles Howard City, MI, United States 08-31-16
    Charles Howard City, MI, United States 08-31-16 Member Since 2010
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    "it left you wanting"
    What made the experience of listening to The Scions of Shannara the most enjoyable?

    be prepared to buy the second book right away


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

    death of brother


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    PAC


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no just a good plot


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    "What goes around comes around "

    The flavour and intensity of the previous books maintained, and I like the fact that the exact underlying cause of all the scion troubles is kept concealed.

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