...[I]t hardly matters--it doesn't matter--that the minimal plot keeps shrinking until it virtually disappears, or that the action finally becomes so frantic it's almost slapstick, or that none of the characters, whether hailing from the 14th or 20th century, display much personality. Because this is an unapologetic novel of high adventure, and a very good one at that.
I love this story. I never tire of listening just one more time. It has adventure, moving into adifferent time, danger.. Wow, it has it all. This abridged version is quite abridged and a bit disappointing after having heard it unabridged. It misses 5 stars only because it is abridged. I've just written Booksfree an email asking them to add the unabridged version to the library. That said, I encourage anyone to finish this story and not find themself pondering what if.. a week later.