©1993 Terry Brooks; (P)2009 Phoenix
It is abridged, and so by definition doesn't have as much detail as the full book. It was OK as a catchup if you've already read the books, but not at all adequate if you're not already familiar. Narration was pretty good most of the time, but on occasion, the tone didn't seem appropriate for what was being read, and was stiff and rushed at times. I kind of wish I had sprung for the full versions because its been about 15 years since I read the books.
This version abridged & read by Theodore Bikel is what hooked me on audio books. This reader has a deep gruff voice with a European accent that adds a magical touch to the reading. Scott Brick is one of my favorate readers, but to me it just isn't Shannara when Scott reads the latest version. The abridged version is not as long winded and is nicely done. If you like this, than try the rest of Terry Brooks's audio books. You can't go wrong, but read them in order.
It was quick, Terry's books can go on and on.
Abridging any book is a tough act. Abridging a fantasy book is double hard, because the story is about how they get where they are going rather than where they end up. This abridgment converted the book from one of showing the reader to simply telling the reader what happened. It didn't work. I recommend reading (listening to) the full version.
I read these books back in school, and when I saw them here, it was a must have. I listened to them recently, and it's a bit lord or the rings like, but still very original, with a few whimsical twists
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