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Publisher's Summary

Everyone knows the story-how Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, how Camelot came to be, and about the power struggles that ultimately destroyed Arthur's dreams. But what of the time before Arthur and the forces that created him?

How did the legend really come to pass?

Before the time of Arthur and his Camelot, Britain was a dark and deadly place, savaged by warring factions of Picts, Celts, and invading Saxons. The Roman citizens who had lived there for generations were suddenly faced with a deadly choice: Should they leave and take up residence in a corrupt Roman world that was utterly foreign, or should they stay and face the madness that would ensue when Britain's last bastion of safety for the civilized, the Roman legions, left?

For two Romans, Publius Varrus and his friend Caius Britannicus, there can be only one answer. They will stay, to preserve what is best of Roman life, and will create a new culture out of the wreckage. In doing so, they will unknowingly plant the seeds of legend-for these two men are Arthur's great-grandfathers, and their actions will shape a nation . . . and forge a sword known as Excalibur.

©1996 Jack Whyte (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Finally the audiobooks for this great series

What did you love best about The Skystone?

It's like being transported back to the Roman Empire, but with the light touch of the great narrator.

What other book might you compare The Skystone to and why?

It reminds me of the style of Ellis Peters in Brother Cadfael for the ability to make you live the historical period and entertain you at the same time.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

I definitely like the protagonist Publius Varus

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

Of course Caius Britannicus is very impressive

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A great interpretation of the Arthurian Legend!

What made the experience of listening to The Skystone the most enjoyable?

I have been waiting for this series to be available since I first joined Audible. When I first read this series in hard cover it became my favorite interpretation of the Arthurian legend. It became the one I compared all others to after reading it, and it still is. Jack Whyte set the bar high for any other "King Arthur" stories that I read. It was great to be able to listen to the story again during my daily commute.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Skystone?

Jack makes it easy to get vested in his characters. You grow and develop with them as the story progresses.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Before the "Once and Future King"

Any additional comments?

A must read for any Arthurian Legend Fan!!

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  • AmyP
  • Madison, WI USA
  • 09-11-13

Drags in places, narration wasn't great

Would you try another book from Jack Whyte and/or Kevin Pariseau?

I really enjoy the historical fiction approach to the Arthurian legend, as opposed to magical realism. Whyte's writing is solid. I got the feeling at many points in the book that he was stretching things out MUCH longer than necessary. Maybe he was trying to make the book a certain length. It showed.Pariseau's character voices were very good but the odd, smug, flat, formal tone of his narration (aka Publius) really made it difficult for me to embrace Publius as a character. Also, I have yet to hear a male narrator do a female character voice in a way that is not obnoxious.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Obviously written with male readers in mind. Which is fine. But trim the fat!!!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Pariseau?

Someone younger sounding.

Do you think The Skystone needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. It's obviously a story that is meant to be continued with future books (and it is).

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THE Best roman era historical fiction

Would you consider the audio edition of The Skystone to be better than the print version?

No

Who was your favorite character and why?

Caius Brittanicus strength, integrity and the ability to see a plan through to the end, even in the face adversity. All qualities the world could use more of.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end of the book one of the main characters dies, and you feel the loss of a friend, a loss that maybe did'nt have to happen except for choices made in the heat of the moment.

Any additional comments?

This is my favorite author, he is a mason with a strong moral character. He is not preachy in the least rather leading by example through his characters, most of whom you will become quite fond of. Even thevillians have many layers as you peel the onoin that is this series.

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The Epic BEGINS!!!!

What did you love best about The Skystone?

Whyte starts with Arthurian pre-history, so it does take its time. But you get the feeling he's laying the groundwork for some great characters and plot twists.

What other book might you compare The Skystone to and why?

I've read other Arthurian legends, but none of them starts in the last days of the Roman Empire to set the stage for how Camelot was formed. The anarchy that came after the Romans left Britain must have been terrible.

What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does such great character work. It's like a radio play -- you understand who everyone is.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really. The sex scenes were interesting...

Any additional comments?

A fun listen. I'm in for the long haul on this one. I hope the story elements pay off!

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Intriguing!

Interesting version of Camelot, Merlin and King Arthur. Has Celts, Druids and Britons and interesting details.

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  • Bill
  • CLEBURNE, TX, United States
  • 04-01-15

Best Ever

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This series is the best I have read, my favorite books since I read them 15 years ago

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  • John
  • South Salem NY
  • 02-19-15

Interesting history and characters

I knew nothing about this book when I got it on sale. I just downloaded book two and am excited to listen.

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  • Charles
  • Beavercreek, OH, United States
  • 02-08-15

Definitely Recommend.

Kevin did a very good job narrating this book. He remained consistent with voices and tones.
The story is entertaining. I had no problem staying with it. In fact, I had trouble finding time to fit it in.

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  • James
  • ROSEVILLE, MN, United States
  • 02-06-15

unlistenable

read with the feeling and inflection of a GPS unit giving directions. too bad because it's a great premise.

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