Three brothers, rivals, are uneasily united in their quest to create a temple to their gods. Cornwell's re-creation of civilization as it might have been in 2000 B.C. amplifies the mystery of his subject and makes the world of Stonehenge come alive as never before.
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"An epic story told with a master's skill, presenting powerful personalities, high dramas, and terrific climaxes with color and pace." (Times Literary Supplement)
"A sweeping, dramatic epic....A story of human greed and passion backlit by the construction of [Stonehenge]." (Bookpage)
"[Cornwell] imaginatively unlocks the mystery of Stonehenge's creation....This wild tale, rich with sorcery, pagan ritual, greed, and intrigue, is Cornwell's most ambitious fiction yet....Cornwell's portrayal of life and death in ancient Britain is graphic, gritty, and riveting. However, his detailed descriptions of how Stonehenge was constructed utilizing primitive engineering are the real strength of this book." (Publishers Weekly)
I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!
I enjoyed this story. It gives very plausible reasons for the phenomenal work and dedication that must have been required for the building of Stonehenge and similar, if smaller, structures. It is scary to see, even in this fictional form, religiously motivated fervor in action; but it is also inspiring to see the creativity and commitment and pure sweat people are capable of expending to achieve their goals. A good story - good characters, good plot, great details.
The story does an excellent job estabilshing a time and place in history. Unfortunately the narrator's affectatious style, croaking and stilted voice characterizations proved to be too much of an obstacle to my enjoyment of it.
Getting through this one is almost as difficult and moving the stones for the ancient temple. I'm not sure whether it's the terribly repetitive and transparent plot or the narrator's voice which lilts along as if reading a bedtime story to a child then ends each sentence as if it were a question. Don't waste your time on this one.
I'm very sorry I wasted money on this. The author portrays these Bronze Age people as dimwitted buffoons. Characterization is wooden. Writing is poor. I couldn't finish it.
This story explores human nature and the human condition by going back to a state of nature.I was able to suspend my disbelief.I am a WASP.
BORING! It was too long and too many adjectives. The extreme overuse of such words as "filthy, matted, dirty, etc" bored me to tears. A reader does not need to be told every single time a character enters that he is still filthy or whatever, especially with multiple adjectives. The story dragged seriously and is really a rehash of an untold number of previous novels...most of which are infinitely better written. It plods like a great elephant in mud.
Having read this wonderfull novel, rich in obviously deep research which typifies Mr Cornwell's absorbing historical novels, I downloaded the first version (17 Hrs)and was so disappointed at the tone and lack of emotion that I stopped listening. The second (15 Hrs) version is read with all the appropriate strength and vigour which cries out from the pages of his novels. Excellent!
"Gods and temples - and raw pre-history."
There is something here for every lover of the historical novel, especially of ancient history. Cornwell puts meat on the bones of the mystery of the eponymous stones, and weaves a gripping and authentic tale of the bronze age - there is a real sense of place and time, with many strong and memorable characters. The detail of how Stonehenge was constructed, within the narrative, is a bonus, especially for those fascinated by the megaliths of our ancestors. The narration is urgent and holds the listener - although I was less sure at first, till I became accustomed to the bold presentation style. It suits this tale told of a desperate age in a Britain of old. Stonehenge may not be Mr Cornwell's best, but that still means it's a brilliant listen!
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