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Empire: Scarlet City - Part III

An Audible Original Drama
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,300 ratings)

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Summary

This Original multicast drama piece blends history with fiction to tell the story of Jonah, a young apprentice from London who raises himself from poverty by wit and luck to become one of the most powerful merchants of the age.

A true rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London - the Scarlet City - the centre of medieval England, this is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

London 1348: a brutal time of backstabbing and lethal politics, a world that Jonah Durham is now firmly a part of. Jonah's growing family establishes an export monopoly on cloth, and the honour is bestowed on him to run the office of Alderman. Suddenly an unknown disease breaks out: The Plague manifests in every family and every household. A fierce battle against the disease begins and changes the course of Jonah's life forever.

Told in three parts, hear Medieval London come to life in this historical epic, Audible Original's most ambitious production to date. Narrated by Miriam Margolyes, OBE (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Romeo + Juliet, Mulan) and starring Douglas Booth (Riot Club, Loving Vincent, Shelley) as Jonah and Samuel West (BAFTA nominated; Mr Selfridge, Howards End) as Willcox.

Also featuring: Daniel Anthony, Josephine Arden, Gareth Armstrong, Clare Buckfield, Elliot Chapman, Trevor Cooper, Oliver Coopersmith, Clare Corbett, Raymond Coulthard, Gareth David-Lloyd, Barnaby Edwards, Andrew French, Raj Ghatak, Gerran Howell, James Joyce, Joe Jameson, Mack Keith-Roach, Barry McCarthy, Olly McCauley, George Naylor, Matty Norgren, Steven Pacey, Nicholas Pegg, Siobhán Redmond, Ryan Sampson, David Schofield, Rose Shalloo, Tony Millan, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Lizzie Waterworth-Santo, Samuel West, Finty Williams, Alexander Vlahos.

©2002 Rebecca Gablé (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Empire

This is a enjoyable if short listen. I have found all three audio books in the series spellbinding!! Here's hoping for a continuation of Jonah's story . Book 4 please!!!!!!

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absolutely fantastic series

Audible really outdid themselves with this 3 part series. I can't recommend this enough. Obviously you'll need to listen to these in order, but each has so much to offer.
The story throughout was fantastic, the narrator - fantastic. The cast are equally superb.
To be honest, I'm a little sad I've finished this!

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Smooth As Silk

This series has been a complete joy from start to finish in terms of the quality of the production. This sadly shorter final episode matches the production values lots of us recognised in the preceding two. Audible has got it absolutely spot on with these, everything is just right from the music to the rather stellar cast that they have splashed out on.

However, Jonah faces some tough subjects in this one, as well as the usual treachery we've become used to the plague visits London with tragic consequences and the world around Jonah becomes an ever tougher place to live in.

With excellent performances and a fine soundscape backing the cast these are audio productions as good as you'll get anywhere.

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Not the best for me...

I can see by the other reviews that I'm in a minority here, but I didn't think this trilogy was absolutely brilliant. It was OK, probably more than OK to be fair - Miriam Margolyes was certainly excellent - but I found a number of the other performances a bit irritating.
Having said that, I enjoyed it enough to purchase all three instalments, but I found bits of the story predictable, bits woefully far-fetched, and possibly because of the strength of the reviews I'd read, personally I was a bit disappointed.

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Miriam and the Plantagenets

Miriam triumphs again with a script that is over flowery and too wordy. The story is about the early Plantagenets which is a period of history that is often missed. The story is entertaining otherwise I would not be on the third part. It is not high literature but kept me amused whilst toiling in the garden.

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Superb

just as good as previous books. simply love them. am gutted to have finished. highly recommend.

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A sophisticated romp through medieval London

Political and financial positioning set against the horrors of the black death grips and fascinates.

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Tv adaptation next

A brilliant end to a great saga. all cast were fantastic. had me hooked from the first installment.

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faultless, mesmerising historical intrigue<br />

couldn't put it down anymore than the previous two books. now suffering withdrawal symptoms. brilliant series.

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Wonderful.

If you decide to listen to this amazing production, and you should, please make sure that you listen to them in order. Enjoy!

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  • Caren E.
  • 21-07-19

highly recommended<br />

I would recommend this book. very entertaining very easy to listen to very interesting. all the actors voices was spot-on and the sound effects were all in tune with the dialogue. a pleasurable listen.
make sure you start from the beginning with The apprentice then follow through book 2 and book 3. they must be in order in order to make sense and appreciate.

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  • Awilda P. Bregand
  • 14-06-19

So sad

Finished Part III today and almost cried. I didn’t want to remove myself from the lives of these characters. One of the best series I’ve ever “read.”

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  • DaNick
  • 08-04-18

Impeccable!

Part 3 of Scarlet City was as good as 1 and 2... Impeccable performance by the cast and the story was engulfing and entertaining.
I wished the author would have added a couple of more hours into the story, but overall it was magnificent!

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  • jay bowen
  • 05-04-18

lost in translation,

read like a poorly acted high school play, characters lost quickly , couldn't even stand to Finnish it

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