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Armageddon's Children Audiobook

Armageddon's Children: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Terry Brooks is one of a handful of writers whose work defines modern fantasy fiction. His 23 international best sellers have ranged from the beloved Shannara series to stories that tread a much darker path.

Armageddon's Children is a new creation - the perfect opportunity for listeners unfamiliar with Brooks's previous work to experience an author at the height of his considerable storytelling powers.

Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall.

Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness.

Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined world's salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place - and a people - shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind...even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination.

Meanwhile, in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds - and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey.

In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have.

Listen to more in Terry Brooks' Shannara series.

©2006 Terry Brooks; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Characterizations are dynamic and multidimensional...the action and battles are mesmerizing, and, as is Brooks' wont, the ending is a cliff-hanger that leaves readers salivating for the sequel." (Booklist)
"Dick Hill commands the text with a stern voice but knows just how to lighten his tone to reflect the atmosphere." (AudioFile)

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    Gilbert 08-18-17
    Gilbert 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interrupted story line"

    The Shannara saga continues on in this fast paced flowing epic. Although there were spots that seem to bog down with too much detail of the character's thoughts and past experiences. Their pasts qualify for their own book. The multiple plot lines are smoothly woven into a tapestry that captures the imagination. My biggest complaint is the rude ending of the book with at least three cliffhangers unresolved.

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    PJF 07-27-17
    PJF 07-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Disorganized"

    This was my first Brooks book, which I was excited about because he's so popular, but I was ultimately underwhelmed and even annoyed due to the novel's poor organization.

    Summary: ZOMG!! The apocalypse happened! Some people are still around, especially kids, but there are all kinds of mutants and 'demons' that want to eat them. Let's try to survive a while. Oh by the way elves are real and we're going to listen to them talk about a telepathic tree that doesn't want to die... OK back to the kids. Oh hey, here's some dude that likes killing demons. End story without resolution.

    To put it simply, this book is spread way too thin for it's length (13 hours is on the shorter end of the Sci-fi/Fantasy spectrum). The first third feels like i've been dropped into the middle of a pre-existing series (not what the "Book 1" in the title suggests) and I'm playing catch up,
    and by the time I'm finally on board toward the end, the story just stops without any of the protagonists accomplishing their goals. The author is trying to introduce way too many characters, many of which never come in contact with each other, and which makes the organization of the story a hot mess. If the story is going to be jumping around this much with this many characters, the book needs to be one of those 25-30 hour listens where we have time to really get to know everyone in the cast of characters.

    The story would be better if everything about the elves and their talking tree was removed as it doesn't connect to the events in the rest of the novel, and all segments about humans that never meet each other were removed. Then use all the time previously devoted to the removed sections to fleshing out the remaining characters. Alternately, If the book were twice as long thus allowing the reader to form stronger attachments to the protagonists, and understand what is going on between PoV shifts it would have been better. In either case, the story needs to end with some kind of resolution for all the protagonists, even if it's a small one.

    AS it is, the kids feel more or less the same as when they started, the whole elf story line is abandoned before they even try to resolve the conflict, Demon hunter dude finds the kid he was trying to rescue, but doesn't actually do any rescuing (mind you the story ends -right before- it seems like it is going to happen), and demon under lady gets attacked by a demon and hops on a motor cycle with said demon in pursuit with no explanation of what happened next. Readers get cheated out of an ending, which is a lot like the season finale of TV shows like GRIMM and later seasons of The Walking Dead which end up pissing off viewers.

    It's not okay to just leave off the end of the story.

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    Rachelle Nielsen 07-22-17
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    "Narrator is terrible."

    Too many volume changes. Blatantly racist characterization. Whispering at the ends of words makes it VERY hard to hear. Way too dramatic, strange pauses, bad pacing. This is a problem as I listen while driving and can't fuss with rewinding to catch missed parts. I could go on. I will never listen to this reader again and would just read the book if I didn't already pay for this audiobook.

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    msb 06-30-17
    msb 06-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Obviously not researched"

    There were a ton of scientific misconceptions throughout this book. Although this is fiction and there is magic and demons in this book, there are basic inaccuracies upon which the characters acted that I could not get past.
    It would have been better if the author had done his "post-apocalypse" homework.
    As a high school science teacher this book made me sad.

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    Mojdeh Ghasemzadeh USA 06-21-17 Member Since 2016

    mgh

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    "Bought this book by mistake "

    I never read the book. why do I have to write 15 words? This is not cool!

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    Sailfish 05-20-17
    Sailfish 05-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A surprise find!"

    This was my first introduction to Terry Brooks and a rather serendipitous one, at that. I've read a slew of Armageddon-themed novels, most of them interesting, but have come to resist acquiring new ones, instead, looking for different themes novels. If not for Audible.com's twofer offer, I may have passed this up. After finishing it, I would have regretted that decision had I eventually decided to pick it up sometime in the future.

    The author tells a tale of Earth desolated and humanity broken by nuclear annihilation, the aftermath of which opened the door for demonic forces to more freely enter and roam the devastated world to pick over what remains of human existence and use them for their twisted pleasures. To counter this torrid of inhumanity, there also rose from the devastation a very few humans who were gifted with magical powers with the sole directive to save as much of humankind as they can before the final demonic onslaught ends it for good.

    The story evolves around three such would-be saviors and the authors takes care to unfold their backstories in a kind of deferred flashback process, where the listener is fed small tantalizing morsels of each of these characters along the way, which I enjoyed.

    Dick Hill provides an excellent narration of the story, from clearly differentiating between genders, demons and heroes.

    Onto book 2!

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    Woodland Wildflower Raleigh, NC 04-19-17
    Woodland Wildflower Raleigh, NC 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "riveting"

    love the whole series...very interesting
    would recommend reading in order suggested by author
    great narrating
    love that they are based in familiar places

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    FireDogDave Hawaii 04-17-17
    FireDogDave Hawaii 04-17-17 Member Since 2013

    Mom of 2

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    "Dark Storey, but well written."

    While I found this to be an enjoyable story, it also was very dark and I could only listen to it for 30 minutes at a time.

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    Rob Baker CONUS 02-11-17
    Rob Baker CONUS 02-11-17 Member Since 2015

    See my Amazon Description

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    "Greatest one yet"

    TG I downloaded the whole series it's 2:30 am and I'm now starting The Elves of Cintra these are so hard to put down! This is the third time I've read them recently but I did a lot when I was a kid.... Thank you

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    Gazog 12-23-16
    Gazog 12-23-16

    The Great~

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    "3rd time..."

    listening to it for the third time was even better than the first. I heard parts of it that I must have missed the first time. it's one of my all-time favorite books.

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