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Serpent in the Thorns Audiobook

Serpent in the Thorns: Crispin Guest, Book 2

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Convicted of treason, Crispin Guest was stripped of his title, his land, his money and his friends. Now with only his considerable wits to sustain him, Guest works the mean streets of 14th century London, building a small reputation for his skill. In 1383, a simple-minded tavern girl comes to his door - a body was found where she works and she's the only person who could have killed him. Except for the fact that the man was killed in place by a precisely aimed crossbow bolt. Making matters worse, the murdered man was one of three couriers from the French king, transporting a relic intended to smooth the troubled relations between France and England. Events quickly spin out of control and Guest now finds himself the prime suspect in the murder, one with terrible diplomatic implications. As the drumbeat of war between the two countries grow, Guest must unravel the con spiracy behind the murder to save not only his country, but himself as well.

©2009 Jeri Westerson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Highlight 14/03/2015 Member Since 2016

    I L❤️ve My Audio Books

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    "Excellent !! Excellent !! Excellent."

    Another entertaining saga that will keep you enthralled.

    This Narrator is one of the best in the audio world helping to
    capture the characters with aplomb & all makes for one of the
    best audio books to keep you wanting more.

    You will not be disappointed. Hundreds have reviewed these books saying they cannot drive the car, others have spent money on unnecessary petrol just to keep on listening & others cannot get their work done for listening & getting pulled into these stories. You can not get much better than that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Medieval Lady UK 02/06/2016
    Medieval Lady UK 02/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A little too much of everything?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    In some ways, I enjoyed it. Crispin is an interesting and relatable character, and little Jack Tucker is such a dear. However, there are various 'holes' in the plot, execution and characterization that bring the rating down.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeri Westerson again?

    One of these is the excessive references to torture. Seriously, torture was banned under English common law, except in cases of heresy or treason, so I very much doubt it would have been used as often as the references to it in this story make out.
    Also, the Americanisms stood out a lot more in this story, as well as some attitudes and beliefs of Crispin which did not seem to be 'of the time' at all. I understand the author wanted him to be skeptical about relics, but he's supposed to be a fourteenth century person, and the skepticism and irrelgious attitudes are too pervasive. I'm surprised he even believes in God at all.

    Also, as other reviewers have pointed out, the story gets rather repetitive and a little implausible after a time. Its one of tose tales in which the author throws every adversity concievable and sometimes inconcievable at the protaganist, and the whole thing gets a bit too wrapped up in its own complexity. Dare I say, over the top?

    Finally, as with the last book, the sex scene was not required. It came across as unecessary tittilation, and actually quite gross. The idea that someone in the circumstances Crispin was facing would just be thinking about sex with the nearest girl who offered was implausible enough, and made him look like an irredemadle lecher incapable incapapable of relating to persons of the opposite sex in the way normal people do on a daily basis, without wanting to get his clothes off.
    Said girl's remark about 'looking for a shaft' in his trousers was really an image I did not need. The scene really lowered the tone of the whole story, and as such, I don't think I shall be listening to anymore audiobooks by this author anytime soon.


    What aspect of Michael Page’s performance might you have changed?

    The narrator's performance was wonderful, his handling of the voices of different characters very good.


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  • S. Wells
    17/03/13
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    "Knight's Honor"

    This is 2nd of an historical fiction series that was presented on audio in reverse order; but each book stands well on its own merit. Which says a lot for any book that is part of a series these days.

    This is a believable historical portrayal of Richard I era England, accompanying delightful characterizations in an intriguing adventure / mystery. There is action, a smattering of sex, a good deal of philosophy about the concept of "honor" in people of both noble and ordinary birth, all without too much agonizing over ideas when they can be shown in the deeds of the characters, from lowest to highest in the social order. There is also a sample (a bit too much for my taste) of the torture of victims of the royal jail, albeit realistic for the times. But the characters win the day, especially the "disgraced" and former knight, Crispin Guest, and his child side-kick, Jack (who provides a charming "Greek chorus", while being a good foil for our hero).

    Overall enjoyable enough to make me want to hear the entire series. And the most excellent reading of Michael Page carries me along into these stories nicely!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Paul McMahon
    Fremantle, Australia
    02/03/14
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    "Introspection as plot."

    I didn’t read the first book in this series as this book had better star ratings.

    Crispin, the main character, has all his self questioning inner thoughts, or interpretation of them … “he’d forgotten the noise …” explored, but to no purpose. He seems unable to do more than be dragged along by events as he spends his time thinking “… even though his good judgment told him not to …” instead of paying attention.

    He is so self absorbed while at the banquet scene that he doesn’t notice the person he is attending to keep an eye on has wandered off while he wasn’t paying attention “… he turned toward the low tables a … Where the hell was …”

    Plot exposition gets hammered into the story rather than integrating … using contrivance.

    Descriptions of the environments, the world of the middle ages, the clothes worn and the look of the characters (how long the king's hair is, what they are wearing), dominate.

    Plot exposition gets hammered into the story rather than integrating … using contrivance.

    I can’t tell if Michael Page’s reading is a contributing factor to the malaise that I eventually felt after about 5 hours that led me to abandon listening.

    Maybe the writing is the problem, not giving Page enough to work with.

    Maybe it’s a combination of both.

    Page has a good voice and his characters have unique sounds and are easily differentiated, but the reading fails to make good use of what action is in the story. It is more than just a reading, and should be more successful, but it just didn’t achieve a connection with me; I feel no empathy or sympathy with the characters. In the end I just didn’t care what happened to them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marcheta
    Suffolk, VA, United States
    23/03/13
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    "Didnt see that coming"

    The second book in the series is even better than the first one. Crispin is still struggling to make a living as someone who finds missing people, things, religious artifacts, etc. Jack Tucker is still his young side kick, and the banter between the two of them is very entertaining. In this story, a French courier is murdered, a religious relic (THE crown of thorns) goes missing, and all sorts of mayhem ensures with Crispin in the middle. I love this series!

    Michael Page is excellent as the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Julius
    Knoxville, TN, United States
    28/03/15
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    "Another good Crispin Guest story"

    If you like twists and turns in a plot, where the details matter, and things don't quite go where you expect, then pick up Serpent in the Thorns. You'll have to pay attention to the little things and don't forget to take some of them at face value. The story doubles back on itself, and some questions about Crispin's fall from knighthood are answered. Crispin and Jack are central, but pay attention to those around them. As the story unfolds you see some real character growth in Crispin and Jack. As for other characters, the sheriff plays a smaller part then in the first book, and Gaunt played a larger one. Richard as written is petty, vindictive, and throughly unlikable. It all wraps up in a really good ending. I'll be picking up the next one in the series soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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