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Byzantium Audiobook

Byzantium

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Publisher's Summary

Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.

During this expedition by sea and over land, Aidan becomes, by turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a spy, a Viking and a Saracen, and finally, a man. He sees more of the world than most men of his time, becoming an ambassador to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden Court. And finally, this valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial confronting any man in any age: the command of his own destiny.

©1996 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2001 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Not merely a gripping yarn - and it certainly is that - this is also a novel about faith and the tests life plants in its way. Lawhead, author of the popular Pendragon cycle of fantasies, here makes a sure move into mainstream fiction." (Booklist)

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    blake 05-02-16
    blake 05-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great story"

    it started off a bit slow but as soon as the adventure began i was hooked, this story completely reminded me of Louis L'amours book the The Walking Drum if you liked this check it out after

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    Eric Cole Rogers 09-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best stories I have ever listened to"

    What a riveting story about one's personal journey in the land of the ninth and 10th century. The story had it all! Celtic months, Vikings, Saracens, byzantine Romans! It started out a bit slow but quickly picked up and became increasingly more interesting. One of the best stories I've ever read, I highly recommend this book!

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    William A. Perez 09-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Reality of History surpasses fiction, must Read!"

    It is a keeper that must be shared by friends and all who love History!

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    Jonathan Wilwerding 06-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The Best Modern Fiction I Have Heard"

    I have read many reviews saying this story is slow and boring at first. I couldn't disagree more! It is a beautiful story from the start. What it lacks in action at the start it makes up in intriguing hints as to how the story will unfold. Your mind is filled with possible solutions from the start and when all is said and done you are left with a few questions tantalizingly unanswered with hints as to what the answers maybe. It is a mix of many rolling and suddenly changing emotions, but leaves you at last feeling satisfied and fulfilled. Don't listen to the detracting voices. This book is a masterpiece! However, like much that is fine it is revolting to those unaccustomed to it. The reader does very well not the best that I have heard but nonetheless, easy to listen to and engaging.

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    Andrew Joseph 04-05-17
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    "Amazing. Full of adventure."

    Amazing story. Vikings, adventure and truth. Well worth the purchase! I really enjoyed this. Great!

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    Ronda Dukes Gindin 01-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story,"

    One of the best books I have read. Thought-provoking heart-wrenching and character building. Artfully read. One I will come back to again and again.

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    Joe G. 12-02-16
    Joe G. 12-02-16
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    "a great story from a great story teller"

    The reading was excellent and the story even better. Highly recommended for those who enjoy the fiction of Lewis or Tolkien.

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    D. Fyler 10-29-16
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    "So much fun!"

    A really enjoyable historical fiction novel. This had all of the elements of great historical fiction; sympathetic and finely drawn characters, wonderfully detailed settings involving place and time, and intricate weaving of fiction based on factual historical information.

    The narration was not bad. It did not detract from the novel, however , the narrators voice is not very flexible so many of the characters sounded the same.

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    Amazon Customer Virginia 02-25-16
    Amazon Customer Virginia 02-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    A rich, complex character caught in a whirlwind of action. This book kept me on the "edge of my seat" and at times made my heart break.

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    Pros and Cons 02-10-16
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    "I love this adventure!"

    finished in 3 days. Story is good. I enjoyed the characters thoroughly.
    Stewart Langton, sucks a fatty, monotone, and boring.

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