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The Game of Kings

The Lymond Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: David Monteath
Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath. 

It is 1547 and, after five years imprisonment and exile far from his homeland, Francis Crawford of Lymond - scholar, soldier, rebel, nobleman, outlaw - has at last come back to Edinburgh. 

But for many in an already divided Scotland, where conspiracies swarm around the infant Queen Mary like clouds of midges, he is not welcome. 

Lymond is wanted for treason and murder, and he is accompanied by a band of killers and ruffians who will only bring further violence and strife. 

Is he back to foment rebellion? 

Does he seek revenge on those who banished him? 

Or has he returned to clear his name? 

No one but the enigmatic Lymond himself knows the truth - and no one will discover it until he is ready....

©1961 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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My favourite character in all of literature

I read these books many years ago and fell under the spell of Francis Crawford. He's the most beguiling man, witty, erudite, scheming, cruel, self-destructive... the list goes on. It's unclear until the last page of the last book how it is all going to end. On this whirlwind tour of the medieval world we meet a host of unforgetable characters, all three-dimensional and full of human strength and frailty. Dunnett's female characters are as powerful and complex as their male counterparts. The narration is wonderful and my only regret is that there isn't the time to try and translate the quotes as the action flies by. I absolutely loved this recording.

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loved it

First read this in paper form many years ago. together with the others in series. my favourite books. have them all on my shelf. having them in this format means I can enjoy whilst taking care of all the rest of the the things I need to. wonderful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-18

Spectacular

I fell in love with the Lymond Chronicles as a teenager and have re read them countless times. This is a wonderful way to re visit them again. Dorothy Dunnett writes incredibly rich and complex novels and David Monteath does a fantastic job and is a perfect fit. He brings the characters to life and his narration is easy to listen to. If you are a fan of Dunnett you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t discovered her yet -do yourself a favour.

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  • Bellaro
  • 20-11-18

The best audiobook version so far

I love this! The narrator voice is well suited to the story. It's Dorothy Dunnett, what's not to like.