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3.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 5 3.46 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Donaldson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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Since their publication more than two decades ago, the initial six books in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series have sold more than six million copies and have been published in 10 countries around the world. Now, starting with The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson returns with a quartet of new Covenant novels that are certain to satisfy his millions of fans, and attract countless new followers.

In the original series, a man (living in our world and in our time) is mysteriously struck down with a disease long since believed to have been eradicated. He becomes a pariah in his small town and is abandoned by his wife who departs with their infant son. Alone and despairing, Thomas Covenant falls and, while unconscious, is transported to a fantastic world in which a battle for the soul of the land is being waged. Christened The Unbeliever, for he is convinced the world is only an illusion, a dream, he finds himself slowly forced to accept the role that seems to be his destiny: savior of the Land.

At the end of the sixth book, Covenant is killed, both in the real world and in the Land, as his companion, Linden Avery, looks on in horror. His death is both the ultimate sacrifice...and his redemption.

At the opening of The Runes of Earth, 10 years have passed. Linden Avery comes home one day to find her child building images of the Land with blocks, and senses a terrible foreboding. She had thought that she would never again be summoned to the Land, nor ever again see her beloved Thomas Covenant. But in the Land, evil is unmaking the very laws of nature. 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. DonaldsonStephen R. Donaldson is the author of the six volumes of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a landmark in modern fantasy. Every volume, beginning with Lord Foul's Bane in 1977, has been an international bestseller. Donaldson returned to the series with The Runes of the Earth in 2004. He lives in 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.