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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,948 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Donaldson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9780786558209
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More than twenty years ago, Stephen R. Donaldson set a literary landmark with the first fantasy bestseller. His New York Times bestselling series, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, transformed modern fantasy. Now, at long last, Donaldson introduces the first novel of the much-awaited, four-volume finale to the series that's sold more than ten million copies.

Thomas Covenant lost everything. Abandoned by his wife and child, sick and alone, he was transported while unconscious to a magical, dreamlike world called the Land. Convinced it was all a delusion, Covenant was christened The Unbeliever by the Land’s inhabitants, but gave his life to save this newfound world he came to regard as precious.

Ten years after Covenant’s death, Linden Avery still mourns for her beloved companion. But a violent confrontation with Covenant's son—who is doing the evil Lord Foul’s bidding—forces her back to the Land, where a dark malevolence is about to unmake the laws of nature—and of life and death itself. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Hermanowski | 1/24/2014

    " Re-read this (on Audiobook, by the highly talented Scott Brick) in preparation for the anticipated late 2013 publication of "The Last Dark" - the final Thomas Covenant novel. When this was first published (in 2004) I had not read the First and Second Chronicles for many years - re-reading this book now after just re-reading the first six Covenant books highlighted what a talented author Donaldson is. This is dark high fantasy with an incredibly rich back story and flawed, psychologically complex characters. Intense and lengthy, but definitely worth the effort! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/19/2014

    " I'd forgotten how annoying & abrupt the ending of this book is. Still overall it was entertaining and I do look forward to the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mykl | 12/23/2013

    " Can good be achieved by evil means? i.e. the idea that a loved one is dying and a pharmacy has meds that will provide a cure but you have no money. Is it allright to steal the med? Yes an old concept but it fits well within this series. First book where I find myself caring about Linden Avery. Pace of the book keeps moving and subtely Donaldson has created a detailed world. Logical yet a surprise to see the Haruchi Masters of the land. Consistent theme in the book of negative impact of despair. Yessss, annoying to have Liand basically a foot servant for Linden. Esmer and Anele add new characters tying together the past and the present storylines. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Infinite Tasks | 12/21/2013

    " As a huge fan of the original 6-book series, I only got through one and a half of these "Last Chronicles" books before realizing there were more important things to do with my life. Many of them. I wonder if, twenty-five year down the line, I would think so highly of the first, Thomas Covenant-based books, and I am guessing I probably would, even if I am loath to go back and see. Linden Avery has no real room to develop, and nowhere near as interesting a back story as Thomas Covenant to help explain her obsessions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shane | 12/13/2013

    " I just finished this last night. It was nice to return to "The Land" and see all the characters that inhabit that place. So far, a bit less than the original two series (which I'd highly recommend), but I'm looking forward to reading the next one. If you haven't explored the Thomas Covenant Chronicles, I highly recommend them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 12/7/2013

    " I had forgotten how much fun it is to read this genre. It has been like rediscovering new joy in an old friendship that had drifted away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Short | 11/16/2013

    " He tells a good story but he does get long-winded. Descriptions, philosophy and psychological pondering by the main character bog down all of his writing. I'd forgotten what I liked and didn't like about his previous stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbra | 11/10/2013

    " The book is very good, the characters are well-rounded. A little hard to get into because it continues a series he wrote quite a while back. I am looking forward to the final one. Great Fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 16s | 11/2/2013

    " Gripping start to the last chronicles. Like Dorothy returning to Oz the book opens with Linden and the whole thing just grows! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harold | 10/4/2013

    " It's been a couple of years but I really enjoyed it. I'd forgotten some of the specifics of the first two chronicles, but with my hazy recollections from a couple of decades earlier, I still enjoyed it! The magic is still there! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronald | 8/29/2013

    " Too much thinking, not enough action....it was a very long read...I'll wait for a while before starting the next book in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Angelillo | 8/28/2013

    " So far...I like this series book better than any from the orginial series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaetan Giannini | 7/17/2013

    " Classic Donaldson. It is good to be back in the Land. A little bit of a slow start, but Runes finsihed well and has gotten me right in to the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Jolly | 4/17/2013

    " It's been several months since I've read this book, and quite frankly I just remember it as typical Donaldson fare. Not exceptionally good, but not terribly bad, either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vance | 2/20/2013

    " Fantastic! Best of the Covenant Series, and one of the top books I have ever read. Imagery is Unbelievable! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alanm | 2/17/2013

    " a shocking book to follow on from the first 6 books. SD seems to have lost the writing style which made the first books so enjoyab,e to read and follow. if I could give a zero rating I would. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Simon | 5/17/2012

    " Gave up on this. Far too boring. What a shame, after the first two series of books were superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Speak | 5/12/2011

    " If you loved the previous two Covenant trilogies, you'll love this one, too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikki | 5/7/2011

    " Wow, talking about pimping yourself. How could you possibly dredge up this "anti-hero" for even more dreck. I started out loving the series. When I heard that the Last Chronicles were being published, I commented to my husband that Donaldson must really be hard up for cash. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/5/2011

    " At several points, Mr Donaldson's 'writing' really began to get in the way of the story, but it did calm down a little nearer the end :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/2/2011

    " not a light or easy read, but well worth it, if only to expand the reader's vocabulary - but there is so much more there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Archie | 12/18/2010

    " Donaldson continues to be a great author who holds your interest while providing all the literary techniques your literature teachers have taught you. Great book that I am keeping to read again in later years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/5/2010

    " Donaldson is a good writer and I've always enjoyed his books. But one thing I noticed about his writing -- not a lot of dialog, which makes for some thick pages of descriptive writing.

    But, it is good writing! --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/22/2010

    " I liked it, but the story feels unfinished (as so often happens in a series) and so far I don't see how it's an improvment over Donaldson's other books. We'll see how it goes with the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 7/29/2010

    " It was a good continuation of the Thomas Covenant series, and I'm looking forward to finishing the next two books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaetan | 6/25/2010

    " Classic Donaldson. It is good to be back in the Land. A little bit of a slow start, but Runes finsihed well and has gotten me right in to the next book. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen R. Donaldson

Stephen R. Donaldson is the New York Times bestselling author of three series of fantasy novels featuing Thomas Covenant, as well as several science fiction and mystery novels. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.