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Conquests Audiobook

Conquests: Hearts Rule Kingdoms

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Publisher's Summary

England, 1069. The nation is still recovering from the Norman invasion three years earlier - and adjusting to life under its sometimes brutal new rulers. A young girl trembles in the shadows of what was once her home. Avis is homeless and penniless, and with no family left alive she is forced to become a ward of Richard, the Norman lord who has taken her home.

But when King William decrees that Norman lords must marry Anglo-Saxon women Avis must make a terrible choice. Either marry the repulsive Richard or else take a chance on another Norman, Melville, a man she has never met.

Soon she realizes that survival in a time of turmoil and war depends on putting aside the prejudices of the past.

Conquests is a brilliantly researched and involving historical drama that is perfect for fans of Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory.

©2013 Emily Murdoch (P)2017 Emily Murdoch

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  • Nicole Posey
    North Dakota
    02/12/17
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    "outstanding "

    outstanding and refreshing!! so different from reading it to listening to it!!! takes on a whole new meaning for me!!!! still love it and want more!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Woinich
    30/08/17
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    "Dark period in time but enjoyable story"
    Any additional comments?

    This was hard to stop listening to at times. The characters of Avis and Melville and their stories, struggles, etc., pulled me in, and I wanted everything to work out. There were times when I had tears and times when I smiled. The history of this time period is one of my favorites, and I enjoyed the bits of history thrown in. I recommend this story and look forward to more.

    I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery fan
    MI
    29/08/17
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    "The narrater did a great job"


    This is a clean romance developing between two people of different background and education and the
    fact she is Anglo-Saxon and he is a conquering Norman.
    Marriage is forced by the King so neither person had much to say about it.
    It's more a matter of surviving in a time of war and how people adopt eventually to almost any circumstance.
    The reading of the book was excellent. It was done in a clear voice that kept you engaged in the story.
    The ending seems a bit strange and it might have been the copy of the audio book that was not
    complete? The father came back to his home as a prisoner. No further explanation given. Why was he
    brought back to his own home? It's almost as it should have ended without that final chapter or more should have been told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shrtip
    25/08/17
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    "Broken Hearts"

    I loved this story. I can amagine life being like this and it seems like it was so real. I was gifted a copy so I am giving an honest review. I highly recommend reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi Thorne
    20/08/17
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    "Intriguing and clean"

    I loved the characters and all the history. The plot twists were well done and I didn't feel there was to much unnecessary drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jillian
    19/08/17
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    "The perfect voice for this story!"

    I've bought a couple audio books in the past but I never felt like the voice really matched the story. Right away when the narrator started I knew this was a perfect match for this book. It made the book so much more captivating!
    The story I really enjoyed. I haven't read a lot of books from this medieval time period so it made it all the more interesting to me to read about the conflict going on. Although the setting of the book was in time period marked with war and injustice, the book still had an underlining hope for something better to come. The characters were very well developed. Though I felt like the book was a little on the long side, thus the 4 stars, the story was never stagnant. It surprised me with plot twists and unexpected developments.
    What I appreciated most was seeing the main character, Avis, heal from the atrocities of war and become a strong woman, knowing her own mind. The book is a clean sweet read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cheryl
    19/08/17
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    "Two different cultures joined together."
    What made the experience of listening to Conquests the most enjoyable?

    I had read the book before but I still enjoyed listening to the story. The narration made me consider certain aspects of the story. For instance, the difference in cultures and how the Normans thought of the Anglo-Saxons as being inferior.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Conquests?

    This was when Avis and Melville actually began to talk to each other and told of their past. This gave them a greater understanding of each other and how their backgrounds had shaped them. After this they viewed each other in a different light.


    What aspect of Katie Bunn’s performance would you have changed?

    Katie Bunn seemed to portray them as always angry with each other. Although this was true to some extent, this emotion dominated the narration. I thought the accent she gave the Normans was quite coarse, surely some would have been more refined?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Married to the enemy!


    Any additional comments?

    This story gives a feeling of what life was like for those living in these turbulent times, of what it was like to be conquered and to be thought of as inferior. It tells of the burgeoning relationship between Avis and Melville, in spite of their differences. I was given a copy which I voluntarily reviewed. This is my honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RebeccaM
    17/08/17
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    "A Fantastic Historical Novel!"
    If you could sum up Conquests in three words, what would they be?

    Historically accurate, believable


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is believable, and portrays a couple from both sides of the Conquest. She is an Anglo Saxon, he is one of the Normans who invaded the land. So when the new King William demands they marry, they bring hard feelings and attitudes that are difficult to overcome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last chapter's scene was my favorite, after all the misunderstandings and misconceptions they each had, they finally are understanding each other better. It made it worth the wait!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen to it in one sitting; but I wasn't able to. I finished it in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    I like reading Emily Murdoch's writings, and was excited to listen to it! It brings it alive, and more personal. Katie Bunn does a wonderful job of narrating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S Clark
    16/08/17
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    "Very engaging"

    I absolutely loved this book. The narrator was spot on. The story of Annis and Melville held me spell bound. I can't wait to listen to the next story by Emily Murdoch. I was sent it for free to give a review and I'm so glad to have been honored to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    15/08/17
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    "Fun and intriguing story"

    I really enjoyed this story. I liked how flawed and real the characters were. Although at times their misunderstandings of one another were frustrating, they also felt real especially since they were enemies when they met. I loved the journey both main characters take through the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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