I was introduced to Stephen Lawhead's works through reading "Byzantium", which I found to be an extraordinarily well written book. Placed in a far away time and place, it was an epic that I simply could not put down. "Taliesin" is, as they say, quite a different story. Lawhead's descriptive quality is here, and the characters of the tale have wonderful potential for drama. The drama does unfold...eventually. This book takes a very long time to grab and hold your attention. There just is not a whole lot that happens through much of this book. While listening to this book, I could not help but be constantly reminded that it was book one of a five book set. Perhaps the purpose of "Taliesin" is simply to be an extended exposition to "Merlin".
With regards to the vocal quality of Nadia May, let me simply say that I have head her readings of many audiobooks, and I consider her a fine dramatic reader. I suggest that those who found her vocal quality difficult try downloading the book at a higher audio quality level, or to simply adjust the treble controls on their players. I can find no fault with a voice that has a British accent telling a story that takes place in the pre-Medieval British Isles.
"Taliesin" is not a dull book, it's just a book that takes its time.
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