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The Sword of Shannara

The Shannara Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 26 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

50 million Terry Brooks copies sold around the world
The Shannara Chronicles is now a major TV series

Volume one in the classic best-selling series from one of the all-time masters of fantasy.

Long ago, the world of the Four Lands was torn apart by the wars of ancient Evil. But in the Vale, the half-human, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford now lives in peace - until the mysterious, forbidding figure of the druid Allanon appears, to reveal that the supposedly long-dead Warlock Lord lives again. 

Shea must embark upon the elemental quest to find the only weapon powerful enough to keep the creatures of darkness at bay: the fabled Sword of Shannara. 

©1977 Terry Brooks (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic reviews

"A marvellous fantasy trip." (Frank Herbert)
"Confirms Terry's place at the head of the fantasy world." (Philip Pullman)

"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)

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a great listen

a great listen the reader was fantastic looking forward to the next one a really great book

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Shanara

I read this book years ago when I was a teenager and I feel like I've just revisited a long lost friend... great book...

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I read this book 30 years ago

and wondered what it would be like now.
A slightly predictable plot but a great romp though a Tolkien like world. Good character development and concepts.
I'd would recommend this book. and now im about to start the elfstones of shannara

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One of them books you've heard of...

... but never read. Great story, lots of depth to the characters. Pity you don't find out what happened to the rock troll. Looking forward to the second one.

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A Lord of the Rings clone.

I struggled to finish this audio book. The story copies far too many elements from Lord of the Rings. The narration is over exaggerated and very hard work to keep listening too. This has put me off trying the rest of the series.

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Dull...so dull

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Honestly, I've no idea. I'm a big fantasy fan and this just didn't do it for me

What will your next listen be?

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

Hard to say, he wasn't great in this one. I had to set it to x1.25 speed just to inject some life into the reading.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I'd heard the Shannara books were great but this wasn't very good at all.

Any additional comments?

The reading is slow and doesn't make me want to keep listening, and the actual story itself basically a lift - structurally, thematically - from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

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Narrator bland.

Struggled to get into it. The narrator was bland and the story was overwritten.

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Relive your childhood

brought back memories of reading this in the 80's.
better than I remember, well done

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Good stuff, would recommend

Really good book, well read. Loved the characters and story. Great book if your looking for some cool fantasy stuff to read.

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it's bad, really really baf

too long, too tedious, too similar to lord of the rings. some interesting ideas near the end but feels like LOTR meets a 12 year old's D and D campaign.