• The Paradise War

  • Book One in The Song of Albion Trilogy
  • By: Stephen Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Stuart Langton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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The Paradise War

By: Stephen Lawhead
Narrated by: Stuart Langton
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Publisher's Summary

Experience the dazzling brilliance of a world like ours — yet infinitely bolder and brighter: a place of kings and warriors, bards and battles, feats of glory and honour. It is a place you will forever wish to be. It is Albion.

"When I opened my eyes, I was no longer in the world I knew."

Lewis Gillies is an American graduate student in Oxford who should be getting on with his life. Yet for some reason, he finds himself speeding north with his roommate Simon on a lark — half-heartedly searching for a long-extinct creature allegedly spotted in a misty glen in Scotland. Expecting little more than a weekend diversion, Lewis accidently crosses through a mystical gateway where two worlds meet: into the time-between-times, as the ancient Celts called it. And into the heart of a collision between good and evil that's been raging since long before Lewis was born.

First published more than 20 years ago, The Song of Albion Trilogy has become a modern classic that continues to attract passionate new listeners.

Part of The Song of Albion trilogy: 

Book One: The Paradise War

Book Two: The Silver Hand 

Book Three: The Endless Knot

Epic historical fantasy

Book length: 138,000 words

Includes additional insights from the author in “Albion Forever!” and an interview

©1991 Stephen Lawhead (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Amazing book series!

I have read this series at least three times and decided to listen to the series via Audible. I was not impressed. The reader did not do the series justice. The voice of the reader was too monotone. I struggled to stay engaged, which was contradictory to actually reading the series. Stephen Lawhead is an amazing writer and I’ve struggled to enjoy a reading in Audible besides that of Taliesin. Come on, Audible! Find some amazing readers!

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Odd noises in background.

If you wear headphones while listening to this book you can hear what sounds like a raido playing faintly in the background. It's very distracting

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Echoes are distracting

The story is good, but the audio is filled with echoes or other voices. It takes you out of the story trying to figure out what is being said in the background.

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Great story; bad technical issues.

Great story LOTS AND LOTS of background voices/noise. I think most of the time it was like a 3-second echo of what the narrator was saying?

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Got better as things progressed.

At first, I almost gave up on this book because of the snarky attitude of the MC. Fortunately, he matured and became more likeable. I'm looking forward to the next book, I just hope they fixed the audio issue. It kind of sounded like an old worn out cassette tape where the other side was bleeding through. I"m amazed this got by the publishing company, it was very noticeable.

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Love Lawhead stories

This series is one of my favorites. The narrator was great. It has an excellent story and the twists in the story leaving you on the edge of your seat.

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Fantastic story

Stephen Lawhead as always created a wonderful world and a fantastic story. He is a master storyteller and create such a vivid world with all his descriptions as he worked together such a great tale. I could see that he indeed studies history, and I’ve learned so much of Celtic lore while enjoying this fantasy novel. However the performance really lacked. The narrator in his effort to do an American accent made everything sound flat.

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A favorite

I have read, reread, listened, and listened again to the Song of Albion trilogy. They’ve entertained me for decades, and continue to be some of my very favorites. Anytime someone asks for a recommendation, these are first on my list!

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great story, shame about the production

this would get an easy five stars as Steven lawhead's books are engaging and brilliant. however, the narration lets it down a little with its monotone inflections and there is a strange echo heard whilst listening through headphones which can be quite distracting.

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Just too dark. hated it.

I am just trying to figure out how to return it. Way too dark and gory for me.