During this expedition by sea and over land, Aidan becomes, by turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a spy, a Viking and a Saracen, and finally, a man. He sees more of the world than most men of his time, becoming an ambassador to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden Court. And finally, this valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial confronting any man in any age: the command of his own destiny.
©1996 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2001 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Not merely a gripping yarn - and it certainly is that - this is also a novel about faith and the tests life plants in its way. Lawhead, author of the popular Pendragon cycle of fantasies, here makes a sure move into mainstream fiction." (Booklist)
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.
Excellent story ruined by gut wrenching, monotone narration. I got used to it about 2/3 of the way through but could not help but think the book would have been much better had i read it rather than listen to it. Great story. Horrible narration.
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.
Geez what a disappointment. 2 hours into it I could take no more. The writing is ponderous and the narrator just drones on and on. Love audio books and have years of listening experience. Seldom have I encountered such a dreary production.
Twenty five hours is along time to spend on any book and only worth it if the story is engaging and interesting..this is. But one has to enjoy well realized and carefully thought out and thoroughly researched books. The scene where the men are running to get out of the slave mines before the great door shuts them in forever is one of the most harrowing I have ever read....and I have read a lot. This is a great commuting book.
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