The House of Niccolo
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  • 1
    Niccolo Rising | Dorothy Dunnett

    Niccolo Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    Bruges, 1460. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Nicholas van der Poele rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the love of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies. Niccolo Rising combines history, adventure and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.

    Niccolo at last!

    As a huge fan of all Dorothy Dunnet's novels I was delighted to seen 'Niccolo Rising' which is the first of eight novels in the 'House of Niccolo' Ser..Show More »

    Reviewed on 31 May 2013 by Edwina (Exeter, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    The Spring of the Ram: The House of Niccolo, Book 2 | Dorothy Dunnett

    The Spring of the Ram: The House of Niccolo, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    In 1461, the mysterious Nicholas is in Florence. Backed by none other than Cosimo de' Medici, he will sail the Black Sea to Trebizond, last outpost of Byzantium, and the last jewel missing from the crown of the Ottoman Empire. The Spring of the Ram is a blend of scholarship and narrative shimmering with the scents, sounds, colours and combustible emotions of the 15th century.

    Another shot of brilliance!

    Having read these books after The Lymond Chronicles a few years ago, they were never to be forgotten, I thought, but now I realise just how much more ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 10 April 2015 by Kristin (Lancashire, UK)
  • 3
    Race of Scorpions | Dorothy Dunnett

    Race of Scorpions

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
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    When Niccolo's wealthy older wife dies in Bruges, he finds himself - at the age of 21 - in the dual role of prosperous merchant and sought-after military strategist. Niccolo's powerful private army is coveted by two warring rulers: steely Carlotta, Queen of Jerusalem, Cyprus and Armenia; and her lethally charming, illegitimate brother, James, who is determined to wrest the kingdom from his detested sister. But Niccolo's suave demeanour and physical prowess and his ability to turn a profit as well as a battle, attracts dangerous lovers.

    Irritating accents spoil a good story

    Cyprus setting very interesting especially as I am familiar with the areas in the story. Fascinating political and economic intrigues.

    Somet..Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 January 2015 by Duncan (CARDIFF, United Kingdom)
  • 4
    Scales of Gold: The House of Niccolo, Book 4 | Dorothy Dunnett

    Scales of Gold: The House of Niccolo, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    The year 1464 finds our hero Nicholas in Venice. Plagued by enemies, he sets sail for Africa, legendary location of the Fountain of Youth and the source of gold, where he discovers the charms of the beautiful Gelis - a woman whose passion for Nicholas is rivalled only by her desire to punish him for his role in her sister's death...

    Journey to Timbucktoo to Lopez' home to find gold

    Exciting, exotic, extreme

    Reviewed on 02 December 2014 by Alison (Petersfield, United Kingdom)
  • 5
    The Unicorn Hunt | Dorothy Dunnett

    The Unicorn Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
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    Scotland 1468. Merchants and musicians, politics and pagentry fill the venturesome court of the boy-king James III. In its midst, unpredictable and dangerous, is businessman and knight Nicholas van der Poele - who has a new trading empire to build and a terrible betrayal to avenge...

    Convoluted and complex

    As usual, written in DD's luscious prose, with, of course, a complex plot. Nicola grows up but hopefully not too much.

    Reviewed on 03 January 2015 by jj ()
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    To Lie With Lions | Dorothy Dunnett

    To Lie With Lions

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
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    Merchant-banker Nicholas de Fleury, having wrested his infant son from the boy's formidable mother, pauses en route to the land of golden light to set in train a deception that will ensnare nations in the triumphant ruin of his enemies...

    A fantastic journey with just two more to go!

    Unfortunately for me, I have no friends capable of either reading or listening to Dorothy Dunnett, much to my regret!When reading Dorothy Dunnett we a..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 June 2015 by Kristin (Lancashire, UK)
  • 7
    Caprice and Rondo | Dorothy Dunnett

    Caprice and Rondo

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
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    January 1474, and Niccolo has been shunned by all who know him after revelations of his murderous mischief-making. But Niccolo's talents are too great to be squandered, and a subtle political dance ensues as rivals in Poland, Venice and Persia bid for his services in trade, war and diplomacy...

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  • 8
    Gemini | Dorothy Dunnett

    Gemini

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Geoff Annis
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    In Scotland in 1477, in the international world of trade and commerce, ruin is the only reward for those who do not know the rules of the game. When Nicholas de Fleury returns to Edinburgh after four years' absence, rumours are rife about why he closed all his ventures in Scotland and deserted his friends. Struggling to fend off his enemies' attempts to kill him, Nicholas rejoins the fledgling court of young King James the Third, and finds that the perilous family squabbles of James and his treacherous siblings are every bit as dangerous as the intrigue he has left behind...

    Unforgettable!

    I finished listening to this last book a few weeks ago and now realise that to listen, aided by an excellent narrator, is an amazing experience; I had..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 July 2015 by Kristin (Lancashire, UK)