Mar 192015
Review: The Skin MapThe Skin Map (Bright Empires #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead
Narrated by: Simon Bubb
Published by Thomas Nelson on Aug 31, 2010
Genres: Adult, Time Travel
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

It is the ultimate quest for the ultimate treasure. Chasing a map tattooed on human skin. Across an omniverse of intersecting realities. To unravel the future of the future.

Kit Livingstone'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.

I’ve had this book on my wishlist for quite a while, so when it went on sale at Audible, I snatched up a copy. I’m so glad I did! This was a fun time travel story, complex yet understandable with lots of interesting parts.

The story focuses mostly on Kit and his adventures, but there are interspersing chapters for his girlfriend Wilhemina, who gets “lost” in time when Kit tries to show her what he did. Her chapters were my favourite. She assimilated into her new location and time so well, and started to make a very interesting life for herself. I was almost sad every time the narration flipped back to Kit because her sections were so intriguing.

Don’t get me wrong, Kit’s adventures were interesting, but they lacked the smoothness of Wilhemina’s story. Kit’s chapters tended to be a bit jerky, and sometimes confusing as things happened in fits and bursts, but the overall adventure was fun to witness.

The audiobook was a good way to enjoy the story. The narration was excellent, with great accents. Again, Wilhemina’s chapters were the best as the accents and voices fit those characters perfectly. All the voices were fitting for the characters, and the overall feel was very melodious.

I’m so glad I finally moved this book from wishlist to read. It was intriguing and fun. The audiobook was a great experience, and I plan to continue on to book 2, preferably in audiobook format. I love a good accented narration!

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