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 »ies.
The story, as always with DD's novels, is densely plotted, takes some concentration, is well populated with genuine historical characters and well-drawn fictional ones, immaculately researched so you get a good sense of life, both high and low in fifteenth century Europe, but most of all is a jolly good yarn! It's well read by the narrator and although I've read the book three or four times I found there was much detail I'd missed which comes over well in the narration.
The eponymous Niccolo, introduced here as Claes, the dyeshop apprentice, is an extraordinary character who is not at all what he appears and will eventually become - amongst other things - a wealthy merchant. However, it's a long road before that and this, the first stage of it, is highly enjoyable.
I do hope that Audible will offer the other seven House of Niccolo books and also the Lymond Chronicles in future.
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 »is to be gained by listening to them by an experienced narrator. It was a revelation!
At first, I thought Gordon Griffin's voice should have been slightly younger but after the first book I realized just how proficient he is and settled in nicely. The knowledge and pleasure I felt was immeasurable and I could not put it down. I even read pieces from my Kindle/Laptop but I could not bring myself to go further on to the location when back on my Tab; the words were far too precious!
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 »re learning all the time. I and many more no doubt, check the History proper and find little difference except for the characters place seamlessly into these wonderful books.This was a joy to listen to, as were the others up to this point.
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 » thought I had 'read' the books but know now what I had missed!
Reading this series one book after the other takes over everything else and leaves you absolutely bereft. They are all wonderful.
If only The Lymond Chronicles had a narrator as fitting as the ones provided for this series I would buy them immediately.