• Crispin

  • The Cross of Lead
  • By: Avi
  • Narrated by: Ron Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,040 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the small 14th-century English village where he has lived his entire life, the boy has grown up with no name of his own, known only as "Asta's son". But when his mother dies, the boy receives both his rightful name, Crispin, and a lead cross, inscribed with a secret that soon has him fleeing for his life.

Best-selling, award-winning Avi delights children and adults with historically accurate tales of high adventure.

©2002 Avi (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"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)

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6th Grade Class Review

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.

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One of my all time favorite books

If you could sum up Crispin in three words, what would they be?

Honorable, courageous, intelligent

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Awesome book!

This is among the best historical fiction novels I have ever heard! I would strongly recommend this book to those who enjoy action and adventure!

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Why is it one big file? That makes it useless.

Would you try another book from Avi and/or Ron Keith?

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.

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Amazing!

Lovely book! So inspiring and wonderful! It made me so happy and excited! I can not wait to read the next couple of books!😀

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Enjoy

Very much like this Audible. When I was in school I could never get in to this book. After I read along with this app I very much enjoyed it!

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Can't wait to share this book.

I couldn't put it down and I shared with my children we all love this book. A great living book with a peek into the time frame of that era. Great writing and great character development.

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I loved this book!

I loved this book! It was absolutely amazing! I would recommend it to ages 12 and up! Totally recommend!!

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A GARET BOOK!

This book is one of the best books I have ever read it is full of amazing people and great Adventure!!! I definitely recommend this book!!

-Rachel

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Listened with my 4th grader

Excellent voice actor character adaptations and a story with many profound life lessons. This was assigned reading for my son, and he thought the book was boring – until we started listening to this audible as he read along in the book. It really helped bring the book to life for our young reader!

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  • Roz
  • 03-29-17

Young adult historical fiction

This was a good book to listen to with a few of my year 8 and 9 students while were studying historical fiction in English and Medieval Europe in History. They enjoyed the story and mystery element and learnt a lot (including vocabulary, but I made up a glossary). It's a bit of a slow start and in patches, but they got into it.