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Beginning with The Skystone, the first in his riveting Camulod Chronicles, Jack Whyte has embarked on an ambitious and remarkable re-telling of the Arthurian cycle, giving us a fresh and compelling take on a story that has been beloved for centuries. The Eagle brings us at last to the heart of the tale, the creation of fabled Camelot and the love story that enshrined its glory. Whyte takes us into the minds and lives of Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot, three astonishing but fallible people who were bound together by honor, loyalty, and love. Three who created the glory that was Britain's shining dream…and, some say, caused its downfall. The Gaulish nobleman Clothar - known in our time as Lancelot - is drawn to the young High King's court by tales of honor and nobility, where he meets a man whose love of law matches his own. More, he finds in Arthur a life-long friend whose dream of uniting the people of Britain in peace Clothar embraces. And Clothar meets Arthur's queen, a wondrous beauty whose passion and ideals match those of her husband. Together they work to bring Arthur's dream to life.

But dark forces rise in opposition to Arthur's plans for creating this noble island nation and it is hard to tell friend from foe in the swirling chaos that ensues. Many tales have been told of the dream that shined and died. This one will astonish even the most jaded.

©2005 Jack Whyte (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Sheryl
  • Surprise, AZ, United States
  • 10-31-13

Epic

Even though I knew how it had to end I was Still Heart Broken at the end. I fell in love with these Characters and Hated the thought that the Dream would die.

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Good King Arthur and Rome series

When I first read these books a decade ago, I thought they were at the top of their game. They're still great for many reasons, but one thing I missed the first time around is the shear amount of exposition. Much of it is necessary, but most not necessarily so. It would be easy to argue that the primary narrative and story of the books are told in exposition. So if this author's previous works weren't enjoyed by you or you thought other works had too much exposition (like, say Pillars of the Earth) you might be wary. But, what the author does to make up for the amount of exposition is posit an entertainingly plausible story of how King Arthur stepped out of the world left by the fall of Rome. And I still enjoyed that story the second time around.

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Mediocre Ending to a GREAT Series

Where does The Eagle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The series overall comes in near the top, but this final book falls victim to what so many series final volume does, its disappointing. Most of the action takes place "off screen" and our main character should have been Arthur himself. The worst thing is the ending is so abrupt, and lacked feeling. Very disappointing.

If you’ve listened to books by Jack Whyte before, how does this one compare?

I listened to the previous 8 volumes and this is the worst, sadly.

What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

I loved Kevin's performance. He did an amazing job for all the books in the series.

Who was the most memorable character of The Eagle and why?

The narrator, as you would expect, but the narrator should have been someone around Arthur. This is HIS story, and this book relegated him to a "bit" character.

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I read these books many years ago and had forgotten how bad the end was. It's really sad, because the previous books in the series were excellent stuff, truly some of the best historical fiction I have ever read. That said, even though you KNOW the ending to the legend, or perhaps BECAUSE you know the end... you expect more from this final book. If you have ready 1-8, you might as well read this final book, but honestly... you don't have to. You know how it ends, and this book does nothing to personalize or dramatize the ending at all.

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GREAT STORY

king Arthur & merlin told by lancer (sir lancelot) or cothbert. I enjoyed series very much. listening to it 1st try @ audio books & will be back! once & future king w/ a twist

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One-of-a-kind

If you're someone who commutes a lot or has a job that allows you to spend a lot of time wearing earbuds, then this story is for you. I was pleased to find a series of this magnitude that didn't include magic of some nature. Great storytelling that didn't rely on a lot of battle scenes keep me interested. Great series.

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  • JaiJai
  • Barksdale AFB, LA
  • 12-13-14

Excellent spin of a classic tale!

The overall story was captivating. And sometimes I even wonder if this is based in fiction or not. Anyone who enjoyed the story of Arthur and Camelot will thoroughly enjoy this series.