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Summary

Unable to inherit his father's title, Joscelin de Gael, the beloved bastard son of William Ironheart, is serving Henry II when he encounters the lady Linnet de Montsorrel. On her husband's death, Linnet is bestowed on Joscelin as a reward for his loyalty. While Joscelin's half-brothers plot to overthrow their own father, revelations of past loves and family secrets threaten Linnet and Joscelin's relationship. This is a thrilling novel of bitter family conflict, turbulent with the sounds, scents, and violence of the 12th century.
©1994 Susan E Hicks (P)2006 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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"Well written and exciting." (The Times)

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A wonderful surprise

I absolutely loved this book. I bought it on a gamble after listening to a sample and I was caught at once by the author's easy-to-read and engaging style. The story is gripping and the characters well developed and highly believable. The narrator is excellent too. Highly recommended!

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Spoilt it for me....

Jonathon Oliver's performance nearly had me close to turning off my headset and bin the download. I have read most of Elizabeth Chadwick's books including Shields of Pride which, in itself is a very good story. However Mr Oliver's desire to give the hero Jocelyn an Eastern European accent was totally out of context. His bland monotone reading nearly had me sleeping and in future will avoid anything he does.

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boring voice

narration was boring and I struggled to keep with the story made me fall asleep

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Great book

This is the second time I’ve listened to it wish I could find more like this.

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Sheilda of pride

Elizabeth Chadwick brings the characters of this book alive and you can feel the empathy she has with her characters as the book journeys through Medievil Englands Kings and the hold over there people.

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Decent story, good narrator, sloppy production...

I have most of Elizabeth Chadwick's novels in Audible or hard copy form and love them all to varying degrees, listen to my favourites regularly and am a huge advocate of her work. Personally I feel her historical novels based on actual people/events are much better, mostly because they restrict her to what's at least rational and believable. With Shields of Pride, I feel that although, yes, it's continually (and sometimes exhaustingly) exciting, it rapidly becomes so melodramatic and far fetched that I found myself totally losing belief in the plot and characters and longing for it to end. And the premise that the bastard son was somehow badly done to, that we (the reader) should all feel jolly relieved and happy when he, his wife and child are saved, and that we should spend the entire book wanting the vindictive and 'evil' legitimate son to gets his come uppance, really didn't work for me. Instead, I spent the entire novel wishing that Somebody Somewhere in this cast of characters would realise that growing up with a neglectful, angry and hostile father, a (perhaps justifiably) bitter, vindictive mother, and a bastard brother who seems to get all the attention, love and luck, would warp any child out of true. As a result I felt more compassion for him than anyone else. As for production, Jonathan Oliver is very easy to listen to, but overall it was somewhat sloppy, with pronunciation issues that a simple search on Google could have avoided and, more frustrating, 3 second gaps between every sentence, with each new one starting with a click of the tongue. Overall, OK and it is at least moderately entertaining, but not one I shall be listening to until enough enough time has lapsed for me to have forgotten the above!

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  • 21-01-16

Absolutely superb

Would you consider the audio edition of Shields of Pride to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the book but thoroughly enjoyed listening.
Jonathan Oliver brought the characters to life and the accents were excellent.

What other book might you compare Shields of Pride to and why?

None.............this book is unique

Any additional comments?

I am now a dyed in the wool Elizabeth Chadwick fan.