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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,410 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas B. Costain Narrator: David Case, Frederick Davidson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9780307878588
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The colorful, passionate world of early Christianity comes to vivid life in this story of Basil of Antioch. Basil, a sensitive artisan, is purchased from slavery and commissioned to create a decorative casing for the Chalice that Jesus used at the Last Supper. Basil travels to Jerusalem, Greece, and Rome, meets the apostles, braves the perils of persecution, and finally makes a fateful choice that allows him to “see” Jesus. The dramatic plot, compelling characters, and spiritual depth of The Silver Chalice made it one of the most popular historical novels of the twentieth century. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 2/18/2014

    " I can't believe I was only eleven when I read this, but it was listed on an old paper I found that had a list of books I read when I was eleven, so I guess I was. It's a good book no matter what age you read it, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 2/8/2014

    " One beautiful scene. Other than that, pretty crummy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/7/2014

    " Me and my sweetie stumbled across this author while exploring a used book sale. His stuff is out of print now but what yummy reading! I love this kind of literature. You get lost in the richness of the words, descriptions, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Ramsey | 1/27/2014

    " This was a beautiful book-so interesting, suspenseful, a love story between the characters & with God. I was very impressed with the book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 1/27/2014

    " Another Costain book I read and loved as a teenager. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margot | 1/18/2014

    " Great view of the early church and very moving conversion story. One of Costain's best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JaNae | 1/13/2014

    " Good story about Jesus' time. Difficult read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/5/2014

    " If you like historical fiction, especially the early Christian church, Costain is your guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It became a little drawn out in places but overall a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 12/27/2013

    " A similar tale as 'The Robe.' A bit slow in the progress, but I enjoyed it to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/25/2013

    " A Christian classic, The Silver Chalice reminded me of what the early Christians suffered for the Faith and how today we are still tested in what we believe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/21/2013

    " This book really made me think about the Savior and his Disciples in a different light. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ladyaelle | 12/7/2013

    " My uncle gave me a very aged copy of this book... he recommended I read it, and I was so glad he did... this is a MUST READ for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, and Arthurian/quest for Holy Grail type books... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lisa | 12/4/2013

    " Another one read in high school, and I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne Carter | 12/2/2013

    " Young man sold into slavery after adoption by wealthy father; learns the silver craft and is taken to Joseph of Arimethea, making a protective chalice for Jesus. In story line, he is with Luke and Paul and meets Peter in Rome. A little too 'catholicish'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Jackman | 8/28/2013

    " An enjoyable book, that will be liked by people who like biblical fiction. Costain is a good story teller. It is gentler than Ben Hur or The Robe, but still had a movie made about it starring Paul Neuman. I have never seen it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Auntiepolly51 | 6/2/2013

    " An historical fictional novel that has an interesting plot with plausible characters and events. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tomw | 1/5/2013

    " I read Costain for a long time, but never this one. The new edition is a door-stop, but his prose lilts and hypnotizes the reader. Check our "The Tontine" too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hanzel Harry Fernandez | 12/23/2012

    " Wow! Reading this book was a great experience. Its story line, the characters, everything makes you so indulged in them that you forget about your outside world. The narration is quite excellent. A must Read One! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 11/17/2012

    " I read this book in high school and again just recently, it a great story about the cup Jesus used at the last supper and what could have become of it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 10/17/2012

    " I've read this book over and over again and just recently found it in a still unpacked pile of books and read it immediately. I love historical fiction and fiction about the early Church is pretty cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 8/6/2012

    " This was a great book. Religious fiction tends to be light on the writing quality but this book was great in nearly every way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 7/11/2012

    " I read this back in the late seventies. I remember it as being pretty much the same as "The Robe," "Quo Vadis," and "Ben-Hur." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesseb | 4/17/2012

    " read all three thomas costain books as an 8th grader while listening to Love Shack by the B-52s "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 4/14/2012

    " I had to read this book for English my freshman year of high school and I have to say it was probably the reason that I love to read today. I didn't know until that point that a written story could have so much impact on my world. I am not a religious person, but this was a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 3/17/2012

    " I read this a long time ago and think I would love it as much today as I did then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 7/8/2011

    " Read this book in about 7th grade when I was very interested in this genre; many years later, I don't remember the plot so well, but I do remember that I really liked this book and author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 3/27/2011

    " A couple of people suggested this book to me because it takes place in the early christian era, which is where I've been setting a lot of my fiction lately. But I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JaNae | 1/28/2011

    " Good story about Jesus' time. Difficult read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Launi | 12/26/2010

    " Not quite as good as his other book, The Robe. But I still enjoyed it. It started out really good and ended really well; the middle was just really SLOW moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 11/17/2010

    " Like all Costain Books, very inspiring and thought provoking. Read it years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 10/26/2010

    " I've read this book over and over again and just recently found it in a still unpacked pile of books and read it immediately. I love historical fiction and fiction about the early Church is pretty cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edb | 10/15/2010

    " A very good story about an artisan who was asked to make a container for the cup from which Christ drank at the last supper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 9/26/2010

    " A Christian classic, The Silver Chalice reminded me of what the early Christians suffered for the Faith and how today we are still tested in what we believe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 6/17/2010

    " Me and my sweetie stumbled across this author while exploring a used book sale. His stuff is out of print now but what yummy reading! I love this kind of literature. You get lost in the richness of the words, descriptions, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/23/2010

    " If you like historical fiction, especially the early Christian church, Costain is your guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/4/2010

    " I enjoyed the rich historical detail in Costain book. It was part of my lent practice to read it before Easter. I plan to read The Black Rose by Costain too.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesseb | 12/17/2009

    " read all three thomas costain books as an 8th grader while listening to Love Shack by the B-52s "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/13/2009

    " Long book but clean and a good review of the Christian apostles and Christians after the death of Christ. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/3/2009

    " I read this a long time ago. I remember liking it. That doesn't mean I would now :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 4/25/2009

    " This was a great book. I loved how the author incorporates the disciples into the story and how he shows the simplicity of Christianity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 4/22/2009

    " A similar tale as 'The Robe.' A bit slow in the progress, but I enjoyed it to the end. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas B. CostainThomas B. Costain wrote The Last Plantagenets among other titles.
About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.