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Dunstan Audiobook

Dunstan: One Man Will Change the Fate of England

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Publisher's Summary

'I have broken my vows. I have murdered innocents. I have trod down the soil over their dead face with my bare heels, and only the moon as witness. I have loved a woman and she ruined me. I have loved a king and yet I ruined him.'

The year is 937. England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords. Each vies for land and power. The Wessex king Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, is readying himself to throw a spear into the north. Behind him stands Dunstan, the man who will control the destiny of the next seven kings of England and the fate of an entire nation. Welcome to the original game for the English throne.

©2017 Conn Iggulden (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 16/05/2017
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 16/05/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "Dunstan Isn't quite a Caesar"

    Conn Iggulden has made a name for himself as a star in the world of historical fiction by taking massive icons such as Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan and doing their legends full justice. Dunstan, might not have quite their fame and notoriety but his story is definitely worth hearing. He's a different kind of character, not a front man but a man of influence and power of various levels across a long period of time.

    He's also not as admirable or easy to like, in fact some of his character traits are definitely more flaws rather than strengths. He was however a great mind and a big influence on a formative part of British history. The story begins with a harsh early monastic education at Glastonbury, a place which holds sway over Dunstan throughout his life. I found it fascinating and engaging but possibly not quite as gripping as Iggulden's other works. Towards the end, as many life stories tend to it felt as though it petered out just a little.

    In Audiobooks Iggulden has famously made the odd poor choice of narrator but I don't think anyone could fault Geffrey Beevers and his treatment of Dunstan's story.

    At the end of the book there are some excellent historical notes which give a comprehensive overview of how the author has woven historical fact, as far as we know it from those times, into his tale. I always appreciate it when authors take the time to do this.

    So, a fine effort from one of the premier writers of historical fiction. It's more fascinating than exciting but with that proviso aside I'd recommend it to people who have enjoyed his other books.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Uhtredson 12/05/2017
    Uhtredson 12/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "My bad"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Conn writes a great story and I am sure that people interested in a devious priest and his schemes will love the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    dunstan i guess


    What does Geoffrey Beevers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    it was a good performance by the narrotor


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    i was dissapointed as the synopsis led me to believe this was a book about a warrior not a priest ,,, I guess it was implied by the title of the book .. but i had no knowledge of Dunstan


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gyp 19/05/2017
    Gyp 19/05/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Work of art"

    Full of wit, charm and a vein of malice. A book and reading to savour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    02/08/2017
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    "Loved it."

    Beautifully written. Beautifully read. I've listened to the book twice and I'm still not bored of it. Hats off to the author, a great mind!

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    Patricia England 27/07/2017
    Patricia England 27/07/2017 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fascinating period of England's history."

    The story of the rise and fall ans rise of Dunstan. Not all saints are saintly.

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    Sean 27/07/2017
    Sean 27/07/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Questionable"

    Interesting but it's morally questionable whether the life of a Saint should be re-worked for fiction, particularly since it challenges people's religious beliefs. Must be read with skeptisism

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    Judy Bristol, United Kingdom 26/07/2017
    Judy Bristol, United Kingdom 26/07/2017 Member Since 2005
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    "thoroughly enjoyed"
    Any additional comments?

    I like books about this era but they are usually told by the knight. This was a different angle although it captured the fighting scenes very well.
    I know some people complain that the author 'distorts' the truth and whenever I come to a part where I think it may apply, I look it up ... and yes, it did happen. So I have no complaints about authenticity ... as far as history can be authentic.
    The writing flows well, the reading was very good ... and lots of gardening was attended to in order to listen. A win-win situation ... oh, and now I can add the Battle of Poitier to my list of battles.

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    Sarah 25/07/2017
    Sarah 25/07/2017
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    "Wonderful listen"

    Loved it, this wonderful story helped me through several days in hospital, and some difficult treatments, thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. J. Ambler UK 19/07/2017
    Mr. J. Ambler UK 19/07/2017 Member Since 2014

    Mister A

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    "Not Cornwell... but persevere!"

    Ok, I admit it. I was expecting some swashbuckling heroics along the lines of the Last Kingdom. Instead, it's a tale of politics and power games and cunning, rooted in the church. And I loved it.
    Slow burner- and if I'm honest, I knocked off a star because I enjoyed the second half of it so much, after I nearly stopped listening Dut

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    Andy 17/07/2017
    Andy 17/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story? Possibly - but not for me!"
    What disappointed you about Dunstan?

    I have listened to (and read) many of Mr. Iggulden's works but found this to be slow and hard going. I have persevered for nearly a week now but just cannot get in to it. While Geoffrey Beevers is one of the best narrators around today he fails to bring the story to life and leaves me with a feeling of disappointment Sorry Con, but you can't win all the time.


    Has Dunstan put you off other books in this genre?

    No, I have many similar books and I'm looking forward to Ken Follet's next medieval epic!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Despite Geoffrey's best efforts it's not Mr. Iggulden's finest hour

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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