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  • Tuck

  • King Raven Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Filled with unforgettable characters, breathtaking suspense, and rousing battle scenes, Stephen R. Lawhead's masterful retelling of the Robin Hood legend reaches its stunning conclusion in Tuck. Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Lawhead's trilogy conjures up an ancient past while holding a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare to hear an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good books, poor narrator

  • By Nadia on 27-08-18

Good books, poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 27-08-18

This is a review of the trilogy as a whole. It's a pretty good retelling of the Robin Hood legend, and setting it in Wails and within a different time period gives it an original twist. The Author also has a flowing, easy to read style that is easy to listen to and draws you in quickly. There is a slight fantasy element in the form of made up folk tales with morals that are supposed to give a hint to the hero. These went on too long in my view and were a distraction from the story. My main complaint is the narrator. Yet again we have an American narrator who can't do an English accent. Why they couldn't use a Brittish narrator I don't know given where the story is set. Many words are often mispronounced, passage was parsage at one point. I think the narrator is probably pretty good when using his own voice, but if this trilogy is ever released on audio read by someone else, I will get it. The story is good enough that I will listen again regardless, but I expect I will be flinching at certain points as well.

  • The Animals of Farthing Wood

  • By: Colin Dann
  • Narrated by: Paul Whitehouse, Esther Coles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

Farthing Wood is being bulldozed and a drought means the animals no longer have anywhere to live or drink. Fox, Badger, Toad, Tawny Owl, Mole and the other animals band together and leave their ancestral home and set off to move to a far-away nature reserve. Their journey is full of adventure and fraught with disasters: a fire, a storm, a treacherous river crossing and a hunt. The animals must unite in adversity and in doing so they learn about each other’s habits and limitations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book

  • By Sam. on 26-04-15

The best animal story ever witten

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

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

It's just so well written and the characters are fantastic

What other book might you compare The Animals of Farthing Wood to, and why?

Wind in the Willows because it has some of the same animals in it and Watership Down because it's also about animals being forced to find a new home.

What about Paul Whitehouse and Esther Coles ’s performance did you like?

The put a lot of expression into their narrations.

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

Neither, but you'd be inhuman not to feel for the plight of animals. It may be fictional, but the cruelty of humans is all too real and well depicted in this book. It makes you ashamed to be human.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book as a child and I love it still. In my opinion, it puts all animal stories, even such wonderful classics as Black Beauty and Wind in the Willows in the shade. It's believable, gripping and at times very moving. The characters are very individual and readers of all ages will fall in love with them.

  • Treasure

  • By: Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Julian Massey has always been sickly. When the young man's parents send him to the seaside town of Urchin Cove to recuperate, he finds himself stranded in a tiny cabin with only the quirky local inhabitants for company. Then a storm blows through, and he finds an unexpected discovery washed up on the beach: an unconscious man. After stealing a treasure, Kit Archer is taken prisoner by a ruthless pirate, Captain Booth. When a storm hits the pirate ship, Kit is able to escape, but not without serious injuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Treasure

  • By MaryD on 21-07-16

Sweet gay romance

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Where does Treasure rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As I've read it three times already and I've only had it a couple of weeks, it looks like becoming a favourite.

What did you like best about this story?

The two lead characters

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene after the storm

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

It had many.

Any additional comments?

This was just a lovely story. The two lead characters were brilliant and their romance was beautiful. I really loved the way this was written. I'm not sure the fantasy element added anything to the story and I thought the language was a bit too flowery in places but I loved it nonetheless.

  • The Soldier's Scoundrel

  • By: Cat Sebastian
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Jack Turner grew up in the darkness of London's slums, born into a life of crime and willing to do anything to keep his belly full and his siblings safe. Now he uses the tricks and schemes of the underworld to help those who need the kind of assistance only a scoundrel can provide. His distrust of the nobility runs deep, and his services do not extend to the gorgeous high-born soldier who personifies everything Jack will never be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 stars

  • By Book addict on 10-01-19

Great in spite of the language

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Soldier's Scoundrel to be better than the print version?

I've never read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack, for his smart mouth

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The churchyard scene

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

The same as the book

Any additional comments?

I loved this. It's brilliantly written, both lead male characters are fantastic and the lively way they converse really captured me, as well as the raw emotion. As I believe this is the author's debut novel, I thought it was fantastic. My only complaint was the coarse language that the author seemed to feel it necessary to use. So many authors do that with sex scenes, turning something beautiful into something crude, however, the emotions of the characters shone through regardless and it didn't stop me reading the book three times almost back to back. I would also say that the narrator's choice of accent seemed a bit odd, giving a guy brought up on the streets of London a northern accent, but oddly, it worked.

  • Warbow

  • The Saga of Roland Inness, Volume 2
  • By: Wayne Grant
  • Narrated by: James Young
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Having found his place as a squire to a Norman knight, Roland Inness sets off with his master, Sir Roger de Laval, and fellow squire on a perilous mission to the Holy Land. King Richard has sworn to take Jerusalem from Saladin and orders Sir Roger to assess the military situation. Joining them is the Templar Knight Tuck as they contend with Moors, Berbers and a Sicilian usurper before reaching the battlefields in the east. There, Roland sees the ugly face of war and tests his mettle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More gripping adventure

  • By Nadia on 05-06-17

More gripping adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Warbow to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, and being blind, I never will.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Warbow?

The death of a likable character

Which character – as performed by James Young – was your favourite?

Roland

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

Neither, but I was emotionally engaged.

Any additional comments?

This is as packed full of action and adventure as was the first book. The multiple plot lines were well handled without being too complicated, and added an extra spice of intrigue. The attention to historical detail was superb, and the blend with mythology was just right.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Longbow

  • The Saga of Roland Inness, Book 1
  • By: Wayne Grant
  • Narrated by: James Young
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Roland Inness desperately needs meat for his starving family, but he takes the wrong deer on the wrong nobleman's land. Worse yet, he uses his longbow, a weapon outlawed and suppressed by the Norman overlords of England. Now they are coming for him. With one shot the 14 year old peasant boy is launched on a desperate flight that takes him from the mountains of Derbyshire to the wild frontier of Wales and on to the court of Richard the Lionheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Historical Adventure

  • By Nadia on 14-05-17

Gripping Historical Adventure

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

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

Gripping historical adventure

What was one of the most memorable moments of Longbow?

Certainly the opening scene is extremely atmospheric.

Which character – as performed by James Young – was your favourite?

Roland. He's an ideal hero.

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

There were several.

Any additional comments?

This is historical adventure that manages to be both exciting and entertaining. The style of storytelling is lively and descriptive. The novel makes more than a passing nod to the Robin Hood legend, and contains a colourful cast of characters, with all the makings of a fantastic hero. A promising start to the series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Falcons of Montabard

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In the aftermath of tragedy and scandal, Sabin FitzSimon, illegitimate son of a Norman earl, leaves England for the Holy Land in search of a new beginning.

At first, it seems impossible, as the demons from his past life return to haunt him, and Sabin finds his back to the wall. In the heat and dust, magnificence and danger of Northern Syria, he must either face himself, or be vanquished.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chadwick Magic

  • By Simone on 13-04-13

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

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

I will always recommend Elizabeth Chadwick's books. She combines meticulous research with fantastic characters, knail-biting adventure and beautiful romance, and this book is all of the above.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sabin. I always have a soft spot for the heros

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

He's a fantastic actor, and that you can't get from just reading a book.

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

I was in tears at one point. Elizabeth Chadwick's books are always full of such raw emotion.

Any additional comments?

This book took a while to get into, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. In the end, I couldn't put it down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lords of the White Castle

  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Scott
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Westminster, 1184. As a reward for loyalty to the crown, Fulke FitzWarin becomes companion to Prince John. But the FitzWarins are as proud as they are true, so when John accuses Fulke of cheating at chess, his response is inevitable - and disastrous. Thus begins a bitter and life-long personal rivalry. The FitzWarins dream of returning to their family home, Whittington, taken from them during a war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mogster on 31-08-10

A real Robin Hood

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Would you listen to Lords of the White Castle again? Why?

I love historical fiction, and this is historical fiction at its best. I will undoubtedly read it many times.

What did you like best about this story?

There was so much emotion.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Scott – was your favourite?

Fulk, definitely

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

The Real Robin Hood

Any additional comments?

In trying to find a "real Robin Hood" some have speculated that Fulk Fitzwarren was a strong candidate. Certainly his real life story bears similarities, and a lot of romance has grown up around him until separating fact from fiction is no easy task. Elizabeth Chadwick attempts to do just this, and does a remarkable job. Fulk Fitzwarren's turbulent life is vividly described in this epic tale of adventure, love, passion and betrayal.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer Queen

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Eleanor of Aquitaine's story is legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, best-selling novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before. Young, vibrant, privileged, Eleanor's future is golden as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood ends abruptly. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written & a joy to listen to.

  • By Diane on 26-07-13

Fantastic start

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

Reviewed: 28-04-17

Where does The Summer Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely up ythere with the best.

What did you like best about this story?

It was beautifully written, and full of emotion

Have you listened to any of Katie Scarfe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This trilgy was my first introduction to her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This combines fantastic story-telling with meticulous research. The portrayal of Elinor is fantastic. This trilogy covers her entire life, without sounding like a dry biography. The characters are real and the reader can identify with them. Brilliant!

  • The Autumn Throne

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

England, 1176. Imprisoned by her husband, King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England, refuses to let her powerful husband bully her into submission, even as he forces her away from her children and her birthright. Freed only by Henry's death, Eleanor becomes dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry stirred up among his sons has intensified to a dangerous rivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a woman!

  • By Caroline Munday on 05-10-16

Great sequel

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

Reviewed: 28-04-17

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

Anyone who loves historical fiction will love this book.

What other book might you compare The Autumn Throne to, and why?

I wouldn't compare it to any, except the author's other works, and it more than measures up.

What about Katie Scarfe’s performance did you like?

She brings across the characters' emotions really well.

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

I was brought to tears more than once.

Any additional comments?

This was the second book in a trilogy, which had already had the bar set high by the first book, and it was more than equal to the challenge. This is the best story of Elinor of Acquitane you'll ever read.