There, where Celtic champions, magic, and treachery are woven together in the beautiful and brutal land called Albion, Lewis finds Simon. And there, schooled as a warrior, he is thrust to the front of a titanic struggle between light and darkness, a hideous, onrushing darkness that would devour not merely a kingdom but two worlds.
©1991 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Stuart Langston maintains a steady pace throughout. He is particularly adept at handling dialogue, skillfully moving between characters at a lively pace." (AudioFile)
Absolutely tremendous! About 2 Oxford scholars, one a spoiled rich kid, the other a poor, "weedy" American, who end up in a mythical Celtic world. The book starts off at a leisurely pace while the author creates a rich background, but suddenly the ground drops out from under the hero and plunges him into the darkest despair - from then on, hang on to your seat! The character transformations are utterly believable. Nobody suddenly discovers magical qualities, every change is hard-earned and entirely consistent. A great listen! The narrator does a wonderful job creating different voices for each of the characters and obviously really knows his accents. Highly recommended
I rate this audiobook three stars because it literally took 7 hours of listening before the book finally got going and became interesting. Prior to that we have lecture after lecture that strains one's willingness to keep listening. Maybe it was the narrator's bland style, but there were points when I wanted to put this book away and stop listening. Fortunately, I didn't do that and when this book kicks in, it really shines. My hat goes off to the author for his obvious love and knowledge of Celtic lore and life; however, I wish he could have pulled it off with a little bit less of the lecturing. The character of Lewis Gillies was also annoying at times. For someone who's earning an advanced degree in Celtic studies, he seems to know less than anyone! As I said, once the story gets going it is definately worth the time and I will look forward to the next book -- only, it's a shame, and annoying, that Audible only offers books 1 and 3 of this series.
Great book but where's the sequel? I've written to Blackstone and to Audible but can't seem to get a response. Is anyone else interested in hearing Book II, The Silver Hand before Book III, The Endless Knot? Nothing worse than loving a book and not being able to get the sequel.
I sort of disagree with everyone else thus far. I thought this was a fantastic three part story. Steven Lawhead definitly has a flair for the descriptive but I thought its detail added to the story. I don't know about everyone else but when I'm reading an audio book I definitly have "time" to kill so the over descriptiveness did not bother me and in the end I found myself relistening to all the books. I rate this 10/10 you'll love it!
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
I would i love learning about the Celtic people and about there mythology as they apply it to the world of today
i found him to be a little to monotone when reading, i would like it if he put more emotion into his reading (he put me to sleep once waiting for friends)
no, the mythology was great and the plot good but its offset by the monotone of his reading
My advice is its well worth it to push past his reading and enjoy the book for how it was written
Again Stephan 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.
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I didn't like this trilogy quite as much as Lawhead's Merlin trilogy.
Generally, it seems that most of these series get progressively "darker" and less "imaginative" in feeling as the series progress. This series was no exception to me, so I enjoyed The Paradise War the most of the three. The interaction between the two worlds was very well done. The character development was extremely good, throughout, and indicated in another view. The changes in the protagonist as he is exposed to his environment and situations were solid and gratifying.
I got the book because the concept sounded interesting. I had a hard time getting into the story because of the reader. Once I got past the reader's drab delivery, the book got my attention and kept it.
I breathe most of the time
I love all of Lawheads 'Arthur/Merlin' stories.
This is a good story as well.
What it needs is less elaboration upon the feelings and more
story at the end.
I thought that I was listening to a parody done by Monty Python
and not a real story... One needs no more than 3 (at most)
representations of the conditions of the situation. There are
cases where the count of a dozen are exceeded...
Additionally, the ending is weak... this leaves no answers to most
of the real 'mysteries' and little desire to get a subsequent
story in a series if that is the intent of the precipitous and
meaningless end of this saga.
I KNOW SRLawhead is a great writer. Let's see his real skills
I've been a huge fan of Lawhead since I was a teenager and enjoy revisiting his books every so often. This series is one of my favorite - along with the Pendragon Cycle. I can't say enough about this story and thought the narration was fine (although I see some people didn't like it) - the richness is in the story and I don't think the narration does any harm. HOWEVER - I did take a star off for performance because all throughout the story there is a background echo of the audio. I heard it on both the Android and iPad clients, so I'm sure it's not a glitch. Sometimes it's faint, sometimes it's distracting. I've listened to a lot of audio books and have never heard this. Don't let it cause you to pass up this book - it's worth putting up with the echo - but just a warning.
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