The Paradise War

  • by Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by Stuart Langston
  • 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In an ancient cairn in the wilds of Scotland, Oxford student Simon Rawnson vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Where has he gone? Unsettling signs, a mysterious Green Man, and a Celtic circle chalked on the sidewalk point his roommate, Lewis Gillies, to an impossible answer...and an incredible destiny on the other side of a doorway between worlds.There, where Celtic champions, magic, and treachery are woven together in the beautiful and brutal land called Albion, Lewis finds Simon. And there, schooled as a warrior, he is thrust to the front of a titanic struggle between light and darkness, a hideous, onrushing darkness that would devour not merely a kingdom but two worlds.


What the Critics Say

"Stuart Langston maintains a steady pace throughout. He is particularly adept at handling dialogue, skillfully moving between characters at a lively pace." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Takes Awhile To Get Going

I rate this audiobook three stars because it literally took 7 hours of listening before the book finally got going and became interesting. Prior to that we have lecture after lecture that strains one's willingness to keep listening. Maybe it was the narrator's bland style, but there were points when I wanted to put this book away and stop listening. Fortunately, I didn't do that and when this book kicks in, it really shines. My hat goes off to the author for his obvious love and knowledge of Celtic lore and life; however, I wish he could have pulled it off with a little bit less of the lecturing. The character of Lewis Gillies was also annoying at times. For someone who's earning an advanced degree in Celtic studies, he seems to know less than anyone! As I said, once the story gets going it is definately worth the time and I will look forward to the next book -- only, it's a shame, and annoying, that Audible only offers books 1 and 3 of this series.
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- Jimmy

Can;t recommend this highly enough

Absolutely tremendous! About 2 Oxford scholars, one a spoiled rich kid, the other a poor, "weedy" American, who end up in a mythical Celtic world. The book starts off at a leisurely pace while the author creates a rich background, but suddenly the ground drops out from under the hero and plunges him into the darkest despair - from then on, hang on to your seat! The character transformations are utterly believable. Nobody suddenly discovers magical qualities, every change is hard-earned and entirely consistent. A great listen! The narrator does a wonderful job creating different voices for each of the characters and obviously really knows his accents. Highly recommended
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- Alcairha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.