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The Fifth Knight Audiobook

The Fifth Knight

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To escape a lifetime of poverty, mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job: help King Henry II's knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights' ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer.

For not only is Theodosia's virtue at stake, so too is the secret she unknowingly carries - a secret he knows Fitzurse will torture out of her. Now Palmer and Theodosia are on the run, strangers from different worlds forced to rely only on each other as they race to uncover the hidden motive behind Becket's grisly murder - and the shocking truth that could destroy a kingdom.

©2013 E. M. Powell (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    R. J. Gladden Liverpool, UK 27/12/2014
    R. J. Gladden Liverpool, UK 27/12/2014 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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    "Right roistering roller coaster of a story"

    One of the difficulties with audio books is that you don't get to see the names written down. This isn't a problem with modern, everyday names. But when we leap back to medieval times and talk about the heroine of this book,Theodosia, then things get difficult to handle.

    This book swept along at a fast pace, from Canterbury Cathedral, up to Yorkshire (I think, though I could be wrong) down to one of the southern ports and then to France, well then, things can tend to get a little confusing.

    The book deals with a period of history with which I am fortunately familiar and therefore I managed to keep abreast of the plot although there is an interesting twist on the death of Thomas A'Beckett which I have not heard before.

    I enjoyed this book and I shall probably listen to the next one as I love the hero and heroine of this book particularly the afore mentioned Theo whatsit but I did feel sometimes that James Langton's performance was a bit panto'ish particularly with the women's voices but perhaps I am being overly critical.

    Read it or listen to it. Don't take it seriously just enjoy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01/05/2017
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    "The fifth Knight"

    If I can't hear it on this fire kindle I refuse to pay for it

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    shirley 06/05/2016
    shirley 06/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent"

    Story line very interesting with a good twist. Narration perfect. Can't wait to start the next book.

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    Nadia United Kingdom 12/04/2015
    Nadia United Kingdom 12/04/2015 Member Since 2017

    Fleet UK

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    "Brilliant first novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fifth Knight to be better than the print version?

    I'm blind, so audio is my main reading format, but having listened to the book, I don't think I could give it the same type of voice if I read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has a fantastic hero and it's fast-paced and exciting.


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

    As with any good narrator, he gives each character their own distinct voice.


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

    When the heroin is sick and the hero is caring for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I just couldn't put this down. The Author cleverly combines fact, in this case, the well known murder of Thomas Becket, Arch Bishop of Canterbury, with a great fictional story. It's something I could read over and over again.

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  • Pat
    LORENA, TX, United States
    28/03/14
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    "Tale of historical murder and unexpected love"

    This story gives us a different view of what might have taken place in Canterbury when Thomas Becket was murdered. Sir Benedict Palmer is a mercenary who is trying to raise himself out of the poverty he has always lived in. He goes on a mission that will indeed give him a great purse with which to give him the life he thinks he wants. The mission is with 4 other knights and concerns the arrest of Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. King Henry has had a disagreement with him and many in England consider Becket a traitor because of it. The arrest turns into murder and is witnessed by Theodisia, a young nun. She is then kidnaped by the knights. As it turns out though there is much more to her than Palmer thinks and she was not accidentally taken. She is not just a nun. It quickly becomes apparent that once they get to the castle of one of the four knights she will most likely not survive. Palmer is her only hope.

    Her faith is all she has known since she was very young and she struggles with being out in the world as she had expected never to do so. She was to be the Anchoress of Canterbury. Palmer carries her on his horse for the journey to the castle and they begin to develop a relationship along the way. Since she never expected to be with a man as other women are she is unprepared for the feelings she is beginning to have. A real struggle rages inside of her. Their feelings for each other develop slowly but are handled very well. There are several twists and turns and of course some ups and downs. The Fifth Knight is not who you think it is. That really did surprise me but fit just perfectly into the storyline.

    James Langton did a really good job or narrating the book. His voices were a very good mixture and easy to identify the characters. The women's voices were well done also. I felt like he had a real feeling for the characters and was not just reading them like some do. I will look for more from him.

    The book is 11 1/2 hours but so worth your time. Don't hesitate to buy this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
    05/01/15
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    "I wanted to kill the heroine myself"

    It has been along time since I have encountered such an annoying, self righteous, prig of a heroine as Theodosia. I don't care if she is a nun/anchoress. If I had been Sir Palmer, I would have left her to the bad guys to steam alive. I am half way through and don't know if I can finish. I might throw my Kindle against the wall soon.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Melanie
    Cobbs Creek, VA, United States
    17/10/16
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    "entertaining"

    I look forward to reading the sequel. The. characters were engaging although Theadosia was a bit of an ass at first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FunReader
    19/12/15
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    "I'm sure someone will like this"

    It has been a while since I had to force myself not to decapitate a,fictional heroine. I nominate this one. Secondly, I did not like the extreme liberties taken with the historical record. I found myself saying "pu-leez!" I want my $ back. But that's just me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Urban Fantasy Fan
    07/07/15
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    "An OK read with awesome narration"

    I have to say that I truly had issues liking Theodosia and her repeated poor decision-making but I really enjoyed James Langton's narration, as usual! Overall the story was interesting if a bit predictable in a lot of instances. I probably wouldn't read The Blood of the Fifth Knight if it weren't for Langton's narration and the fact that it has higher ratings here and on Goodreads.com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julia M. Rothstein
    Burbank, CA
    30/07/17
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    "Great reader, but the main character drove me nuts"

    I'm not sure why people love this book, I found it incredibly frustrating.

    The reader is outstanding, and does a great job with the voices. One of the VERY FEW male readers I've heard who does a good job with female voices. He does an excellent job of building tension and creating mood.

    The story is interesting and engaging, but the main character of Theodosia is terrible. She's a real pain in the butt. I was almost hoping she would get killed at several points. She's ungrateful, holier than thou all the time, and ridiculous! She actually yells at Palmer and accuses her of almost damning her soul for touching her in order to save her life. Are you kidding me? If I were him, I would have left her behind or killed her myself about a dozen times. She nearly gets him killed several times, and she's just not worth the trouble. Her religiosity was insufferable.

    It made it really hard to root for her or care what happened to her. The story itself suffered because of her unlikability. I otherwise thought the action was good, the plot was interesting, and many of the other characters were compelling. The tanner was so sweet, and I really cared what happened to him in a way I just didn't about Sister Theodosia.

    I would listen to this reader again, and I would read a book by this author again, provided there was no religious theme.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Fort Worth, TX United States
    22/07/17
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    "not for me"

    it was sophomoric. i didn't finish the book. maybe it's not my type of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    21/05/17
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    "Good story."

    Liked the story a lot. Carried the holiness a little to far. Narrator was great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David J.
    30/09/16
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    "Smashing!"

    Truly enjoyable with excellent dialog, characters, plot, and narrated performance. Great villains and a surprising heroine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    beautiful Colorado
    26/04/16
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    "Fantastic historical fiction!"

    A fantastic listening experience! Great historical fiction paired with exceptional narration make this listen a real treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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