Archangel : Samaria

  • by Sharon Shinn
  • Narrated by Tamara Marston
  • Series: Samaria
  • 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A tale of the distant future by the author of The Shape-Changer's Wife brings listeners to a world in which the fate of all life rests on the voice of an angel.

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What the Critics Say

"Next in line to become archangel in the angel-led dominion of Samaria, Gabriel must lead the next chorale praising the god Jovah, which means he needs a wife - fast - to sing beside him. Guided by the local oracle and the light emanating from the Kiss of the Gods (a homing device in his wrist), he finds his Jovah-selected fiancee in a common Edori slave girl named Rachel. The marriage proves, however, anything but romantic....With place-names such as Gaza and Jordana, she tantalizingly hints at her Samaria's connection to an ancient Israeli past, and she tempers the angelic milieu with talk of her angels' technological heritage in an entertaining sf-fantasy blend that should please fans of both genres." (Booklist)

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Wonderful Book - Not a Great Narrator

I am another huge fan of Sharon Shinn???s books. I was thrilled to see that the Archangel books had come out on Audible! Unfortunately, the narrator leaves much to be desired; but the story is so enjoyable that I forget that I don???t like the way she reads until someone ???speaks??? with a twang. Oh well, I will overlook it and get all of the books as they are some of my all-time favorites. Now, how about ???Summers at Castle Auburn??? [read well]?
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- mkc "mkckechac"

An All-TIme Favorite

It was only by chance I read this first installment of Sharon Shinn's "Samaria" trilogy (#1 Archangel, #2 Jovah's Angel, #3 The Alleluia Files) about 10 years ago. I picked it up at a tag sale among the 5/$1 paperbacks, and to my surprise, it joined my list of all-time favorite books. Jovah's Angel is also excellent, and is a necessary sequel because it explains the mysteries of Jovah and the hierarchy of life on Samaria. I thought The Alleluia Files was just OK, and subsequent books in the series seemed like overkill (I never went beyond book 4).

I was dubious about getting the audio version of Archangel both because I know the story and its outcome so well and because I feared bad narration might "spoil" this longtime favorite for me. Despite what others have written about Tamara Marston's performance, however, I truly enjoyed her presentation and loved the book all over again.

It is true that the main characters are self-centered and perhaps not instantly lovable, but they are courageous and honorable and I enjoyed watching their deepening love and humanity unfold as their adventures heated up. The villains are one-dimensionally villainous, but great foils for the heroics, and the book's climax is memorable. It may not rank as great literature, but Archangel presents a unique and thought-provoking "alternate world," as well as an ultimately heart-warming romance.

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- Carol "Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios