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The Scions of Shannara Audiobook

The Scions of Shannara: The Heritage of Shannara, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Since the death of Allanon, life in the Four Lands has drastically changed. Yet Par Ohmsford still has some power of the Wishsong. And when a message from the ancient Druid, Allanon, reaches them, Par is ordered to recover the long-lost Sword of Shinnara and the glory that once was the Four Lands....

©2000 Terry Brooks (P)2016 Random House Audio

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"If Harry Potter has given you a thirst for fantasy and you have not discovered the magic of Terry Brooks, you are in for a treat." (Rocky Mountain News)

"If you were delighted and entranced by Michael Ende's The Never Ending Story, you will definitely want to sample one of more of Terry Brooks' books." (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

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    Neill 07-12-16
    Neill 07-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The best of Shannara."

    I've been a Brooks fan since I read Sword of Shannara at age 12 in 1991 on vacation. I didn't put the book down the entire drive. I love the world and the characters.

    Some years later I discovered books on tape and my audio book life began. Since I discovered Audible, I've been hoping this four book Heritage of Shannara series would receive the full, unabridged treatment (an abridged book is an appalling blasphemy).

    I couldn't be more pleased with the results. If you wish to pick apart some oft-used or too-familiar fantasy tropes in this series, you can certainly do so. Good on you and I hope it makes you feel smugly pleased with yourself. But, if you genuinely love Brooks's Shannara world with all its rich life and wonderfully familiar groups like the Leahs, Ohmsfords, Druids, Elves, Rock Trolls, Dwarves and all the familiar landscapes, lineages and a beautiful and reliable narrative with enough changes to stand apart from past series, then you owe it to yourself to listen to these books and immerse yourself in the stories.

    The narration is just right, neither dominating the tone nor detracting from the story. It is inviting and at no point forces you out of the Four Lands.

    I always loved this series for the separate but equal storylines followed in the four books. I can't wait to begin The Druid and follow it immediately with The Elf Queen. This is a must-listen for Brooks fans.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 08-27-16
    David Chesapeake, VA, United States 08-27-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Exiting, very well paced epic story"

    Definitely a bit dark but a wonderfully written story that is very well read by John Lee. The story is clearly a setup for the reminder of the books in this series but sets up the characters and the storyline nicely. Unlike a lot of YA books in this genre, these characters have depth and are very vulnerable at times. The author's world building is pretty good and continues to develop as the story and series continues. It is the classic good versus evil but a very good story with interesting plot twists and main characters struggling with their own doubts and whether they have the courage to do the right thing. Very well done, especially for a first book in a new series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meglyn Huber 09-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Self doubt is the main trait of all the characters"
    What disappointed you about The Scions of Shannara?

    If you took out all of the self doubt, unwarranted negativity, pointless arguing and overall mistrust among supposed friends in this book it would half as long.


    What was most disappointing about Terry Brooks’s story?

    Every quest in the story is a let down. Even the whole goal of the book is to get the sword of Shannara and (spoiler alert) when he finally gets it instead of being the most powerful magic talisman of the lost ages it has no magic at all and does nothing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    The author only tries to make one character, the hero, likable but even he is so full of self doubt and self blame that even he is not heroic. Instead he's just pitiful. I love fantasy and have read many, many books in this genre, but the more I read this book the more the story and characters just aggravated me to the point that I could barely finish it and when I did I was sorry that I had wasted my time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AprilG 05-12-17
    AprilG 05-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the wait."

    I was so glad to see an unabridged version of this story finally available. I enjoyed every minute of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Cape Town, South Africa 04-15-17
    Mark Cape Town, South Africa 04-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Captivating story! read by my favourite narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Scions of Shannara the most enjoyable?

    While the story has It's full of dark magic and loss, it also has some very funny parts. Terry brooks is a talented Author who has put together a story that keeps you interested


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He's always great, one of my favourite narrators as was the main reason I came across this series. his ability to represent so many characters, male and female is brilliant


    Any additional comments?

    My wife has read all the books and was really pleased to see I was now enjoying them on Audible, I rushed off and downloaded books two and three as soon as this one was finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story... but..."

    Amazing continuation on the Shannara series followed since book one with audible plus the first king of Shannara. The story in this one I'd still enhancing bit changing from Scott Brick to John Lee took a few chapters to get used to, both have completely different trading styles. Lee more Shakespearean and Brick more contemporary being the biggest changes. Different pronunciations in name's being a smaller thing that I still yell at my speakers over.

    Overall would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Camber governski 09-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read, but slower than his other books."

    I have grown used to Brooks diving right into the story and each book being a full story on their own. This one is mostly a set-up for the rest of the series and is a lot slower to develop than his previous books. Still intriguing, but not as enthralling as the others.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terra Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-16-16
    Terra Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I'll always love Terry Brooks"

    I think because this is the first if 3, the pace was a little slow, building the characters and plot. Hoping for more action in the next two and a great resolution!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott A. Minar Chillicothe, Ohio United States 08-14-16
    Scott A. Minar Chillicothe, Ohio United States 08-14-16 Member Since 2010
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    "One of Terry Brooks' Best Fantasy Series"

    This is one of Terry Books' Best fantasy series. Some of us have been waiting for a very long time for the unabridged versions of these. And they were well worth the wait. John Lee does a terrific job narrating. He was an excellent choice. Brooks' fan should love these. This is the author in his prime. Don't miss it. Drop what you're doing and get these books!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KAB 09-16-16
    KAB 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Master at Work"

    This is Terry at his best. I love this series and period of time within the Shannara world. wonderfully developed characters and story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • CeNedra Red
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    11/10/16
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    "Killed By Narrator."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    In printed format, Yes, I would recommend this and the other books in the series. In Audio format, NO. Not unless they re-recored them with a different, more capable narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has been decades since I read these books, and I didn't listen long enough to this audio version, to either make a decision, or remember any of the characters from the books.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Andrew Wincott. Rupert Degas. Simon Vance. There are many good narrators out there. In my opinion Mr Lee isn't one of them..


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Not sure. It would depend on the cast.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just one more of my favorite books tortured to death by an awful narrator. Its depressing to think of all the books I would have loved to listen to, that I just can't stand to hear, thanks to the wrong people reading them. I've already tried and returned the first three books of the Shannara Series, as they too were ruined by another poor narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "What goes around comes around "

    The flavour and intensity of the previous books maintained, and I like the fact that the exact underlying cause of all the scion troubles is kept concealed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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