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Publisher's Summary

France, AD 799.
Northmen sacked the monastery at dawn before anyone had awakened. They burned the village and slaughtered all who stood in their path. The relics of Saint Philbert were lost, and the island was abandoned by those who once dwelled there.
Sixteen years later, a monk named Abriel who had survived the attack as a boy is sent to recover the relics to help restore the reputation and legitimacy of Saint Philbert. What he discovers on his journey changes his life forever.
Northmen had colonized the island in the absence of the monks. They hold the key to finding the relics, but they have greater plans for Abriel, plans that will take him to the North to find his destiny.
The Line of His People is a Viking age historical fiction novel written for young adults.
©2013 Christopher Jonathan Adrien (P)2016 Christopher Jonathan Adrien
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tiffany Ellis on 02-24-16

Fantastic narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book. I listen to audiobooks every day, and this was one of the best narrations I've listened to in a while.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was fast paced, action packed, and kept me engaged throughout.

Have you listened to any of Mark Topping’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first time hearing Mark Topping. His narration is pleasing to the ear and he has a great range of different voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have listened to this book in one sitting if I had had the time.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kenneth on 02-09-17

An OK first attempt

This was not a bad first attempt from Mark Topping. I am sure as Topping continues to write his story telling will improve.

The pros for this book are that the story itself is interesting and something I want to follow and I would like to see where he goes with the characters.

The negatives are that the writing itself just seems to lack depth in places and could be more comprehensive overall. I wanted way more from the fight scenes and from the bigger interactions that the main characters have. It really felt like "scenes" just ended or could have been fleshed out more to give a better store or suck the reader in more.

I hate to compare writers, but I really wanted Toppings writing to be more like Giles Kristian.

I see potential here, but it really needs to be more in-depth writing to "complete' the story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 03-18-16

Contemporary Raiders!

This is a fast-paced historical adventure pitting the mighty Northmen into and around France which is a new take for me. There is intrigue, action, bloody violence and a very interesting lead character in the form of Abriel. A young priest orphaned by the Vikings who finds that the outside world holds much more for him than he could have bargained for. There is a rich and varied cast of characters ranging from corrupt priests through to powerful Viking leaders, from beautiful Northmen royalty to mysterious witches of both sexes!

There is plenty of action, ably narrated by Mark Topping and backed by obvious and considerable historical knowledge, though this is never allowed to dominate or bog the story down. In fact, being aimed at young adults, the narrative has a very light touch and Topping delivers a quite contemporary band of 9th Century Raiders.

For me personally the touch was just a bit too light and occasionally what seemed to be important events passed by in the blink of an eye as the plot twisted and turned. The effect of events on the characters sometimes also seemed to be minimised.

However, I’m slightly (ahem!) older than the target audience and Adrien has put together an interesting concept that will develop further in the later novels I am sure. While a wise old elder like myself might have liked to spend an extra hour or three getting stuck into the detail it may well be that this author has found a balance that will sell historical fiction to the younger at heart.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gabrielle baker on 03-10-16

An intriguing story beautifully told.

Would you recommend The Line of His People to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to others as it brought to life a very intriguing and harsh past. A time that is so difficult to imagine now and yet the common thread of humanity which is woven through time right up to modern times. Characters we can relate to, human stories we can relate to.

What does Mark Topping bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mark's voice is rich and warm. His story telling was key to my enjoying this audiobook. He brought the characters to life well and gave each one distinctive differences, without taking away from the flow of the narrative. I would definitely listen to more of his audio work.

Any additional comments?

A good story beautifully narrated and definitely worth a listen.

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