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Publisher's Summary

Bernard Cornwell's brilliant novel, reissued for fans to find out the story behind the stones. This is the tale of three brothers and of their rivalry that created this great temple.

One summer's day, a dying stranger carrying great wealth in gold comes to the settlement of Ratharryn. The three sons of Ratharryn's chief each perceive the great gift in a different way. The eldest, Lengar, the warrior, harnesses his murderous ambition to be a ruler and take great power for his tribe.

Camaban becomes a great visionary and feared wise man, and it is his vision that will force the youngest brother, Saban, to create the great temple on the green hill where the gods will appear on Earth. Saban' s love for Aurenna, the sun bride whose destiny is to die for the gods, finally brings the rivalries of the brothers to a head. But it is also his skills that will build the vast temple, a place for the gods, certainly, but also a place that will confirm for ever the supreme power of the tribe that built it.

Stonehenge is first and foremost a great historical novel. Bernard Cornwell is well known and admired for the realism and imagination with which he brings earlier worlds to life. And here he uses all these skills to recreate the world of primitive Britain and to solve the mysteries of who built Stonehenge, how, and why.

"A circle of chalk, a ring of stone, and a house of arches to call the far gods home."

©1999 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"An epic story told with a master's skill. Bernard Cornwell now burrows into prehistory to suggest an answer to the puzzle of why and by whom Stonehenge was built. The result is an epic story told with a master's skill, presenting powerful personalities, high dramas and terrific climaxes with colour and pace." ( TLS)
"A fantastic story of intertribal rivalries, Machiavellian scheming by rival sect leaders and fierce battles over talismans" ( New York Times)

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  • B Gillingham
  • 08-12-17

Lost in time

Cornwell never fails to please he brings every page to life and Audio makes it even better

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  • Janet Bird
  • 11-07-16

Interesting

A good story on how Stonehenge was constructed and their believe in the power of the Gods.

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  • Sharon jeffrey
  • 10-10-16

brilliant story

fantastic performance as always from Jonathan. loved the story and could put down, full of mystery legend and facts very well written and enjoyable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-17

its ok

its flutters between engaging and discombobulated. its a good little story with the interconnection of various characters but I've just finished it and I'm failing to remember the ending. there are some truly addictive moments throughout but the flow is just not like most of his books.

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  • Mr
  • 08-11-18

Historical Fudge

Not a bad story Bernard but please do your homework. Dates, Durations, Materials are all historically off the scale here. The people of the time given life in a very negative way with little or no evidence to support the narrative.
Well read by the brilliant Jonathan Keeble but even he could not bring life to this literary fudge.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-13-18

Slow start

Story develops in second half of the book. Bit too much repetition and drawing out of the story. Well read by Jonathan Keeble as always.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-29-18

Not bad

Tough going at the beginning but gets better. A good performance by the narrator and some interesting characters.

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  • Mr. J. Hetherton
  • 05-14-18

Good story very well read and performed

A good story, at times extremely sad and gory. The deceit and disappointments experienced by the main character would in all honesty destroy a real human many times over. That said it was always a pleasure to look forward to a long walk or car trip where I could listen to this engaging story. The narrator Jonathan Keeble was fantastic he brought the story to life and his inflection at points in the novel where there were harrowing scenes I thought were very appropriate. A really, really good listen. I enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-18

another great book by the master of storytelling

the book is a great telling of a Wonder of the world read by Jonathan keeble and his great voices he uses to bringing the characters to life he is truly born to read Bearnard Cornell's stories

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  • Nyasha
  • 11-19-17

My Favourite Bernard Cornwell Novel

A great imagined history. The characters are well rounded and believable. The narration was spot on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-18

Whisked to this past

An intriguing time period to be writing about, main character was just an average joe living in a socially complex time period. Story line lost my attention here and there, but overall enjoyable to listen to the narration and always looked forward to the next chapter

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  • Craig
  • 01-16-18

interesting delve into pre history

after just finishing the warlord chronicles and listening to this because I enjoyed both the author and narrator in those titles I was slightly disappointed with this book. I found it harder to onnwct to the characters and felt the story was to repetitious. great job by Jonathan keeble, his narrating adds a much needed layer to this novel. 3 out of 5