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The Silver Hand Audiobook

The Silver Hand: The Song of Albion Series, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Picture a world intricately entwined with our own yet separate, pulsing with the raw energy and vivid color of Celtic myth come to life. Enter Lewis Gillies, an Oxford student whose search for a missing friend leads him through a door to another reality - and unimagined discoveries about life, good and evil, and his own identity and destiny.

The words of a prophetess foretell a coming king. But Lewis, as Albion's renowned champion Llew, has a more immediate concern: retrieving the treacherous Siawn-Hy, who has eluded him in the doorway between worlds - and who now, lusting for power, has allied himself with the usurper Meldron.

Forced to flee for their lives, Llew and the bard Tegid find refuge deep in Albion's heartland. Under their leadership, a wilderness citadel arises...and the miraculous reign of Silver Hand begins.

Don't miss the rest of the books in this exciting series: Book 1, The Paradise War and Book 3, The Endless Knot.

©1992 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Stuart Langston reads with a poetic voice well suited to a storytelling bard." (AudioFile)

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    Thespookyoldtree 11-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Why the repeats?"

    The main problem was the quality of the recording. About 5-6 times throughout, there would be about 30 seconds that would repeat for no apparent reason.

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    G. Parish 05-22-15
    G. Parish 05-22-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "The best of the Song of Albion"

    This is the best of the series and it shows, glowing as bright as a silver hand. The narrator does a solid job, however, there are a number of times a sentence is repeated as if there is a slight overlay on the recording. It doesn't happen oft though and is only a minor annoyance.

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    Ken 06-28-12
    Ken 06-28-12 Member Since 2014

    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

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would for the celtic lore. it goes in depth with celt practices and myths


    Any additional comments?

    stuart langston is a little dry and monotone

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    Amazon Customer 02-21-11
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    "The Silver Hand: The Song of Albion Series, Book 2"

    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.

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    Elisa 12-10-15
    Elisa 12-10-15
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    "Appallingly poor Audible conversion"

    This is a solid, entertaining fantasy story. There are a few flaws--we never quite understand why one of the time travelers turns evil, nor why the protagonist (working on a graduate degree in Celtic studies at Oxford) seems to have no clue about plot points that are obvious to any reader of fantasy fiction (being in a state of denial is a weak explanation). The narrator does a good job, other than for the mangling of Celtic names and terms. This is probably not a problem to most who know the terms by reading them in fantasy books, and who have not been teased over pronunciation of place names, etc. in Ireland. It's actually kind of funny when partway through, "Nee-all" becomes "Neil." (I wonder what the producers would have done if the name had been one that is pronounced very differently from way it looks, like Niamh.)

    The overall rating is because Audible did a remarkably lazy job in converting CDs into a continuous recording. Throughout the narrative, two or three sentences will be repeated without warning in the middle of a chapter. When listening to audiobooks on CDs, the repeated sentences can be seen as a benefit--or at least are not too disruptive. In a continuous narrative, the duplicated sentences are confusing, spoil the flow, and are profoundly irritating.

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    Scarlet 11-14-15
    Scarlet 11-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this trilogy"

    I absolutely love this trilogy, but knowing that book 1 and 3 are first person perspectives while book 2 is a third person is mildly distracting. That is my only issue with the series though, they are still fantastic books.

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    Lisa Minor 07-30-15
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    "Great story...poor recording"

    The story was fabulous as expected but the recording was poor with multiple repeats and errors.

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    Brian Brown 04-11-15
    Brian Brown 04-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Two thumbs up!"

    Very enjoyable tale of the repercussions of the collision of two worlds intertwining Gaelic mythos and modern immorality. Narration through out was great!

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    Ryan Vancouver, WA, United States 04-09-13
    Ryan Vancouver, WA, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2012

    If there is a heaven, I hope it looks like a Victorian woodland manor with a roaring fire in the hearth and and endless supply of books.

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    "Slow but good"
    Would you try another book from Stephen R. Lawhead and/or Stuart Langston?

    I have and will again.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have spent less time on minutia and speed it along. This story line lags and sadly that seems to be the way of this series. Lawhead uses two thirds of the book on boring banter and slow plot moments only to get to the point in the last few chapters.


    Was The Silver Hand worth the listening time?

    Yes, the story is ungodly slow but I was just interested enough in the outcome that I kept at it.


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    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-10
    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-10
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    "my favorite out of the series"

    I usually do not like the middle book in a series but this one is better than the first

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