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In an ancient cairn in the wilds of Scotland, Oxford student Simon Rawnson vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Where has he gone? Unsettling signs, a mysterious Green Man, and a Celtic circle chalked on the sidewalk point his roommate, Lewis Gillies, to an impossible answer...and an incredible destiny on the other side of a doorway between worlds.

There, where Celtic champions, magic, and treachery are woven together in the beautiful and brutal land called Albion, Lewis finds Simon. And there, schooled as a warrior, he is thrust to the front of a titanic struggle between light and darkness, a hideous, onrushing darkness that would devour not merely a kingdom but two worlds.

Don't miss the rest of the books in this exciting series: Book 2, The Silver Hand and Book 3, The Endless Knot.
©1991 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Stuart Langston maintains a steady pace throughout. He is particularly adept at handling dialogue, skillfully moving between characters at a lively pace." (AudioFile)

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Can;t recommend this highly enough

Absolutely tremendous! About 2 Oxford scholars, one a spoiled rich kid, the other a poor, "weedy" American, who end up in a mythical Celtic world. The book starts off at a leisurely pace while the author creates a rich background, but suddenly the ground drops out from under the hero and plunges him into the darkest despair - from then on, hang on to your seat! The character transformations are utterly believable. Nobody suddenly discovers magical qualities, every change is hard-earned and entirely consistent. A great listen! The narrator does a wonderful job creating different voices for each of the characters and obviously really knows his accents. Highly recommended

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jimmy
  • Willow Springs, MO, USA
  • 03-18-05

Takes Awhile To Get Going

I rate this audiobook three stars because it literally took 7 hours of listening before the book finally got going and became interesting. Prior to that we have lecture after lecture that strains one's willingness to keep listening. Maybe it was the narrator's bland style, but there were points when I wanted to put this book away and stop listening. Fortunately, I didn't do that and when this book kicks in, it really shines. My hat goes off to the author for his obvious love and knowledge of Celtic lore and life; however, I wish he could have pulled it off with a little bit less of the lecturing. The character of Lewis Gillies was also annoying at times. For someone who's earning an advanced degree in Celtic studies, he seems to know less than anyone! As I said, once the story gets going it is definately worth the time and I will look forward to the next book -- only, it's a shame, and annoying, that Audible only offers books 1 and 3 of this series.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Celtic knowledge at its finest

Would you listen to The Paradise War again? Why?

I would i love learning about the Celtic people and about there mythology as they apply it to the world of today

What did you like best about this story?

the Mythology

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

i found him to be a little to monotone when reading, i would like it if he put more emotion into his reading (he put me to sleep once waiting for friends)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, the mythology was great and the plot good but its offset by the monotone of his reading

Any additional comments?

My advice is its well worth it to push past his reading and enjoy the book for how it was written

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Background noise

The story was great but the recording was poor. Sounded like a radio was playing in another room while recording.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Easton, PA, USA
  • 10-02-07

Excellent Series

I sort of disagree with everyone else thus far. I thought this was a fantastic three part story. Steven Lawhead definitly has a flair for the descriptive but I thought its detail added to the story. I don't know about everyone else but when I'm reading an audio book I definitly have "time" to kill so the over descriptiveness did not bother me and in the end I found myself relistening to all the books. I rate this 10/10 you'll love it!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Where is Book II, The Silver Hand

Great book but where's the sequel? I've written to Blackstone and to Audible but can't seem to get a response. Is anyone else interested in hearing Book II, The Silver Hand before Book III, The Endless Knot? Nothing worse than loving a book and not being able to get the sequel.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Loved it! Need to fix background noise.

I loved the story! Very imaginitive, and the narrator did a great job! I'll only wish I couldn't hear muffled voices in the narrator's background. It was quite distracting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wondrous

I am prejudiced in regards to this book, having loved it for over 20 years. It is truly an epic tale worth listening to. I had initially feared the narrator might not be up to the task, but those fears proved groundless. Overall it is well worth a read...or two...or three.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another awesome Lawhead story

I've been a huge fan of Lawhead since I was a teenager and enjoy revisiting his books every so often. This series is one of my favorite - along with the Pendragon Cycle. I can't say enough about this story and thought the narration was fine (although I see some people didn't like it) - the richness is in the story and I don't think the narration does any harm. HOWEVER - I did take a star off for performance because all throughout the story there is a background echo of the audio. I heard it on both the Android and iPad clients, so I'm sure it's not a glitch. Sometimes it's faint, sometimes it's distracting. I've listened to a lot of audio books and have never heard this. Don't let it cause you to pass up this book - it's worth putting up with the echo - but just a warning.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Story, Bad Reader

What did you love best about The Paradise War?

Lawhead's books are always intricate and detailed, showing the careful research into his subjects and time. While his prose can be overly wordy, I find his explanations and backgroud material to be highly interesting. His character development is excellent.

What didn’t you like about Stuart Langston’s performance?

The reader sounds like a character out of Dragnet. His performance is so dry, toneless, and yes - boring, that I found him a total distraction. He succeeded in nearly destroying my enjoyment of the book. He is so difficult to listen to that I kept losing track of the story. I needed to keep repeating passages of the book in order to follow the story line.

Any additional comments?

I will nevery buy another book read by this reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful