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Sleeper's Castle Audiobook

Sleeper's Castle

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Publisher's Summary

Two women, centuries apart. One endless nightmare tearing Wales apart - and only they can stop it.

Sunday Times best-selling author Barbara Erskine returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut best seller, Lady of Hay.

Hay-on-Wye, 1400. War is brewing in the Welsh borders. Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer playing a dangerous game, playing on the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between Welsh princes and English lords.

For 200 years the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of.

In the walls of Sleeper's Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales' destiny. And what she sees is blood and war coming closer....

Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper's Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes, her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl who's screaming, who's reaching out...whom only Miranda can help. Is she losing herself to time?

©2016 Barbara Erskine (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

Praise for Barbara Erskine:
"Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson." (Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times)
"Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable." (The Times)
"Marvellous escapist stuff." (Woman and Home)

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    TR 23/09/2016
    TR 23/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Storytelling at its very best."

    Barbara Erskine is a wonderful story teller with the ability to paint her protagonists so very well that you are walking the path of each character with exhilaration and not a little trepidation! This was vividly narrated by an excellent choice of actress.

    Sleeper's Castle where the past and present collide with sometimes terrifying consequences. Where dreams become real and where the past can be touched at Andy's peril!

    Andy, (helped by Pepper, the cat, with a rather scrumptious yet moody, reserved gardener, a Shaman and a kind yet practical friend) solves the hauntings of Sleeper's Castle.

    Yet again Barbara Erskine has written a hauntingly beautiful story.

    Roll on her next novel.

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    anne 18/08/2017
    anne 18/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Barbara at her best ... once again!"

    As always, Barbara keeps you gripped until the end. Excellent story, very well written, great story telling. So much attention to detail you can always put yourself into her characters shies. Very well read - throughly enjoyed this book. I Would highly recommend.

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    Gillian 17/08/2017
    Gillian 17/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Story line got really silly"

    When I listen to the sample for this story, it had a lot of potential and seemed quite interesting, so I purchased it. Unfortunately it rapidly got rather farfetched and silly! Very disappointing!

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    lizzie uk 23/07/2017
    lizzie uk 23/07/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "A quirky tale which would make a good TV play"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend to a friend as it is interesting and has an unusual plot


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    Sollenbum 11/07/2017
    Sollenbum 11/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Gentle supernatural romance"
    What did you like most about Sleeper's Castle?

    Most of the central characters were round so their behaviour was grounded in reality even though the plot was not. Pepper the cat was particularly well described.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sleeper's Castle?

    The description of the landscape almost became a character in the novel. The cottage and the Pepper the cat were very vivid.


    Which character – as performed by Charlotte Strevens – was your favourite?

    Culpepper the cat - very feline and yet almost anthropomorphic.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Welsh romantic ghost story


    Any additional comments?

    The plot had a nice denouement and the relationships ended in a satisfying way. However, some of the minor characters had behaviour patterns that were fairly one dimensional.

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    carol 10/07/2017
    carol 10/07/2017
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    "Good story, but too many hours- 19hours!!"

    I like Barbara Erskine books, but the 19 hours was a bit too much, that I was skipping chapters, without loosing too much of the story.

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    montyrom@btinternet.com 07/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "great being back in Hay..."

    loved it... as gripping as the lady of hay. but sad it's ended...
    great characters, lovely full ending and pleased as always that the language is clean.
    I love Barbara's books as I love the hidden history lesson and then being able to visit the places she describes.
    thank you Barbara x

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    R. J. Gladden Liverpool, UK 25/04/2017
    R. J. Gladden Liverpool, UK 25/04/2017 Member Since 2012

    An avid Audible listener for the past two years, it fits in superbly with my busy lifestyle. Love crime and historical novels most.

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    "Not Great"

    I thought I would really enjoy this book particularly given my love of history but, to be honest, I got quite bored with the whole thing and didn't finish it. I really hate it when I don't like a book especially since it's a waste of a credit but I hate wasting time even more, so it had to go! Sorry.

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    Sue G. 08/04/2017
    Sue G. 08/04/2017
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    "Disappointing"

    Audio books are not a replacement​ for reading a story yourself. I had already started reading this story but thought I would like having it read to me but the characters were represented entirely differently​ and the story lost its appeal.

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    nicola kaye 02/04/2017
    nicola kaye 02/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliant story !!!"

    I loved this book . I really enjoy all of Barbara Erskine story's just brilliant.

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  • Hollister C. Price
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    22/03/17
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    "Great Book!!"
    What did you love best about Sleeper's Castle?

    I always love Barbara Erskine's books! I discovered Lady of Hay back in the 80's and have been an avid fan ever since. Her books are always so well researched and written and I look forward to each one!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Catrin because of her goodness and her courage.


    Which character – as performed by Charlotte Strevens – was your favorite?

    Catrin.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end when they laid Catrin's father to rest. He was a mean old goat!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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