The Sword and the Miracle

  • by Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the seventh century, at the dawn of Christianity, Bega, a bewitching Irish princess bestowed with miraculous powers, and Padric, a charismatic British prince gifted with the fiery power of the sword, sacrifice themselves for what they believe to be a greater destiny. Weaving historical details and the power of religious faith into a charged loved story, Bragg brings vigor to the Dark Ages in a riveting historical novel.


What the Critics Say

"An absorbing splendid a ripping yarn as any of the best classics...The violence is truly awe-inspiring, the battles magnificent." (Daily Telegraph)


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Customer Reviews

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I couldn't....I tried!....but I just couldn't!

I don't even want to give this book one star, quite honestly.

I tried to listen to "The Sword and the Miracle" but only got about an hour into Part I (12-something hours!!!). I can't even imagine how horrible it would have been to try to listen to part II (another 12-something hours???)

This was the most boring book I had ever started to listen to. But, who knows? It may not have continued to be that bad had there been another person performing the reading. There was absolutely no emotion, no dramatization, no voice fluctuation, and quite honestly, I couldn't understand a lot of what was being said. The narrator was a poor choice for this book. Someone more along the lines of Geraldine James, who reads "The Outlander" series would have been so much better!!! Listen to the entire "Outlander" series, you'll enjoy those books a whole lot better than this one!
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- Heidi


You could read this book in two ways - as a swashbuckling story in an Ireland and Scotland of yesteryear or as an historical novel. If you read as just an adventure book it would rate OK, but if you read as an historical novel, it falls flat on its face. This is quite surprising, as I have previously enjoyed Bragg's History of English and I would have thought he could be both quite precise in depicting the history correctly and create a good narrative. He fails on both counts. It only goes to prove that very few (if any) historians and writers of non-fiction can make the passage over to the fictional stage. I would invest my money elsewhere.
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- Wallen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-23-2000
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.