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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing that extreme, but it had me listening intently during the tense climax, and there moments of genuine emotion.
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.
I have also enjoyed this series by Terry Brooks, but the reader really drew me in. He was terrific!
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.
I can't honestly say, I stayed engaged throughout the entire book. I guess I especially enjoyed the interactions between Jair and Slanter.
Yes - the same goes for the first two books in the series "The Sword of Shannara" and "The Elfstones of Shannara."
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 =)
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.
Lord of the Rings books. The influence is quite evident here.
Slanter. Awesome character.
Sure, if I had 20 hours to kill.
Listen to this book and enjoy the great characters.
I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.
I see bits and pieces of a lot of different books in this one. Pern, Eragon, LOR, Hobbit, and etc..., Really thought he did a nice job of putting all the races on the same playing field.
Scott is a natural and always look at what he has done recently. I know if he is reading it I will listen to it. Might not always be the best story line but he can make a bad story line better.
The power of a love between a brother and sister.
Grand escapism adventure!
Love adventure/quest stories
Most with Slanter
Another Quest begins
Scott Brick really does a good job creating characters who can be kept up with solely by the voice.
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Never straying too far from the standard fantasy elements that Brooks’ helped define, The Wishsong of Shannara is at best a moderately satisfying conclusion to the original Shannara series. The story follows the adventures of the third generation of Ohmsford’s as they follow Allanon on a quest to save the world again from another evil force that threatens all life. The plot is nearly identical to both The Sword of Shannara and the Elfstones of Shannara and for that this particular novel doesn’t stand out or earn high praise from prolific fantasy fans. Although there are a few tragedies tossed in and some babbling about the “end of an age” this novel in no way feels like the end of anything. Filled with a colorful assortment of predictable, paint-by-number fantasy characters and your standard assortment of travel-fight interesting monster-travel-fight interesting monster passages I found this book to be only moderately enjoyable. If you’re a fan of standard, predictable fantasy you might enjoy this book as a stand-alone read (having read the previous novels in the series is not at all necessary) but there are definitely better books out there. The audiobook narration is adequate.
"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.
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