Regular price: $24.46

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

For 500 years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, the borders have been breached by predators, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more.

Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and its profound power, devoted his life to protecting the valley and its inhabitants - and, in his final moments, gave stewardship of the black staff to the young Tracker Panterra Qu. Now the newly anointed Knight of the Word must take up the battle against evil wherever it threatens: from without, where an army of bloodthirsty Trolls is massing for invasion; and from within, where the Elf king of Arborlon has been murdered, his daughter, Princess Phryne Amarantyne, stands accused, and a heinous conspiracy is poised to subjugate the kingdom. But even these will pale beside the most harrowing menace Panterra is destined to confront - a nameless, merciless figure who wanders the devastated land on a relentless mission: to claim the last black staff... and the life of he who wields it.

©2011 Terry Brooks (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    511
  • 4 Stars
    310
  • 3 Stars
    125
  • 2 Stars
    25
  • 1 Stars
    8

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    525
  • 4 Stars
    254
  • 3 Stars
    68
  • 2 Stars
    14
  • 1 Stars
    8

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    474
  • 4 Stars
    247
  • 3 Stars
    119
  • 2 Stars
    24
  • 1 Stars
    13
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Tim U.
  • Oregon, United States
  • 01-21-15

could have been better

I am so not a fan of this guy trying to sing or do female voices, had to skip through a lot of that. Also not sure the point of reading the description of a laugh if you're just going to give your own poor approximation of it immediately after.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Excellent narrator

Excellent narration! He makes the good story even better.

Leaves off at a good please for a continuation. Ending is more pat than the other trilogy of his that I read. It's worth while reading first the trilogy with the gypsy morph to understand.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Not up to Brook's usual standard.

What would have made The Measure of the Magic better?

I am a Terry Brooks fan and I have read or listened to a majority of his books and I can usually count on an enjoyable story. I did not like this book because it is way to wordy. I wonder If he didn't have enough story to make a full length book and so added in some filler. I usually listen at 1 x normal speed. When I listened to this, I would often turn it up to 3 x speed just to get through the wordier parts. I could not wait for this book to finally end. The characters were very whiney, a trade mark for Brook's heroes, but these went over the top. I was quite disappointed.

Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

Good performance

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Measure of the Magic?

The redundant descriptions and character wordiness.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A little disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The, pace was a little slow, and I'm wondering if maybe the Shannara series has seen its better days

Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Brooks? Why or why not?

Yes, I'm sure I will after having read I think nearly everyone of his books

Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

Sadly none, but not the performers fault

Do you think The Measure of the Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It needs a quick conclusion

Any additional comments?

I really like the series and hope that Mr. Brooks can breathe some new life into it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Love this series!

Couldn't put this one down. Can't wait until the next one in the series is released!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Sophomoric at Best

Not a bad listen, but don't expect this sophomoric conclusion to the Bear of the Black staff to be as good as it was. This is not within the top 50% of Terry Brooks' best works.

Phil Gigante does a great job.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Don't, just don't

What disappointed you about The Measure of the Magic?

The story was more than disappointing. Slow to start, dragged on and on, boring. The performance was mediocre at best. I expected more from Terry Brooks.

Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Brooks again?

Absolutely. Most of his books have hit the mark and kept my interest.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes. His characters voices were ... irritating.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Measure of the Magic?

I couldn't listen to the whole thing. My mind wandered. I usually listen while working in the garden or doing house work and I found myself having to go back to re-listen because my mind wandered.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Nothing New in Shannara

This book was a disappointment. The two books that formed the Legends of Shannara could have been edited down to form one book. Too much romance and very little action or character development. SPOILER: The character that seemed to have grown the most and would have been interesting to watch in future novels was killed at the end of the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Dawn
  • Dayton, OH United States
  • 09-06-11

snozer

I read Terry Brooks when I was little. It was my first intro to fantasy, and I loved it. I tried again as an adult, and I found the slow and a bit dull. When the Hawke books came out, I gave them a try and liked them. I've been following that branch and enjoying the books. . . until this one. We are back to very detailed descriptions of gardens and very little action for huge sections of the book.

Now that YA books like the Hunger Games are so popular, I think the distinction is becoming based dullness. These books could be labeled YA. The characters are YA. However, the YA crowd expects faster moving books with better character developments. Please, make sure the story deserves all the pages you give a book. more editting, please.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Oy Vey........

Would you try another book from Terry Brooks and/or Phil Gigante?

Phil Rocks....until there's too many female characters....

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

uh....

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Stick to Reacher novels.

Did The Measure of the Magic inspire you to do anything?

Read more Jim Butcher books.

Any additional comments?

Can I get my credit back?

0 of 3 people found this review helpful