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Publisher's Summary

Will Rabjohns, perhaps the most famous wildlife photographer in the world, has made his reputation chronicling the fates of endangered species. But after a terrible accident, Will is left in a coma. And in its depths, he revisits the wildernesses of his youth and relives his life with a mysterious couple who have influenced his life as an artist and a man.

When Will awakens, he sets out on a journey of self-discovery - one where he will penetrate the ultimate mystery and finally unlock the secret of his destiny.

Soaring, provocative and passionate, Sacrament is a masterwork from the pen of one of today's most acclaimed authors.

©1996 Clive Barker, Ink (P)2014 David N. Wilson

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Great Adventure, and what an ending..

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to certain friends, but not everybody. There are some very provocative sexual parts including pedophilia (30yr-old-woman and 12yr-old-boy) and the main character is homosexual and lives in San Francisco, which is a large part of the story. If that kind of stuff won't bother you, I recommend you get this book. It's nothing THAT bad.

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Magnificent!

Beautiful
One of the best Clive's works I've ever read and listened to. Finally Mr. Barker incorporated gay themes into his exquisite imagery.

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fanastic story

I loved it and highly recommend it as an excellent story that will hold your interest. it was hard to put down.

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As usual, Clive Barker delivers

This book was well written, as Barker’s works usually are. It was very interesting throughout as well as original. And he, thankfully, had a wonderful narrator which is something else I’ve found with his books. The narrator can break a good book if he doesn’t perform it well. MacDonnell did a fine job. I’d definitely recommend Sacrament as a read or one to listen to while going about your tasks. Loving Clive!!!

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Typical Clive

The Narrator was good the story was strange, typical of the author. I like story's that are outside of the box. That being said every book I've read from him has had heavy sexual overtones both straight and gay. It doesn't bother me terribly I'd prefer it not be there but isn't a deal breaker, but for many it may be and it's only fair to know it going in so there's your fair warning. The story itself can be reviewed by others.

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  • 08-25-15

Love Clive

As always a heady mix of horror + wonder + sensuality + repulsion, Ive read many of his books long ago, but hadn't caught this one yet. I think ill be revisiting the rest!

Only thing- narrator was great, but his American accents esp. the southern were tough to listen to! Thankfully those characters werent main stage.

Living and dying we fuel the fire.

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great book!!

what a great book,and a great narrator,as the story was read in my mind I could see everything unfold,as a hobbyist nature photographer myself this book touched me on many levels,as I often find myself rudamenting on the bewildering spirit of nature...loved it!!

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I really hated this narrator.

The narrator is so difficult to listen to. He's very nasaly, especially when he's doing women voices and it's like nails on a chalkboard. I really want to listen to this book, but I really don't think I can suffer through with this narrator. Here's hoping I can find someone else reading it elsewhere.

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Typical Barker

Would you listen to Sacrament again? Why?

Yeah, but not anytime soon. The story's pacing was slow in places, between the action, but held my attention. I did finish the book and did not find myself getting bored or using it to fall asleep. Decent mish-mash of normal life and paranormal/horror.

What other book might you compare Sacrament to and why?

Take your pick of Stephen King...

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reader's voice at first sounded to me like one of the robot voices. After a time it grew on me and was passable. At times the female voices all sounded the same.

Any additional comments?

Main character is gay, this may affect how some readers approach this book. As is typical with Barker, sex is a part of the story, but there is nothing overly explicit. Others may be put off by the almost-sex scene between one of the antagonists and a minor.

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Too strange for my taste

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Sacrament is a strange book. I just couldn't connect with the characters. In actuality, I couldn't even finish the book. I did give it a good 3 hours and then I was done. As I didn't finish the book, I can not recommend this to anyone.

I really enjoy Mr. MacDonnell's narration and this book WILL NOT put me off from listening to another one of his books. Mr. MacDonnell did the best he could with this story.

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  • Steve Dillon (Things In The Well)
  • 06-26-16

Compelling once you get over the initial chapters

I struggled to get past the first few chapters, but after several attempts, I made concerted effort to finish it, and I'm glad I did. It is a very depressing story and I would have liked more uplifting moments but that's the thing with Clive Barker... you never know if he'll fill your dreams with angels or demons.

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  • gary neat
  • 06-22-17

hardest clive barker book so far

defiantly struggled to finish this 1,clive barker being my favourite novalist for over 20 years was a bit of the normal story line for him compared to what ive read before not bad at all just different

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  • 03-23-16

good story, narration not the best

the narration could have been better. not the best at wonens voices but still worth a listen.

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  • James Leo
  • 09-21-22

Could be a good story, I have no idea.

I couldn't bear the narrator, and basically checked out after a few chapters. This could be a great book, but the narrator had such a flat tone and lack of emotion that he may as well have been reading through the yellow pages.

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  • D with a J and a W
  • 08-14-22

eloquent and surprising

twists and turns up and down, murder and mayhem a startling good book. Am a broker fan any way but this 2nd even 3rd time round still surprised me with is beauty

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  • MR J LAMBERT
  • 07-28-21

Beautifully Written Dark Fantasy

While certainly not up there with Clive Barker's best work ( Weaveworld & Imajica), Sacrament is definitely worth a listen. It's beautifully written with some great characters.
I really enjoyed Chris MacDonnell's narration. His Southern American accent was slightly off for one of the characters, but the other characterisations were spot on. It was a pleasure to listen to.
Another quality presentation from Crossroad Press.
Highly recommended.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 01-20-21

Narrator is a good sleep aid

So, as the title of my review indicates, the narrator is sleep inducing, but regardless of that fact, this story is miserable so he is a good choice for such a depressing tale.
The story starts with misery and ends in misery which is now what I wish on the author, I bought the hardcover of this abomination when it was first released. I threw it in the dustbin after a few chapters, and what puzzles me most is what on earth posessed me to buy this audio version but buy it I did (for whatever reason) and I got no further with this version than I did with the print version although I am happy to say I did not have to throw this copy into the bin.
This is a nasty tale of nasty people and I do not recommend it to anybody. I was previously a Clive Barker fan before this book.

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  • Bethany
  • 05-08-19

Narrator sounds robotic

Sadly unable to continue due to the narrator sounding so robotic. Disappointed as I’m sure the story was great.

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