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Straken

High Druid of Shannara, Book 3
Lu par : Paul Boehmer
Durée : 15 h et 21 min
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Description

The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thrilling close as a young hero nears completion of his trial by fire, a banished ruler fights for her life in a wilderness of dread, and forces of darkness and light square off in a battle unto death for the right to absolute rule. Prepare to be spellbound by the masterly hand of best-selling legend weaver Terry Brooks, conjuring at the peak of his skills.

For reasons known only to himself, the King of the Silver River has charged young Penderrin Ohmsford, barely more than a boy, with the daunting task of rescuing his aunt, Grianne, Ard Rhys of the Druid order, from her forced exile in the terrifying dimension of all things damned: the Forbidding. With the noble dwarf Tagwen and the prodigal elven princess Khyber Elessedil by his side, and with the outcome of the bloody war between the Federation and the Free-born at stake, Pen has accepted his mission without question. But not without risk, or sacrifice.

Shadea a'Ru, the ruthless Druid responsible for imprisoning the true Ard Rhys and usurping leadership at Paranor, has sent her agents and assassins in relentless pursuit of Pen and his comrades. In securing the talisman he needs to breach the Forbidding, Pen has paid a devastating price. Now if the Free-born forces, already decimated by the Federation's death-dealing new weapon, should fall, Shadea's domination of the Four Lands will be assured. Nothing short of Pen's success can turn the tide.

But Pen's challenge grows greater when he learns that his parents, Bek Ohmsford and Rue Meridian, have fallen into Shadea's hands. He must try to help them, but once within the walls of Druid's Keep, where Shadea's minions and dark magic lurk at every turn, Pen's survival is far from assured. Yet it will all pale in comparison to the horrors that wait inside the Forbidding, horrors poised to break free upon the Four Lands when the time is right.

©2005 Terry Brooks (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critiques

"A great storyteller, Terry Brooks creates rich epics filled with mystery, magic, and memorable characters. If you haven't read Terry Brooks, you haven't read fantasy." (Christopher Paolini)
"Terry's place is at the head of the fantasy world." (Philip Pullman)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Theo
  • 10/09/2005

Finally!

Lately I've been listening mostly to the works of Robert Stanek (The Kingdoms and the Elves, his recent story collection) - books that reminded me how much I love the fantasy genre. I must say, and I could be the only one to not like where Terry has been going with the Shannara books, but I just didn't like Jarka Ruus, the first book of the High Druid trilogy. Tanequil was more of the same, and it suffered lots from "middle book syndrome", but unlike Morgawr, the last book from the previous trilogy which was disappointing to say the least, Terry catches stride, returns to form with Straken. Straken was thoroughly enjoyable, a cut above the norm.

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  • beckee carrier
  • 08/04/2016

narrator, not so much.

The story was good. Good turns and twists. true to Terry Brooks style. good strong characters, even the evil ones.
The narrator butchered the pronunciation of characters' names, to the point of confusing the the tale.
I still give this book a 5 star, despite the narrators blunders. And if I recommend this book for Shannara fans.

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  • bearfreak
  • 15/04/2012

Wrong narrator

Would you try another book from Terry Brooks and/or Paul Boehmer?

Love his books, but favor Scott Brick narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably Penn, preserverance against all odds.

What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

His inability to match emotion with the scene he is reading or the voices of the characters.

Could you see Straken being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe, if if the screen writer has vision

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 05/04/2010

Horrid Narrator

Terry Brooks story seems to follow much of the same plot as the rest of the Shannara series, which of itself is a little tiresome. What makes this particular series absolutely horrid is the narrator, and his lack of talent to pronounce words the same way throughout the story. He constantly alters the way he'll pronounce one name or refers to something in the story then pronounces it completely different a bit later. All male voices are the same...whiney and gruff when doing all characters that are not of the "human race". Scott Brick was the narrator in the first book of this series, and he was tolerable...Paul Boehmer has no talent for making the books enjoyable. I wish they wouldv'e paid an extra $50.00 dollars to get someone else...anyone else. Save your credits. *the narrator on the abriged version is much better, and does a wonderful job, however, it is also much shorter and doesn't delve into the story as deep.*

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • James Lawrence
  • 19/04/2019

Great ending to the trilogy, well read thank you.

loved the book. in fact the whole trilogy, it kept me wanting to hear more.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • dmd
  • 15/10/2018

Great story. Reader.... okay

The reader was not my favorite. His attempts to give unique voices to different characters was not good and his mispronunciation of words and names (at least as far as other orations and my own pronunciation are concerned) caused me to focus on those points instead of the story. The story itself was as good as ever

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 09/10/2018

Great story to end it. Great reading!

Let me just say I've heard a lot of flack about Paul Boehmer and I'm not sure why people don't like him. I thought he did a great job narrating this book, along with the second book of the series. In this third book, he did a great job! I thoroughly enjoyed it! He's really coming into his own. I have bought every Shannara book up to this point and I'm looking forward to continuing with all the rest whoever shall read it! QuikTip: I speed it up just a hair if the reader seems a little slow.. lol

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Brett
  • 01/06/2018

Great book overshadowed by a horrible reader

Loved the book but the reader/voice actor ruined it for me with poor pronunciation.

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  • Chris H
  • 08/03/2018

Good book

Wrapped up the 3 book series nicely. Exciting storyline. Makes you want to keep listening.

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  • Alan
  • 13/10/2017

greatness again

The story was again an awesome adventure, without giving to much away, that's all I'm willing to say. The reader is good, but I did not like how he changed voices from book two then to book three. example Kermedec was a perfect voice in tanequil. Then in Straken, same reader, voice completely different. Sounding like a little annoying troll, rather than massive wise troll. Small complaint anyway, still a good performance.