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Camelot

Narrated by: Phillip Stevens
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Following his acclaimed Sunday Times best seller, Lancelot, Giles Kristian's new novel returns us to the realms of Arthurian legend.... 

Britain is a land riven by anarchy, slaughter, famine, filth and darkness. Its armies are destroyed, its heroes dead or missing. Arthur and Lancelot fell in the last great battle and Merlin has not been seen these past 10 years. Now the Saxons are gathering again, their warbands stalk the land, their king seeks dominion. As for the lords and kings of Britain, they look only to their own survival and will not unite as they once did under Arthur and his legendary sword Excalibur. 

But in an isolated monastery in the marshes of Avalon, a novice of the order is preparing to take his vows when the life he has known is suddenly turned upside down in a welter of blood. Two strangers - the wild-spirited, Saxon-killing Iselle and the ageing warrior Gawain - will pluck the young man from the wreckage of his simple existence. Together, they will seek the last druid and the cauldron of a god. And the young man must come to terms with his legacy and fate as the son of the most celebrated yet most infamous of Arthur's warriors: Lancelot. 

For this is the story of Galahad, Lancelot’s son – the reluctant warrior who dared to keep the dream of Camelot alive....

©2020 Giles Kristian (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Camelot...As never before.

What a story! This one had me hanging on virtually every word. The prose painting pictures in my mind such that, at one stage, I could see the shield wall pushing forward away from me. Also at other stages, heart rending, and so emotional. I found myself chuckling at times but emersed all the time. Another great book, Giles.
Narrator, Phillip Stevens is getting better and better with each story; as he was at a very high level already, this is quite a feat. This particular programme, I believe, is his best so far and the best of all the narrators I have, so far, come across.

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Not nearly as good as Lancelot

This book is the sequel to Lancelot, which I enjoyed, but unfortunately this just doesn’t stand up against it. The characters are lacking dimension, there’s too much reiteration of past exploits, the writing is sometimes clunky, and there are too many repetitive, cliche-like, turns of phrase. The narration is decent for the most part, but somebody really should’ve told Philip Stevens how “Taliesin” is pronounced. It irritated me every single time he said “tally-es-in”. It’s a shame, but all in all this book is very disappointing.

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A bloody masterpiece!

Following on from Lancelot, listening to Camelot was like putting on your favourite comfy slippers. As you can tell, I'm not as eloquent as Giles Kristian. If you haven't already read Lancelot, do so. No recommendation of Camelot will be required therafter. Best 2 credits I've used on here in years.

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  • Darrell Rockwood
  • 20-05-20

Incredible

I absolutely loved this book, I put it up there with Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Trilogy. I really hope the author chooses to write another book from this time period/subject matter. If your an Arthur fan, this a fresh take on the subject matter.