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Publisher's Summary

Four thousand years ago, a stranger's death at the Old Temple of Ratharryn, and his ominous "gift" of gold, precipitates the building of what for centuries to come will be known as one of mankind's most singular and remarkable achievements. Bernard Cornwell's epic novel Stonehenge catapults us into a powerful and vibrant world of ritual and sacrifice at once timeless and wholly original, a tale of patricide, betrayal, and murder; of bloody brotherly rivalry; and of the never-ending pursuit of power, wealth, and spiritual fulfillment. 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
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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By Shanna on 06-11-09

most boring book I have listened to!

I have never written a review. Of the hundred plus books I have listened to from audible this was the most boring and unlistenable I have come across. I have never not gotten to the end of book but couldn't do it with this one.

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By Julian on 09-30-11

Be warned!!!!!!! Very dodgy narration

He spoilt this book and he spoilt War & Peace - why do you give classic or historical books to someone who is so devoid of any ability to transform the words into anything resembling reality for the the characters or background scenes? His manner of speaking was completely wrong for this book; he should be left to read books by the likes of Oscar Wilde, which would be much more in keeping with his tone and manner of delivery.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Sarah on 03-11-06

Shame

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.

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By David on 03-08-06

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...

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By Bernice on 06-23-16

Brilliant story massacred by an awful performance

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better narator

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stonehenge?

The story was lost in the difficult to understand and odd use of syntax and phrasing.

How could the performance have been better?

A clearer voice, more fluctuation between chracters, a less aloof approach.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story itself is great.

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