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The Shannara Trilogy | [Terry Brooks]

The Shannara Trilogy

Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil had ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races - gnomes, trolls, dwarfs and elves. Half-elfin Shea Ohmsford learns that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destroy the world and the sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was The Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara.
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Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil had ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races - gnomes, trolls, dwarfs and elves. Half-elfin Shea Ohmsford learns that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destroy the world and the sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was The Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara. The Elfstones of Shannara is the only protection Wil Ohmsford has as he sets out on a perilous quest to protect a seed from the Ellcrys - a tree created by Elven magic that is dying, loosening the spell of Forbidding that bars the hordes of vengeful Demons from the Races of Man. And in The Wishsong of Shannara an ancient evil is stirred to life and threatens to destroy mankind.

©1993 Terry Brooks; (P)2009 Phoenix

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    Cindy Milton, NH, United States 04-16-11
    Cindy Milton, NH, United States 04-16-11
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    "OK for a catch up"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Henry 01-29-14
    Henry 01-29-14
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    "This abridgment doesn't work."
    What did you like best about The Shannara Trilogy? What did you like least?

    It was quick, Terry's books can go on and on.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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    Which scene was your favorite?

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    Did The Shannara Trilogy inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    catie 06-27-14
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    Would you try another book from Terry Brooks and/or Theodore Bikel?

    While I would never bash a narrator for doing their work, this was my first audio book from the Shannara story line. I have had this book over a couple months now and have not made it up to chapter ten, when I easily breeze through one audio book a week, maybe two if it's really long. The speaker just makes the story seem outdated. There is not much difference from one character's voice to another which has had me loose track of who is talking and where the story is going.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I have yet to find this.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The author is amazing in his Landover series, and this was my first book in this series, but I think if they had a more updated recording system, and narrator who can do multiple voices more clearly, it could draw me back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Armand Riverside, CA, USA 12-11-09
    Armand Riverside, CA, USA 12-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "fun book"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tampa, FL, USA 11-19-09
    Mark Tampa, FL, USA 11-19-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Theodore Bikel is Shannara"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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