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The Waringham Chronicles, Volume 1: The Runaway

An Audible Original Drama
Series: The Waringham Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Miriam Margolyes introduces the year 1360
Robin pines for his father
Conrad, the equerry, makes his entrance

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  • The Waringham Chronicles, Volume 1: The Runaway by Rebecca Gablé
  • Miriam Margolyes introduces the year 1360
  • Robin pines for his father
  • Conrad, the equerry, makes his entrance
Inside the world of Waringham | Robin | Gervais of Waringham | Geoffrey Dermond | Lady Matilda | Mortimer Dermond | Alice Perrers | Maria | Conrad | Elinor | Stevie | William | Henry | Judith | Stephen | Pete | Bertram | Isaac | John | Alfred | Dick | Kit | Cedric

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Watch our exclusive interview with Miriam Margolyes as she discusses her experience narrating The Waringham Chronicles.
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Editor reviews

“If you enjoyed the epic historical fiction drama Scarlet City, you’ll love returning to that world for The Waringham Chronicles - an ambitious six volume series set against an ever changing backdrop of war, plague, revolution and political intrigue. Narrated by the always exceptional Miriam Margolyes and performed by a full cast. You’ll be hooked!” (Mariele, Audible Editor)  

“Miriam Margolyes returns to Audible in spectacular fashion as she takes on six epic adventures, guiding us through the drama of The Waringham Chronicles supported by a fantastic cast who fully embrace these fantastic stories.” (Matthew, Audible Editor)  

About the performer

Oxford born, Miriam Margolyes is a veteran of stage and screen. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence, Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in Little Dorrit and a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress in 1993 for Oliver Twist.

Summary

England in the 14th Century. Twelve-year-old Robin’s world is turned upside down when his father, the Earl of Waringham, dies in disgrace. His inheritance lost and his family name dishonoured, the penniless Robin must begin a new life as a peasant on his own estate.

He soon makes an enemy in Mortimer, the spoiled young son of the new Earl. As the years pass and the boys enter adulthood, Robin flees Waringham to seek his fortune abroad. In Aquitaine he encounters the Black Prince and the charismatic Duke of Lancaster, and against all odds he begins to restore his position among the nobility. But Robin will need all his ingenuity to navigate these most dangerous and turbulent of times.

In the first of a six-part epic, medieval Europe is brought to life in a multi-cast drama based on the novels by Rebecca Gable, author of the Scarlet City trilogy. 

Narrated by Miriam Margolyes, OBE (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Romeo + Juliet, Mulan) and featuring a full cast.  

Featuring: Ethan Alston, Daniel Anthony, Gareth Armstrong, Nick Brimble, Imogen Church, Clare Corbett, Raymond Coulthard, Gareth David-Lloyd, Barnaby Edwards, Jonathan Firth, Philip Franks, Raj Ghatak, Anthony Howell, Samuel Ide, Joe Jameson, Mack Keith-Roach, Jacqueline King, Damian Lynch, Michael Maloney, Miriam Margolyes, Barry McCarthy, George Naylor, Nicholas Pegg, Vineeta Rishi, Paul Shelley and Finty Williams.

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About the author

Rebecca Gablé taught medieval English Literature and worked as translator of English and American novels for authors such as Elizabeth George, Neil Gaiman and Agatha Christie before writing full time. Her twelve historical novels have been international best sellers, translated into several languages as has her epic Audible Original drama series Scarlet City. Rebecca and her husband split their time between their homes in Germany and Majorca.

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Irritating music

Irritating music behind the narration was totally unnecessary. Really spoilt my enjoyment. The story somehow missed a spark.

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Absolutely first rate listening entertainment 😃

Just like The Scarlet City trilogy The Waringham Chronicles does not fail to deliver.
From the brilliant narration by MIriam Margolyes to the wonderful cast.
I loved it 100% and can’t wait for the next.
Thank you Rebecca Gablé, your writing is superb 👍

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Excellent Audio book by Rebecca Gablé

Chose it initially because of the is narrator Miriam Margolyes and I love her voice. The book is excellent with interesting characters and I found it difficult to put down. Highly recommended.

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Another Cracker! Fantastic Listen.

This is as good as any of the Scarlett City trilogy episodes.
I was hooked immediately and would highly recommend this title.
The performance of the cast and the narrator are once again outstanding.
Can’t wait for the 2nd instalment.

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Fantastic

A great performance by Miriam Margolyes in this and absolutely hooked. If you enjoyed the scarlet city then I imagine you’ll love this on too.

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Masterful follow up to Scarlet City

Set some 10 years or so after the events of Scarlet City, this isn’t a sequel but it set within the same world with the same character.

The story is compelling, and the performance is great.

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Brilliant

After enjoy the Scarlet City series so much, I was a little wary of being disappointed but, mercifully, this first book in a new series is anything but a disappointment! The characters are brought vividly to life and the narration keeps everything flowing. I couldn't stop listening, but now I have to wait until the next book is released!

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Loved it.

My only con with this audio book is that it wasn't long enough, I loved every second of it and look forward to the next book!

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A fabulous dramatisation

I totally loved The Scarlet City trilogy and miss my updates on Jonah. However, this is a brilliant alternative from the same author. Totally entranced from the first few minutes. Can't believe I have to wait till March for the next book. More from Rebecca Gablé!

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wonderful book

narrated so well, story really flowed , could not wait to find out what happened next

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  • 15-02-20

Intriguing story, awful background music!

Why add background music to an audible book?? So distracting and annoying. I wish it could be removed.....

The story is intriguing and I’ll try to stick with it if I can ignore the background.

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  • Leslie A. Skweres
  • 28-02-20

Wonderful. Like a movie!

Excellent story with an excellent cast of speakers. It’s like listening to a movie. I love the sound effects and love the characters. My favorite audible so far.

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  • Anna Marie
  • 24-02-20

Quite a production

A step up from the usual audio book. Good character voices. At first some of the music did not match the scenes but that was corrected and the music added to the story.