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The Annotated Sword of Shannara: 35th Anniversary Edition - Street Smart Brooks, Terry ( Author ) Nov-13-2012 Compact Disc CD-ROM – 13 Nov 2012

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96b19d38) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9687adb0) out of 5 stars Great book, but the "Annotation" is ANNOYING! 1 April 2013
By Brent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you're the type that likes to watch a DVD with the directors commentary on, then you might like the annotation of this book, but if you're like me, you'll find it extremely annoying. It's mostly annoying because most of the author's comments are just plugs for his other books. You'll get to an exciting part of the story, and then Terry Brooks breaks in "you can find more about this character in my other book the Blah Blah of Shannara". To the point were he actually tells you that's its available at Amazon. I would give this 5 stars if I could turn off the commentary. I know the title says it's Annotated, but I could not find it without, and I never would have thought it would be that annoying. But it is. As far as the story goes, it's great and I would get some of the others if I can find it without the commentary. The only negative on the story, is that several times I found myself thinking "he just stole that from Lord of the Rings".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e03354) out of 5 stars Nice for Brooks Fans 2 Sept. 2013
By Michael P. Forbes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What's to say? "The Sword of Shannara" has earned its place as one of the classic works of fantasy, even if it does lean quite a bit on the derivative side. While not Brooks' best work, it is an ideal starting point for new readers, but new readers would best be served by an ordinary copy I think. The annotated copy is best reserved for the true Brooks fan who has everything he has ever written (guilty of that myself). That being said, I was honestly kind of underwhelmed by how few annotations there seem to be in the book. There's maybe a handful every chapter, and with most I felt like it didn't actually tell me anything new or interesting. I'm not sure what I was expecting, not an annotation every page, but more than what we got. I certainly don't regret my purchase or reading it, but I don't recommend it to anyone other than die-hard Brooks fans who love behind the scenes stories, and even they may feel underwhelmed as I did by the additions.

I know I'm sounding negative, and I don't mean to be. It is a classic tale, and as Brooks' first it does lend itself to some stories the likes of which are interesting. Honestly, you should know if you feel a pull for this one or not, and just trust your gut.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e03258) out of 5 stars Shannara yes; Brooks talking not so much 30 Nov. 2013
By Eric Matthues - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There's no way to turn off the Annotations from the author. Which is fine if you want to hear what he has to say, but it ruins the flow of the story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96fb5054) out of 5 stars A Little Disappointed 10 April 2013
By Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I originally read this when it was published in1977, and loved it completely. It was my first introduction to the epic fantasy novel. I picked up this copy hoping that the annotations would give insight to the creative process and inspiration the Terry Brooks used to create the world and characters of Shannara. What I found instead was footnotes that only stated what I had just read.
Save your money by buying the paperback version and enjoying the story. What you pay for the annotated version is not worth the cost, and is nothing but a money making scheme that I will solely place on the publishers.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96f38708) out of 5 stars AUDIOBOOK-WHAT WAS THIS AUTHOR THINKING 23 Feb. 2013
By Beth A. Jurgovsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For those of us who have loved these books for 35 years, having the audiobook come out, with Scott Brick narrating, was such a thrill. I know it says annotated, but I assumed that would be at the end of each CD or at the very end of the entire story but NO, they continually interrupt the story to inject Terry Brooks either giving us information that is obvious, too revealing for those that haven't read the story or that assumes we are all stupid and could never figure this out for ourselves. Instead of being allowed to sink in to the magic of the story and enjoy, you are constantly worried when the next interruption is coming. Soooo distracting and totally removes you from the moment. I wish there was a way to get my money back, I am only on the first CD. This is true agony and I can't begin to imagine what this author was thinking when he decided to subject us to this hell. These are some of my all time favorite books so I was so excited when the first one came out as an audiobook. They couldn't have made it a worse experience if they tried. Scott, of course, is good as usual.
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