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The Wishsong of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 3 | [Terry Brooks]

The Wishsong of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 3

Fans of the Shannara epic will revel as the forces of good battle an evil book, the Ildatch, which sends the Mord Wraiths to destroy mankind. To overcome this dark force, the Druid Allanon needs Brin Ohmsford, for she holds the power of the wishsong, a magic invoked by singing that can make plants bloom instantly or turn trees from green to autumn gold.
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Fans of the Shannara epic will revel as the forces of good battle an evil book, the Ildatch, which sends the Mord Wraiths to destroy mankind. To overcome this dark force, the Druid Allanon needs Brin Ohmsford, for she holds the power of the wishsong, a magic invoked by singing that can make plants bloom instantly or turn trees from green to autumn gold.

As Brin reluctantly joins Allanon on his dangerous journey, a prophecy foretells an evil plan to trap the unsuspecting Brin into a fate more horrible than death. But she has the help of her brother, Jair, and the protection of Rone Leah, who takes his job very seriously, as the comic rustics, Weapons Master Garet Jax and Slanter the gnome, leaven the fantasy.

©1985 Terry Brooks; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

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    Kenneth Beverly, NJ, USA 03-17-04
    Kenneth Beverly, NJ, USA 03-17-04
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    "Great book and Great reader"

    This is a great book. I wish I had heard the other 2 books unabridged (Sword of Shannara and Elfstones of Shannara). Hope they get more unabridged books for this series.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States 01-07-05
    Robert Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States 01-07-05 Member Since 2014
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    "A fitting end to a great trilogy"

    I read this trilogy many years ago and was thankful that there was an unabridged version on audible that allowed me to revisit the Shannara stories. The Wishsong is clearly the darkest of the trilogy and the best written. Contrary to an earlier reviewers comments, this is NOT a LOTR knockoff. If someone writes a book that has a shark kill someone does that mean its a JAWS ripoff? Of course not. It's a fantasy book. There is going to be a good and evil character in it. Deal with it. Terry Brooks is an excellent writer and storyteller and the world he creates is dark yet full of hope. I also found the pace to be much quicker in this book then the other two and much less predictable to figure out who was going to die and what was going to happen. As for the narration, Scott Brick is the MAN! Anyone who thinks otherwise has obviously never heard Charles Keating butcher these novels. For those who venture into the Shannara realm you will be rewarded with some of the best storytelling of our time. Treat yourself and make sure you get the "unabridged" edition so you don't miss a beat.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 12-04-06
    Anthony 12-04-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Typical Brooks"

    Plot is much like the rest of his longer books, but still captivating, if you liked one you will more than likely enjoy The Wishsong as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George-on-da-go Bellingham, WA USA 06-12-15
    George-on-da-go Bellingham, WA USA 06-12-15 Member Since 2015

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    "20 years after reading"

    I read the Shannara series and Heritage of Shannara 20 years ago. It is a pleasure to listen to. I plan on catching up in the series and wanted to listen to the original trilogy before diving into this wonderful world again.

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    Virginia A. Cannon 05-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "wonderful story. great narration."

    I am listen to this story as a recommendation from Audible. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

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    Gabriel David Hamilton 03-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good although better in some ways in print."

    Great story. Great performance of all the different characters. Parts are too slow when read aloud that one would skim over when reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Arizona 02-28-15
    Amazon Customer Arizona 02-28-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I love this book"

    I love this book. I love this book. I love this book. I love this book. I'm a huge Terry Brooks fan.

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    Trey Weller 02-24-15
    Trey Weller 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid Installment in Solid Series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wishsong of Shannara the most enjoyable?

    As the novel progresses, the pacing gets pretty great. Events in the story make the stakes clear. Terry Brooks has a way of making the odds seem incredibly dire, and while it's not quite as effective as in Elfstones, Brooks' talents are still on display here. There's a unique style to Brooks' writing, a sort of throwback to yesteryear that has the ability to just hit the spot for me.


    What other book might you compare The Wishsong of Shannara to and why?

    The Lord of the Rings. They both are fantasies revolving around desperate quests to destroy a powerful object. The differences are in the style and details, and there are enough to make Wishsong a worthwhile read in its own right.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There's something about hearing a fantasy story read out loud that takes me back to my childhood. Scott Brick knows when to give magical elements the proper dramatic weight, and there's a good cadence to his reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing that extreme, but it had me listening intently during the tense climax, and there moments of genuine emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick has a weird way of pronouncing "Shannara." Thankfully, outside of the title, the word isn't used all that much. Also, Audible seems to be missing some of the books in this series, and it would be nice to see the full set, particularly the Heritage sub-series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 12-19-13
    Elizabeth 12-19-13
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    "Awesome!"
    What did you love best about The Wishsong of Shannara?

    I have also enjoyed this series by Terry Brooks, but the reader really drew me in. He was terrific!


    What other book might you compare The Wishsong of Shannara to and why?

    Other than the author's other books in this line, I am not sure how to respond. I do not know many others in this genre other than Tolkien. However, I don't think the two are the same. While I enjoy Tolkien's stories, they can sometimes drag - Brooks is always moving forward.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't honestly say, I stayed engaged throughout the entire book. I guess I especially enjoyed the interactions between Jair and Slanter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - the same goes for the first two books in the series "The Sword of Shannara" and "The Elfstones of Shannara."


    Any additional comments?

    These books are the main reason I joined Audible. Once I am done with the full series, I am looking forward to checking out other authors who write and elves and such =)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Webster, NY, United States 06-05-13
    Amazon Customer Webster, NY, United States 06-05-13
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    "More stellar characters."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book and have already to my wife. The third book in the original trilogy is the best of them all. Once again, the author gives us memorable characters doing heroic, selfless things. Slanter is by far my favorite character so far in all the books.


    What other book might you compare The Wishsong of Shannara to and why?

    Lord of the Rings books. The influence is quite evident here.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Slanter. Awesome character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure, if I had 20 hours to kill.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book and enjoy the great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Joseph
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    4/26/06
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    "Wishong Of Shannara"

    When you go the whole hog and choose one of the 'unabridged' titles; especially when it is a large, large book, one wants to be justified. This was my first 'whole book' and I must say Scott Brick does a good job. Credit where credit is due. It was a relief that it was well recorded too, as the abridged Elfstones Of Shannara (which is a superb novel, had a reader who, though genuinely breathtaking at his job, was badly, very badly let down, by the quality of the recording. Not the story with the unabridged Wishsong Of Shannara. The third and last in the Shannara trilogy. The audio quality was fine and matched every bit by Mr Brick's fine narration. His character voices are believable and Terry Brooks's writing suspenseful, nicely paced and rewards with a worthy and well executed final two chapters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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