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  • Rape of the Fair Country

  • The Mortymer Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Alexander Cordell
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

A dazzling new recording of this classic best-seller to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the author's birth, Rape of the Fair Country follows its hero Iestyn Mortimer from boyhood to manhood, through the turbulent times of the Industrial Revolution and the Chartist Revolt against the ironmasters and a government that supported them. It is a story of love, of loss, of battle and of honour, set in the plundered valleys of South Wales. Rape of the Fair Country launched the career of Alexander Cordell and went on to sell millions of copies in seventeen languages throughout the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally captivating-highly recommended

  • By Poor Piggie on 26-09-15

A cracking story, beautifully told

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

Reviewed: 24-10-15

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

If you can get past the title, which makes it sound like a Mills and Boon bodice-ripper, the rewards are great! This is the delightful, though, at times, harrowing tale of Iestyn Mortymer, a boy from Blaenavon caught up in the birth of the unions and Chartism amidst the beauty of the Brecon hills and valleys, brought to life by another Blaenavon boy, Matt Addis.

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

Matt Addis's Welsh roots permeate the whole listening experience, Placenames, expressions and peoples' names that my English tongue would have stumbled over become part of the lyric poetry of the piece and his characterisation of each member of this disparate cast make the dialogue effortless to follow. If I met Dada in the streets of Aberfavenny tomorrow, I would know him at once, by his rich baritone or Iolo Milk or even Dai Two. I was often reminded of Under Milk Wood by the narrative passages and the sparky, quick-fire dialogue.

Any additional comments?

At the end, was a taster for the next in the series - can't wait to get started. Make sure number three is finished soon, please, Audible!

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  • Pigeon Post

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 6
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the 12 books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book. Awful narration.

  • By Kit on 16-08-18

Arthur Ransome Classic

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

Reviewed: 19-08-15

A great story with a happy ending and, unusually, for AR, hardly a boat in sight. The reader gets most of it right but occasionally puts the wrong emphasis in a sentence that grates a bit, but not enough to spoil the overall pleasure.

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