"The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven."
John Milton, Paradise Lost
In the beginning, the Church ruled all the Spheres of the Apostles. But that was millennia ago, before the origins of this massive, artificial realm were forgotten. Now, drought, plague, and war afflict the Spheres that make up the world of Man, fragmenting society into antagonistic sects that carry out ruthless pogroms.
A young orphan, Thomas, is thrust into the midst of this upheaval and embarks on a journey to the highest of all Spheres, Heaven. As he struggles through his chaotic, crumbling world, Thomas witnesses cruelty and violence beyond measure - and chances upon unexpected moments of courage and self-sacrifice. In this turmoil, his belief becomes doubt as he is forced to make soul-rending choices between what his faith tells him he should do, and what he must do to survive.
The Book of Thomas: Heaven is the unflinching, deeply affecting tale of the battle that reason and religion wage for a boy's soul.
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Not sure who would enjoy this. Perhaps someone new to world of audio book who hasn't yet formed strong opinions on what they like and enjoy
What will your next listen be?
Desperatley waiting for the final Patrick Rothfuss book but thats doesnt look set until 2014...boo!. Failing thats a new Bryant and May Mystery by Christopher Fowler. I believe he is currentyl penning two new adventures for the octogenarian duo. A new Ben Arronovitch would be an absolute treat...failing all of the above. Just a blooming good book with a crack story.
What didn’t you like about Frederic Basso’s performance?
American narration and amaturish story with a very fragmented story arc. Very dissappointing and failed to resemble the brief synopsis on the web site. I thought this would be a ripping yarn about battling forces beween good and evil, angels and demons. But its nothing of the sort! Just a dull tale about an orphan thats has, through misfortunate and tragic circumstances, been dragged in the a traveling choir run by an ex-monk.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
No redeeming qualities I'm afraid. Not even sure I can bring myself to bother to waste energy in trying to finsih it.
Any additional comments?
another wasted credit for me which is just irritating. However, I stongley recommend others avoid the same mistake.