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Twenty years ago, New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks published the first fantasy novel ever to hit the mainstream best-seller lists. Once again he breaks new ground in Running with the Demon, convincing listeners that impossible villains and heroes actually coexist with us in our everyday world.

On a very hot Fourth of July weekend, two strangers appear in Hopewell, Illinois, in the middle of a bitter steel strike. One, a Demon of the Void, will use the angry steel workers to attain his own terrible ends. The other, a Knight of the Word, dreams about a nightmarish future and spends every waking moment desperately trying to change its course. The fate of the town and, ultimately, of humanity depends on one exceptional 14-year-old girl, the only one who can see the otherworldly creatures that have begun to invade her home town.

George Wilson's narration powerfully conveys the apocalyptic magnitude of this novel of good versus evil. Mystery and suspense blend to keep the listener involved to the very last word.

©1997 Terry Brooks (P)1998 Recorded Books

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  • Hope Dube
  • Northfield, NH, United States
  • 11-06-14

This is the best series Terry Brooks has written

Would you listen to Running with the Demon again? Why?

Yes, I love the story, it has exciting parts. I wish audible could come out with the rest of the series though. I think it will take a few times to really hear it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Running with the Demon?

When John Ross has to decide to fight the demon or the monster. We all make decisions that affect the rest of our lives. Sometimes we have to choose between what is good for us and what is good for all.

Have you listened to any of George Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, He does pretty good, I have heard better but I know he is better then some.

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

It was hard to stop. You need to take advantage of the slow times to stop the book.

Any additional comments?

I love this series and also the one that follows it (The Genesis of Shannara. The books make me think of what might happen and sound like it is possible if we don't think about the future.

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Hard to press pause

Not a particularly exciting story but well written. Terry Brooks excellently draws you in with suspense. At the end you are dissapointed it's over and eagerly anticipating the next story. The narration is performed well, also drawing you into the story.

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  • Seth
  • West chester, OH, United States
  • 11-27-17

I wish I had not waited so long to hear this story

Excellent story all the way through. the demon is such a brilliant character who acts in a way like Lewis' Screwtape.
Brooks is awesome!

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  • elizabeth
  • laurel, ms, United States
  • 08-04-17

Another great series by Terry Brooks!

What made the experience of listening to Running with the Demon the most enjoyable?

I loved the small town description and the description of the unending summer days of youth. I also loved the fairy tale feel of the story and the very scary NOT fairy tale plot!

What other book might you compare Running with the Demon to and why?

It reminded me of Boy's Life by Robert McCammon; that story also had the small town backdrop and a fairy tale feel to it, but very scary plot!

Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

I loved the sylph Pick. His character was humorous and at the same time believable. I also loved the strength and bravery of Old Bob.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Old Bob saved Nest from the cave. Also, John Ross' dreams of the future were very intense. The sad story of O'olish Amanah and his dance was amazing.

Any additional comments?

It starts off slow, but once the story starts moving, you can't stop listening! I'm going to get the rest of the series.

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its finally here

What made the experience of listening to Running with the Demon the most enjoyable?

I love Terry Brooks n this was a nice step away from the Shanara series. Its a good story that draws u in.

What did you like best about this story?

The battle between good and evil.

Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

John Ross

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

No. I have to work but it was listened to everyday.

Any additional comments?

Waiting on installments 2 n 3. A Knight of the Word n Angel Fire East. I hope I don't have to wait long.

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good

really good book. would recommend for all fans of fantasy. fantasy with a modern day setting

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Great fine!

Love the story and love the fact that a has 25 plus books the go along with the same realm!

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Not even going to finish it

What a disappointment. I can't even bring myself to finish it. Expected better from this author.

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A familiar plot

Basic good vs evil. A protagonist with special powers and internal conflict, daddy issues etc. blah blah blah... do magic, fight bad guy, not exciting, glad I'm done.

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Really good book and narration

As an avid Terry Brooks fan I bought this simply because it was one of his. It was therefore a pleasant surprise to find out that it was a great break from my recent diet of Shannara books. However it was fun to realize that it fit somewhere in the pre-Shannara world.

Original story set in a part of the US that I spent some time in, so it was nice to be able to imagine the place. Excellent narrator. I went straight from this to the next in the series.