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.
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.
The characters are great in this book, but I think I preferred reading them myself. The voice acting was superb except it overly softened the male characters. They felt unrealistically soft indeed. I do recommend looking at a picture of Scott Brick, however, which -for whatever reason- caused me to feel more comfortable with his voice in the reading.
Don't expect game of thrones brutality, this series will prove itself appropriate for many ages. The message of the book is somewhat unclear to me so I cannot speak to any depth which may have been there. It is mainly another adventure chronicle, but unlike the previous two stories, focuses much less on battle and more on individual characters.
I first read it in middle school and loved it, and just revisited the series via audiobook on my daily commute. I do recommend the unabridged versions because the depth is such an important part of any fantasy world.
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.
Great story. Great performance of all the different characters. Parts are too slow when read aloud that one would skim over when reading
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 =)
"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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