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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (726 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bryce Courtenay Narrator: Edwina Wren Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN:
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From master storyteller Bryce Courtenay comes a colorful, lusty story set in the 13th century, an epic tale of a Europe torn by religious intolerance. The story centers around Sylvia Honeyeater, who sings like an angel and can literally charm the birds from the trees. The narrative also features the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Francis of Assisi, the Muslim Sultan and his harem, and the fervor that becomes the Children's Crusade and then, later, the Crusades. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 2/18/2014

    " Bryce hits another home run. This time he tackles the ill fated Children's Crusade. I didn't know quite what to expect from this book as it is set much further back in history, than the time periods he usually keeps himself to. His ability to write so clearly from a male or a female perspective made me confident that he could carry Sylvia's voice, convincingly. I read this book in 2 days (it's much shorter than his usual behemoth novels- only about 500 pages) But, in a similar echo to my previous threads, I was disappointed that it ended so abruptly. I was also surprised that the factors around Sylvia's life before the crusade took up about 3/4ths of the book... I guess I expected the bulk of the book to be about the crusade. But nonetheless, it was another well written Courtenay book and yes, it moved me to tears, too... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russell | 2/12/2014

    " Sylvia is a moderately entertaining tale set around the events of the Children's Crusade of 1212. I usually enjoy Courtenay's books but he put so many modern ideas, and beliefs into medieval minds that the anachronism was jarring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 2/7/2014

    " SYLVIA by Bryce Courtenay is alright but not in the same league with many of his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/5/2014

    " About Sylvia Honeyeater, a peasant orphan from Germany with a beautiful voice and a gift for charming birds, and her role in the 13th Century Children's Crusade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 2/1/2014

    " aAgood book to disappear into for a bit of escapism...set in 1212 in Europe, a special gifted girl child and others who play a part in the the Children's Crusade starting their march from Germany. It did repeat itself a little too much and could've been a shorter book but I stuck at it - quite a tome. Enjoyable nevertheless, a bit of time-travel/fantasy - nice to leave the 21st century once in a while, eh? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 2/1/2014

    " Not a bad read, i really enjoyed the book but the ending felt a little rushed after spending so much time setting it up . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 1/30/2014

    " I can't really give this a real rating as I didn't finish it. I really like Courtenay's books generally but this one was terrible. I really couldn't stand the whole father/pig sty/ daughter scenes - you will know them when you get to it. I thought it just went too far and the story was slow and not really intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne De | 1/25/2014

    " A subject that I knew nothing about; but it was a very interesting read. Sometimes slow..... but a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 1/15/2014

    " Not one of Bryce's better books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Godwin | 1/10/2014

    " Interesting read for those with a leaning towards European history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polina | 1/10/2014

    " Bryce Courtenay style and historical novel in one, I could not have asked for a better combination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlo | 1/8/2014

    " A account of the "Childrens Crusade' of 1212 , I also learned of the origin of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/5/2014

    " A little hard to get into, but Courtenay is always worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 12/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this 12th century historical novel but was disappointed it veered off into the subject the the Children's Crusade so much and was less and less about the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 7/24/2013

    " Was pretty good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martin | 8/13/2012

    " Somehow the main character reminds me too much of Peekay from 'The Power of One'. Being extraordinarily talented in many areas it is a piece of cake for Sylvia to overcome every challenge. This makes the plot predictable...and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dennis | 4/25/2012

    " I found this hard to read. The whole cocept was a bit stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Meehan | 4/17/2012

    " My best Bryce Courtenay reads have definitely been his harrowing story from his own family experience - April Fool's Day, and the Potato Factory series. Sylvia is not in the same league, but in saying that, I found it to be quite a good holiday read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allyson | 4/7/2012

    " A little hard to connect with in the beginning, but as usual, I end up loving another Bryce Courteney book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robyn | 11/9/2011

    " If this book wasn't selected by our Book Club I would never have finished it. I found it boring beyond belief. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/15/2011

    " Interesting story that takes place in the medieval age. Sylvia isan engaging character of remarkable strength and ability. I look forward to reading the sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabina | 6/4/2011

    " Not Courtenay's best work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 4/1/2011

    " I found this to be a very absorbing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Di Holmes | 2/8/2011

    " Read to the end but didn't enjoy that much. Sort of unbelievable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antonio | 12/24/2010

    " Not his greatest work, but still a good yarn centred on an event I knew little about - The Childrens Crusades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirjana | 11/2/2010

    " Loved it!
    Bryce takes you on a journey like a father who is teaching his child about life... Some kids love to learn, and others think that they know everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/15/2010

    " A subject that I knew nothing about; but it was a very interesting read. Sometimes slow..... but a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlo | 3/14/2010

    " A account of the "Childrens Crusade' of 1212 , I also learned of the origin of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/8/2009

    " A little hard to get into, but Courtenay is always worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russell | 10/12/2009

    " Sylvia is a moderately entertaining tale set around the events of the Children's Crusade of 1212. I usually enjoy Courtenay's books but he put so many modern ideas, and beliefs into medieval minds that the anachronism was jarring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martin | 9/8/2009

    " Somehow the main character reminds me too much of Peekay from 'The Power of One'. Being extraordinarily talented in many areas it is a piece of cake for Sylvia to overcome every challenge. This makes the plot predictable...and boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polina | 3/23/2009

    " Bryce Courtenay style and historical novel in one, I could not have asked for a better combination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/22/2009

    " This is an adult novel about the Children's Crusade.I say 'adult' because the content is very adult. Well researched, bit too predictable for my taste, but I enjoyed it. I especially liked the theology, which is a character and definitely moves the plot along. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isabel | 3/15/2009

    " Had to read to the half-way point before it became interesting.
    Now, it's good.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine | 3/13/2009

    " Very different from his previous writings. Could not put this book down felt as though I was actually in the time he describes - superb read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katharine | 1/31/2009

    " I was supposed to listen to The Power of One, but not availble in CD. Sylvia is the first in a trilogy. Recommended by Bolinda Audio rep who likes all the same stories I do. "

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