Best-selling, award-winning Avi delights children and adults with historically accurate tales of high adventure.
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"Avi's plot is engineered for maximum thrills, with twists, turns and treachery aplenty, but it's the compellingly drawn relationship between Crispin and Bear that provides the heart of this story." (Publishers Weekly)
Crispin the Cross of Lead is an outstanding book. It's about a 13-year-old boy in England during the Middle Ages. In the beginning his mother dies and gives him a cross made of lead which proves to have special meaning. The story is filled with twists, turns and great descriptions. This book may be difficult for kids who don't understand the dialogue of the Middle Ages, yet you can learn a great deal about what life was like during that time period. You really find out about how religious everyone was in the Middle Ages. Ron Keith did such a great job reading the book I felt like I was running right along next to Crispin. I loved the book so much I'm going to read the sequel. I recommend this to anyone looking for an exciting and adventurous book.
I like the sound. Ron Keith reads well. The book is of course wonderful. Avi is such a good writer, but because the file is not divided into parts (Chapters would be OK, but even shorter files would be better) it is basically useless.
I never listen to the whole book in one sitting, and finding the place where I stopped the last time is painfully difficult.
Honorable, courageous, intelligent
The way Avi was able to not only bring the characters to life but to describe the times they were living in very well. It was well researched and the characters are great. The bad guy oozes bad and the good guys are great but flawed. Often, that is the way real heroes are.
Crispin entering the castle and finding John Aycliffe who shows his lack of character, lack of honor and cowardice all in that one scene. The ending is pretty good too.
Yes and I did. I will no doubt do it again in the future as well. This is one of my all time favorite books.
These books are fantastic. Yes, they are supposed to be for kid and when i was first recommended this book I said "It is Crispin and the CROSS of Lead and I am Jewish so no thanks" and threw in "it's also for kids and what do you know, I am an adult" (yes I am very sarcastic LOL) but it was so highly recommended I thought "ok fine fine fine" and enjoyed it. Then when I got the audiobook it was like entering the world rather than just reading about it. Ron Keith brings Avi's words to life. I think adults would like this book just as much and maybe more so than kids.
I sure wish they would make this into a movie already.
Crispin is a riveting story, and the performance really enhances the experience.
It was great through and through, but I really loved how the first chapter and the last chapter reflect each other. It shows how well thought out this book really is!
I loved the scene where Crispin rescues Bear.
The reader had a fine voice and accent, which added to the sense of fun and drama in the story.
I was surprised as this was well reviewed. The narrator was skillful but quite affected. The story was good basic adventure but very religious. Full of heavy handed Christianity (Catholic) Lots about Lord God and sin and penance etc etc. Having just listened to the entire Bloody Jack series and enjoyed it immensely, this was not a keeper.
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