Stephen Lawhead is a amazing author. He can write in soo many different catagoeries and make you want more. And not care if its a catgoerie that you don't like your going to like it if you like Lawhead. I can't wait to get book two. I highly reccomend Lawhead if u like books that keep u guessing,laughing,crying.
There is enough truth mixed with fantasy here to make this a truly enjoyable listening experience. You will want to follow through with all of the titles in this series. I have requested the Audible add 'Grail' to the series as well.
I had borrowed and enjoyed the first three Pendragon books a few years ago, and was pleased to find this in the listing for my first Audible download. Although I generally prefer male narrators, I thought Nadia May did a wonderful job with this story. Her rich, throaty voice was appropriate for both male and female characters, and her authentic pronunciations of old Briton words was very welcome. As a Christian, I especially appreciate having an Arthur story that does not villianize Christianity the way so many contemporary tellings do. I also thought the blending of the Arthur and Atlantis stories was very inventive and well laid out. I look forward to getting the rest of the series
Stephen Lawhead has to be my favorite author of our time. I have yet to read a book of his that dose not hold me captive.
The audio books while telling the story, are a single narative and rather medium quality recording for the price. It would have been nice to have some sound effects or multipal voice-overs for the price you pay. But all in all the story is still intack and the narative is spoken well. Its nice to hear the pronounciation of names that I would have passed over reading. :)
I highly recomend his work. If you cant put down the beans on this one in audio, make sure you at least pick up the novel.
Extremely slow and long beginning. You will need to read/listen at least 1/2 of the book before it gets even remotely interesting. Then it reallys picks up but lapses back into boredom and finish strongs.
The story is well worth the slow pace, but the reader's voice makes me want to hit her. Think a British harpy with hemorrhoids. Unlike most narrators (see Jim Dale), Nadia May's range includes a grand total of two voices: Female, and female-sounding male. I'm not the least bit surprised that she was not called back for the subsequent (and far more popular) titles. I'm an audio book fanatic (I have hundreds), and Ms. May has made it to my very short list of readers to avoid.
On the upside, the storyline that takes place after this book is worth the suffering, especially if you are one of those who, like me, refuse to engage a series out of order.
Time well spent? Not really. The characters never came to life, their lives never really made sense in the context of a civilization facing utter ruin. How could a writer make the discovery of a drowned baby coming to life seem mundane? Oh, look, your luck has changed, better run down to the next village and find a convenient wet nurse, who is instantly the love of your life.
I don't think so. Why? This should have been an epic story and a gripping read. Instead it was a poorly patched together series of vignettes that seemed almost unrelated in context. I got the feeling that Atlantis was about 50 square miles in area with about 500 occupants.
I suppose the bull dancing episodes were the most interesting, although the characters seemed to be fabricated from a sort of verbal paper mache.
Hard to say. Good movies have been made from mediocre books in the past, but I think it would take a world class producer to make a silk purse out of this pig's ear.
The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead, is the best telling of the Arthurian legends that I have read. Taliesin tells the story of the greatest bard who ever lived and the destruction of Atlantis, the Fisher King and his daughter Charis, mother of Merlin. It tells the story of the birth of a Kingdom and the birth of the legend of Merlin. Good narration by Wanda McCaddon adds further depth to the story.