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I am Axios of Sparta, and I was born to kill. At age seven, I left home to train with other boys where we were taught obedience, solidarity, military strategy, and how to withstand pain. My harsh upbringing stripped me of my weaknesses and forced me to become strong. Ruthless. 

But, I craved something greater - a life I could never have. 

Against all odds, and the toughest training a warrior could endure, I found an unexpected love in the arms of a fellow Spartan. He was the very air I breathed and the water that sustained me. Fighting side by side with him, we were invincible. Where he went, I followed. 

However, there was no place for love in Sparta. Feelings were for the weak. The only life for a Spartan was one of battle and brutality with no guarantee of tomorrow. In times of war, all men were put to the test, but the greatest challenge for us was not one of swords and spears, but of the heart.

©2017 Jaclyn Osborn (P)2018 Jaclyn Osborn

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Unexpected!

I decided to listen to this as an audio book while on vacation abroad. I sat by the pool for 3 of my 5 days and listened to this wonderful, well detailed and character rich book. I don’t regret my decision the book had me clutching my pearls a few times, enjoying the friendships that developed and of course I was an emotional wreck at the end. Thank you! I enjoyed this a lot.

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Stunning

Jaclyn has found the absolute perfect narrator for Axios, Adam Stubbs has given us a phenomenal rendirion of what was my book of 2017. This love story has the voice it deserved and I could not recommend it more.

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Absolutely Blown Away

I've read this book on my own three times. It's such an amazing story and I don't think it matters how many times I read it. it will never get old. When the author announced that there was an audio version of this book in the works I was very excited. I was graciously gifted a copy of this audible and I couldn't be happier with what I've just heard.

Adam gives the men I love so much, life. He brings so much emotion to every character. From the very first sentence all the way until "The End" Adam gives a performance with his voice. It was great and I find myself wanting to see if he's narrated anymore books.

I highly recommend this book and this audible version to everyone.

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Best Read I've had All Year!

An amazing historical novel and love story set in ancient Greece that pulled me in right from the start. It is passionate, romantic, and had characters that I rooted for the whole time. The author transported me to Greece and to this time in history. I can't recommend this book enough!

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WOW

What a story, it kept me interested and wondering, I am not knowledgeable about this history, but I t didn't matter. narration was excellent. I definitely recommend

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A beautiful, heartbreaking story.

Where to begin? I read the story first and it was achingly beautiful and heartbreaking. When this came out on Audible I had to get it. The narrator reads this with so much emotion that you are drawn into the story, immersed from the very first sentence. He brilliantly brought the characters to life. I lived through each moment, every trial and tribulation in this book. I can only wish to have a love as strong. Theirs is a love that will truly live on amongst the stars.

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Masterpiece!

What an experience this has been. A Masterpiece of a story created by Jaclyn Osborn.......a love story set in hard, brutal times yet we were able to see beyond the harshness to their innermost souls and devotion to each other. I do not have enough words to adequately express how wonderful this story is.
The narration by Adam Stubbs was perfection. He gave life and personalities to each character... I could see them as well as hear them as each one spoke and I loved that he could make this happen.
I highly recommend this Audiobook.

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Wow omg

Loved this narration. Heartbreaking Storie but so beautiful.just like a movie.very sad ending.
But very epic

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  • Pixiebell
  • 07-12-18

Epic!

This is a breathtaking and intensely emotional epic saga detailing the lives and love of two Spartans Axios and Eryx. It spans their lives from when they meet as young boys, training to become soldiers, through various campaigns in adulthood. Their friendship grows and they fall deeply in love.
The amount of detail and research that the author has put into this book is astounding. It is also beautifully written. The development of the characters of Ax and Ery throughout the story from boys to men, friends to lovers is flawless and the supporting cast were very strong and contributed immensely to this epic saga.
The battle scenes were particularly realistic, not that I have been in one, but I felt my pulse quicken and my anxiety for the characters was real and many tears were shed.
I have to thank the author for the epilogue as after all the emotion a time of calm was needed before the end.
The narrator, Adam Stubbs, is new to me and he was perfect for this book.

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  • 09-30-18

Lost for words...

I'm completely blown away by this book. The story is brutal but beautiful. The main characters have such a strong connection to each other, they possess passion and love more than any other character I have ever read. The heart break in this story takes your breath away. I can go years without crying but I couldn't stop the tears falling by the end.

The narrator is brilliant. Absolutely stunning delivery of the story. I could listen to him all day.

I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars.

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  • R. Knight
  • 09-10-18

Curiosity Laid Bare The Cat

Let me begin by saying I am not an accomplished author, nor do I narrate tales for the viewing pleasure of others. This is simply my opinion based on my thoughts, experiences and conclusions from sharing my commute with Axios and Co. Naturally, spoilers are to be avoided.

Axios: A Spartan Tale is an interesting story. Loosely based upon Spartan history, we follow the protagonists Axios and Eryx through their lives and the challenges they meet along the way. Characters are plenty, each with unique attributes that I would like to say are crucial to the development of our 'heroes', but alas, this is only the case on occasion. Granted, care is taken by the author to put flesh on some of the bones of recurring core personas, however I would have liked to have seen a love for all birth a well-rounded troupe. The result is a ‘fill in the blanks yourself if you fancy the effort’ approach as to why events occur the way they do, to summarise; a scattered journey from point A to point B with irrelevant (and needlessly distracting) stops along the way.

Historical reference is as I said, loose. Make what you will of namedrops and flashes of inspiration the author brings to liven the prose, but is it compelling or mere fanciful notions to give the impression of a well-researched novel? I leave that to you to decide.

Yes, the prose. I am aware of critiquing, but as this is a review, it is only fair. Simple sentence structure, overuse of metaphor (and the same ones again and again – I will shudder if I hear certain repetitions in real life), sometimes odd use of grammar and plot drift. Needless plot drift. Axios is a short book – there is no time for plot drift!

Oh, I almost forgot. The sex. Wow, well I wasn’t expecting this. This level, the anatomical detail, the depths my mind plundered to work out the physiology (not to mention the yoga prowess) of the embraces. I found myself sketching out stickmen to establish how this was happening before my other half asked what exactly I was doing – that’s another story though… Granted, this is not my normal type of book (sci-fi/horror/thriller/adventure is where you’ll find me), but curiosity and a desire to learn about paths not necessarily walked gripped. I’ve yet to ask friends of mine if their bedroom antics resemble dear Axios and Eryx, perhaps I shall give them copies for Christmas (bonus points for mentioning the C-word!). These (extensive and graphic) scenes have to be the selling point of the book, in which case I’d like to say I get it, I finally get it! Alas, I cannot say this. Love, tenderness, lust, sensuality, steamy wanton passion is just not there. I was reminded of the ye olde “Dear Deirdre” letters penned to women’s magazines of times gone by and the same amusement (and goosebumps) was to be found. I have to confess, there was one scene that warmed my loins, a surprise when heading east along the motorway in commuter traffic - one swallow does not make a summer I hasten to add and learn from me – set your dashcam on audio mute to escape awkward footage reviewal!

An enormous positive, beyond enormous even (ginormous?) is the narrative talents of Adam Stubbs. His obvious professionalism, adaptive style and fantastic character adoption is the one stand out about this book. The accents used were solid, descriptive, delivered with clockwork consistency complete with individual nuances that brought to light the fire in the players’ hearts and souls (that I fear would sadly be absent when read from the flat page). What a fantastic voice, energy and compassion aplenty – I was moved to (almost) tears by the ending based purely on the sensitivity displayed and love coming through my speakers. I went through the experience with narrator Adam; I desperately wanted to see him soar. Axios and Eryx, our main characters, not so much, but I fear I fell a little for Stubbs as he took me on this journey.

Listen to this book, forget the story, the holes, the lack of answers, the grass-green eyes (oops), the frantic love-making, the ad-libbed battle scenes, the awkward conversational sections. Forget the endless metaphor, the unbelievably muscly muscles, the fixation on needlessly dull aspects of Spartan life (it’s a short book; there’s no space to mess about!). Listen to this book and fall for the narrator. He can have a little of all our hearts as payment for bringing the distinctly average to a brand new level.