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2.99998870249914 out of 52.99998870249914 out of 52.99998870249914 out of 52.99998870249914 out of 52.99998870249914 out of 5 3.00 (58,420 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Brooks Narrator: Charles Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Shannara Series Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780739304297
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Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/22/2016

    " Love the original Shannara trilogy. Too bad the Charles Keating is abridged. I have the original Del Rey paperback and compared. Skips some interesting and relevant parts of the book. The really good unabridged ones are read by Scott Brick. This publication is very disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. Taylor | 2/19/2014

    " The best of the Shannara series by far. I read this as a kid, so I can't guarantee that the writing will hold up for an adult -- but if you have a young teen in your life, this novel may be just the thing for them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Woodge | 2/19/2014

    " Was okay in 1984, but hey, that was some time ago. I don't really remember that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/12/2014

    " My brother's favorite book of all time, but I prefer his later series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tre Pryor | 2/12/2014

    " Great starter series for those new to scifi and youth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wesley | 2/8/2014

    " loved it and the rest in the series as well "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale Bazan | 2/6/2014

    " Not quite Sword, but a good fantasy. Another example of an epic where I lost interest to continue with the series past 2-3 books. But a good fantasy series. Just doesn't have the linguistic capacity of "Greatness." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/6/2014

    " Better than the first one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alaina Stanford | 2/5/2014

    " This book was my first experience with Terry Brooks. It was very exciting and easy to empathize with the characters. I was drawn into the saga instantly and found myself eager to rush to the next book. I entered the world of Terry Brooks at this point and have not been dissappointed yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/4/2014

    " My brother's favorite book of all time, but I prefer his later series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Williams | 1/26/2014

    " The second book in the original Shannara series, it is sn exceptional book, well written and engrossing. Really brings out the characters and their relationships. Terry Brooks is an author well worth investing the time it takes to read and follow his works. Once you start reading, it becomes very hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoyed this story and had trouble putting it down. It was a great example of ultimate sacrifice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse Davis | 1/19/2014

    " This is one of the greatest books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MissNeal | 1/17/2014

    " I love this book, and I hate reading it. Nonetheless, I've reread it a few times. There is a beautiful thread of hope winding through the story, and, every time I read it, I hope it will turn out differently. The tragic love story that parallel's the main character's journey into adulthood makes me cry every time. Brook's bittersweet ending gets me every time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrismpadgett Padgett | 1/16/2014

    " loved this series when I was younger! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/15/2014

    " I read this the first time when it first came out in paperback. I remember enjoying it until I came to the ending. I enjoyed reading it just as much this time, but the ending wasn't so bad since I knew what was going to happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chichi | 1/12/2014

    " I read this book without reading the book 1, and i was able to keep up easily! If you love a good fantasy with Elves, Trolls, Humans (duh) and Druids, this is for u! I plan on going back to the very beginning and reading up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KD | 1/9/2014

    " This was my favorite book in the series, though I contribute it to the fact that I read it first unintentionally (it is book 2). It made the other books harder to get into. I do plan on re-reading in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenny | 1/7/2014

    " Plot driven novel; characters are interesting, but shallow. Plot is strong; thrills and suspense with chases and fight with monsters, interesting to learn about the background of the fantasy world. I think younger readers might rate this higher. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Buckhorn | 1/6/2014

    " More original than the first book in the trilogy, it still drew too many paralles to Lord of The Rings for my liking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savi | 1/2/2014

    " another fun read from Terry Brooks, love this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle | 12/15/2013

    " This is the kind of stuff I read and don't tell anyone about... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raven | 12/12/2013

    " Another great book in the Shannara series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/10/2013

    " Better than the first book of the series... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 2bnallegory | 12/5/2013

    " The first of the Shannara books that I ever read, as a result it holds a rather special place in my heart. It is a lot like most of the Shannara series but you won't tire of the efforts of just one young Wil must do to save his world from the ancient threat all but forgotten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/4/2013

    " As I have read Shannara Books, the elftsones have been a fixture to almost all of them. These powerful stones gave the Shannara bloodline the power to change their course of history. To me, the elfstones are what Terry Brooks gave life to fantasy readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gemma | 11/27/2013

    " A little better than the first one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Marquart | 11/24/2013

    " Even better than book 1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy | 11/24/2013

    " Almost as good as the first in the trilogy. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whyspir | 11/21/2013

    " i don't care what Rusty says, terry brooks can write his own stories. :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrell | 10/27/2013

    " Great Shannara book. Read "The Sword" first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Woodge | 10/18/2013

    " Was okay in 1984, but hey, that was some time ago. I don't really remember that much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia Diaz | 9/16/2013

    " The ending seemed a bit rushed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 7/1/2013

    " Great adventure for a pre-teen getting into fantasy... I think this series brought me fully into the fold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chichi | 6/7/2013

    " I read this book without reading the book 1, and i was able to keep up easily! If you love a good fantasy with Elves, Trolls, Humans (duh) and Druids, this is for u! I plan on going back to the very beginning and reading up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria Sanders-Williams | 5/19/2013

    " In my favorites to read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Martin | 4/17/2013

    " I liked this book better than Sword of Shandra, but, like the first, is very derivative of LOTR. But if you like epic fantasy, it's worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 3/21/2013

    " My first fantasy book that was given to me by my Mother in 1989...and I'm glad she picked it up! Brooks has had a special place on my bookshelf ever since then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 1/26/2013

    " This book was totally awesome -- haha!!! Seriously, a great book, better than the previous one in the series. Couldn't put it down! Terry Brooks did a great job continuing the story and expanding on this world. Great character development too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 brian tanabe | 12/30/2012

    " One of the truly best fantasy epics ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 12/20/2012

    " I read many Terry Brooks books - the Shannara series is excellent - but this book is especially incredible. Can be read as a stand-alone. An amazing story; should be a movie. Chick-book, perhaps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Wight | 9/20/2012

    " A beautiful tale and part of an awesome trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty | 9/10/2012

    " Dan and I read this together. It was entertaining and I'll read the other books in this series with him, but probably wouldn't on my own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie O'Connor | 9/7/2012

    " Really like the Shannara books, read them out of order but reading the first set now. Long live fantasy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Schaffer | 7/31/2012

    " I read this series as a teen. They were fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 6/23/2012

    " This is one of my favorite series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Istiani | 4/11/2012

    " I think this book is better than the first book in the trilogy. More heroic, more stunning, especially there are two heroines here, Amberle and Eretria. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.M. | 3/30/2012

    " Read in middle school. This was one of the first fantasy series I ever read and probably the one that got me onto an epic fantasy kick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ - Secret Charm | 3/18/2012

    " i stopped here with this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gemma | 1/30/2012

    " A little better than the first one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 1/15/2012

    " The characters of this books are what set the precedent of the Shannara Series. Elves, elfstones, and much more. I've read this book about fifteen times and finally found a copy in book resale. Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ike | 12/1/2011

    " Disappointingly similar to the preceding Shannara novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Holst | 10/2/2011

    " Sci-fi stuff that filled my childhood. Big fan of the Shannara series as a kid, this being the second. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 10/2/2011

    " I really enjoy this Shannara series. It was fast pasted and full of great adventure. I will definately read this one again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/29/2011

    " Not as epic as Sword but still an excellent read. Brooks delved more into character introspection (a continued trend in his works.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Chua | 9/2/2011

    " Book 2 of the ORIGINAL Shannara series (since there's so many coming out these days!) I read this back in high school and remember liking it quite a bit. Fantasy lovers could do worse. Kick back and enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raven | 6/4/2011

    " Another great book in the Shannara series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/10/2011

    " I can't wait to read the next one in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 5/5/2011

    " As always the fanatasy world of of Terry Brook's was engrossing and thrilling. The pace of the book however I found staggared and only gained worthwile momentum within the last 20 pages, as part of a duology the book certainly leaves you wanting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.M. | 4/24/2011

    " Read in middle school. This was one of the first fantasy series I ever read and probably the one that got me onto an epic fantasy kick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robi | 4/15/2011

    " I am a fan of Terry Brooks', and I liked all his novels. The element that I prefer is the environment. Brooks manages to bring the reader inside his world and feel it. Unfortunately I was not very font of the characters this time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 4/8/2011

    " Start of a new series. Should be good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/27/2011

    " The whole time reading this I kept getting reminded of "The Lord of The Rings" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lex | 3/21/2011

    " Loved this one it was a little different than the authors usual plot in most of his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cool | 3/7/2011

    " Another great Terry Brooks! Can't wait for more!! - DOE "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vampiress_demitri | 2/27/2011

    " Another saga not impressed with but provides insight following the other sagas "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamaica | 2/12/2011

    " This is the first of the Shannara series that I read. It was a good way to get back into fantasy fiction, which I have been missing lately. Fun and interesting premise and good characters. I will enjoy tracking down the rest of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/11/2011

    " A slow starter for me that didn't really get my attention until the last 50 or so pages. But I'm sure the massive amount of set-up in the first book will yield great story in the next installment of the series. Full of what Brooks does best, including the cliffhanger ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/7/2011

    " loved it, but I love all the shannara books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christiane | 2/4/2011

    " Excellent first part of a trilogy! I am dying to read book number two! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/3/2011

    " This is just one book in a number of series tying the Word & void series together with the Shannara series. Terry Brooks in my opinion is an incredible author and to have him tie these to story lines together is a great work in itself. I highly recommend all of his works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Have Mercy | 2/2/2011

    " This book is amazing. I highly recommend it to any avid fantasy reader such as myself. It is a beautiful world that Terry Brooks created with elves, druids, and so on. It's a definite must have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/13/2011

    " The last book was the best in my oppinion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaygeekay | 12/8/2010

    " Absolute torture reading this. A boring, clichéd, badly written Tolkien rip-off in every sense. Absolutely dire. I would rate it lower than one star if it was possible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 7/21/2010

    " Read these many many years ago ... now I'm gonna have to re-read them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flip | 6/26/2010

    " Spectacular stories. I loved reading these. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 6/4/2010

    " I give up. I tried hard to get into this book...but it seemed like a giant Lord of the Rings rip-off--except I couldn't care about the characters in this case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 5/5/2010

    " Terry Brooks is one of my favorite authors of fantasy. His worlds are vivid and he keeps me guessing the whole way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tia | 3/4/2010

    " This is a three in one deal and thus far I've only read the first one. It sucked.

    When/If I decide to read the next two I will update. "

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About the Author
Author Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than thirty books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He is a recipient of the 2017 World Fantasy Association’s Life Achievement Award. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best fantasy novels of the twentieth century.

About the Narrator

Charles Keating has won three AudioFile Earphones awards for his audiobook narrations. His credits include works by P.D. James, Mark Haddon, Charmian Hussey, and Terry Brooks. He is British actor of stage, screen and television in addition to being an audiobook narrator. He has acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played Rex in ITV’s celebrated Brideshead Revisited miniseries, and had roles in television shows including Sex and the City, Another World, All My Children and As the World Turns. In 2001, he played the role of Carney/Oscar Wilde in the Lincoln Center Theater Performance of A Man of No Importance, and in 2007, he played the role of Clement O’Donnell in the Guthrie Theater production of The Home Place.