A nation will fight for its freedom. The first novel in a major new series as Robert Low moves from the Vikings to the making of Scotland.
In the dying days of the 13th century, Scotland is in turmoil. The death of Alexander III has plunged the country into war, both with itself and with Edward I of England. Determined to bring the north under his control, Edward instead unleashes a Scottish rebellion which unites the many warring factions against him - though the old hatreds are not easily put aside. Sir Hal Sientcler of Herdmanston, a minor noble of Lothian, finds himself caught up in the chivalry and honour, as well as the betrayal and murder that form these desperate days. As the rebellion gathers pace, Sir Hal is thrust into the maelstrom of plot and counterplot which shapes the lives of the great and good in both realms - including rebel leaders William Wallace and Robert the Bruce - as well as neighbours who now find themselves on opposite sides of the battlefield.
Hal makes a powerful enemy out of the Earl of Buchan, arch-rival of the Bruces, and swears revenge. But first he must survive battles at Stirling Brig and Falkirk; the treachery of rival factions; and guard a secret that Robert the Bruce would protect from the outside world at any cost. When the lion wakes; everyone must fear its fangs...
©2011 Robert Low (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A company of warriors, desperate battles, an enthralling read." (Bernard Cornwell)
I have to agree with the previous reviewer in that I found it impossible to get into this audiobook due to the quality of the narration. I'm all for accents and authenticity, but not at the expense of comprehension. I was looking forward to this as the start of a new series, but I could not finish this book and, unless they change the narrator, I won't be trying any other.
I have recently read and listened to a number of books concerning Robert Bruce and the battles between the Scots and Edward I, and I think this one is the worst. After listening for the first hour I had to stop and start again, as I realised that I had absorbed very little. The reason.........the narration is far too fast and "gabbled", ( I am part Scot and used to the accent). I did eventually cope with this, but also think the fictional story line is very weak.
"The whole book is ruined by the narrator"
I have read/listened to many of Robert Lows' previous books. They have all been captivating stories. I was looking forward to his newest series. But it was such a letdown! I am sure The Lion Wakes is another captivating story, but I had to give it up. Couldn't stand listening to the deadpan Scottish narrator, too tiresome. (I know the book is about Robert the Bruce and Scotland and all, but please!) I may get the ebook version later perhaps, and read it myself.
Check out the sample-listen, before you buy this book!!!
Sorry, but Robin Bowman should not narrate books!
Disappointment due to poor narrating
Can I switch the audible version to an ebook version instead???
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