This long-anticipated sequel to the national best sellerLionheart is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home - in violation of the papal decree protecting all crusaders - he was to spend fifteen months imprisoned, much of it in the notorious fortress at Trefils, from which few men ever left alive, while Eleanor of Aquitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom.
For the five years remaining to him, betrayals, intrigues, wars, and illness were ever present. So were his infidelities, perhaps a pattern set by his father’s faithlessness to Eleanor. But the courage, compassion, and intelligence of this warrior king became the stuff of legend, and A King’s Ransom brings the man and his world fully and powerfully alive.
©2014 Sharon Kay Penman (P)2014 Recorded Books
NO. Penman's writing is so crisp, so clear, so colorful. This is the first audio of hers I've listened to and I was disappointed. King Richard sounded like Thurston Howell III on painkillers and Richard's queen Berengaria's voice was so simpering and insipid I wanted to scream every time she had dialogue.
Joanna of course.
No thank you.
Eleanor of course. What an amazing woman she was!!!
This author does lots of research then presents the facts in novel form. This means there is distortion do to adding personality. So you will learn a lot of history in an enjoyable way, but there is some bias on who is the hero and who the bad guy.
Listening to Emily Gray was painful , the Female voices sounded like little girls or such a deep voice it could have been a mans voice . Even with changes in characters her voice was so monotoned. Seemed she was just reading words and then sentences without much emphasis . Great story .
Emily Gray gives a wonderful performance. Bringing characters to life and making the high drama of court real. I recommend this book and its prequel: Lionheart. 5 stars for both books.
Not in audio form. It may have been better in print, but the performance kind of ruined it for me.
I loved the Eleanor and Joanne plots. Eleanor of Aquitane has always one of my favorite historical women.
Her performance of Edward the Lion Heart was wooden an comical. Apparently he was the slowest speaker in history.
Yes, I think a movie version would be great with Meryl Streep as Eleanor, of course.
I usually love Sharon Kay Penman, but this was probably her worst book to date. I hope the rest are better.
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