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Byzantium Audiobook

Byzantium

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Publisher's Summary

Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    John Winnipeg, MB, Canada 05-31-11
    John Winnipeg, MB, Canada 05-31-11

    Realtor in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.......

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    "Slow Start - Fine Finish"

    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.

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    kelly Springfield, OR, United States 04-22-11
    kelly Springfield, OR, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "BETTER READ THAN LISTENED TOO!!!!!"

    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.

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    Angelyn S. Furst 03-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    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.

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    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-10
    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-10
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    "not too bad at all"

    slow but has a lot in it worth going for

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    Alex 10-13-15
    Alex 10-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "My favorite book"

    This is my favorite book by Mr. Lawhead as well as my favorite fiction book.

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    Allen Battle 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Historical Fiction at its Best"

    Vikings, Muslims, Irish monks, Pirates, emperors, battles, intrigue, romance and faith. All this and historically accurate! I love this book.

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    Al S. 09-09-15
    Al S. 09-09-15
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    "WOW! 2nd time through this epic story!"

    loved it! Read it many years ago and now just finished audiobook. An unbelievable journey, well researched, and delivered with classic Lawhead humor, thoughtfulness and charm.

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    Chirstopher CHATHAM, MA, United States 07-30-15
    Chirstopher CHATHAM, MA, United States 07-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "INCREDIBLE "

    This was one of the most well-written, well-studied historical fictions I have ever read. Stephen Lawhead was born to write, and as you listen to this audiobook, you will be in the midst of a story where the author does not exist at all, which is the greatest feat a writer can accomplish. Stick with this book, and you will be handsomly rewarded. The narrator is top notch, give him a chapter or two. I can't even describe how impressed I was with this story. Every time I listened to a few chapters I just had to tell someone about it. Do yourself a favor, and listen to this audiobook. It is flawless in my opinion, and outshines many that are out there.

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    Clifford Hillsboro, OR, United States 10-20-14
    Clifford Hillsboro, OR, United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent story and performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great reading and excellent story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept me interested and did not want to stop listening but alas I always have something to do so cannot listen for more than 3 hours at a time.


    What about Stuart Langton’s performance did you like?

    Will listen to him anytime he is excellent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no; I look for books that take awhile to listen to usually over 10 hours


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-30-14

    GloryM

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    "A long, strange journey into the past.."
    What made the experience of listening to Byzantium the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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