Three brothers, deadly rivals, are uneasily united in their quest to create a temple to their gods. There is Lengar, the eldest, a ruthless warrior intent on replacing his father as chief of the tribe of Ratharryn; Camaban, his bastard brother, a sorcerer whose religious fervor inspires the plan for Stonehenge; and Saban, the youngest, through whose expertise the temple will finally be completed. Divided by blood but united, precariously, by a shared vision, the brothers begin erecting their mighty ring of granite, aligning towering stones to the movement of the heavenly bodies, and raising arches to appease and unite their gods. Caught between the zealousness of his ambitious brothers, Saban becomes the true leader of his people, a peacemaker who will live to see the temple built in the name of salvation and regeneration.
©2000 Bernard Cornwell; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
"A sweeping, dramatic epic...a story of human greed and passion backlit by the construction of [Stonehenge]." (Bookpage)
"Cornwell's portrayal of life and death in ancient Britain is graphic, gritty, and riveting. However, his detailed descriptions of how Stonehenge was constructed utilizing primitive engineering are the real strength of this book." (Publishers Weekly)
This is probably another excellent book by Cornwell.
Unfortunately the narrater (Frederick Davidson) is truly awful, he sounds like a bad impersonation of Lawrence Olivier declaiming Shakespeare. It is so ear bogglingly dreadful that five minutes of listening was more than enough. His voice is not suitable for prolonged listening being whiney, nasal and deeply, deeply irritating. Davidson's high camp delivery is also not suited to the subject matter.
Never read/listened to anything like this before so was dipping my toes in the pool as it were.
Pleased to say the story did not disappoint, a sweeping saga of pre-historic man achieving unbelievable goals.
Have to agree with David though; the narrators voice took some getting used to a little too Leslie Phillips for my liking, but don't let that put you off, very good and highly recommended.
"Good book bad voice"
As someone who loves Bernard Cornwell's style of writing I just had to get this audiobook. Alas, there is one problem - and I readily accept it may just be me - but Mr Frederick Davidson has a strange twang in his voice which can be distracting. That said, a great story which clips along...
"listen to the clip before ordering..."
I've learned a BIG lesson here by not demo-ing the book before ordering it. It is truely awful and I've had to give up, as I simply can't bear the sound of the narrators voice - I'm sure the story is great but I just can't get past his odd delivery and strange intonation at the end of pretty much EVERY sentence. Surely somone in the recording studio could have pointed this out early on...
"Ruined by a dreadful narrator"
I did not think it would be possible to render a story by Bernard Cornwell, a master storyteller, boring but this narrator has pulled it off. Driven to despair by his flat, toneless, emotionless, upper-class drawl, I have had to give up. Very, very disappointing.
Absolutely love this author, but what a mistake this was. I downloaded the book on the basis that I really like the author and have been delighted with many of his others. Tha narrator sounds like Kenneth Williams apart from when he is reading a character - he then sounds remarkably like a darlek. I cant bear the sound of his voice any more - its terrible. I've tried 3 times and now have given up. Cant comment on the storyline as I've never got to the end.
"Shame about the reader"
I've tried three times now to listen to this book and just can't do it. The reader's voice is so unpleasant. He sounds bored and incredibly supercilious as though he dislikes the book. Such a pity - I was really looking forward to listening.
Though apposite comment has already been made regarding the narrater of this Audiobook (most particularly by Sarah of Chelmsford in my view) it is worth reiterating, since Davidson's narration is so appalling as to render this Audiobook unbearable.
A huge disappointment for Bernard Cornwell fans such as I and no place to start should you be dipping your toes into BC's remarkable body of work, or indeed into Audiobooks per se.
"Great Book - Awful narration"
I thought this is a very good book but it is the first ever one I have had to stop listening to as the narration was so annoying. Sean Barret's version is much better!
"Fascinating topic but terrible reader"
After listening to the addictive Saxon Chronicles by the same author my curiosity for how our distant ancestors may have lived was roused. "Stonehenge: 2000 B.C." depicts life far back beyond any other accounts (fiction or nonfiction) which I have read (listened to) and left me imagining details of how life could have been 4000 years ago. I was almost turned away by the narrator's terrible voice but half way through found myself concentrating on the content instead of the delivery. Thus I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in hearing how our ancestors may have lived and thought!
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