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Axios: A Spartan Tale

Narrated by: Adam Stubbs
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

I am Axios of Sparta, and I was born to kill. At age seven, I left home to train with other boys where we were taught obedience, solidarity, military strategy, and how to withstand pain. My harsh upbringing stripped me of my weaknesses and forced me to become strong. Ruthless. 

But, I craved something greater - a life I could never have. 

Against all odds, and the toughest training a warrior could endure, I found an unexpected love in the arms of a fellow Spartan. He was the very air I breathed and the water that sustained me. Fighting side by side with him, we were invincible. Where he went, I followed. 

However, there was no place for love in Sparta. Feelings were for the weak. The only life for a Spartan was one of battle and brutality with no guarantee of tomorrow. In times of war, all men were put to the test, but the greatest challenge for us was not one of swords and spears, but of the heart.

©2017 Jaclyn Osborn (P)2018 Jaclyn Osborn

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Epic!

This is a breathtaking and intensely emotional epic saga detailing the lives and love of two Spartans Axios and Eryx. It spans their lives from when they meet as young boys, training to become soldiers, through various campaigns in adulthood. Their friendship grows and they fall deeply in love.
The amount of detail and research that the author has put into this book is astounding. It is also beautifully written. The development of the characters of Ax and Ery throughout the story from boys to men, friends to lovers is flawless and the supporting cast were very strong and contributed immensely to this epic saga.
The battle scenes were particularly realistic, not that I have been in one, but I felt my pulse quicken and my anxiety for the characters was real and many tears were shed.
I have to thank the author for the epilogue as after all the emotion a time of calm was needed before the end.
The narrator, Adam Stubbs, is new to me and he was perfect for this book.

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Brilliant

One of the greatest love stories I've ever heard - made me laugh and cry.

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Lost for words...

I'm completely blown away by this book. The story is brutal but beautiful. The main characters have such a strong connection to each other, they possess passion and love more than any other character I have ever read. The heart break in this story takes your breath away. I can go years without crying but I couldn't stop the tears falling by the end.

The narrator is brilliant. Absolutely stunning delivery of the story. I could listen to him all day.

I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars.

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  • 09-09-18

Unexpected!

I decided to listen to this as an audio book while on vacation abroad. I sat by the pool for 3 of my 5 days and listened to this wonderful, well detailed and character rich book. I don’t regret my decision the book had me clutching my pearls a few times, enjoying the friendships that developed and of course I was an emotional wreck at the end. Thank you! I enjoyed this a lot.

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  • Miareadsbooks
  • 13-08-18

Stunning

Jaclyn has found the absolute perfect narrator for Axios, Adam Stubbs has given us a phenomenal rendirion of what was my book of 2017. This love story has the voice it deserved and I could not recommend it more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-20

Made me want to vomit!

Absolutely a complete disgrace and disappointment! I made it about 12 chapters before I found myself fast forwarding, to skip the gay parade.
As it only got worse I completely stopped listening as it was unbearable.

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  • Carol Jacobs
  • 17-07-18

Absolutely Blown Away

I've read this book on my own three times. It's such an amazing story and I don't think it matters how many times I read it. it will never get old. When the author announced that there was an audio version of this book in the works I was very excited. I was graciously gifted a copy of this audible and I couldn't be happier with what I've just heard.

Adam gives the men I love so much, life. He brings so much emotion to every character. From the very first sentence all the way until "The End" Adam gives a performance with his voice. It was great and I find myself wanting to see if he's narrated anymore books.

I highly recommend this book and this audible version to everyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-20

I am in literal tears... but it was amazing

I legitimately do not have the words to describe all my feelings for this book. It was not at all what I expected but I have never been more surprised and happy to be proven wrong. This book was phenomenal in every way. The plot, the characters, the side characters. All of it beautiful and heart wrenching.

I cannot recommend it enough.

I have been staring at a wall and sobbing for an hour. This was utterly beautiful.

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  • Wojciech Dwornik
  • 18-01-20

Loved every minute!

The story was incredible! The narration superb! If you decide to pick this one up you will not be disappointed.

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  • raymond
  • 04-11-19

sweet and beautiful Love story

listen to entire life from boyhood to manhood it's wonderful want her to how they died I started to cry.

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  • David B
  • 30-05-19

Thoroughly enjoyable male love story

From the perspective of a gay male I found the story really enjoyable. However, the narration lacked heart even though the narrator was a professional. As such, the listener should make their own effort to ‘hear’ the depth and complexity of the love the author (seems to) intend to convey. The historical setting seemed well researched and very pl@usible. I would have preferred a more erotic direction, but it was nevertheless a very enjoyable listen. So much so that a few months afterward I still remember the characters fondly and feel touched by the story.

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  • 19-03-19

Amazing, just amazing

I loved it! This book was very well written and executed. It is one of those books that you fall in love with the characters and never want to let go. That said, for the first half of the book I felt like I had read it or something similar to it before but I cannot place where I would have read it. Either way it was deffinitly worth the credit and will be one I listen to again in the future.

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  • Kd
  • 25-02-19

A love affair for the ages

This is an epic tale spanning decades. The writing was so adept and the narrating so excellent and emotive that the end has continued to resonate with me and in me. And I'm sure it will for days to come. The narrator ruined me for my immediate next lesson because I either have to hear him again or someone of his caliber, otherwise I can't be satisfied. The skill of this guy was breathtaking.
The book seemed to be repetitive to me some time after the halfway mark, so I paused to listen to other books. Then when I returned I didn't want to listen to anything else. The story is long, but you realize why later when you realize you have been brought into the story so fully and know everyone so well and care about them immensely. This is not your traditional lalala- little-bit-of-conflict-then-HEA book.
I hesitate to even mention this, but, just in case someone misses how this book is listed, there is M/M sex in the book lovingly rendered many times. Don't buy the book if that's a problem for you.

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