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Taliesin Audiobook

Taliesin: The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It was a time of legend, the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis.

This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawns the miracles of Merlin, and Arthur the king!

This is the first book of The Pendragon Cycle.

©1987 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Highly recommended... Reminiscent of C.S. Lewis." (Library Journal)

"A fine storyteller, he brings the Arthurian characters to life without sacrificing any of the haunting pleasures of the legends." (Omaha World Herald)

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    J Livingston, TX, United States 10-27-15
    J Livingston, TX, United States 10-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Repetitive and boring -- a disappointment"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time well spent? Not really. The characters never came to life, their lives never really made sense in the context of a civilization facing utter ruin. How could a writer make the discovery of a drowned baby coming to life seem mundane? Oh, look, your luck has changed, better run down to the next village and find a convenient wet nurse, who is instantly the love of your life.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen R. Lawhead? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. Why? This should have been an epic story and a gripping read. Instead it was a poorly patched together series of vignettes that seemed almost unrelated in context. I got the feeling that Atlantis was about 50 square miles in area with about 500 occupants.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    I suppose the bull dancing episodes were the most interesting, although the characters seemed to be fabricated from a sort of verbal paper mache.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Hard to say. Good movies have been made from mediocre books in the past, but I think it would take a world class producer to make a silk purse out of this pig's ear.


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    klerbman 09-03-15
    klerbman 09-03-15

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    "Second time through"

    A beautiful blend of fantasy, lore, and truth. Full of imagination and a well crafted story full of believable characters.

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    James 10-31-14
    James 10-31-14
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    "The best telling by far."

    The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead, is the best telling of the Arthurian legends that I have read. Taliesin tells the story of the greatest bard who ever lived and the destruction of Atlantis, the Fisher King and his daughter Charis, mother of Merlin. It tells the story of the birth of a Kingdom and the birth of the legend of Merlin. Good narration by Wanda McCaddon adds further depth to the story.

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    perry 08-05-14
    perry 08-05-14
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    "My favorite series, except for the narrators."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love the entire Pendragon series, but again, like in other audible purchases I've made, I'm not pleased with the chosen narrator. While Wanda McCaddon's voice is not displeasing, the accent she reads in sounds too much as if she's suggesting the characters are from India instead of Wales and Scotland. It really takes away form my listening pleasure.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    see above


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    dave Newark, CA, United States 06-07-13
    dave Newark, CA, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So much better than I rememebered"
    What did you love best about Taliesin?

    I read this book several times more than 20 years ago. I'm so glad I got the audio book and had a chance to relive the experience. I just love how Lawhead slowly unraveled a captivating story that made me wanting more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Taliesin?

    The entire Atlantis plot line was.


    What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

    The characters come alive with Miss McCaddon's voice and I appreciated the depth and dimension she brought to the story.


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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 06-01-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2016

    74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books

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    "Mamouth!!!"

    I loved this book until the last 15%, then, for me, it went off the edge. A silly, vindictive girl messes things up just to work some more suspense into the plot. Made me crazy.

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    John 04-01-13
    John 04-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story at a very slow pace."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the legends of Merlin and King Arthur. This story provides an incredible amount of background for Merlin. My only complaint is that the story moves at a very slow pace.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Taliesin?

    One of the most memorable moments in Taliesin is when Taliesin is converted to Christianity. This was surprising in a book about the father of Merlin. In other Arthurian books, Merlin is always portrayed as one who is dedicated to the Druids and the Old Religion, but Lawhead puts Taliesin and later Merlin in the roles of helping Christianity flourish in the British Isles.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Taliesin prophesys of the great accomplishments the will be done by his newly born son, Merlin.


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

    This book is a great lead-in to the next book in the Pendragon cycle, Merlin. I highly recommend starting this series by reading Taliesin. It provides a lot of the background and motivation for characters in the next book.


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    John Albuquerque, NM, USA 03-16-13
    John Albuquerque, NM, USA 03-16-13
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    "Wonderful story! Excellent narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to Taliesin the most enjoyable?

    Lawhead's spins a great story. You can truly imagine imagine the settings in your minds eye with his rich prose. He develops each character well. I found myself looking forward to my long walks just to be able to listen to the story unwind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charis. At times tough as iron, at times soft and sensitive. Nadia May's voice was perfect for her character.


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

    Narrated by Nadia May, not Wanda McCaddon. Nadia was perfect for this story. Her accents for each character were perfect. Amazaing how she was able to keep the voice for each character throughout the whole story.


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

    The ending was tragic. But it set up the next book in the series well.


    Any additional comments?

    I heartily recommend this audible book. Listen. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-28-11
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    "Taliesin"

    What a wonderful beautiful book, I was sorry to have it end. Such beauty, faith, love and adventure still burn in my heart from it.

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    Jan 05-21-08
    Jan 05-21-08 Member Since 2001

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    "good story"

    I really enjoyed this "back story" of the Arthurian legend. Less political/ethnic slant than so many retellings that try to make the legend "relevant." The people give the story heart and make the story relevant, just the way the people have always made the legend relevant.

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