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The Sword of Shannara Audiobook

The Sword of Shannara: Shannara, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

©1977 Terry Brooks; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Margaret Livingston, West Lothian, United Kingdom 25/04/2007
    Margaret Livingston, West Lothian, United Kingdom 25/04/2007
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    "Fantastic"

    Read the books years ago, but was gripped with audio book. Couldn't stop listening. Terry Brooks is fantastic in either print or spoken. A MUST.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 25/01/2010
    Peter 25/01/2010
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    "Start of Great Things to come"

    This was one of the 1st audio books I brought. I was hooked when I read the book years ago and the audio version did not disappoint. Give it ago.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KayP Leeds, United Kingdom 08/04/2013
    KayP Leeds, United Kingdom 08/04/2013
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    "Review by Kay (Leeds, UK)"

    Read this book first about 18 years ago and enjoyed it so much I ended up buying all the books in the series. Now enjoying it all over again but this time in audio form. Terry Brooks has a gift for bringing his characters to life from the wonderful descriptions he gives. At times the storyline becomes complicated and it can be difficult to keep track, but once past the first few pages it's difficult to put the book down. For lovers of fantasy books the Shannara series is one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crawf 14/06/2012
    Crawf 14/06/2012
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    "much better if unabridged"

    I had high expectations for this book since it was a favourite when first published. This audio version has been abridged very badly.
    Important elements missing or glossed over so that overall effect was to produce an audiobook that seemed to be rushed and fragmented.
    MANY small sections that made the characters come to life in the book were missing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas 10/10/2010
    Nicholas 10/10/2010
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    "awful boring"

    I apologise if this was actually meant to be a children's book..... I'm a 30 year old bloke and found it just about the most boring fantasy novel ever. Perhaps its because its abridged? I don't know- it was just so juvenile and obvious.

    Sorry Terry- but I guess I should have realised this would be as bad, if not worse, as the Phantom Menace!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Chester, United Kingdom 31/05/2009
    Sandra Chester, United Kingdom 31/05/2009 Member Since 2007
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    "Poor LOTR Imitation"

    I really wanted to like this book and ploughed through to the end in the hope it would improve but it never did. It would actually be only a third of the size it is if the author didn't seem to be entering a competition for the largest number of unnecessary adjectives and adverbs in one novel. Apart from that it is a poor Lord of the Rings imitation. The reader didn't help matters either - I suspect that if he was reading a train timetable he would make it sound as if he was announcing the onset of Armageddon.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Tyson
    Utah, United States
    06/11/03
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    "Good Book, Bad Abridgement"

    This book is very good, I have read it. This abridgement is bad, it elimates most of the character development. The result is that you have a great story that is filled with strangers you hardly know. It makes the abridgment hard to connect with. Brooks is a talented author and very good at developing his characters so you know and love them. This abridgment is a huge disservice to his talents.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Michele
    Akron, OH, USA
    21/05/08
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    "Get the unabridged version..."

    Not a bad reading, but much is lost in the telling with this abridgement of the story. Get the unabridged version!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nik
    National Park, NJ, United States
    08/09/07
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    "Amazing Narration!"

    I read this book many years ago and it was long. So listening to the abridged version was a nice way to become re-acquainted with the story and characters. I forgot how much I loved Balinor, Hendel, Keltset and Menion Leah; and how much I loated Stenmin, the awful mystic who caused so much trouble. The best part of this audiobook is that Charles K. is the narrator. His voice is like smooth, swiss chocolate for your auditory pleasure. I will be listening to the next two of the original trilogy with his reading of it. I cannot imagine listening to anyone else tell the story abridged or not. Overall, great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Austin, TX, USA
    07/08/05
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    "Where's the dialogue?"

    This barely rates a 3 for me. There's almost no dialogue among the characters. It's almost like listening to a fable or myth, except this is much too long to take the form of a fable. The characters are nearly dimensionless. There's a great deal of description of the story going on, but you feel very disconnected from it. The narrator also doesn't help by giving almost all the characters the same Irish accent. If you are into action and not into character development, then you may enjoy it. There's plenty of Jason and the Argonauts type stuff going on. However, if you want a more interactive world, then hunt elsewhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas R. Moore
    18/03/04
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    "never abridged"

    Why dont these great authors do like Stephan King and never release an abridged version. This is one of my all-time favorite books but I have happened to hear this version and I will never buy any abridged readings again. For this author you just have to read the books. His best ones are sword, elfstones, first king, and the new high druid is good too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Got My Book
    Southwest U.S.
    20/11/03
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    "Don't bother..."

    As one reviewer already said, The Sword of Shannara is a retelling of The Lord of the Rings. Despite that, I liked the book. But, as has also already been said, this adaptation took out pretty much all of the character development and even some of the best action sequences. If you liked the book, don't bother with this abridged adaptation. If you've never read the book and don't care if you know next to nothing about the character's involved then you might like it, but there are better ways to use your book credits.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mitch
    11/08/16
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    "Good...but not as good as The First King"

    I thought the previous book was better. I also like the narrating better. I thought both stories were good though some details and sequencing weren't in place as well as I would have liked. But still recommended to anyone with science fiction interests

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila
    Palmer, AK, United States
    16/02/07
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    "Poorly Abridged"

    I must preface by stating that I hate abridgements. This story just solidified my stand. The story was dull with most of it taking place in passive voice. Character development was not really there (not sure if this was the author's fault or the abridgers).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Fort Wayne, IN, USA
    15/03/04
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    "Sword of Shannara"

    I've always liked Terry Brooks novels and Charles Keating fits the mood of these stories very well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bryan
    Katy, TX, USA
    21/10/03
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    "A tedious listening"

    Where do I begin, well first this could have been a taken right out of Lord of the Rings series. Terry Brooks,starts out as if we already have known them all our lives, We really don't find out much about the main characters history in the beginning. He describes the sun, the moon, the stillness, a walk on a path and on and on and on, at times I fell asleep, But the entire was just like the Lord of the Rings. I will not be buying any more of Terry Brooks books.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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