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Time’s Legacy

Narrated by: Janice Mackenzie
Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of three collections of short stories, and eleven bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural. Lady of Hay, her first novel, has now sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester, and a cottage near Hay-on-Wye. Erskine returns with this beautiful and haunting tale of dark forces and mystical powers.

In present-day Cambridge, Abi, a recently ordained priest of the Church of England, is appointed to a notoriously difficult parish. The priest in charge is the charismatic but fundamentalist Kier. He objects to her mysticism, her practice of healing in particular. When she sees a vision of a congregation in an old church, Kier accuses her of witchcraft, but Abi soon sees more visions; an entire Roman family history dark with betrayal and a promise of bloody revenge.

With foreboding forces all building up to violence, Abi must battle the approaching terror along with her own personal demons, drawing upon the expertise of Druidry and shamanism from a questionable source….

©2010 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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wonderful

brilliant book. excellent research. wonderful how Barbara erksine hssxeound such a wonderful story together. What a brilliant mind

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  • Maggi
  • 18-06-2012

another ghosty story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It was all right - I'd recommend better

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

just got a bit long winded towards the end, especially the present tense [the ghosty bit was better!]

Which character – as performed by Janice Mackenzie – was your favorite?

I thought she was a good narrator, making the men and women different and with a variety of English accents

Was Time’s Legacy worth the listening time?

Yes - i still like Barbara Erskine's ideas and especially the way she flipped in and out of times

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • thefrenchfiend
  • 02-09-2010

Riveting listening

Having read and enjoyed other books by this author I was delighted to find a title that I hadn't seen before and I was not disappointed. The story held me enthralled and I couldn't wait to pick up my ipod and continue listening. I feel quite lost now that it has come to an end but I can thoroughly recommend this audio book.

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  • C
  • 24-02-2011

Old Style Barbara Erskine

I have read all Barbara Erskine's long stories, since her first, Lady of Hay, which is one of my all time favourite books. This definitely ranks in her top three. Back to her old style of narrative, quite easy going and relaxing, but a really compelling story (well 2 actually!) I haven't got to the end yet, but am loving listening to this book. Also have to comment on the narrator, I am not normally a fan of female narrators - I don't know why but I just generally find them harder to get used to. Not so with this. A really lovely voice, good subtle voice changes for the different characters and very easy to listen to. A definite 5 star audiobook.

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  • Meg Plummer
  • 29-12-2013

Slipping into the past

Where does Time's Legacy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks very highly. I have only just started listening to audio books again and have enjoyed this one immensely. Extremely well read and easily defined vocal differences for each character.

What other book might you compare Time's Legacy to, and why?

As its so long since I listened to any that is hard to answer fairly.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I wouldn't lkie to define just one scene, as each scene added and flowed into the next, past and present, enhancing the overall experience.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

As I rarely watch films I'm not the best person to provide a tag line

Any additional comments?

This book gave just enough annoyances to really make it believeable. Abby, on more than one occassion, acted stupidly enough to irritate, as did the clergy who never stopped Kieran from pestering Abby. But like a good play this story took you into the highs and lows holding your attention along the way. I am glad Barbara Erskine wasn't obvious this time in the present characters being those of the past too, although it did slip into that element right at the end. For those who are religiously inclined I would imagine this book could start a very healthy debate as to it having actually happened. A very sound story and beautifully read. The definition of characters voices was superb. My one grouse though is that too many characters names began with 'K', which I found a little confusing at times

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  • Jean
  • 21-02-2011

A gripping story!

As a first time reader of Barbara Erskine, I was not sure what to expect of this story. It begins as a conventional narrative about a young woman curate and Keir, the obsessive priest she finds herself working with. As mysterious ghostly figures appear, you realise that you are in for a fantasy tale with a historical background. Moving from Cambridge to Glastonbury, the atmosphere becomes increasingly dark and our heroine Abi Rutherforth finds herself involved in the life of a Roman family and the healing powers of the Druids in Glastonbury. As Abi follows their lives she comes to wonder if the student, Yeshua, staying with the Druids could possibly be Jesus. The dual narrative builds in excitement to a thrilling climax. I found myself sorry that I had finished the book and can recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction with a dash of the supernatural.

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  • JenPeter
  • 14-09-2010

Too Far Fetched

If you can suspend belief then this ghost and time travel story might appeal but personally it was just too far fetched and contrived for me.
Modern day priests and pagans use a powerful crystal ball to watch a parallel story playing out from Roman Britain with ghosts appearing left right and centre!

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  • B Hall
  • 14-08-2019

I loved this book. I visit Glastonbury regularly a

I loved this book. I visit Glastonbury regularly and will think of this book x

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  • Saffo
  • 22-04-2019

Times Legacy

I read this book not long after it was first published and thoroughly enjoyed it. The audio book is even better. one of the best I have listened to. The story was just as fresh and consuming and the narrator brilliant. this was worth much more than 5 stars.

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  • cassandra Bulger
  • 08-08-2018

stunning...completely hooked

I loved it! Took my on a journey I enjoyed very much.Takes you there..loved the characters.

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  • thestarandangel
  • 08-10-2017

Pure escapism

I love Barbara Erskine and I loved this book... she draws you in until you don't want to stop listening... I especially liked the thought of Jeshua being here in England, at Glastonbury... makes me want to revisit.

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  • Mrs
  • 15-12-2015

Time's Legacy sublime.

I have tried to award 5 stars in each category, but this app would not accept it! I have thoroughly enjoyed this offering from Barbara Erskine who never fails to enchant with her storytelling.
The cross over of time and Christianity v Druidism was fascinating.
Anyone who listens/reads this story will be delighted.