With veteran narrator Shelly Frasier giving such an energetic performance, The Black Arrow is sure to entertain a whole host of new listeners for years to come. This classic from the great novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson takes place during the Wars of the Roses, and follows the adventures of a young man, Dick Shelton. Not only is Shelton tasked with saving his lady and avenging his father's murder, but he must also choose between his guardian and the secret fellowship "The Black Arrow". Shelly Frasier's enthusiasm for every character and each scene ensures listeners will keep their fingers far from the pause button with this audiobook.
The Houses of York and Lancaster are locked in a brutal struggle for England's crown and the fate of the kingdom is at stake. Shelton finds himself entangled in the conspiracy. In order to survive he must distinguish friend from foe and confront the tests of war, shipwreck, murder, and forbidden love.
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"Great adventure yarn"
I loved this book while growing up, so just listened to it to remember. It's fully as good as Treasure Island--secret passages, intrigue, and a teenage hero, all against a colorful background of the War of the Roses. Even better than Treasure Island for those who like a love interest in the story.
"An Enjoyable Tale"
This was an engaging tale, well voiced by the narrator, and exciting from first to last. Of course there is a lot of terminology about knights and castles, but learning about that period (even if it is through the eyes of a 19th century author) is fascinating. If you enjoy stories about the "days of yore" with a sweet love story thrown in for good measure, this is for you.
"Good story, pity about the narration"
It took me multiple attempts to finish this audiobook. The story is great, but the narration was, for me anyway, difficult to stomach and spoils the whole experience. Ms Frasier's diction is reasonably paced and clear, but there's a jarring discordance between the American accented narration, and the (sometimes unsuccessful) British accent used for the voices. Her attempt at male voices also doesn't come off very well. All in all, not something I would recommend.
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