We read a lot of books around here. We also spend a lot of time listening to books. Last weekend, we drove 10 hours round-trip (to see my newborn niece :) ) and downloaded a book from our list of History Literature for the ride.
We are, more or less, in A.D. 600 around the time the Romans have settled into the area of Great Britain. For the trip, I chose Outcast by Rosemary Sutcliff.
The trip flew by. We were mesmerized by the story. By the time we arrived, we had a hard time getting out of the car. Well, we wanted to get out of the car but we didn’t want to stop listening. We had one full day with cousins before having to return, but as soon as we got back in the car, it was on.
I am not an audio learner so I tend to ignore audio options. The boys love listening to stories but I get really, really tired of reading out loud. Audible had a really good deal going on that convinced me to give it a go. I’m so glad I did.
Outcast is about a baby boy who was discovered abandoned along the British shore by the Celts. By all signs he was a despised Roman but the man who found him didn’t have the heart to leave him to die. So he and his wife raised him as their own until the day came when the village had to make a choice to cast him out or let him be. The rest of the story follows Beric as he tries to find a place where he truly belongs.
This is my first time to enjoy a book by Rosemary Sutcliff. I tried reading several of her books last year during our study of Ancient History but could not get into them. When you take into account my lack of interest in historical fiction and toss in my fatigue of reading aloud, it may be that it was me and not the book. Listening to Johanna Ward read the story of Beric the Briton was so good, I may have changed my feelings about historical fiction and certainly about audio books. Maybe I’ll even give those books from last year another go as an audiobook instead.