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The Sword of Shannara

The Shannara Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 26 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (476 ratings)
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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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fantastic book

have read, and loved, these books before, but due to a change in circumstances I no longer can.
the reading is fantastic, though some of the pronunciation is a bit different to expected. have ordered the rest of the series, and a couple of others narrated by Scott Brick

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Good story

loved the story and narration just got fed up with the word several which was used several times.

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Lord of the rings by Terry Brooks

OK, we've all heard it before! Yes there are so many similarities between the two stories, but it's the differences that makes Shannara a series worth reading. So once you get past the sword the world opens before you in its wonder. To ignore this book because of the views of others is to miss a necessary introduction to the magic of Shannara and an ongoing saga of epic proportions! On first reading the Sword of Shannara decades ago I almost left it but after deciding to continue on through the trilogy I was glad of this first glimpse at these characters. So dont let anything put you off what is a good clear reading of a book deserving of the 20+ hours needed and I promise you will not regret it.

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A really well read audio book - given its one person reading, you still get the flavour of all the characters - one of terry Brooks’s earlier books and if I’m honest, I always feel this chapter of the world needed more exploration- still well worth the credit and perfect for insomniacs

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Quite awful

It really is a bad reworking of LOTR. I have listened to over 100 audiobooks and this is the first one I couldn’t be bothered to finish. Just so dull.

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  • Emily
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  • 11-03-18

LOTR simplified

it was a good book but too much like LOTR. I listened to it while I was at work so I may have missed sections. The theme was so much like LOTR it was a bit disappointing, but I did get into it and want to finish it.