It took a lot of determination and some excess time to make it through this one. I have read tons of books and there have only been a handful that I struggled to complete. This is one. About half way through it picks up and is entertaining enough to make me not regret the credit use, but getting to that point was way too difficult.
Lawhead's skill with subtly developing a dynamic main character throughout a story always amazes me. Byzantium is no exception--Lawhead's exceptional ability to lead the reader through Aidan's philosophical and spiritual journey demonstrates not only his skill as an author, but his intimate understanding of personal development, faith struggles, and the weight of life's unanswered questions.
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
I really enjoyed this book, my introduction to Lawhead. I understand what folks are saying about the narration -- I found it a little dull at first, but after a while I had no problem with it. The story is gripping and sweeps across empires. I liked Aidan very much, even with his occasional whining. A long, satisfying book.
I have been listering to "Books on Tape" for over 20 years. This has been one of my favorite listens. I just wanted just to learn more about Byzantium but I was drawn into a fabulous story with memorable characters.I can actually hear the Viking King bellowing his commands to his crew. Stuart Langton brings the story to life. I will just look for other books he has narrated.
I will also explore other books written by Stephen Lawhead. Enjoy.
Realtor in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.......
I enjoyed this audiobook immensely. Once I caught the pace and tone of the narrator I lamented having to stop listening and anticipated the next chance I would get to return to it. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy believable historical fiction.
This is a somewhat interesting book, however, it lacked the spark that makes the characters interesting. The lead character is rather sanctimonious and I found myself really disliking him.
Excellent writing and narration. Characters were all well defined without going overboard. The story was as interesting as it was long. You will not regret purchasing this one. A keeper..
What an amazing adventure!! Ship and shipwreck, monks, kings and barbarians, people of all continents and cultures, heartbreaking loss and glorious gains. Love, friendship, treachery the common sins of mankind. Was sad to see the book end. He is a marvelous writer and the readers are wonderful too!