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Stonehenge

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)

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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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Lost in time

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

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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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Jonathan Keeble take a bow.

I have enjoyed many Bernard Cornwell books but I am afraid this is not one of them. The premise of the story is great, some of the ideas and twists and turns within the book are also really good. However the whole thing seems a bit pointless. Having finished the book I can scarcely remember any of it that really engaged me. The beginning was fast paced and I thoroughly it. The meat in the middle of the book was tedious and nothing really happened and unfortunately the ending left me feeling deflated. As this is one of my favourite historical subjects and my favourite historical fiction author; I expected a lot more from this. Jonathan Keeble however as the narrator of this book is simply astonishing. He makes the best of a bad job! He is by far one of, if not the best narrator in this genre! Take a bow. I am now going to listen to Bernard Cornwells Warlord Chronicles to remember why I love his writing so much.

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Plausible tale of the ancient people of Britain

So little is known about the mindset and culture of bronze age Britain, yet Bernard Cornwall has woven a plausible tale exploring the purpose of the stone circles and the intelligence of the people as they interpret the world as they see it.

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Really excellent book

Typical Bernard Cornwall standard - detailed and engaging at all stages.

The narrator of this book is outstanding.

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What a novel<br />

Absolutely brilliant, a must listen
I will definitely listen again to this wonderful absorbing tale

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Not great

I really really struggled to finish this book. I couldn't get into it at all and found the overall story boring. I didn't care about the characters and in the end I skim read it through to end (something I never do) just to finish it quickly.

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ah so now I know,

amazing how BC creates and fleshes out a time when so little is known, making everything believable including the sorcery and the building of the mystical monument, I'd love to see an illustrated guide to this book to support Cornwell's mental imagery

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marvellous

I loved the story. A great author at the best of times. An excellent book.

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  • 11-08-18

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.