The Elves of Cintra : Genesis of Shannara

  • by Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by Phil Gigante
  • Series: Genesis of Shannara
  • 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Across the ruined landscape that is America - hopelessly poisoned, plague-ridden, burned, and besieged by demon armies bent on exterminating all mortal life - two pilgrims have been summoned to serve the embattled cause of good. Logan Tom has journeyed to desolate Seattle to protect a ragged band of street urchins and the being known as the gypsy morph, who is both mortal and magical, and destined to save mankind unless he is destroyed.Likewise, Angel Perez has her own quest, one that will take her from the wreckage of Los Angeles to a distant, secret place untouched by the horrors of the nationwide blight - a place where the race of Elves has dwelled since before man existed. But close behind these lone Knights of the Word swarm the ravening forces of the Void.As the menacing thunder of war drums heralds the arrival of the demons and their brutal minions in Seattle, the young survivors who call themselves the Ghosts are forced to brave the dangerous world of gangs, mutants, and worse to escape the invasion. And Logan Tom must infiltrate a refugee compound to rescue Hawk, the leader of the street urchins, who has yet to learn the truth about who and what he is.Meanwhile, Angel Perez has joined an equally urgent mission: to find the Ellcrys, a fabled talisman crucial to protecting the Elven realm against an influx of unspeakable evil from the dread dimension known as the Forbidding. But Angel and her Elven allies must beware - for a demon spy, with a monstrous creature at its command, walks among them.As the legions of darkness draw the noose tighter, and the time of confrontation draws near, those chosen to defend the soul of the world must draw their battle lines and prepare to fight with, and for, their lives. If they fail, humanity falls.


What the Critics Say

"Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world." (Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass)


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Don't be so harsh on the narrator

I have listened to 80 or so audiobooks and lots of different narrators. The hardest thing for a narrator to do is follow someone else who has started the series and already given the characters life. Though the female characters are a little rough and kind of sound the same, I think his pace is right on and a lot of the characters sound the same from the first book. I think he had an almost impossible task in matching the first narrator but he does an admirable job. Phil at least did his homework. I listened to one series where the second narrator did not even pronounce the main characters names the same. That will throw you WAY off.
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- Neil

Great Story! Narration? hmmm....

You must listen to Armageddon's Children (Book 1) first! It sets up everything, but then you'll need this one as well.
I am also a long time audible listener, and I have to agree with other reviewers about the narration of The Elves of Cintra. Dick Hill was an excellent narrator for Armageddon's Children! He managed a very subtle and realistic Native American accent for one of the characters - it sounded like a separate/different reader he was so good. I was very disappointed when I realized Phil Gigante had replaced him. I thought I would get used to it, and the arbitrary and inconsistent use of a quasi-british accent (why british?) - for some members of the Elf family - it was off putting, but was not the worst part. His pronunciation of words like 'sense' sound like 'since', and 'descent' becomes 'descint'. At least he's consistent about it, but I found it jarring each time. Maybe if this was a tale of the old west, it wouldn't bother me. But come on, this is a professional narrator.
GIT a voice coach, and fix it!
His reading of the fun and entertaining story by Terry Brooks was not all bad, he was able to develop a great deal of dramatic effect with the many action/suspenseful sections, but then he'd say 'injun' instead of 'engine', and I'd think of how great Dick Hill did with that Native American 'Injun' voice - and it'd pull me right out of the story.
Mr. Brooks' book deserves more than 3 stars, but not with the narration....
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio