In 1461, the mysterious Nicholas is in Florence. Backed by none other than Cosimo de' Medici, he will sail the Black Sea to Trebizond, last outpost of Byzantium, and the last jewel missing from the crown of the Ottoman Empire.
The Spring of the Ram is a blend of scholarship and narrative shimmering with the scents, sounds, colours and combustible emotions of the 15th century.
©1987 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"Dorothy Dunnett takes readers with her into a fabulous past, using suspense and high adventure" (Sunday Telegraph)
I read the series years ago. Happy to relive the life and adventures of Niccolo through the wonderful voice of Mr. Griffin.
I love the story - I've read it 3 times, first time listening. First two books of the series were great audiobooks. This one, uck.
Why does everyone have to have a phony accept? And, what sense does it make having the main character - who is from the same place as many with the phony accepts NOT have his own accent? Nicholas grew up with Mathilde - why does Mathilde have a terribly fake French accent and Nicholas not?? Please - you did a great job in Book 1, why change the game now. So distracting, so disappointing. There are 5 more books. Are you going to be as corny in all of them?
Tobie - to see if he started to sneeze.
I wish there were no accents.
"Another shot of brilliance!"
Having read these books after The Lymond Chronicles a few years ago, they were never to be forgotten, I thought, but now I realise just how much more is to be gained by listening to them by an experienced narrator. It was a revelation!
At first, I thought Gordon Griffin's voice should have been slightly younger but after the first book I realized just how proficient he is and settled in nicely. The knowledge and pleasure I felt was immeasurable and I could not put it down. I even read pieces from my Kindle/Laptop but I could not bring myself to go further on to the location when back on my Tab; the words were far too precious!
On to book 3!
"Medieval adventure in Trabzon, Turkey"
Following the story of Klaas the former dye-worker's apprentice, after his wife's death, his enemies, Simon and de Fleury, wanted to kill him, and he needed to make his fortune. Seeing him develop his political and diplomatic skills.
A rip-roaring adventure, good value for money and historically interesting regarding silk and the alum trade.
A complex and fascinating story, very well read, will give you many hours of listening pleasure. The growth of the characters, first introduced inNiccolo Rising, the end of an ancient empire, personal rivalries and shifting patterns of trade and politics give the story strength and depth. Listen and become hooked on Dorothy Dunnett's fully researched and realised fifteenth century world. Then move pn to her magical Lympnd books.
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