Byzantium

  • by Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by Stuart Langton
  • 25 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.During this expedition by sea and over land, Aidan becomes, by turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a spy, a Viking and a Saracen, and finally, a man. He sees more of the world than most men of his time, becoming an ambassador to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden Court. And finally, this valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial confronting any man in any age: the command of his own destiny.

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What the Critics Say

"Not merely a gripping yarn - and it certainly is that - this is also a novel about faith and the tests life plants in its way. Lawhead, author of the popular Pendragon cycle of fantasies, here makes a sure move into mainstream fiction." (Booklist)

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Innovative Writing

I love long, well written, action packed historical
novels. There are a lot of historical novels,
and quite a few of them that have a lot of action.
But there aren't many that have been written well.
By that, most lover's of good literature probably share most of my beliefs as to what "well written"
means.
On the other hand, too many are prosaic in key areas like characterization, plot, and description
to merit "well written". "Byzantium" is well
written. It is innovative, it flows well, and
tells a great story. For one who has read a lot
of this genre, surprise at where the story goes
is a refreshingly pleasant experience. Good
narration, which becomes increasingly apparent,
the deeper one goes in the story. It is a long
story which kept my interest the entire time...the
way I like it.
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- neil

Byzantium

After reading/listening through Byzantium I am left with a sense of wonder at the adventures told. Only one warning though; it starts out very slowly. But the excitement does pick up once the monk Aidan is out of his Abbey home. This tale is told with a great sense of detail and makes you feel as if you are with Aidan walking the magnificent streets of ancient Byzantium, in a Viking drinking hall, at a Saracen court, or sailing for your life aboard a mighty longship.

The triumphs and despair of the long journey are vivid and the characters are well fleshed out. The narrator does a good job with the changing his inflection and accent to give you the feel that you are listening to the roar of a Viking Jarl, or the clever intelligence of a noble Saracen Emir. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
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- Mathew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.