Scarlet City: An Audible Original Series

3 books in series
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Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I Summary

Please note: This title contains explicit language and scenes of a graphic sexual nature.

This Original multicast drama blends history with fiction to tell the story of Jonah, a young apprentice from London who raises himself from poverty by wit and luck to become one of the most powerful merchants of the age. 

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary. 

London, 1330. Jonah Durham grows up in the household of his tyrannical cousin Rupert, and only his grandmother, the calculating Cecilia Hillock, recognizes his talent and intelligence. After her death he inherits a handsome fortune, bestowing him with both wealth and independence but also the wrath of his increasingly dangerous cousin. However, a fateful encounter with the young King Edward III is set to radically change Jonah's life and the future of English cloth production. 

Told in three parts, hear Medieval London come to life in this historical epic, Audible Original's most ambitious production to date. Narrated by Miriam Margolyes, OBE (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Romeo + Juliet, Mulan) and starring Douglas Booth (Riot Club, Loving Vincent, Shelley) as Jonah, and Alison Steadman, OBE (Gavin and Stacey, Orphan Black, Shirley Valentine) as Cecilia Hillock. 

Also featuring: Daniel Anthony, Josephine Arden, John Banks, Timothy Bentinck, Clare Buckfield, Beth Chalmers, Elliot Chapman, Trevor Cooper, Oliver Coopersmith, Raymond Coulthard, Gareth David-Lloyd, Richard Earl, Andrew French, Helen Goldwyn, James Joyce, Olly McCauley, Tony Millan, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Katarina Olsson, Steven Pacey, Nicholas Pegg, Nigel Planer, Siobhán Redmond, Christopher Ryan, David Schofield, Dan Starkey, Sarah Sutton, Alexander Vlahos, Niky Wardley, Finty Williams, Claire Wyatt. 

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  • Book 1

    • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

    • An Audible Original Drama
    • By: Rebecca Gablé
    • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452

    A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

    • By Simon on 06-12-17

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 2

    • Rise: Scarlet City - Part II

    • An Audible Original Drama
    • By: Rebecca Gablé
    • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 927
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 841
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 839

    London, 1337. England is at war, and the King is in financial straits, meaning that Jonah's hard-earned business and fortune hang in the balance. A far cry from his humble beginnings as a draper's apprentice, Jonah is now one of the influential merchants in England, and he manages to secure the hand of the daughter of one of the most powerful and dangerous nobles in the country. As Jonah's wealth and prominence grow, so do his enemies and the threats they bring.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Far From Simple Pleasures!

    • By Simon on 06-02-18

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 3

    • Empire: Scarlet City - Part III

    • An Audible Original Drama
    • By: Rebecca Gablé
    • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 798
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 751
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 743

    A true rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London - the Scarlet City - the centre of medieval England, this is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Empire

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-18

    Regular price: £24.99