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Extended Audio Sample The Skin Map: Bright Empires, Book 1 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Stephen Lawhead
3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Lawhead Narrator: Simon Bubb Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure: chasing a map tattooed on human skin across an omniverse of interesting realities to unravel the future of the future.

Kit Livingston's great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks, but pathways to other worlds. To those who know how to use them, they grant the ability to travel the multi-layered universe of which we ordinarily inhabit only a tiny part. One explorer knew more than most. Braving every danger, he toured both time and space on voyages of heroic discovery. Ever on his guard, and fearful of becoming lost in the cosmos, he developed an intricate code - a roadmap of symbols - that he tattooed onto his own body. This Skin Map has since been lost in time. Now the race is on to recover all the pieces and discover its secrets. But the Skin Map itself is not the ultimate goal. It is merely the beginning of a vast and marvelous quest for a prize beyond imagining.

The Bright Empires series - from acclaimed author Stephen Lawhead - is a unique blending of epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery. The result is a unpauseable, fantastical adventure like no other.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 6/26/2013

    " I like the idea of ley travel and how it wreaks havoc in Kit Livingstone's life. An accident happens, a "lost" relative is encountered, and an adventure of a lifetime begins! Presented in entirely plausible thoughts, (except, maybe, Burleigh's secret "weapon" as there has been no technical time spent explaining how it came to be) the story immediately takes one in with the purpose of finding out what happens next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Mitchell | 6/10/2013

    " Ripping yarn. More like Doctor Who than Lawhead normally goes. Less fantasy, more science fiction. I've read book two and am opening book three tonight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 4/9/2013

    " Seeing as it is the second time I have read it since it came out, and I bought it after first reading the library copy, I like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 4/5/2013

    " Excellent, fast-paced story about a young man caught up in time and space. Lawhead creates great characters who make you care about what happens to them. I look forward to the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Dressler | 4/1/2013

    " Interesting, but not a must. Characters split off into different story lines, and one was way more interesting than the other. I'm giving the second book in the series a chance, maybe I will feel different when given more of the complete story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 3/11/2013

    " Read through this one quickly. Lawhead's knowledge of history lends to the riches of the narrative. I appreciated the ley travel theme. It is much more intriguing than the topic of time travel. Thoroughly enjoyed the story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 2/5/2013

    " Loved this book! I can't wait to finish the series. The whole time travel thing is so well written it is wholly believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 10/29/2012

    " Very enjoyable, except for the 'to be continued' type of ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 9/1/2012

    " Not bad, but not great. Story is part Twilight Zone, part Indiana Jones ( archealogy, not the action ). I skimmed the last few chapters to get to the end, which is not an indication of a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori-Ann | 5/21/2012

    " Loved the idea behind the time travel and other dimensions, but there was something lacking in the story. I wanted to love this book, but I found it mediocre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/31/2012

    " time travel and ley lines Oh My! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Jukes | 1/19/2012

    " This is just a fun adventure hoping between different times and places around Europe and Egypt. I enjoyed this entertaining read on my vacation and look forward to the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 12/12/2011

    " loved it - almost a cross genre book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 7/29/2011

    " Great characters and interesting story. The ending seemed unfinished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corabrown | 5/4/2011

    " Awesome, my favorite author!!! I am glad he is returning to his fantasy side of writing. Hoping this is a series as it is definitely a cliff hanger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 4/25/2011

    " Seeing as it is the second time I have read it since it came out, and I bought it after first reading the library copy, I like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 4/9/2011

    " 1st book in a new series. can't wait for the next installment "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcelina | 3/30/2011

    " Started off really well but fell to pieces at the end
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/28/2011

    " Great read, waiting for next installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 3/23/2011

    " Wasn't digging it, but it ended strong. Ready for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/15/2011

    " Starting off strong, with an intriguing premise, vivid descriptions and likable characters, The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead, leaves too many loose ends to be a five-star novel, but it’s a fascinating enough preview to earn four stars and put its sequel on my reading list for next year. "

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