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The Endless Knot

Song of Albion, Book 3
Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
Series: Song of Albion, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (394 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Picture a world intricately entwined with our own, yet separate, pulsing with the raw energy and vivid color of Celtic myth come to life. Picture Albion.

And enter Lewis Gillies, an Oxford student whose search for a missing friend leads him through a door to another reality, and to unimagined discoveries about life, good and evil, and his own identity and destiny.

Having ascended the throne as Albion's High King, Llew takes the beautiful Goewyn for his queen. But in the midst of their joyous union, treachery is in the making, forcing Llew to choose between the honor of his kingship and the desire of his heart.

His decision drives him across the sea, far beyond Albion to the dark terrors and haunted wastes of the Foul Land. There, as the fabric of two worlds unravels, Llew hurtles headlong toward a final conflict with the Brazen Man. In the balance hangs not only the fate of Goewyn but also the very life-song of Albion, contained within the mystical Singing Stones.

Don't miss the rest of the books in this exciting series: Book 1, The Paradise War and Book 2, The Silver Hand.
©1993 Stephen R. Lawhead (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • CC
  • Pittsburgh, Pa USA
  • 07-13-14

The new narrator.

What didn’t you like about Robert Whitfield’s performance?

Perhaps words and names were mispronounced initially, I don't know. Clearly the narrator feels that they were because his pronunciation of the names is hugely different from the first two books. It makes me feel like I am in another series. Also the accent is painful. I am having trouble getting through the book This happens a lot with series' of books. Sometimes I even wonder if the narrator reviewed the previous perfomances. Sometimes I wonder that even when there is not a new narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Endure to your final reward

This third book in the trilogy is a bit slow and depressing for the first two thirds of it, however, it must be added that it is written with reason and is even an integral part of the setting. Once one gets beyond that the series comes to its fruition and the end, though bittersweet, is one of the most satisfying ends to any series I have ever read. If you have gotten this far, come just a bit further. The journey is worth it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful book - poor narrator choice

I grew up reading Lawhead books and this series was one of my favorite so it has been a delight to listen to again. The book/series/story/plot/etc all get 5 stars (more if I could). However, Robert Whitfield butchered the narration. I actually like his "narrator" voice - I really liked his reading of The Great Divorce - but in this book his character voices are horrible. He makes Scatha sound like a shrill drunk Indian woman, Tegid like an old wheezy, raspy man who's been smoking most of his life and everything he says is of dire consequence. I could go on... In fact, Whitfield's Scottish accents in general just hurt the ears. Also, uses different pronunciation for words. It's like he didn't even listen to Stuart Langston's performance of the previous books and instead struck out on his own course. I don't know who's pronunciations are more correct but once started they should have kept it consistent.

Maybe (but only maybe) it wouldn't be so bad if Whitfield had read the first two, but after getting so used to the previous narrator, Stuart Langston, it is hard to switch gears. Other reviewers said Stuart Langston was flat and monotone (I disagreed). Well, certainly no one will say that about Whitfield, but he could use some toning down.

Don't let it deter you from the story, though - it's worth the pain! I just wish they would re-do the narration and either get Stuart Langston back or someone who can at least try to mimic his performance so it isn't such a jarring transition.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Hugh
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • 08-19-09

Better the second time

I found this trilogy to be fascinating. If you've read Joseph Campbell's description of the hero in mythology then you will better understand this story. Lewis is similar to Frodo, Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter; all share the same fate. In addition, check out the Celtic myth of Lugh.

To understand Lawhead's mythology/theology I recommend reading his biography of St. Patrick, "Patrick" and note how it compares to this story.

It was the second time I listened to this trilogy that I truly enjoyed it. Knowing what's going to happen makes it easier to understand Lawhead's symbolism. This is a bard's tale.






6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good book, mediocre performance.

The story is good, but the fact that the narrator chose to use an Indian accent for characters set in an alternate ancient Britain is distracting.

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Brilliant

Would you listen to The Endless Knot again? Why?

I have listened to the trilogy twice, and read it three times. Love Stephens work.

What other book might you compare The Endless Knot to and why?

I might compare it to Tolkiens, Middle earth works, but that comparison is over used, closer comparison would be, i guess, C.S. Lewis, because of the two seperate but connected worlds of Albion and Earth, and Narnia and Earth.

Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Whitfield’s performances?

Not real happy with the change of narrator at the end of a series, he did a good job but the differences in pronunciation was frustrating and a bit disorienting to me. Mr. Whitfield did a good job and yes I would listen again, if the book was to my interest as well.

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

Love the series, love the author, wish I could visit Albion myself.

Any additional comments?

The series, wonderful, the Author, briliant, The Performance of Mr Whitfield very well done, if perhaps ill placed in the series, if you start with a voice and performance don't change actors at the end. I think that if he had started the series and done all 3 books it might have been better.

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The Endless Knot: Song of Albion Book 3


Again Stephan R Lawhead has brought amazing adventure in a well written book about the "time between times" and different realities. Starting in London, and ending in the amazing world of Albion,the island of the blessed. Death, evil, battled by true hearts and even truer friends as they battle their way through trial and testing. Love the whole series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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great conclussion

Any additional comments?

The one weird part is this book is read by a different guy then the first two, makes it very different. but the book is a great conclusion, it shows the danger of ruining a magical world, and yet no matter how hard people try there are forces at work that will fix everything

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Ok, but not great

What would have made The Endless Knot better?

Spoiler alert. The first two books were decent, but this one was lacking. Mostly it was a depressing drag through a dismal land. The story builds up to a final conflict that never really materializes. When the final battle, if it could be called a battle, happens, it is over in about 5 minutes.
Just a disappointing book.
A more meaningful dialog between Simon and Lewis. An explanation on how Simon new about Albion to begin with and what involvement his father had in hatching the takeover plan. Overall, the book just had too many story lines left open.

What was most disappointing about Stephen R. Lawhead???s story?

No real battles and the final ending is unbelievable.

Which scene was your favorite?

None

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A review from a long time lover and fan

First, let me say that I've read this trilogy all the way through over 20x. about 20 years ago, I Came Upon the paradise War look, and then spent a stupid amount of time and effort to acquire the next two books, which I believe were out of print at that time. no matter how many times I read it, as soon as I start, it becomes impossible to put down until I'm finished.

Stephen lawhead has no equal when it comes to imagery, in my opinion. Game of Thrones has nothing on the song of Albion as far as I'm concerned.

Now with all that in mind, here's my review of this book:

the first two books in this Trilogy were narrated by the same guy, and we're done exceptionally well. the increase in immersion made me extremely happy that I chose to listen to this Trilogy over Audible.

And then I hit the last book. the guy that they got to narrate the final book is absolutely terrible, and I don't throw that lightly. I've listened to many of book that many others have given very low ratings due to the narration, and I never seem to have as much of a problem as other folks.

it is almost so bad that I recommend staying away, but that's robbery if you've already gone through the first two books. So instead, I will just warn you ahead of time that this will not be as engrossing as the first two.

it's obvious the narrator knows nothing of these books. I'll list some examples and then close this review out.

1) narrator made no effort to provide continuity four characters in relation to the first two narrated books. all the characters have different accents now.

2) Lieu (silver hand) now inexplicably has an American accent! hooray! He's also the ONLY character to have an accent like that. keep in mind all characters and settings are based in the UK.

3) Scatha (Pen-ny-cat), the most fearsome warrior in Albion, and the trainer of all Warriors in Albion, now inexplicably sounds like a frail old woman bones could break at any given second.

4) all accents have this weird Indian mish-mash that sound stupid. The Raven flight Warriors are especially victims of this. it's a terrible accent.

5) narrator adds gravitas and weight to certain characters' speech, usually Tegid, when it is not necessary or applicable.

6) Gowen and Tegid both are also given the old person treatment with regards to their voice. keep in mind that in Albion everyone remains young and vital, we assumed the age rage is 28 to 38 or something along those lines. There are no old people in Albion.

7) The author inexplicably adds pauses in between certain two and three syllable words, usually names. Tegid is pronounced with a LARGE pause in between both syllables, and Pen-ny-cat also has pauses between all three syllables.

8) there's more but I'm tired of typing LOL.

All of this completely ruins immersion, and for me actually made it difficult for me to finish the book. Perhaps for those less acquainted with the trilogy this won't be as much of an issue, but even for those people, if they've just listen to the first two books with that particular narrator, they are going to be just as frustrated.

I kid you not when I say that it is so terrible, that I officially offer to re-narrate this book for Amazon completely free of charge, and will do it happily.