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I do love Terry Brooks depiction of the mythical land of Shannara. He does a wonderful job of world building in every book, so that you really don't need to read from the very first book to "get it". The ending is such a surprise, I won't spoil it with this review.
Scott Brick. What can I say about Scott Brick? I'm sure many people find his style to be terrific. And, I will say he is a very good reader, with plenty of depth to his reading and he rarely gets words wrong. I don't, for example, hear him pronouncing the medical corps as the medical "corpse" rather than "medical core". Don't laugh. I've heard that done, and as a former medical corpsman, (pronounced core-man, not "corpse-man" ) I can tell you that kind of mistake is very off-putting.
But Mr. Brick does read even mundane passages and scenes as though they're fraught with the same tension and meaning and danger as scenes that actually do deserve that kind of treatment. When you read "He turned and closed the door." with the same intensity and tremulous, heart in your throat sort of voice as "He breathed out and between the heartbeats felt the trigger give and watched the President fall dead through his scope." , well, one wonders if anything is truly filled with tension, danger or intensity. Eventually, it loses its effect. It's his default voice when he reads, thus the lower "grade". Sorry, Scott.
Over all, wonderful story, and if you can take Scott Brick's style of reading, I recommend it.
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Carrying on two generations later from "Sword of Shannara", you taken on another fantastic journey. Though this story is filled with great action, it lacks any occasional humor to help endear the reader to the characters, leaving the story a little dry. Also the continous waves of action seem repetivite when the story hits on large scale events, but does not take away from the enjoyment. Just don't try to listen to the battle events at 1AM. I can't wait till the next book.
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