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Summary

It is January 1721. London is reeling from the effects of the greatest financial scandal of the age, the collapse of the South Sea Bubble. William Spandrel, a penniless mapmaker, is offered a discharge of his debts by his principal creditor, Sir Theodore Janssen, a director of the South Sea Company, on one condition: he must secretly convey an important package to a friend of Janssen's, Ysbrand de Vries, in Amsterdam. The package safely delivered, Spandrel barely survives an attempt on his life, only to be blamed for the murder of de Vries himself....

©2000 Robert and Vaunda Goddard (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

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Informative and gripping

I enjoyed this interesting mix of the historical facts about aftermath of the South Sea Bubble debacle in the 18th century interwoven with an imaginary and exciting story full of twists and turns. I'd heard of the financial crash that the failure of the company caused but hadn't known that MPs, aristocrats and even the royal family had engaged in corrupt practices whereby they got shares at heavily discounted prices and got rid of them at higher values before the crash and that government ministers had actively tried to cover up this insider trading by their cronies. Funny how things don't change across the centuries!
Paul Shelly is a superb narrator who gives different voices to the characters so delivers a dramatization of the book.

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Complicated

I love Robert Goddard's books but I did found this one to be a bit of an effort in parts.

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BRILLIANT GODDARD 👏

Great, engrossing !!! All I have read I have so enjoyed. Splendid so far. T.Beck 120855

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This is a brilliant book.

This is a brilliant book by Robert Goddard with all the twists and turns of the story so wonderfully narrated by Paul Shelley as to make even the villains enchanting.

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Average story - well read

The story wasn't very engaging but it was well read. It hasn't inspired me to read other Robert Goddard's.

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Tedious historical setting

My least favourite book by this author so far. The setting is the issue for me, a plot weaved around a complicated period in British history which I found rather tedious.
The performance is great as always.

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Politics of the 1700s

Enjoyable romp through history of Europe in the 1700s and a timely reminder that our ancestors behaved even worse than politicians and gentry today. Much worse. I suppose we should be grateful for the times we now live in. Also a reminder that it is wrong to judge our ancestors on the values we hold today… a good read/listen and a lesson to us all. Probably real endings were not as happy as this one though. Sorry spoiler there.

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Below his best

This is entertaining enough, as far as a political caper goes, largely thanks to Paul Shelley's reading. The story is at times intriguing, but mostly far-fetched.

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Worth reresding

I read the printed version years ago. This well narrated audible one is even better.

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A Great Story but a Hard Listen

As much as I enjoyed this rip roaring tale, the politics and the switch back plot made it one that I would have preferred to read, if I still could. I found myself winding back quite often to check on previous events. Nonetheless, I'll definitely listen to it again.