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  • Master of Shadows

  • By: Neil Oliver
  • Narrated by: Neil Oliver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

From the rough highlands of Scotland to the crumbling majesty of Constantinople, a gripping historical novel written and read by TV historian and broadcaster Neil Oliver. In 15th century Constantinople, young Prince Constantine, heir to the Byzantine throne, is left permanently crippled when he saves the beautiful Princess Yaminah from falling to her death in the Hagia Sofia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By Jane Shepherd on 04-08-16

A stunning, sweeping epic

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

Reviewed: 16-01-16

I absolutely loved this book. It's a sweeping epic of a story spanning a continent and several lives. It is woven together by a beautifully crafted narrative and made all the more appealing by Neil Oliver's performance.

This is the best book I've listened to in a long time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Eagle

  • Eagles of the Empire, Book 1
  • By: Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Series - now complete

  • By Simon on 24-08-15

Blood and Intrigue

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

Reviewed: 15-07-15

A thundering story of war, politics and betrayal. I was gripped from beginning to end.

The performance was absolutely outstanding. Utterly convincing, it brought 2000 year old characters vividly to life.

  • Wolf's Head

  • The Forest Lord
  • By: Steven A. McKay
  • Narrated by: Nick Ellsworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions - including John Little and Will Scaflock - hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By TheFluffyViking on 29-05-14

Robin Hood Rebooted

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

Reviewed: 08-05-14

Would you listen to Wolf's Head again? Why?

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Wolf's Head and will listen again to enjoy the drama and tension of the outlaws' adventures and to revisit the over arching political intricacies that are so well presented. Once started, I listened at every opportunity until I had finished because the story gripped so tightly.

What did you like best about this story?

The action comes thick and fast, the plot twisting and turning to keep the listener interested all of the way through. The characters are well rounded, their motivations and decisions thoroughly believable.

Which character – as performed by Nick Ellsworth – was your favourite?

Little John's portrayal as a gruff, gentle giant is performed excellently. His colourful language and huge personality were brought to life well by Nick Ellsworth.

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

Destroy A Life, Save A Kingdom

Any additional comments?

I will certainly be looking out for the sequel to Wolf's Head. The historical note provided by the author is also a helpful addition.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful