I loved this book. It's like Sam Spade meets the Middle Ages. This first of the Crispin Guest series is set in London in 1384. Crispin is a disgraced knight who had had his lands, title, and money confiscated seven years earlier for participating in an attempt to crown John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, as King instead of the Duke's young and inexperienced nephew, Richard.
Lancaster is unaware of the attempted coup. The conspiracy fails, Richard is crowned King Richard II, and all of the conspirators except Crispin (thanks to the intercession of the Duke of Lancaster) are executed.
Crispin now lives in the Shambles in London - which is as poor a neighborhood as it sounds - along with a twelve year old purse cutter, Jack Tucker, whom he rescued from the streets of London. There are lots of twists and turns, and class consciousness-- by Crispin toward the dregs of society that he's now forced to live with and depend upon, and by Crispin's former friends who look down on Crispin because he's now a member of the lower class.
Parliament finally removed Richard as King and crowned Henry Bolingbroke, son of John of Gaunt, as King Henry IV, but not until 1399. Richard died in 1400 - possiblly murdered.
I liked this book so much I downloaded it to my Kindle so I can see how some of the words I didn't know are spelled.
The author skillfully weaves actual historical people and events with her story. As a history major, I loved it! Michael Page does a fine job narrating.
I've now listened to all five books in the series that are currently available on audible. The sixth book comes out 13 October 2013. I'll be waiting.
This is a traditional romance with lots of humour.
I love reading and rereading Barbara Metzger's and Mary Balogh's earlier books. I hope more of these are available soon for audible release.
The prologue had me a little worried, but once I got into Chapter 1, I was hooked. Great story line, dialogue, and hair-raising adventure. The use of the Tarot's major arcana is brilliant. I really prefer this series to her adult series - no drawn out sexual speed bumps getting in the way of the story. I liked it so much I immediately downloaded the sequel, Endless Knight. I'm going to check out more of the teen and young adult books - this is my kind of story!
I finally gave up and switched to the Kindle edition of this book. The narration sounds strained - I don't think Scottish is his first language. I notice this especially when he pronounces words that end with "-er," e.g., highlander, other. I also have trouble determining who is speaking. A narrator can greatly enhance (Tim Gerard Reynolds, Nicholas Boulton, Amanda Ronconi) an author's work or seriously detract from it as does this narrator. I wonder if the recording companies run samples of a book with possible narrators through a test group before committing to a narrator. If they don't they should, and maybe some of these obvious mis-matched narrators might be avoided.
I really like Julie Klassen's writing. However, I'm not into the inspirational bits. I just fast forward through the religious parts and continue with the story.
This is a pet peeve of mine, but I like an author to reveal characters through their actions and words and not tell me what they are thinking. In other words, don't tell me a character is clever, show how they are clever. This just wasn't my kind of book.
I don't care who wrote it: I really liked this book. The narrator, Robert Glenister, is super. P.I. Cormoran Strike is not only "Hagrid in a Trenchcoat" - great description, Melinda - but he sounds sort of like Robbie Coltrane who played Hagrid. The plot is intricate and addicting. The writing reminded me of Tana French's "Faithful Place," one of my favs (especially read by Tim Gerard Reynolds). I love the Latin quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The listen was well worth my time.
The story was fine. Don't get me wrong, Xe Sands is a fine narrator. However, I much prefer to hear a British accent when listening to an English romance. The American accent sounded very annoying to me.
I'm an Aries, and some of this applies, but much of it doesn't. I worked for the military for almost 38 years - so yes, people in military uniform appeal to me - but not in FEDEX uniforms! I also prefer historical interests to modern - Victorian furniture to Ikea. My main concentration of college studies was on ancient civilizations, not modern ones. I had to laugh at the last few sentences under Aries women - it should have been under the Aries man: as a woman, I've never shaved my face!
I had the Kleenex out within the first third of this audio. It has adventure, romance, and more. I didn't think Kinsale could top Flowers from the Storm, but I liked this one even more. Audible, please release more books by Kinsale!
At first I didn't think I would like this story, but the syfy part was pretty straight forward. I don't like it when the setting is so different that I can't recognize anything in it. The two settlements that were established roughly seemed like Europe in the East and America in the West (ca. mid to late 1899s). I liked the relationship between, Sariana and Gryph - Sariana was no push over. I was pleasantly surprised.
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