• Armageddon's Children

  • Pre-Shannara: Genesis of Shannara, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Terry Brooks is one of a handful of writers whose work defines modern fantasy fiction. His 23 international best sellers have ranged from the beloved Shannara series to stories that tread a much darker path. Armageddon’s Children is a new creation—the perfect opportunity for listeners unfamiliar with Brooks’s previous work to experience an author at the height of his considerable storytelling powers. It is a gripping chronicle of a once-familiar world now spun shockingly out of control, in which an extraordinary few struggle to salvage hope in the face of terrifying chaos.  

Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family’s slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization’s downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Navigating the scarred and poisoned landscape that once was America and guided by a powerful talisman, Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness.

Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent, death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined world’s salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place—and a people–shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind...even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination. While in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds—and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey. 

In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have.

In Armageddon’s Children, Brooks brings his gifts as a mythmaker to the timeless theme of the unending, essential conflict between darkness and light—and carries his unique imaginative vision to a stunning new level. Prepare for a breathtaking tour de force. To those who are new to Terry Brooks, welcome. And to those who have followed him for many years: Prepare for a dramatic surprise.

©2006 Terry Brooks (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Slow build and soft speaker made it hard to enjoy.

Decent story. Slow start. Good build. Narrator frequently speaks too softly. Finally begin to tie in the Knights of the Word to the Shannara world.

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encapsulating story

narration needs to work on different characters but was good enough to follow nonetheless

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Good stuff!

Starts slow but picks up speed! I am starting the next book now. I am captivated...

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Love Brooks, a must listen but narrator frustrates

Love Terry Brooks, he always delivers, Another great story with good characters. But I found myself distracted by the narrator who voices every character at times as if they are unhinged children, and goes from speaking so loudly the speakers pop to speaking so softly you can't understand what he's saying, even if you crank it.