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The Good Knight

The Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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Summary

Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales....

The year is 1143, and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride's brother tasks his two best detectives - Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard - with bringing the killer to justice.

And once blame for the murder falls on Gareth himself, Gwen must continue her search for the truth alone, finding unlikely allies in foreign lands and ultimately uncovering a conspiracy that will shake the political foundations of Wales.

©2011 Sarah Woodbury (P)2015 Sarah Woodbury

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Good Story spoilt

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

for me it was time well spent listened while traveling back to Wales from Scotland. Having already read the books it helped make a long car journey fairly pleasant.

What did you like best about this story?

A good original story set in a real place with real events and people. You begin to wonder who is to be murdered next.

What didn’t you like about Laurel Schroeder’s performance?

It was really spoilt by the reader who sounded more Irish than Welsh. the pronunciation of names like Llewelyn was awful and sounded as though it began with an S. It took me quite some time to work out that Cadesh was supposed to be Cadell.

Could you see The Good Knight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

In the right hands it would be a good movie as long as the scriptwriters remember it is set in Wales and not the USA.

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More Irish/Indian than Welsh!

I enjoyed this story even though the narrator's depiction of a Welsh accent was awful. At times very Irish sounding then veering into Indian tones. I would actually have preferred if she'd just done a more English accent at least it wouldn't have been so jarring to begin with.
I don't know if I'll listen to another Gwen & Gareth story as the author seems to really be dragging out their romance and concentrating on the mystery/ detective side of the books.

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  • Jane Gue
  • 21-11-19

A new adventure

I’ve read the After Cilmeri series and just started this series and I love it! Sarah has woven a story set in historical facts and events so expertly I’m hungry to continue!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-10-16

Romance

Would you consider the audio edition of The Good Knight to be better than the print version?

I liked this book and the way it was set up and the narrator was very good too. I like that it was not just in one town and moved . very good

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gwen

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it made me think when she would do the "spying "

Any additional comments?

I could picture the book in my mind as i read it ..

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  • LeAnn M. Schmitt
  • 14-07-19

Wonderful historical fiction!

Thank you Sarah. Not crazy about the narrator but love the story. Have read book and listened to audio book a couple of times.

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  • Zizawah
  • 13-12-18

Delightful historical mystery

Sarah Woodbury blended real historical figures and facts of Wales in 1130s with murder mystery, romance, and medieval sleuthing in two main characters of Gareth (a knight) and Gwen (a bard's daughter). It's a very unconventional mystery story and I wasn't sure if I would like it when I started because I found the names intimidating and I'm not really a mystery fan. But the story won me over in this reading by Laurel Schroeder. The narrator makes the story lyrical and clear. Loved the story from beginning to the end where there was a bit of a twist. I feel sorry for Hywel knowing history wasn't exactly kind to him and the story hints at more events to come while making us understand all the historical characters a bit more intimately.

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  • Tams
  • 28-03-18

The narrator ruined the book

I’ve been very blessed during my three year foray in the world of audio books. They are a godsend during my long commute to and from work. My luck ran out with Sarah Woodbury’s “The Good Knight.” The characters were supposed to be Welsh, but the narrator used what sounded like an Indian accent! And it kept changing. Ms. Woodbury may have written a good book but I couldn’t listen to more than 46 minutes. Such a disappointment.

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  • Carrie
  • 25-11-17

Good mystery

Liked the characters, good plotline and satisfying conclusion while still leaving something for the series. What I didn't like was that for me some of the names, at least in the audio version, were so similar that I kept mixing up the characters.

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  • Nicole
  • 02-11-16

The Good Knight

I love historical novels! I appreciate that she starts the story and weaves the backgrounds of the characters into the story as we go. I am ready to read the next book in the series as I wait for the next Outlander book!

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  • Michelle
  • 11-07-16

decent story horrible word usage

The story was interesting and entertaining. I struggled with the author only using the word Said throughout the entire book. Use a Thesaurus and this would be an amazing book.

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  • Brianna
  • 26-06-16

Just as good as the book.

I've read the book for this one, and just like the After Cilmeri series it follows along quite well. There weren't any stops or weird pauses except when my phone decided to be weird about playback. I did notice a few times where the voices sounded far too similar to each other so it was a little difficult to tell which character was speaking, but aside from that Ms. Schroeder did an exceptional job.

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  • Christy
  • 19-06-16

Odd Narration

I almost didn't persist with this one because I hated the narration at the beginning. The narrator speaks in an American accent reading a story about 12th century Wales. But the oddest part is when she breaks into dialogue in a strange sort of Irish accent. I suppose it's supposed to be a Welsh accent, but who knows? I had the Kindle version as well, and after reading some of the book I was (for some reason) better able to accept the audio version.

The story is pretty good, with an interesting twist, and it's one of those that is based on many actual historical figures and events. The author manages to work her mystery into real history in a seamless fashion, which is always a neat trick.

I probably won't continue with the series, since the story seems to be heading in the direction of more romance and less mystery (a preview of the next installment is at the end of this recording), and that's not what I prefer. But a good effort about an interesting time (1143) and place (Wales).

Note: there is a repetition of 8-9 minutes in the middle (chapter 19 on the audio), but once you get past that technical glitch, it's fine.

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