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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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If you're a fan of Shannara you need to read this

Having read all of the other books in the Shannara series besides Genesis of Shannara and Word and Void I was very hesitant about this series. I've never really been into urban fantasy but knowing that this would eventually lead to the world of Shannara I had to satisfy my curiosity.

Surprisingly when I first started listening, four hours later I finally had to stop and go to sleep. Although Robert Jordan decided to make this series a Shannara prequel after the fact it fits perfectly. If you've been trying to decide whether or not to give this series a chance just give it a try I don't think you will regret it!

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Good book

I really enjoyed this book. Now listening to the next book in the series.

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Good Story

The story is wonderful. I've read the physical book a couple times. I was not impressed by the narrator, where the dialogue called for action, he simply just spoke the dialogue most of the time. It almost put me to sleep a few times. It gets high marks for the content.

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Slow start, but a fast finish

Took a little bit to get going, but really picked up and finished before I was ready for it to end.

Hope audible gets the next two books soon!

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well done

nicely ties in to the origin of the entire epic. well done and thanks for keeping the story going