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Penguin presents the audio edition of Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath.

It is 1557, and legendary Scottish warrior Francis Crawford of Lymond is once more in France. There he is leading an army to rout the hated English from Calais.

Yet while Lymond seeks victory on the battlefield, he is haunted by his troubled past - chiefly the truth about his origins and his marriage (in name only) to young Englishwoman Philippa Somerville.

As the French offer him a way out of his marriage and his wife appears in France on a mission of her own, the final moves are made in a great game that has been playing out over an extraordinary decade of war, love and struggle - bringing the Lymond Chronicles to a spellbinding close.

©1999 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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checkmate

A nail biting ending to a wonderful tale, beautifully told. I have read the Lymond Chronicles twice in the last two years but listening to it was still a revelation.

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A Fitting Ending.

The final book will not disappoint you, all the story lines come together and this is what makes the whole series a really good listen.
There are more French passages in this book than all the others and this I did find very annoying. I do wonder why authors do these foreign language passages in a book. It is pointless. It does not enhance the story in any shape or form, so why not just print theses so called "important" passages in the language the book is being read/ listened too in.

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Lymond series

Game of Thrones meets gothic romance and heroic saga and so much more. Made me laugh, cry, fume and chew my nails. what more can you ask of a series of novels? Epic listen!

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Fantastic Series

I have now read all the Lymond books and they are without a doubt some of the best historical novels I have ever come across. Superb writing and so well read by David Monteath. A joy from start to finish.

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satisfying conclusion

the only criticism. too many untranslated quotations.otherwise a well-designed and fascinating story against a plausible historical background

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Brilliant

I first read this series of books when they were first published. I then read them again at a later date.I wanted to read them again but my eyesight is not up to it so I bought them on Audible. They are brilliant,and the reader could not be better.

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Exquisite.....

At 54 years, 6 volumes in, words fail me.......
A triumph, all these years later....easily the best use of my time I can imagine......

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We have reached the open sea....

The last book in the series known as the Lymond Chronicles, Checkmate is the conclusion to the most absorbing story ever written. It has everything one could ask for - kings, queens, war, romance, family loyalties, bitter rivals and intrigue. Set against the backdrop of the shifting sands of 16th century Europe. Once you reach the last page, I will bet my last Rolo , that you will pick up the first book and just start again from the beginning!

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  • 12-04-21

Unsurpassed Author

Difficult reads that if you persist will spoil you for all others. First read the Lymond Chronicles when 15 years old and re-read them regularly, I am now 68 and very few heroes get close and often are Lymond-based. Pleased with the narration which did not hurt my mental images at all. A work of art!

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Excellent narration.

Not many faults with this reading. Only a couple of mistakes in the text jarred on me, but only because I know and love the book so well.

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  • 22-11-20

As perfect as a series can get

I have read these books only this year, despite the author having written them decades ago, and sadly, she is now deceased. I am amazed at the complexity of the characters, the plots, the overarching story. I actually love the fact that many times in the story, the main character (particularly) speaks Latin or French, quoting poetry, and I have no idea what he said. I feel like I could listen to this series again and again and still find more layers. These books won't suit readers who want to have an easy listen and a predictable storyline, or even grasp the nature of the characters in the first meeting. You'll only like them, if, like me, you like mystery, and complexity, and being stretched beyond what you know. I loved the main protagonist, Lymond, who initially I was sure I would dislike. He really grew on me when I came to understand what he was about. I so wish there were more of these kind of books. The narrator was perfect for them, skilled at accents and languages, and imbuing the stories with life. Happy sigh.