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The Scions of Shannara

The Heritage of Shannara, Book 1
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Heritage of Shannara, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (805 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller 

Since the death of the Druid Allanon, the Four Lands have changed profoundly, with magic strictly forbidden in the Southland, now under totalitarian rule. Yet Par still has some power of the Wishsong. When he accidently brings a mythic horror to life, a man calling himself Cogline drives it away. Cogline brings a message from Allanon: venture to the dread Hadeshorn, along with the other Scions of Shannara. For in the future, all life in the Four Lands will be destroyed. To prevent this terrible fate, Allanon commands Par to recover the long-lost Sword of Shannara, a task that is next to impossible. 

Thus continues the enthralling Shannara epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth....

©2000 Terry Brooks (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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  • David
  • Chesapeake, VA, United States
  • 08-27-16

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.

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  • Judy
  • Orange County
  • 03-04-19

narration is not smooth. Makes you nervous listeni

narration is not smooth. The voice is very choppy and makes it difficult to understand the near Raider. Not impressed with this book did not get my attention. Stopped listening after 3 chapters.

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great story, audio not so much

a great story, and the speaker is great, the audio cuts off his words and makes it hard to understand sometimes, like the last syllable is super quiet.

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Well Done

Can’t wait to start book 2! Love the way I will get to experience the characters for more than a single novel. The last 2 chapters will have you chomping for the next book.

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Great narration

I love these books and I'm excited to listen to them all. On to the next one

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amazing story

It is so easy to get lost in Terry Brooks stories. This book will grip you right from the start.

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The narrator sounds great while voicing the characters but when narrating other parts his cadence and emphasis on certain words takes some getting used to.

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Great story, didn't like the narrator

Felt like it was being narrated by William Shatner with the awkward and abrupt pauses.

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Great book!

I read this book 20 years ago and it is every bit as compelling as read by John Lee as it was by myself all those years ago.

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  • Peter Mooney
  • 02-06-19

Listen to a sample first

I had to quit this audio book after barely 5 minutes of listening to the narrator.
Sadly to me at least, it was a jarring and stilted performance that hugely detracted from the book itself.
Listen to a sample first to decide for yourself.

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  • CeNedra Red
  • 11-10-16

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.

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  • Mr D Tasker
  • 06-05-18

Another great book from Terry Brooks.

The book is just great. The pace, descriptives and the overall story can't be faulted.

The performance let it down though. Although John Lee has a lovely tone to his voice the pause on commas was a bit excessive which made it hard to follow in places as it sounded more like a new sentance pause. For example a sentence could read "they were exhausted, too tired to speak. Par laid there...." but it sounds like "they were exhausted. Too tired to speak par laid there...". Although this is a poor example it did, at times, make following the story difficult as sentences took on new meanings. And some sentences were over punctuated and emphasised. By this I mean each word was pronounced almost,, as a separate sentence. One. Word. At. A. Time. It became very tedious. I really want to listen to the rest of the series but am not sure I can put up with the performance, such a shame.

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  • Ian Jackson
  • 07-20-16

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.

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