The Lymond Chronicles
Books in series6
UNABRIDGED
(4.1 based on 109 ratings)
  • 1
    The Game of Kings | Dorothy Dunnett

    The Game of Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (35)
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    (32)
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    The Game of Kings: First in The Lymond Saga. It's August 1547, and unrest in Europe is rife. Scotland, nominally ruled by 4 year old Queen Mary, is heaving with intrigue - and hot gossip. The notorious rebel, Crawford of Lymond, is rumoured to be back in Edinburgh. The city is sealed, but such things never worry 'Lymond'. As usual, he leaves a characteristic trail of hue and cry, vanished contraband, and a drunken sow.

    A kaleidoscope of the 16th Century

    I've always loved this series and it was great to be able to listen to it at my leisure as I got on with my household chores. It's an intricate and ca..Show More »

    Reviewed on 29 January 2014 by prior.mary (FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    Queens' Play | Dorothy Dunnett

    Queens' Play

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Andrew Napier
    Overall
    (21)
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    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    This is the second book in the famous Lymond Chronicals by Dorothy Dunnett, exploring the intricacies of 16th century history through the exploits of the soldier Francis Crawford of Lymond. In Queens Play, Crawford is despatched to France and embarks on a nightmare game of hide and seek in the court of Henri II...

    Great book, but narration spoils it

    I love the book, and so listen to it, despite the narration which I find unsatisfactory.

    Reviewed on 29 March 2015 by F. Alice Rogers ()
  • 3
    The Disorderly Knights | Dorothy Dunnett

    The Disorderly Knights

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Andrew Napier
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Disorderly Knights is the third volume in The Lymond Chronicles following Queens' Play. Dorothy Dunnett's series is cherished for its romance, adventure, and colorful historical scenes.The year is 1551, and Scottish nobleman Francis Crawford of Lymond has been called to fight with the Knights of Hospitallers to defend the island of Malta against the Turks.

    Wow

    Have read and re read all the Lymond books, but experiencing them on audio is like starting again, can't stop listening.

    Reviewed on 14 November 2013 by Amazon Customer (Witney, United Kingdom)
  • 4
    Pawn in Frankincense | Dorothy Dunnett

    Pawn in Frankincense

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Andrew Napier
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Lymond is travelling a desperate path across the Ottoman Empire of Sulemain the Magnificent in search of a kidnapped child, a search that may place him in the grip of his enemies. In the subtle and savage game of treachery, enslavement and torture, Lymond is compelled to make an unthinkable choice - and face the darkest ambiguities of his own nature.

    Enjoyment ruined by narration

    I am currently listening to this audio book and can't decide whether to return it or not.

    It's not a problem with the story. The story is fa..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 November 2013 by Amazon Customer (Witney, United Kingdom)
  • 5
    The Ringed Castle | Dorothy Dunnett

    The Ringed Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Andrew Napier
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Fifth in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, The Ringed Castle leaps from Mary Tudor's England to the barbaric Russia of Ivan the Terrible. Francis Crawford of Lymond moves to Muscovy, where he becomes advisor and general to the half-mad Tsar. Yet even as Lymond tries to civilize a court that is still frozen in the attitudes of the Middle Ages, forces in England conspire to enlist this infinitely useful man in their own schemes.

    Fantastic, gripping story; narrator failed

    I first read the Dorothy Dunnett books at 18 and have re-read them every few years since, devouring them every time, seeing new details and threads ea..Show More »

    Reviewed on 14 January 2014 by J. M. Sanson (UK)
  • 6
    Checkmate | Dorothy Dunnett

    Checkmate

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated By Andrew Napier
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    1557 and Francis Crawford of Lymond is back in France, leading an army against England. But even as the Scots adventurer succeeds on the battlefield, his past becomes a subject of intense interest to both sides. For whoever knows the secret of Lymond's parentage possesses the power to control him - and destroy him.

    POOR CHOICE OF NARRATOR

    The pronunciation of the French phrases and names is so bad as to make them unintelligible.
    The narrator of the first book in the series was much..Show More »

    Reviewed on 18 October 2015 by Helen ()