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Publisher's Summary

Taking place a generation after The Talismans of Shannara, The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch opens with the discovery of a body. Only two people understand its significance: Walker Boh, the last of the Druids and a familiar character to Shannara fans, and the Ilse Witch, a beautiful but dark young woman who wields a potent magic. Thus begins the voyage of the Jerle Shannara in a race to uncover the mystery, which of course includes an unusual cast of characters: an Elven prince; a monstrous creature who is part man, part enigma; and a young man who may unknowingly hold the key to the success of the mission. For he is the only one who can call upon that ancient talisman, the Sword of Shannara.

For the legions of fans who've been captivated since the very first Shannara novel, this eagerly anticipated new chapter in Terry Brooks' signature series will be reason to celebrate. The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch offers an intriguing invitation to plunge again into the enthralling world of the best-selling Shannara adventures.

Share the fantasy: don't miss any of our Terry Brooks titles, including more in the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series.
©2000 Terry Brooks (P)2000 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This lively new adventure...combines the familiar quest format used in The Sword of Shannara with an array of well-defined characters and malevolent beings." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Shannara mythology gains a new level of history and depth in a tale that should appeal to the series' legions of fans." Library Journal)

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Please Audible get the unabridged version

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Please Audible, get this in the unabridged version. You miss so much in the abridged form.

32 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Where's the Unabridged version!?!?

Great story, wish I could have heard the whole thing. An unabridged version would be nice.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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abridged? what for? <br />

I can't understand why an audio book has been abridged. Terry Brooks is an amazing writer of fantasy adventure, to cut this story down like it has been is a disgrace

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Too short

Why does audible not have the unabridged version. The whole book would have been much better.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Abridged?!??

Not even half the story. Disappointing. Narrator did pretty good though. I’ll listen to the other two I guess.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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naration

i have always been a fan of terry brooks but this narrater is so horrible that this audio book actually gets on my nerves. it actually irritates me to listen to it. my suggestion would be to actually read the book and don't buy this audio book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Abridged version only?

What would have made The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara better?

The full book, audiobooks make the reading experience very quick as it is and the abridged version cuts out way to much to not also include an unabridged version. Hopefully you notice the abridged tag, I didn't and thought it was just Terry's writing until the end where they announced it was abridged.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Walker or Big Red, just cause how can it not be. Only problem is that so much was cut out I feel like alot of it was probably character stuff.

Which character – as performed by Sam Fontana – was your favorite?

Big Red, the rest of the voices where a bit iffy but you cant knock a guy for having to come up with so many voicing for a very character heavy book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara?

None the abridged version is too short as it is.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Narrator

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I bought this not realizu=ing that it was an abridged copy.
I hate abridged books!

Has The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, only the narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I felt like I was listening to a Saturday morning cartoon. Only those sound more realistic.

Any additional comments?

Stop putting out abridged copies and find a narrator that can do the job correctly

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Un-Abridged Version

Audible get the Un-Abridged version you stupid bastards! this is such a good story and I want to hear it in its entirety

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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good story bad reading for audible, only abridged?

this reader sam fontana is not that good. seems he likes to use several of the same voice inflections for men and women. hard to keep characters seperated like that. other voices dont fit the characters either. ruined the story for me even though it's just abridged. but glad it was since the reader isnt right for this.

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  • mjrrobinson
  • 01-06-18

Narrator review

Would you try another book written by Terry Brooks or narrated by Sam Fontana?

No

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ilse Witch?

Meeting between the Ilse Witch and her brother

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not sure as I have not read the book.

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

Not my favourite narraor

Any additional comments?

I prefer unabridged version

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  • Saffo
  • 04-21-17

excellent audio book

I read this book many years ago. As an audio book I think I enjoyed it even more. My only criticism would be the narrator's interpretation of the voices of the characters. But overall 5 stars.