William the Conqueror as you've never seen him before--the Leopards of Normandy trilogy will tell his story in all its wild, intoxicating, unfailingly dramatic glory. David Churchill does for William what blockbuster TV series The Tudors did for Henry VIII.
The devil and his bastard son....
Robert of Normandy is handsome, brave, and impetuous--and has just seized Normandy's mightiest castle. But his older brother, Richard, the duke of Normandy, wants it back...and will take it by force if need be.
Herleva of Falaise is the mere daughter of a tanner, but she's more beautiful than any princess, and when she and Robert meet, together they will change the course of history.
Their illegitimate son, William, is born into a world of murder and intrigue, where families are torn apart by bitter rivalries, renegade warlords stop at nothing in their lust for power and wealth, and professional assassins are never short of work.
His enemies will mock him as William the Bastard. But we have another name for him: Conqueror.
©2015 David Churchill (P)2015 Headline Digital
The first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last. The narration and story made this a book that describes this period in history with a high degree of accuracy. It brings it alive and is almost maciavellan in its plots and twists
I think this is a good book and might even be a decent series.
I shall get the second book on kindle to find out because the narration is so bad it is baffling.
Russell Bentley puts inflection in the wrong places and often stops. And starts. In entirely the wrong places. In short his narration has all the hallmarks of someone reading a language that is foreign to him whilst bored witless.
I found it impossible to listen to.
After a promising start with the prologue I was hopeful of a really good read but I was to be disappointed. The dialogue is rubbish, the characters one dimensional, the storyline plodding & uninteresting. Most of the conversations between characters are often stilted & sound more like a single person talking to themselves. The villain's in general are bullying cretins & even the main protagonists are cardboard cutouts that are completely devoid of human complexity. I could only get halfway through this audiobook before I gave up. I would not recommend it.
Russell Bentleys Narration was fine considering the awful material he was working with. I really can't fault him as no amount of effort could save this.
I'm amazed at how many good reviews this book gets. I've always enjoyed historical fiction in particular the Bernard Cornwell Saxon Stories Series. I won't pretend that these are anything else but good fun but The Leopards of Normandy isn't even in the same league. If this is an example of David Churchill's work I won't be reading anything else he's written. Of course this is only my opinion those who liked it are also entitled to theirs.
This audio book ranks in the middle of all the audio books that I've listened to so far because of the performance. This is largely due to the pronunciation by the narrator of many of the French words, which really wound me up!
The story itself, which is fascinating. Would have preferred the written word on this one.
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