The extraordinary novel Pride and Honour is a completely revised and rewritten version of the surprise initial success of the novel Honour and Glory by Nathaniel Burns. The author took many of his listeners‘ tips, reviews, and advice to heart to make his fascinating tale about Charlemagne and the Saxon King Widukind an even better listen. Take this suspenseful, captivating, and exciting journey back into Europe’s Dark Ages to meet the pivotal figure of Charlemagne and one of his greatest adversaries.
Like a bloody storm, Charlemagne’s armies ravage early medieval Europe, leaving devastation and misery in their wake. They have subdued the kingdom of the Langobards, defeated the duchy of Bavaria; they threaten the Moors in the west and, in the south, the pope in Rome.
Yet Charlemagne has even more ambitious plans: He covets the Saxon territories in the north. The Saxons put up an unexpectedly fierce resistance. When Charlemagne’s troops destroy the Irminsul shrine, the Saxon holy of holies, there ensues a struggle to the death. Led by the legendary Duke Widukind, for decades the Saxons fight savagely for their beliefs and their independence. And they will have their revenge....
Pride and Honour will transport the listener right into the heart of this legend-shrouded part of the Early Middle Ages. With his story, Nathaniel Burns has woven a a rich, dark tapestry of one of the pivotal periods in medieval European history. His historically accurate descriptions rich in authentic detail bring this remote, strife-ridden world to life again before your very eyes.
Go ahead, stoke the fire in the hearth, draw your armchair closer, and dive into this wonderful historical novel full of royal intrigue, warriors, and battles of a bygone Europe.…
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The problem I had was with Mr. Noble's narration. This Walter Cronkite wannabe was so annoying that I couldn't get through the story. His performance was so over the top that it was almost comical. He reads so fast that everything sounds like one long paragraph and the sing-song cadence was annoying to say the least. The editing was poorly done as well as you can tell where the edits appear.
My suggestion is to at least listen to a sample before you buy. I only got through three hours so I cannot comment if the story was any good.
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