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Extended Audio Sample The Runes of the Earth (Unabridged), by Stephen R. Donaldson
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 Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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