When Nicholas Elyot and his friends set out to spend the Christmas season in the country, they are prepared for a hard journey in winter weather. They are also wary of violence on the road, for these are troubled times after the Great Pestilence, when bands of dispossessed and desperate men roam the countryside of England.
It is not surprising, therefore, when the troubadours hired to provide entertainment at Leighton Manor are attacked in Wychwood. Yet why should this insignificant group draw the attention of outlaws, who are searching for something? Is one of the troubadours not quite what he seems?
Love this series, really look forward to the next one, I think we deserve a wedding!!
An enthralling journey into the challenges and joys of a medieval Christmas with Nicholas Elliot and his friends and family, beautifully read by Philip Battley. I look forward hopefully to another book in the series.
Ann Swinfen does it again: challenging circumstances, authentic relationships, historical accuracy, a mystery slowly unpeeled like an onion. Philip Battley is easy on the ears, the final facet making this a brilliant gem of an audio book.
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Historical detail and ambience is rich and satisfying without being overbearing and focused on life experience, not textbook summary, which makes for fascinating backdrop to the plots. The narrator, Philip Battley, is by far the best I have heard.
I have read all of the stories in Ann's Oxford Medieval Mystery series. The mysteries are of course, not as convoluted as an Agatha Christie mystery, but very enjoyable. The descriptions of the lives of the characters is something I really enjoy. And I find Philips narration to be exactly what the story needs. I thoroughly enjoy these stories and look forward to another installment in the series.
Swindon must think her audience daft as she feels it b Caesar’s to repeat parts of the plot again and again as people think through, miss the obvious, back track, repeats the story again—- and then again. She must have a word limit like Dickens. Makes the story drag as she focuses on what the reader already knows. Without excellent narration I would never have listened to the whole thing
I really enjoyed this latest book in the continuing saga of Nickolas Elliott. The story line has twists and turns to keep you guessing, but the real enjoyment (for me) comes from the characters and the whole medieval world Ann Swinfen takes you to. The narratore is excellent. I can't wait for the next book!
Where does The Troubadour's Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of my favorites. To pick the top book is like choosing which child or food is my favorite. Hoping the next book in the series comes out soon.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I can't choose. It is like I am part of the family. I could pick my favorite villain, but each character plays off the other. Humble, loveable, intelligent, interesting and wonderful.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the underdogs confront the villains. I kept hoping they wouldn't kill off any of the characters but it is inevitable in a story from "when times were rotten."
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me laugh. It made me think. It made me glad I live in a modern world. Interesting and entertaining to get a glimpse of the past in a colorful, amusing story.
Any additional comments?
I really enjoyed this book and have listened to each in the series more than once just in case I missed something. I am hooked on this author. All of her books are a great listen.