The Annotated Sword of Shannara: 35th Anniversary Edition

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Terry Brooks

Narrated By: Scott Brick

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2012

Duration: 27 hours 35 minutes



Thirty-five years ago, Terry Brooks brought to life a dazzling world in The Sword of Shannara. Nineteen more Shannara volumes would follow, making the series one of the most popular fantasy epics of all time. Now comes a fully annotated collector's edition of the novel that started it all-featuring never-before-shared insights into the classic tale, an all-new introduction by the New York Times bestselling author, and replicas of the original sketches for some of the long-lost, black-and-white paintings by the Brothers Hildebrandt that decorated the original edition, and a replica of the original Hildebrandt central color plate on the back of the jacket..

Long ago, wars ravaged the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon reveals that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of a mighty evil, flies into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save his home, Shea must flee, drawing the Skull Bearer after him in menacing pursuit.

Thus begins the enthralling Shannara epic, a spellbinding tale of adventure, magic, and myth.


  • Ryan Ten Eyck

    The authors comments were interesting and added more context to the story, but it did give info away for those who have not read the series before.

  • Meredith Kellahan

    Whilst at first I found the annotations a jarring concept to the flow of the book I became used to it then it became an interesting part of the book. The narrator has a very smooth voice and good way of holding your interest

  • Monica Stark

    I didn't realize until after I'd paid for this book that the annotations are in line. I find the interruptions by the author very jarring and distracting. Would not have bought this if I had known.