The Runes of the Earth

  • by Stephen Donaldson
  • Narrated by Anton Lesser
  • 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1977, Stephen Donaldson changed the face of epic fantasy with the publication of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. Thomas Covenant is struck down with a disease believed eradicated; he is abandoned by his wife and son and becomes a pariah. Alone and despairing, Covenant falls, and is drawn into a mysterious new world, where gentle people work magic and the earth itself brings healing. He is welcomed as the reincarnation of a legendary saviour, but Covenant refuses to believe. At the end of the sixth book, as Covenant battles to save the world, he is killed, in both worlds, as Dr. Linden Avery, his horrified companion, looks on.Now comes the book every fantasy reader has been waiting for. It's 10 years later, and Linden Avery thought she would never see the Land, or Covenant, again. But Lord Foul has stolen her adopted son, and is unmaking the very laws of nature. And though she believes Covenant dead, he keeps sending Linden messages: "Find me", and "Don't trust me". The Land is in turmoil, and Lord Foul has plans for them all.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I can't take any more!

I enjoyed Donaldson's previous two books - despite having to make a determined effort to wade through to the end of the second one - and left it a while before considering him again. Seeing the audiobook I thought I might give it a try but by 30 minutes in I discovered I'd had all I could take of this series. The relentless doom and gloom, crises and trauma noooo!

I'm sure it's a good narration though!

Thomas Covenant could never just have a cold could he? 'Covenants nose streamed like a ceaseless tide of weeping pestilence, racking each breath with a thousand knives piercing his living tissue to the core and making each step a living nighmarish hell.' etc etc

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- Andy

Depressing hard work - gave up

What disappointed you about The Runes of the Earth?

As reflected in other reviews, Linden Avery is just so depressing. Maybe an ok read for others - I didn't need the pathos!

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

Narrator is fine

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- M. J. Wall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-04-2006
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited