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  • The Bleeding Land

  • By: Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by: Anthony May
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

England 1642: a nation divided. England is at war with itself. King Charles and Parliament each gather soldiers to their banners. Across the land men prepare to fight for their religious and political ideals. Civil war has begun; a family ripped asunder. The Rivers are landed gentry, and tradition dictates that their allegiance is to the King. Sir Francis' loyalty to the crown and his desire to protect his family will test them all. As the men march to war, so the women are left to defend their home against a ruthless enemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • English Civil War & family feuds

  • By r on 15-04-13

Good solid 4 star listen

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

Reviewed: 16-10-17

Very good story, very good narration, just lacking the finer edges to make it a 5 star performance. Hard to say what’s missing, but certainly worth a listen!

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  • A Column of Fire

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed. The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred. Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald. Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another masterpiece

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-09-17

Cracking return to Kingsbridge

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

A wonderful return to Kingsbridge. Follett blends a little of the familiar from Pillars and World without End, with a refreshing expansion of the scope of the books. Romance, plots, intrigue, religion, geo-politics, you name it you’ve got it again in spades. John Lee does a stellar job as ever in narrating this highly absorbing story from start to finish.

  • Kingdom Come

  • Kingmaker, Book 4
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 416

Toby Clements's fourth and final instalment in the Kingmaker historical series, set during England's bloody and brutal War of the Roses. 1470. The recent tensions between King Edward and his great ally the Earl of Warwick lie forgotten these past months, but even as winter tightens her grip on the land, the peace is shattered by a vicious attack on one of the King's allies. Long buried secrets are brought to the surface, and Thomas and Katherine must finally decide where their loyalties lie and to choose between fight or flight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb series of books

  • By j c hare on 25-09-17

Great story with superb narration

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

Clements final book wraps the saga of Thomas and Catherine up in a superb fashion, which is added to by Hawkins melodic but expressionful narration.

  • EMPEROR: The Blood of Gods, Book 5 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Julius Caesar has been assassinated. A nation is in mourning. Revenge will be bloody... Rome's great hero has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar's adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar. Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution and avenge his father's death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By gary on 19-06-13

Great story, odd narration

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

As always with Conn Iggulden, the story is a belter; with new characters, the familiar Roman world the author has painted in previous versions comes to life again. However, for me this is spoiled somewhat by the narration. Healy's languid style and lack of expression mean you can easily tune out, and some key moments aren't given the gravity they deserve. Moreover, you get the feeling he's just reading the book (possibly for the first time), rather than truly narrating it. I don't think he's well suited to this type of writing.