Stonehenge, 2000 B.C.

Version: Unabridged
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Narrator: Frederick Davidson
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2001
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

Bernard Cornwell's new novel, following the enormous success of his Arthurian trilogy (The Winter King, Enemy of God, and Excalibur) is the tale of three brothers and of their rivalry that creates the great temple. One summer's day, a stranger carrying great wealth in gold comes to the settlement of Ratharryn. He dies in the old temple. The people assume that the gold is a gift from the gods. But the mysterious treasure causes great dissension, both without from tribal rivalry, and within. The three sons of Ratharryn's chief each perceive the great gift in a different way. The eldest, Lengar, the warrior, harnesses his murderous ambition to be a ruler and take great power for his tribe. Camaban, the second and an outcast from the tribe, becomes a great visionary and feared wise man, and it is his vision that will force the youngest brother, Saban, to create the great temple on the green hill where the gods will appear on earth. It is Saban who is the builder, the leader and the man of peace. It is his love for a sorceress whose powers rival those of Camaban and for Aurenna, the sun bride whose destiny is to die for the gods, that finally brings the rivalries of the brothers to a head. But it is also his skills that will build the vast temple, a place for the gods certainly but also a place that will confirm for ever the supreme power of the tribe that built it. And in the end, when the temple is complete, Saban must choose between the gods and his family. Stonehenge is Britain's greatest prehistoric monument, a symbol of history; a building, created 4 millenia ago, which still provokes awe and mystery. Stonehenge A novel of 2000 BC is first and foremost a great historical novel. Bernard Cornwell is well known and admired for the realism and imagination with which he brings an earlier world to life. And here he uses all these skills to create the world of primitive Britain and to solve the mysteries of who built Stonehenge and why. 'A circle of chalk, a ring of stone, and a house of arches to call the far gods home'

Reviews (4)

Written by Colin Groot on March 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book is great, nice story and characters. However, the narrator is terrible, especially when he does the voice of the characters. I have no idea how this guy has so many books narrated. You should really listen to the sample before buying and ask yourself if you'd want to listen to that voice for 17 hours

Mixed

Written by Anonymous on August 6th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Loved the book...in print. The narration with the constant upspeak really spoiled it for me.

Enjoyable

Written by Todd from Aurora, CO on September 7th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good story, rich characters, moves fairly quickly. When I read historical fiction I hope to learn something about the time period. Stonehenge brings neolithic man to life, the struggle to survive both mother nature and your fellow man is woven throughout the story. One note on the narrator. I admit at first I was taken back by his monotone style, he sounded as though he was reading a textbook. I was thinking "Can I make it through 15 discs with this guy?" I decided to not quit until I made it through the first disc. I am glad I stuck it out, either he got into the story and improved or I got used to him. I actually enjoyed his reading and his various voices.

Stonehenge

Written by Barney Townsend on March 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The book was good but was very unimpressed with the narrator, frederick davidson. His tone of voice was strange enough to distract you from the storyline. He sounded completely disinterested in the story himself, and all his characters voices sounded like frogs. Am confused to read now that he has done over 700 audiobooks. I would not listen to one of his again.

Author Details

Author Details

Cornwell, Bernard

Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed "New York Times" bestseller "Agincourt"; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include "The Last Kingdom", "The Pale Horseman", "Lords of the North", and "Sword Song"; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.