And enter Lewis Gillies, an Oxford student whose search for a missing friend leads him through a door to another reality, and to unimagined discoveries about life, good and evil, and his own identity and destiny.
Having ascended the throne as Albion's High King, Llew takes the beautiful Goewyn for his queen. But in the midst of their joyous union, treachery is in the making, forcing Llew to choose between the honor of his kingship and the desire of his heart.
His decision drives him across the sea, far beyond Albion to the dark terrors and haunted wastes of the Foul Land. There, as the fabric of two worlds unravels, Llew hurtles headlong toward a final conflict with the Brazen Man. In the balance hangs not only the fate of Goewyn but also the very life-song of Albion, contained within the mystical Singing Stones.
©1993 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
I found this trilogy to be fascinating. If you've read Joseph Campbell's description of the hero in mythology then you will better understand this story. Lewis is similar to Frodo, Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter; all share the same fate. In addition, check out the Celtic myth of Lugh.
To understand Lawhead's mythology/theology I recommend reading his biography of St. Patrick, "Patrick" and note how it compares to this story.
It was the second time I listened to this trilogy that I truly enjoyed it. Knowing what's going to happen makes it easier to understand Lawhead's symbolism. This is a bard's tale.
This third book in the trilogy is a bit slow and depressing for the first two thirds of it, however, it must be added that it is written with reason and is even an integral part of the setting. Once one gets beyond that the series comes to its fruition and the end, though bittersweet, is one of the most satisfying ends to any series I have ever read. If you have gotten this far, come just a bit further. The journey is worth it.
Perhaps words and names were mispronounced initially, I don't know. Clearly the narrator feels that they were because his pronunciation of the names is hugely different from the first two books. It makes me feel like I am in another series. Also the accent is painful. I am having trouble getting through the book This happens a lot with series' of books. Sometimes I even wonder if the narrator reviewed the previous perfomances. Sometimes I wonder that even when there is not a new narrator.
I have listened to the trilogy twice, and read it three times. Love Stephens work.
I might compare it to Tolkiens, Middle earth works, but that comparison is over used, closer comparison would be, i guess, C.S. Lewis, because of the two seperate but connected worlds of Albion and Earth, and Narnia and Earth.
Not real happy with the change of narrator at the end of a series, he did a good job but the differences in pronunciation was frustrating and a bit disorienting to me. Mr. Whitfield did a good job and yes I would listen again, if the book was to my interest as well.
Love the series, love the author, wish I could visit Albion myself.
The series, wonderful, the Author, briliant, The Performance of Mr Whitfield very well done, if perhaps ill placed in the series, if you start with a voice and performance don't change actors at the end. I think that if he had started the series and done all 3 books it might have been better.
I grew up reading Lawhead books and this series was one of my favorite so it has been a delight to listen to again. The book/series/story/plot/etc all get 5 stars (more if I could). However, Robert Whitfield butchered the narration. I actually like his "narrator" voice - I really liked his reading of The Great Divorce - but in this book his character voices are horrible. He makes Scatha sound like a shrill drunk Indian woman, Tegid like an old wheezy, raspy man who's been smoking most of his life and everything he says is of dire consequence. I could go on... In fact, Whitfield's Scottish accents in general just hurt the ears. Also, uses different pronunciation for words. It's like he didn't even listen to Stuart Langston's performance of the previous books and instead struck out on his own course. I don't know who's pronunciations are more correct but once started they should have kept it consistent.
Maybe (but only maybe) it wouldn't be so bad if Whitfield had read the first two, but after getting so used to the previous narrator, Stuart Langston, it is hard to switch gears. Other reviewers said Stuart Langston was flat and monotone (I disagreed). Well, certainly no one will say that about Whitfield, but he could use some toning down.
Don't let it deter you from the story, though - it's worth the pain! I just wish they would re-do the narration and either get Stuart Langston back or someone who can at least try to mimic his performance so it isn't such a jarring transition.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
The one weird part is this book is read by a different guy then the first two, makes it very different. but the book is a great conclusion, it shows the danger of ruining a magical world, and yet no matter how hard people try there are forces at work that will fix everything
Again Stephan R Lawhead has brought amazing adventure in a well written book about the "time between times" and different realities. Starting in London, and ending in the amazing world of Albion,the island of the blessed. Death, evil, battled by true hearts and even truer friends as they battle their way through trial and testing. Love the whole series.
I love Lawhead and this was a great finish to the series. If I do have one complaint, and therefore the reason for only 4 stars, was that the reader wasn't the same as the first 2 books. Not that he was bad at all. In fact he was quite good, but I was so used to the other guy's voice that it took some getting used to. Otherwise it was a great book.
The story is good, but the fact that the narrator chose to use an Indian accent for characters set in an alternate ancient Britain is distracting.
You simply must hear the tale of The Song of Albion. All three books will touch the heart and soul as you make your way through the story, told from different perspectives. It cannot be explained. You just need to listen.
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