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The Skystone: Camulod Chronicles, Book 1 | [Jack Whyte]

The Skystone: Camulod Chronicles, Book 1

Everyone knows the story-how Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, how Camelot came to be, and about the power struggles that ultimately destroyed Arthur's dreams. But what of the time before Arthur and the forces that created him?
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Publisher's Summary

Everyone knows the story-how Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, how Camelot came to be, and about the power struggles that ultimately destroyed Arthur's dreams. But what of the time before Arthur and the forces that created him?

How did the legend really come to pass?

Before the time of Arthur and his Camelot, Britain was a dark and deadly place, savaged by warring factions of Picts, Celts, and invading Saxons. The Roman citizens who had lived there for generations were suddenly faced with a deadly choice: Should they leave and take up residence in a corrupt Roman world that was utterly foreign, or should they stay and face the madness that would ensue when Britain's last bastion of safety for the civilized, the Roman legions, left?

For two Romans, Publius Varrus and his friend Caius Britannicus, there can be only one answer. They will stay, to preserve what is best of Roman life, and will create a new culture out of the wreckage. In doing so, they will unknowingly plant the seeds of legend-for these two men are Arthur's great-grandfathers, and their actions will shape a nation . . . and forge a sword known as Excalibur.

©1996 Jack Whyte (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jim R. Whitt Temple, TX, United States 08-27-13
    Jim R. Whitt Temple, TX, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2009

    Author, "Princess Lily & The Great Cookie Mystery"

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    "Fascinating new series"

    I am no expert on Arthurian history. I did see "Sword in the Stone" when I was a kid, sang songs from "Camelot", saw that movie, and have watched a lot of documentaries on the History Channel (some of them questionable). Just so you know...

    There is a lot to like about this book. The author has created some interesting characters, and it will be interesting to see how they fare. The pacing is good, and the story is not so complex you can't figure out who's who and what's what. The narrator does an excellent job.

    It has violent stretches, some much too graphic, but you don't feel like you need to wash the blood off you after hearing them. The sex scenes would get a movie version a definite "R" rating. This is a dilemma I find myself in more and more as the years pass. The price of admission for interesting or challenging fiction is enduring more graphic sex and violence than my tolerance. (I’ve been married for 36 years and we raised three boys, so it isn’t like I’m a prude or a bachelor still living with my parents.)

    If you have a passing interest in the King Arthur legend, or if you’re interested in a story that takes place in Britain during the last days of the Roman Empire, or you want to try a story that’s just different, this book will satisfy.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kenenth D. Rupkalvis San Antonio, TX 09-13-13
    Kenenth D. Rupkalvis San Antonio, TX 09-13-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Not another Arthur Story"
    What did you love best about The Skystone?

    I didn't want to hear just another Arthur story. This is a Roman to Britain transitional story. I very much enjoyed the flow of the story. I enjoyed the historical detail. When places and buildings are described I recognized them from accounts of archeological diggings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The flow and it's ties to historical accounts and legends.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Kevin's performance. All of his performances are his best!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie United States 09-03-13
    Bonnie United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "a long awaited treasure!"
    What did you love best about The Skystone?

    I loved history of Britan from the Roman occupation and the story of a warm and loving family.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cius Britanicus as he is the catalyst that sets things going.


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    All of his voices for each character is incredible he even handles the womens voices ok a tough thing to do in Audio books If I have any criticism it would be that he reads a little too slowly but as I got into the book i got used to it.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Skystone and why?

    I loved Lucia with all her strenght of character and determination


    Any additional comments?

    I am an avid Jack Whyte fan and have read every one of his books but I am reliving them now in his audio books and it is a thrill. Just started the singing sword and can hardly wait!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Niagara Falls, ON, Canada 08-30-13
    Peter Niagara Falls, ON, Canada 08-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The Detail Makes It Real"

    I quickly got into the story and found myself sitting in my car or driving around the block one more time to hear what happened next. It was like reading a book you couldn't put down. The detail in the first person narration painted a graphic detailed story that I found fascinating from the first chapter

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Allen, TX, United States 08-29-13
    Janet Allen, TX, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2006

    I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!

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    "Great historic novel - little to do with Arthur"

    This book is billed as a prequel to the legends of King Arthur, and there are references at the end of the book that refer to parts of the legend of the Lady of the Lake and the sword in the stone, but this is an extremely minor aspect of the story. It is more the story of the Roman Legion in Britain and how the collapse of the Golden Age of Rome affected the rest of the Empire. The author and narrator do a great job of creating believable people with complex lives and relationships in their own times - no fairy tale view of the past.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth COOPERSTOWN, NY, United States 02-01-14
    Elizabeth COOPERSTOWN, NY, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "poorly written, turned off ofter 30 minutes"
    Would you try another book from Jack Whyte and/or Kevin Pariseau?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    poorly written, time period and characters did not match, couldn't listen for more then 30 minutes before turning it off and wishing for a refund

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Isabella Limidi di Soliera, Italy 09-15-13
    Isabella Limidi di Soliera, Italy 09-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Finally the audiobooks for this great series"
    What did you love best about The Skystone?

    It's like being transported back to the Roman Empire, but with the light touch of the great narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Skystone to and why?

    It reminds me of the style of Ellis Peters in Brother Cadfael for the ability to make you live the historical period and entertain you at the same time.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    I definitely like the protagonist Publius Varus


    Who was the most memorable character of The Skystone and why?

    Of course Caius Britannicus is very impressive


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Levely Gladstone, MI United States 09-11-13
    Kelly Levely Gladstone, MI United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A great interpretation of the Arthurian Legend!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Skystone the most enjoyable?

    I have been waiting for this series to be available since I first joined Audible. When I first read this series in hard cover it became my favorite interpretation of the Arthurian legend. It became the one I compared all others to after reading it, and it still is. Jack Whyte set the bar high for any other "King Arthur" stories that I read. It was great to be able to listen to the story again during my daily commute.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Skystone?

    Jack makes it easy to get vested in his characters. You grow and develop with them as the story progresses.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Before the "Once and Future King"


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for any Arthurian Legend Fan!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 09-05-13
    Mike 09-05-13
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    "THE Best roman era historical fiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Skystone to be better than the print version?

    No


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caius Brittanicus strength, integrity and the ability to see a plan through to the end, even in the face adversity. All qualities the world could use more of.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the end of the book one of the main characters dies, and you feel the loss of a friend, a loss that maybe did'nt have to happen except for choices made in the heat of the moment.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite author, he is a mason with a strong moral character. He is not preachy in the least rather leading by example through his characters, most of whom you will become quite fond of. Even thevillians have many layers as you peel the onoin that is this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben South Nyack, NY, United States 08-30-13
    Ben South Nyack, NY, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Epic BEGINS!!!!"
    What did you love best about The Skystone?

    Whyte starts with Arthurian pre-history, so it does take its time. But you get the feeling he's laying the groundwork for some great characters and plot twists.


    What other book might you compare The Skystone to and why?

    I've read other Arthurian legends, but none of them starts in the last days of the Roman Empire to set the stage for how Camelot was formed. The anarchy that came after the Romans left Britain must have been terrible.


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does such great character work. It's like a radio play -- you understand who everyone is.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. The sex scenes were interesting...


    Any additional comments?

    A fun listen. I'm in for the long haul on this one. I hope the story elements pay off!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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