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  • The Witch's Daughter

  • Shadow Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 500

My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is 384 years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins… In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transported to another dimension!

  • By Jenny on 13-04-16

A complete surprise!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-16

When I started to listen to this book I had not read any reviews beforehand, it was a case of using one of my credits that had accumulated, so, I took the plunge to listen to this one from my abundance of recordings that I had to choose from and I am delighted that I did so.

Like many, I found the narrator quite different than I was expecting but soon grew to appreciate her voice for that difference; I found it suited the story and timelines of the book perfectly; the male voices could have been better but I can find fault with ALL female narrators when reading male parts, and cannot abide American female voices at all!
Use of 'Country accents' was perfect, and the voice of Teagan was so right for her situation and the year 2007.

I thoroughly enjoyed each period of History and choked up and wept a little and clenched my hands without realizing time and time again. I also wanted Gideon to turn out to be someone he could never be and I will now go on to book 2, as I have credits to spare once more.

Excellent!





  • Glitterland

  • Spires, Book 1
  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Ash Winters is barely holding on, near drowning in his own darkness and fear. He lives a gray shadow of a life, sullen and cynical, unable to remember hope or happiness - much less the distant, fading glitterball of love. It has to be a sick joke of the universe that he finds himself hooked up with good-humored Essex boy Darian Taylor, a wannabe model in a sparkly jacket and a fake tan. Darian may not be an intellectual giant, but he's hysterically funny, and he's got the courage to challenge Ash to live again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Kristin on 02-02-16

Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-16

If you could sum up Glitterland in three words, what would they be?

Hilarious, Emotional, Satisfying.

What did you like best about this story?

The wonderful writing and characters, the wit and the understanding shown of Ash's condition, and of course, the lovely Darian!

What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

Nicholas Boulton is the God of voices! I have NEVER heard a more beautifully gifted performer, ever. I have over a hundred Audio books and many voiced by Nicholas.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

WHO NEEDS A FILM?

With this narrator you actually see the story as you listen and I wouldn't want the story spoilt by miscasting and bad direction as happens nowadays. Readers are readers, after all, and do have imagination.

Any additional comments?

This is just an experience no one should miss. What a writer!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The King's Man

  • Welsh Blades, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Kingston
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Ranulf Ombrier is notorious throughout England for his skill at swordplay and murderous reputation. But after years of doing his king's bidding, he follows his conscience away from Edward, all the way to the wilds of Wales. Gwenllian of Ruardean, Welsh daughter of a powerful Marcher lord, has every reason to leave Ranulf for dead when one of her men nearly kills him. As a girl she was married by proxy to a man Ranulf murdered, only to become a widow before she ever met her groom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Please give me more!

  • By Kristin on 15-01-16

WOW! Please give me more!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-16

Where does The King's Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For pure pleasure, up there at the top! Elizabeth Kingston was an unknown quantity but I should have trusted Laura Kinsale, who brought her to us with wonderful Nicholas Boulton.

It was pure joy!

What did you like best about this story?

The setting is one of my favourites Historically and I am very familiar with the times and Edward 1 and his treatment of the Welsh people.
Elizabeth Kingston's writing was quite beautiful and not an Americanism anywhere!

What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nicholas Boulton must be the best Narrator ever; each character is perfection and his Welsh accents are just so unbelievably good, male and female.

(I wish someone would grab him to read Dorothy Dunnett's 'Lymond Chronicles'.)

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My eyes were tearful numerous times and I was choked up purely because I was so taken with the characters and storyline.

Any additional comments?

This was a wonderful experience from a new writer and I hope there is more coming very soon. Perfect book read by the most perfect voice ever!

Thank you.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gemini

  • By: Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Geoff Annis
  • Length: 36 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

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...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable!

  • By Kristin on 25-07-15

Unforgettable!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-15

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 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Sweet Folly

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For me, another winner!

  • By Kristin on 12-06-15

For me, another winner!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-15

Would you listen to My Sweet Folly again? Why?

I would read it again if I have the time, of course but.....

What did you like best about this story?

From the first amusingly clever correspondence, the meeting, then the mystery that developed from that moment on, I could not put it down!

Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favourite?

I love each and every one of Nicholas Boulton's characters, the voices are superb and without exception are just perfect.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed quite a lot and yes, I choked up, too.

Any additional comments?

Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton have no equal in this genre.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Lie With Lions

  • By: Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
  • Length: 32 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

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...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic journey with just two more to go!

  • By Kristin on 03-06-15

A fantastic journey with just two more to go!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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 are 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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To Lie With Lions?

Far too many but a great laugh out loud when little Jordan was showing Bel his mastery of the Scottish language!

What about Christopher Kay’s performance did you like?

Now that I am used to and accept Christopher Kay, I love best his English voices and his French accent is very good, also the young people are excellent, the others I cannot judge.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were a few moments but I remember Zacco's death and when Nicholas and Gelis declared what they really had hoped to achieve near to the end of the book.

Any additional comments?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Race of Scorpions

  • By: Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
  • Length: 28 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't like the narration

  • By Marianne on 23-02-16

The third in a wonderful journey.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Another wonderful book with a Narrator who almost spoiled my enjoyment as the silly accents he adopted at one point all merged into one, male and female! The trouble is, we have to suffer this for another few books.
We do, of course, come to terms with this and for the love of the writer's work endure and enjoy the rest of a fantastic work of History and fiction the like rarely experienced.

  • Niccolo Rising

  • By: Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Niccolo at last!

  • By MumsieWumsie on 31-05-13

The brilliance of Dorothy Dunnett!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-15

After the Lymond Chronicles, which I read a few years ago, I immediately bought all the eight paperbacks of House of Niccolo series. It took me quite a while before I could put 'Lymond' aside enough to start a different glorious torture of the senses, but, eventually I did.
At first, Gordon Griffin failed to grab me( in the bath at the beginning) as I thought his voice was a fraction too mature but I realised how wrong I was in no time at all.

The narration brings every word to the ear and develops as a picture, especially having visited the area.
With DD, we spend time listening and reading but the time spent looking up the History afterwards is something else and the realization of the facts surrounding 'real' characters in the books are very close indeed.

Her stories are intricate, amusing, breathtakingly exciting and so much more. I hadn't realized just how sensually she could write; this becomes more apparent in following books.

Perfect in every way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Spring of the Ram

  • The House of Niccolo, Book 2
  • By: Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another shot of brilliance!

  • By Kristin on 10-04-15

Another shot of brilliance!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-15

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 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!

On to book 3!





2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Uncertain Magic

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

As a lovely heiress, Roderica Delamore should be a prize catch--except for her shameful secret. She has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her. Even her family and close friends can't hide from her strange gift. Knowing that she can never marry, for no man could bear it, Roddy still longs hopelessly for a family of her own. Until she meets the man she's been waiting for--the Earl of Iveragh, a mysterious Irish aristocrat whose thoughts are entirely closed to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful combination!

  • By Kristin on 13-02-15

Another wonderful combination!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-15

Perfect writing and the best ever narration. This is my tenth LK and NB AUDIBLE with only two to go; I will have to go back to the beginning and start again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful