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  • The Queen's Grace

  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: Andrew Dallmeyer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Here's a gripping story of deadly rivalry and bloodly conflict, evoking all the intrigue and drama that characterised the life and violent times of Scotland's most celebrated monarch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor sound quality

  • By H Chick on 29-11-16

"The Queen's Grace" by Nigel Tranter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-10

The Queen Grace is very fine novel and story about the Mary queen it was his first novel to focus on an historical character in this case, Mary, Queen of Scots .Although it contained a high fictional content Events surrounding the life & times of Mary Queen of Scots. Mary Queen of Scots More than four hundred years after her death, Mary Queen of Scots remains one of the most romantic and controversial figures in British history.This is first of his historical novels was The Queen's Grace, about Mary Queen of Scots, and was inspired in part by his research into the architectural history of Scottish Castles. Marie de Guise ruled Scotland alone after the death of her husband James V. She foiled Henry Tudor of England's plans to marry her baby daughter to his son Edward and unite the two thrones under English rule by sending Mary to France. She kept the peace between Protestants and Catholics while John Knox was becoming a fiery power in the land. Beautiful, lively and clever, Mary Queen of Scots was welcomed back to the country of her birth after her mother died. But her troubles mounted with her disastrous marriages to Lord Darnley and to Lord both well after Darnley's murder. In spite of numerous plots against her, and even after her little son James was crowned king, she always believed that Elizabeth of England would help her. Trustingly, she set off for England - and her tragic fate. This audio book of historical fiction is well-researched and well-written and chock full of plenty of stuff I love to read about scholars and politicians exploring the way the world works?. Set in the north east of Scotland during Mary, Queen of Scots visit in 1562, this novel follows the adventures of Patrick Gordon of Balruary, a young Highland laird , who arrives at Court with an important message from his clan chieftain.

  • Highness in Hiding

  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: Andrew Dallmeyer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Here is a dramatic account of Prince Charles in the seven months after the battle of Culloden. Throughout the Summer of 1746, he was a refugee in the Hebrides, hunted by the British Naval forces with a price of £30,000 on his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Highness in Hiding" by Nigel Tranter.

  • By Lavina on 20-10-10

"Highness in Hiding" by Nigel Tranter.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-10

Bonnie Prince Charlie's wandering and eventually escapes after the defeat at culloden. Bonnie Prince Charlie is one of the best-known historical Scottish heroes .He was not, however, Scottish, but was born into the Stuart Dynasty in Rome, Italy on December 31, 1720. King James II's eldest legitimate grandson, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, known everywhere as 'Bonnie Prince Charlie', achieved international fame at the age of twenty five as the man who by his charisma, daring and energy led the Rising of 1745 against George II which all but succeeded in restoring his exiled royal family - the Stuarts - to their thrones of Scotland, England and Ireland Prince.Many of the Scottish people believed in the 'divine right of Kings', in other words, the unquestioning right of the Stuarts, chosen by God, to regain the thrones they had lost. The defeat at Culloden had wide-reaching implications for the Scots. The English government imposed strict laws, especially targeting the Clans. These included making it illegal for Highlanders to carry instruments of War (e.g. swords, targets and bagpipes) or to wear the tartan and the kilt. Jacobite supporters were either executed or forced to emigrate and their land was turned over to George II who distributed it amongst his English supporters. Culloden thus changed the ancient Clan system forever. Emigration resulted in Scots scattered all over the world and intermarriages with other cultures and races became inevitable. Thus, Bonnie Prince Charlie's' failed attempt to regain the thrones for the Stuarts had a wide-reaching and long-lasting impact on Scottish culture and on suppression of the Scots by the English. This Audio book can be a fascinating overall performance. This is two hour 44 min in story length and very clear voice throwing. You will NOT be disappointed.

  • Footbridge to Enchantment

  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: Nigel Tranter
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The personal anecdotes and reminiscences of Nigel Tranter round the shores of Aberlady Bay, where he does his daily walking and writing. Chapters include: "Two Paths to Enchantment", "Flotsam and Jetsam", "Boundless Dune Counrty", "The Belligerent Swan", "Puzzles of the Tide's Edge", "A Canine Optimist", "In Search of Jovey Gray", "Flights of Freedom", and "Threats of Flooding".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Footbridge to Enchantment" by Nigel Tranter

  • By Lavina on 20-10-10

Footbridge to Enchantment" by Nigel Tranter

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-10

The story of Footbridge to Enchantment is based on personal experiences of Nigel Tranter.
This is One of his books which had relevance to Aberlady was 'Bridge of Enchantment', the cover of which had a picture of himself on the wooden bridge (as it is known locally) which he had crossed so often.
The books he will be remembered most for though are his Scottish historical novels which will ensure that Scottish writing will remain in the spotlight for many years to come. His personal anecdotes and reminiscences of Nigel Tranter round the shores of Aberlady Bay, where he does his daily walking and writing. Chapters include: 'Two Paths to Enchantment', 'Flotsam and Jetsam', 'Boundless Dune Country', this is very nice book and having a unique story line. I enjoyed this audio book very much.

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  • Nestor the Monster

  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: Jan Moffat
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Ken Rutherford believes in the Loch Ness Monster, and what's more he believes he can find it. While on holiday with his parents he sets out to do just that. He needs the help of his friend Fiona MacBride if he's going to have any chance of success, and when she agrees to come along, the hunt for the monster is on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nestor the Monster"

  • By Lavina on 20-10-10

Nestor the Monster"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-10

This is finest story written by Nigel Tranter He Historical Novelist, Children's Writer and writer on the Scottish countryside and architecture. This is very nice story of hunt of monster believes
Ken Rutherford believes in the Loch Ness Monster, and what's more, he believes he can find it. While on holiday with his parents he sets out to do just that. He needs the help of his friend Fiona MacBride if he's going to have any chance of success, and when she agrees to come along, the hunt for the monster is on. But Ken and Fiona soon discover that they are not the only ones searching the dark waters of Loch Ness, and their rivals will stop at nothing to win the race to find the mysterious Loch Ness Monster.
The first thing you notice about Jan Moffat work is that narrated a story? that is he has a clear, distinctive voice that conveys what he wants to say in an original and arresting way. There are plenty of novelists who can?t do this. They have virtues as writers and style is not among them. This is one hour fifty six minutes story. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Dark Island

  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: John Maclsaac
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Dark Island begins as the Napoleonic wars are drawing to a close. The year is 1815. On the battlefield near Waterloo, a surgeon-major in the Highland Brigade tends the mortally wounded padre.

When the wars are over, to honour a promise to his dying friend, Aeneas Graham, the surgeon journeys to a remote Hebridean island called Erismore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Island" by Nigel Tranter

  • By Lavina on 20-10-10

Dark Island" by Nigel Tranter

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-10

This is a contemporary story during the time period after napoleonic wars in the highlands and islands of Scotland. This is very unique story that talks about the battle field experiences and Set in the Inner Hebrides in Napoleonic times, this story tells how, on the eve of the battle of Waterloo, Finlay MacBride, the pastor of the Isle of Erismore lies dying in a Flanders barn. Before he dies he delivers a final message to Aeneas Graham, and asks him to save the people of Erismore. And this shows human conflicts their promises and understanding, thoughts about the battle. This is Dark Island begins as the Napoleonic wars are drawing to a close. The year is 1815. On the battlefield near Waterloo, a surgeon-major in the Highland Brigade tends the mortally wounded padre. When the wars are over, to honor a promise to his dying friend, Aeneas Graham, the surgeon journeys to a remote Hebridean island called Erismore. This audio book is very unique story line that is well constructed story and great characters, very believable till the end. This is fascinating story that gives us a new dimension to thoughts and ideas of our men kind behavior. I took in so much more as it was alive with evocative sound effects and music. Brought to life on audio book it really is worth a visit I find in this book such a Good stuff, this powerful and gripping story by Nigel Tranter was originally published under the title Island Twilight.

  • Macbeth

  • The King: Part 3
  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: John MacIsaac
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Nigel Tranter introduces his tremendous novel of the true Macbeth and his struggle to make and save a united Scotland, of his devotion to the greatly-wronged young woman, Gruoch, of the humane laws they sought to establish, the battle he was forced to fight against Malcolm Canmore, the ancient Celtic Church he supported against the threat of Rome, and the price he paid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Macbeth: The King: Part 3"

  • By Lavina on 19-10-10

Macbeth: The King: Part 3"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-10

?Macbeth The King? This is very famous book of a great king Macbeth Who is very famous for his bravery and he shows him as greatest kingdom emperor or His fair medieval ruler who defended his kingdom time and time again before eventually being overcome by his many enemies. This is completely different from the play by Shakespeare. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, and is also called The Scottish play. Comprised of five acts, it starts by predicting tragedy, as three witches agree to meet up again after a battle is fought (setting the context for the play). Rich in imagery and with the idea prevalent that the state of nature affects the state of the world, there is thunder, lightning, doom and gloom.
Although fictional, is close to the existing legends and stories of the historical Macbeth. Macbeth The King which is an extremely sensory experience. This review is of the audio version, Narrated by John MacIsaacan . The author's inflection adds drama to the plot, and additional sound effects help set the tone for the story. For example and the accompanying audio includes such ambient sounds as the crackling of branches underfoot and the fast breath of a frantic youth. Throughout his reading of the story, John MacIsaacan alters his voice so that readers will come to recognize the different speech patterns and accents of its characters. Audio book is having three parts and available in three volume. The length of story of this audio book is two hours and forty five minutes. Macbeth was simply a character from a famous play then this is the book for you. One of my favorite Nigel Tranter novels

  • Tinker's Pride

  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Tinker's Pride is a story of the power of wealth and privilege, set against one man's pride in his native land. Told with an unrivalled understanding of the Scottish Highlands and their people, Nigel Tranter's evocative tale of West Highland life before the Second World War is both compelling and deeply moving.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tinker's Pride" by Nigel Tranter.

  • By Lavina on 19-10-10

Tinker's Pride" by Nigel Tranter.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-10

A tale of romance and a clash between social classes set in the Western Highlands of Scotland before World War II. Written and introduced by Nigel Tranter. An historical novel of the power of wealth and privilege set against the pride of one man in his native land, and set in the Scottish Highlands. Tinker's Pride is a story of the power of wealth and privilege, set against one man's pride in his native land. Told with an unrivalled understanding of the Scottish Highlands and their people, Nigel Tranter's evocative tale of West Highland life before the Second World War are both compelling and deeply moving. Tinker?s pride is a skillfully written novel. It succeeds in demonstrating that our daily, microcosmic lives contain vastness and fantasy. This book offers its reader a meditation on the private geography of the mind and, through Harding's characters, a glimpse of our own efforts to piece together the broken and mismatched elements of human relationships and existence. I find parts of it remarkably well written, the audio book strikes me as a collection of ideas, I think these better books to spend my time lessen I enjoyed the book very much. This audio book is very good quality sound and language used by narrator is very simple and understandable.

  • The Bruce Trilogy 3

  • The Price of the King's Peace
  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: Michael Elder
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The compelling story of Scotland's hero-king who, tutored and encouraged by the great William Wallace, united his despairing people in a deadly fight for the throne and national survival. In the third of this best selling trilogy, Nigel Tranter charts these turbulent years, revealing the flowering of Bruce's character, sustained by a passionate love, not only of his land and people, but

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A poor adaptation

  • By Roger McKillop on 16-05-18

"The Bruce Trilogy 3" by Nigel Tranter.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-10

This trilogy tells the story of Robert the Bruce and how, tutored and encouraged by the heroic William Wallace, he determined to continue the fight for an independent Scotland, sustained by a passionate love for his land. Nigel Tranter succeeds admirably in bringing the story of Robert I - Scotland's greatest King - to life. Not only is his historical research near flawless, but the book is graced by that indisputable mark of a great story teller the reader is wholly absorbed into the world of the Bruce and his friends. Tranter also manages to draw a whole mixture of feelings from his readers - love, hatred, admiration and even that strange mixture of respect and disgust for Edward I that Bruce himself is said to have harbored. Nigel Tranter he is one of Scotland's most prolific and respected writers. He has an amazingly broad grip of Scottish history' ? He is an accomplished writer of compelling and unforgettable historical novels' With his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes Scotland 'Tranter's popularity lies in his knack of making historical events immediate and exciting. These audio books are very amazing story tale with nice pace of thoughts and free flow of story line. This audio book is nice story telling style. I was most certainly not disappointed

  • The Bruce Trilogy 2

  • The Path of the Hero King
  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: Michael Elder
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

The compelling story of Scotland's hero-king who, tutored and encouraged by the great William Wallace, united his despairing people in a deadly fight for the throne and national survival. In the second of this best selling trilogy, Nigel Tranter charts these turbulent years, revealing the flowering of Bruce's character, sustained by a passionate love, not only of his land and people, but.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bruce. A new look.

  • By Adam Mcneill on 06-12-17

The Bruce Trilogy 2" by Nigel Tranter.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-10

This trilogy tells the story of Robert the Bruce and how, tutored and encouraged by the heroic William Wallace, he determined to continue the fight for an independent Scotland, sustained by a passionate love for his land. Nigel Tranter succeeds admirably in bringing the story of Robert I - Scotland's greatest King - to life. Not only is his historical research near flawless, but the book is graced by that indisputable mark of a great story teller the reader is wholly absorbed into the world of the Bruce and his friends. Tranter also manages to draw a whole mixture of feelings from his readers - love, hatred, admiration and even that strange mixture of respect and disgust for Edward I that Bruce himself is said to have harbored. Nigel Tranter he is one of Scotland's most prolific and respected writers. He has an amazingly broad grip of Scottish history' ? He is an accomplished writer of compelling and unforgettable historical novels' With his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes Scotland 'Tranter's popularity lies in his knack of making historical events immediate and exciting. These audio books are very amazing story tale with nice pace of thoughts and free flow of story line. This audio book is nice story telling style. I was most certainly not disappointed.

  • The Bruce Trilogy 1

  • The Steps to the Empty Throne
  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: Michael Elder
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

The compelling story of Scotland's hero-king who, tutored and encouraged by the great William Wallace, united his despairing people in a deadly fight for the throne and national survival. In the first of this best selling trilogy, Nigel Tranter charts these turbulent years, revealing the flowering of Bruce's character, sustained by a passionate love, not only of his land and people, but....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Bruce Trilogy 1: The Steps to the Empty Throne

  • By Lavina on 18-10-10

The Bruce Trilogy 1: The Steps to the Empty Throne

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-10

This trilogy tells the story of Robert the Bruce and how, tutored and encouraged by the heroic William Wallace,he determined to continue the fight for an independent Scotland, sustained by a passionate love for his land. Nigel Tranter succeeds admirably in bringing the story of Robert I - Scotland's greatest King - to life. Not only is his historical research near flawless, but the book is graced by that indisputable mark of a great story teller the reader is wholly absorbed into the world of the Bruce and his friends. Tranter also manages to draw a whole mixture of feelings from his readers - love, hatred, admiration and even that strange mixture of respect and disgust for Edward I that Bruce himself is said to have harbored. Nigel Tranter he is one of Scotland's most prolific and respected writers. He has an amazingly broad grip of Scottish history' ? He is an accomplished writer of compelling and unforgettable historical novels' With his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes Scotland 'Tranter's popularity lies in his knack of making historical events immediate and exciting. These audio books are very amazing story tale with nice pace of thoughts and free flow of story line. This audio book is nice story telling style. I was most certainly not disappointed.

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